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Office of the President

Sheldon Levy
President and Vice-Chancellor
Ryerson University


Sheldon Levy is President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University, and has been a respected postsecondary leader and analytical visionary for the past forty years. He previously served as Vice President Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President Government and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; President, Sheridan College; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University. Current appointments include: Council of Ontario Universities Executive Committee and Government & Community Relations Committee; Board of Directors, Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation; Advisory Council, Toronto Region Board of Trade; Board of Governors, Trails Youth Initiatives; and Board of Directors, Pathways to Education Canada.

Sheldon is recognized for championing an entrepreneurial academic model achieving global status and international impact with the Ryerson Digital Media Zone and Ryerson Centre for Urban Energy, and is dedicated to programs and research at the innovative edge, student leadership, engagement and success, and a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion His declaration of the university’s role as city-builder is seen in Ryerson signature projects including the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the former Maple Leaf Gardens, the Ryerson Image Centre photography gallery and research program, and the architecturally stunning Ryerson Student Learning Centre as the new campus gateway on Toronto’s downtown Yonge Street.

He was awarded a BSc, MA, and Doctor of Laws honoris causa by York University, and lectured in computer science and mathematics. Recent distinctions include “The Power 50 Most Influential in Canadian Business Today” (Canadian Business), “The 50 Most Influential” (Toronto Life), the 2014 People for Education Egerton Ryerson Award for Dedication to Public Education, the 2014 Canadian Urban Institute David Crombie Award, and the 2013 Toronto Region Board of Trade Builder Award.

March 23, 2015


Ryerson revolution
Read a Toronto Life article on how President Levy is leading the transformation of Ryerson into "an urban academic force" that is "redrawing downtown." more