Every day, I am inspired by the people – students, faculty and staff – that make Ryerson the leading innovation and entrepreneurial university in Canada. It is an honour to work with such talented, passionate, and incredibly smart individuals.
One of the essential features of our Ryerson community is that we always put people first. That principle arose first in the context of planning our physical campus as outlined in our visionary Master Plan. Since then, it has spread to all facets of our organization. Now a part of Ryerson’s DNA, our people-first culture is fostering a high-engagement, diverse, inclusive and equitable workplace – where the most talented and in-demand want to learn, work, teach and conduct research.
As the Vice President, Administration and Finance, I am fortunate to have working with me a true team of leaders. This group provides solutions and advice, executes projects and delivers services that impact the university’s people, infrastructure and finances, as well as support Ryerson’s priorities. In everything we do, my colleagues and I strive to act on the core values outlined in our university’s Academic Plan.
The innovation culture my team and I are striving to nurture is essential in these times of financial belt-tightening. Indeed, given this challenging context the future well-being of Ryerson’s students, faculty and staff requires an intrapreneurial mindset that eagerly and creatively attempts to improve existing processes, invent better ways of doing things and learn from setbacks. Alongside intrapreneurship, our people-first approach to serving the Ryerson community rests on a strong belief that innovation is rooted in collaboration. And successful, outcomes-focused collaboration itself, I am convinced, pivots on the kind of integrity, empathy, transparency and the embrace of diversity for which my team is so highly respected throughout the university.