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Anne Golden named Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor at Ryerson University

Anne Golden, Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor

Anne Golden has been named Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor at Ryerson University. She will begin her two-year appointment on Sept. 1, 2012.

Anne Golden, nationally renowned as a public policy specialist and currently President and CEO of The Conference Board of Canada, has been appointed a Distinguished Visiting Scholar and Special Advisor at Ryerson University.

“Anne Golden brings a wealth of experience in public policy to Ryerson,” says Alan Shepard, provost and vice president academic at Ryerson University. “She is a wonderful addition to our university, bringing a strong academic background and a lifetime of applying knowledge and research to important public issues.”

Golden is stepping down in June from the Conference Board after 11 years as President and CEO.

“I am delighted to be engaged with Ryerson, which is widely acknowledged to be Canada’s foremost city-building university,” said Golden. “I look forward to sharing my experience and to continuing to learn more about cities, in what I believe is a new era for city-regions.”

Prior to joining the Conference Board in 2001, Golden served as President of the United Way of Greater Toronto for 14 years. She gained national recognition for her role in the public policy arena through chairing two influential task forces: one in 1996 for the provincial government on the future of the Toronto area, and another in 1998 for the City of Toronto and the federal government on homelessness.  Both of her reports, Greater Toronto:  Report of the GTA Task Force and Taking Responsibility for Homelessness: An Action Plan for Toronto, remain relevant and are still referenced today in academic courses.

Also noteworthy is her work on The Canada Project, the largest public policy project undertaken by The Conference Board of Canada, for which she co-authored Volume III: Mission Possible:  Successful Canadian Cities.

In 2003, Golden’s commitment to social justice was recognized in her appointment by the Governor General as a Member of the Order of Canada. She has received honorary doctorates from eight post-secondary institutions, including Ryerson. She has received two awards from the Canadian Urban Institute: the Jane Jacobs Lifetime of Achievement Award (2012) and the Urban Leadership Award for City Engagement (2004), as well as the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: The Top 100 Award. In 2003 and in 2002, the National Post’s annual ranking of Canada's brightest and best women executives named Dr. Golden among the elite of Canada's businesswomen.

At Ryerson, Golden’s duties will include teaching graduate students, leading an annual conference on a contemporary topic, delivering a guest lecture, conducting research and providing advice and support to advance the university’s agenda related to the development of public/private partnerships. Her appointment runs for two years beginning Sept. 1, 2012.

Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 28,000 students, including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and 140,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider of university-based adult education. For more information, visit

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Suelan Toye
Public Affairs | Ryerson University
Office: 416-979-5000 x 7161 |

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