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One of Ryerson's strengths is to create innovative partnerships – involving industry, government, and academia – that meet market demand and societal need. We’re strengthening collaboration across the university and with partners around the world on cross-disciplinary themes by leveraging expertise across disciplines to expand commercialization, knowledge translation and mobilization capacity of researchers and the university.

President Mohamed Lachemi shakes hands with new university partner


Ryerson’s academic and research partnerships with leading institutions are having a positive and transformative effect upon society. Ryerson continues to attract new talent, opportunities and connections to its campus, and contributes to the city’s economic development and civic, cultural and social vitality.

In 2014, Ryerson University launched Canada’s Big Data Consortium to bring industry, government, and academia together to collaborate on key issues related to big data and analytics. The founding partners include: Ryerson University, Dalhousie University, Concordia University, Simon Fraser University, Government of Canada, Deloitte, the Information Technology Association of Canada (ITAC), CIO Association of Canada, TMX, and SAS.

For its inaugural project, the Consortium led the first national, multi-sector study on Canada’s Big Data and Analytics Talent Gap. Our objectives were to better understand the breadth and depth of the talent gap, as well as to develop strategies to help close the gap so that Canada can continue to innovate, compete, and grow its economy.

Phase One: Online Survey and Labour Market Research

From October 2014 to January 2015, a national online survey was conducted. The survey was open to Canadian public and private sector organizations of all sizes, regions, sectors, and industries. A total of 332 survey submissions were received, including 124 completed and 208 partially completed submissions. The findings from the online survey will be published in a subsequent paper.

From February to July 2015, labour market research was conducted, involving an analysis of over 1,700 big data and analytics related jobs posted in 2013 and 2014 from Magnet (, and over 330 jobs posted in July 2015 from LinkedIn® Jobs (

Whitepaper: Closing Canada's Big Data Talent Gap

Phase Two: Canada's Big Data Talent Gap Summit

On April 15, 2015, Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap Summit was held. Hosted at Deloitte’s Greenhouse in Toronto, the Consortium brought together 30 senior information technology and information management executive participants from leading industry, government, and academic organizations across Canada. Our objectives were to discuss the current state of the talent gap, to share strategies and best practices in recruitment and retention, and to collaborate on the development of strategies for closing the talent gap.

The paper, “Closing Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap,” presents the outcomes of our study.

Next Steps

Ryerson will continue to work with the Consortium to establish a framework of ongoing collaboration on key issues related to big data and analytics, including Canada’s Big Data Talent Gap.  Ryerson will continue to facilitate and grow the Consortium, and strategically build out working groups, particularly around the talent gap strategies presented in the paper.

We invite interested participants to join us in our efforts to help ensure that Canada continues to innovate and grow economically.

Project Contact

For more information regarding Canada’s Big Data Consortium and the Big Data Talent Gap Study, please contact:

Abidin Akkok
Project Director, Canada's Big Data Consortium
Office of the Provost and Vice-President Academic
Ryerson University


external,OneEleven is a new accelerator for entrepreneurs building big data enterprises. The first of its kind in Canada, OneEleven was co-founded by strategic investments from OMERS Ventures and Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), with Ryerson University as the founding academic partner.   

OneEleven is Canada’s first accelerator to address the technical needs of successful, visionary entrepreneurs who will benefit from access to the power of high-performance computing.

OneEleven, through curated programming, presents an opportunity for entrepreneurs with proven track records to be part of a peer community that also includes venture capital, industry, academia and government. It offers the kind of personal interaction that can lead to spontaneous collaborative innovation. New tech ventures are brought in through an intensive screening and scouting process.

OneEleven brings in academic-based research and bridges the commercialization gap to support the development of solutions to highly complex, big data and time-intensive problems. Ontario Centres of Excellence will use its expertise in the commercialization and innovation space to address this challenge.

Ryerson will help develop and support the education component of the accelerator. Qualified startups coming from Ryerson’s zones, including the Digital Media Zone, would be able to graduate to OneEleven if they meet the threshold for admission.

OneEleven is located in the heart of Toronto – 111 Richmond Street West – close to many of the city’s up and coming tech firms.

St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University have launched a 20-year partnership to research and develop innovative health-care solutions and to support start-up biomedical companies seeking to improve patient care.

The partnership brings together Ryerson’s engineering and science strengths with St. Michael’s research and clinical expertise in a new 22,000-square foot state-of-the-art laboratory known as external,iBEST (the Institute for Biomedical Engineering and Science Technology) where they will test practical ideas that can be brought to the patient bedside quickly.

Adjacent to iBEST is the external,Biomedical Zone, a 2,000-square-foot physician-led “incubator” that will specialize in the development and commercialization of biomechanical products and technologies, focusing on software, wearables, sensors and medical devices, to care for and treat patients. Both iBEST and the Biomedical Zone were designed as open-concept workspaces, to facilitate brainstorming and sharing of ideas among people from different fields. The Biomedical Zone is built on the model of Ryerson’s hugely successful external,DMZ.


external,Ryerson International connects the university community to an increasingly globalized world through external,projectsexternal,partnershipsexternal,exchangesexternal,research, and external,visiting scholars. The office works to enhance the university’s reputation abroad and provides a range of overseas opportunities for students and faculty. To date, Ryerson has established academic and research partnerships with more than 150 leading institutions globally.

Explore Ryerson's PDF filepartnerships by country and learn about some of our latest joint ventures below.

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The first Canadian-led incubator in India is a joint venture between the Bombay Stock Exchange Institute Ltd., Ryerson University, Ryerson Futures Inc. and Simon Fraser University.

external,BIL-Ryerson DMZ India (Bombay Stock Exchange Institute)

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external,World Cities World Class University (WC2) Network brings together top universities in major cities to respond to the challenges and opportunities confronting urban areas. Ryerson is the only university representing Canada, and joins 10 universities from around the world including City University of New York, Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.