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Media Relations

The Media Relations team builds profile and enhances the reputation of Ryerson by encouraging media coverage of the successes and achievements of the university community. The team engages print, broadcast, online and other digital media to help tell the Ryerson story to potential students, the public, government and other stakeholders. The goal is to increase awareness of and support for the university.

What we do

Media Relations sources stories within the Ryerson community – about students, faculty, alumni and staff – and works to engage media interest in telling those stories through print, broadcast and digital outlets. The team also promotes university initiatives, including academic and capital developments, senior appointments, major awards and other stories to ensure that stakeholders are fully informed of key institutional developments.

The team makes a strong effort to promote faculty as expert commentators in the media by continually scanning media coverage for opportunities to have Ryerson faculty speak publicly about matters of public interest and concern. As a result, Ryerson faculty frequently appear in local, national and international media with their expert opinions and analysis.

The team provides a daily email news clipping report to senior staff at the university.

Who we are

Michael Forbes, Group Director, Communications, oversees the media relations and publications units.

Johanna VanderMaas, Manager, Public Affairs, is responsible for the media relations team.

Lauren Clegg, Media Relations Officer, sources stories and promotes them to media.

Dasha Pasiy, Media Relations Officer, sources stories and promotes them to media.

Dawa Ngodup, Communications and Administrative Coordinator, is responsible for media monitoring and other administrative duties.

Zandra Alexander, Media Relations Officer, sources stories and promotes them to media.


Contact Us

Michael Forbes
Group Director, Communications
416-979-5000, ext. 6638

Johanna VanderMaas
Acting Manager, Public Affairs
416-979-5000, ext. 4630
Suelan Toye
Communications and Media Relations Officer
Office of the Dean, Faculty of Arts
416-979-5000, ext. 3868
Lauren Clegg
Media Relations Officer
416-979-5000, ext. 7161

Dawa Ngodup

Communications and Administrative Coordinator
416-979-5000, ext. 7134  
Dasha Pasiy
Media Relations Officer,
416-979-5000, ext. 2126    

Zandra Alexander
Media Relations Officer
416-979-5000, ext. 4282
Serge Leshchuk
Social Media Assistant
416-979-5000, ext. 4680