The Communications team provides a range of communication services and skills to the university including media relations, community engagement, internal communications, government relations, publications, and crisis and communications/ issues management.
Communications can provide advice and assistance in communicating to both the Ryerson community and outside of campus to the public and media when the need arises.
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.
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.
General media-related inquiries:
Karen Benner, Associate Director, University Communications
416-979-5000 ext. 3494
Faculty of Community Services and Ryerson Rams Athletics:
Jessica Leach, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
416-979-5000 ext. 4282
Faculty of Science:
Michelle Grady, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
416-979-5000 ext. 7161
Faculty of Arts:
Brian Tran, Public Relations and Communications Specialist
416-979-5000 ext. 3339
Ted Rogers School of Management:
Nadine Habib, Media and Rich Content Specialist
416-979-5000 ext. 3608
Faculty of Communication and Design:
Public Relations and Communications Specialist
416-979-5000 ext. 2126
The team produces publications for audiences on campus and beyond to inform readers about the achievements of Ryerson’s students, faculty, alumni and staff, and the university’s initiatives. Key themes in publications highlight Ryerson’s role as an urban, innovative university delivering relevant, career-focused education, with faculty who conduct exceptional research focused on real-world challenges. The goal is to inspire the support of the internal and external communities for Ryerson’s mission and mandate.
For material you would like to see published in a university publication:
Colleen Mellor, Publications Manager
416-979-5000 ext. 7000
Crisis Communications and Issues Management
If your school, department or unit is handling a situation that requires communications expertise, help is available. Ryerson Public Affairs can provide advice and assistance in communicating to both the Ryerson community and outside of campus to the public and media when the need arises.
For communications assistance or advice:
- Johanna VanderMaas, Associate Director, Leadership Communications
416-979-5000 ext. 4630