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Chief Information Officer

Brian Lesser, Chief Information Officer
Brian Lesser, Chief Information Officer

Brian Lesser is the chief information officer for Ryerson University.

The chief information officer aligns Ryerson’s information technology (IT) services with our academic plan and vision to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university.

Reflecting the way IT bridges academic and administrative work, the CIO reports to both the provost and vice-president, academic and to the vice-president, administration and finance. This model facilitates the development of a more cohesive university-wide approach to providing IT services, with the goal of working collaboratively with all Ryerson IT service providers.

Brian Lesser was appointed Ryerson’s inaugural chief information officer (CIO) on Sept. 1, 2015 as a response to the critical and increasingly complex role IT plays in learning, teaching, research and strategic planning.

Since June 2010, Brian has helped lead a number of significant initiatives in his capacity as director of Computing and Communications Services (CCS). Highlights include the transition to Google Apps for Education and more recently, the migration from Blackboard to Ryerson’s new learning management system, Desire2Learn’s (D2L) Brightspace. Both projects involved extensive community consultation which speaks to the importance Brian places on collaboration. Both changeovers involved town halls, community surveys, emails and regular blog posts - examples of Brian’s commitment to transparency and customer service.

Earlier achievements include the creation of the Digital Media Projects Office in partnership with the Rogers Communications Centre, Ryerson Mobile in partnership with the Library, and the Ryecast system for recording and streaming lectures and events. Lesser has worked with startups at the DMZ and has been a member of the DMZ steering committee from the beginning.

Brian joined Ryerson in 1989 as an instructor of photography and new media in the School of Image Arts. Since 1995 he has held several positions in CCS including manager, academic computing, and assistant director, application development and support.


Chief Information Officer
Brian Lesser
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