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Research and Innovation

Message from the Vice-President

It is a distinct pleasure and honour to provide these welcoming remarks as vice-president, research and innovation, a position I have taken on since April 2017 when I returned to Ryerson, and back to Toronto.

Ryerson is on an exciting upward trajectory as our growth continues at an unprecedented pace and we position ourselves as leaders in teaching, experiential learning, and research and innovation. This is an exciting time where the impact of our scholarly, research and creative (SRC) endeavours is increasingly reaching farther and deeper within our region, across our country, and globally.

Ryerson has become the destination for innovative and talented faculty, students, and staff who support the SRC enterprise. Many of our researchers are leaders in their fields and are internationally known for their work across the breadth of our disciplines and professional focus at Ryerson. Building on a strong reputation as a collaborator, Ryerson’s cross-disciplinary approach has been key to producing impactful research that generates solutions to the complex problems of communities and society as a whole.

The innovation fostered within our faculties and startup incubation zones contributes not only to the creation of knowledge but also to the quality of life of Canadians, the improvement of our environment, the advancement of the health and well-being of people, the enhancement of cultural diversity, and the growth of economic prosperity for our country.

It’s good to be back at Ryerson. Clearly, Ryerson’s commitment to research and innovation, and its entrepreneurial spirit, are as strong as ever.

I am excited to be working with our researchers and students, and of course working with our partners and collaborators to make a difference. Explore Ryerson and I look forward to meeting you.


Steven N. Liss, PhD
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Ryerson University


Updated April 11, 2017