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Message from the Vice-President

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

Steven N. Liss, PhD

Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Ryerson University

Ryerson University is an active builder of local, national and international partnerships, networks and communities of practice. Our researchers connect and engage with industry and community partners to generate and apply knowledge across a broad range of sectors.

Located in the heart of Toronto – one of the most dynamic, diverse urban centres in the world – Ryerson contributes to the energy of its location by fostering bold thinking, collaborative partnerships, innovation and entrepreneurship.

Our strong record of research excellence is exemplified through the work of our research chairs. Over the past year, Ryerson has had many successes to celebrate, including our successful nomination of our Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration and the commencement of her seven-year, internationally recognized research program.

Our Canada Research Chairs continue to make an impact in biomedical science, transportation technologies, aerospace and semantic computing. Our Industrial Research Chairs have formed strong partnerships with industry to find solutions to real-world challenges through innovative processes and technologies.

We celebrate the peer recognition and honours bestowed upon our faculty for their scholarly, research and creative achievements. From elected Fellows in the Royal Society of Canada and inducted Members to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, to accolades like the Governor General’s Literary Award for English-Language Fiction, Ryerson faculty are being recognized for their excellence and impact.

We look forward to the continued development of our research community through the unprecedented growth of our faculty complement commensurate with our position locally, nationally and internationally.

Our strategic partnerships with government, industry and community have led to the creation of thought-leading hubs of research. The Future Skills Centre is a national, Ryerson-led, federally funded initiative that will help prepare Canadians for the changing labour market. The Cybersecure Catalyst is a national centre that builds on Ryerson’s tradition of intersecting research and industry to solve the critical global challenge that is cybersecurity. The Future of Sport Lab (FSL), created through the shared vision of Ryerson and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, sets out to innovate sport business and programs. Our Centre for Urban Innovation brings together faculty and student researchers to find solutions to critical urban infrastructure issues, like clean energy, water and food production.

We look to the future with our students, encouraging the next generation of scholars to engage with the research enterprise, seek out experiential and co-curricular learning opportunities, explore participation in entrepreneurship and innovation and develop creative solutions to the complex issues facing our ever-evolving world.

Ryerson’s ability to successfully compete on important initiatives is a testament to our ability to anticipate new and emerging areas and stay true to our values. By setting a bold course and focusing on connections, collaborations and excellence, we are continuing on Ryerson University’s trajectory of creating impact and success now and in the future.