As I look back on the year, it has been an exciting time since my arrival in April 2017 as Ryerson’s vice-president, research and innovation. I am still discovering, connecting and reconnecting, and listening to the community as I make my way around campus.
Collision, collaboration, scale, urban, and global are all terms that resonate within me when I look out my office window in the centre of one of the most dynamic, diverse, and innovative global cities in the world. It is exhilarating to be part of Ryerson’s trajectory as it continues to express its aim to impact the lives of its students, the city, and on some of the most pressing questions and challenges of our time.
I have particularly enjoyed meeting students, faculty, and staff, and those who have recently joined the university, who have impressed me with their enthusiasm, accomplishments, and expertise, as well as their desire to contribute to city building; inclusion and diversity; collaboration and partnership; and innovation.
Impact requires us to think bigger, deeper, and to be aspirational in all facets of our mission. A global city requires global leaders. We need to redefine the limits of our thinking and relationships with one another. We need to embrace interdisciplinary approaches to break down silos and encourage greater “brain circulation” within the university and in our partnerships and collaborations − regionally, nationally and internationally.
I am pleased and excited that the university has secured the mandate to recruit a Canada Excellence Research Chair in Migration and Integration. This is a significant area of emphasis at Ryerson, and confirms our global reputation. We celebrated the accomplishments of our leading scholars, scientists and artists who were recognized by the Royal Society of Canada, including the election of Professor Bin Wu as a Fellow. Ryerson announced two new Canada Research Chairs − in High Performance Computing and Sustainable Energy and in Microarchitecture for Advanced Polymeric Materials. We received funding for the new Centre for Food Innovation and Nutrition Discovery. Additionally, we celebrated exploration, championed innovation through industry-supported development programs, and saw our graduate students make breakthroughs and challenge conventional thinking in their thesis work, and then bring their ideas to fruition through innovation and entrepreneurship.
At Ryerson, through our pursuit of excellence, we are navigating unchartered waters as trailblazers and as fearless competitors. I look forward to sharing more stories and news on recent advancements and impact of Ryerson’s research in the coming months.
Steven N. Liss, PhD
Vice-President, Research and Innovation
Updated January 29, 2018