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Ryerson University is where it happens. Our students, faculty and staff are changing the future every day, with their innovative ideas, commitment to change and involvement in their local and global communities.

2017 has been a successful year for all of us at Ryerson - we encourage you to check this site daily to learn more about how Ryerson is making an impact with our research, partnerships, programs and initiatives, both in and outside of the classroom.

Ryerson Student self-ID

In 2016, we launched a voluntary Diversity SelfID survey for faculty and staff. This year, we expanded the survey to our student population to help us better understand our community.

Ryerson new executives Michael Benarroch, Ian Mishkel, Denise O'Neil Green

2017 brought new leaders to campus: Denise O’Neil Green was appointed our first vice-president, equity and community inclusion; Michael Benarroch was named new provost and vice-president, academic; and Ian Mishkel vice-president, university advancement

Ryerson ThriveRU

With a focus on developing students’ emotional intelligence, the ThriveRU program, provides opportunities to succeed via a series of group and individual workshops.

Ryerson DMZ Opening in New York

The DMZ opened an office in NYC to bridge entrepreneurial innovation between Canada and the United States. Over 40 (and counting) Canadian start-ups made use of the new space in 2017. 

EDI in Stem event at Ryerson

The Faculty of Science and Dean Imogen Coe are champions of diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. This year, they spearheaded a series of roundtable discussions to help us make informed decisions regarding equity, diversity and inclusion.

Frank Lloyd Wright Banff Pavilion

A cross functional team from Ryerson's Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science won the rights to update the Frank Lloyd Wright Pavilion, preserving Canadian cultural history.

Ryerson All-gender housing

In 2017, Pittman Hall became Canada’s first All-Gender Student Residence. Students no longer have to identify their gender when applying, but will have the option to do so if the wish.

The Consent Comes First Office is at the forefront of educating our community and creating a supportive environment for survivors. 

President Lachemi's speaking at the Economic Club

Economic Club of Canada welcomed President Lachemi  to speak to business leaders on Ryerson’s plans to thrive in the age of disruption and provide our students with the tools to succeed in the 21st Century.

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Ryerson Master of Digital Media graduate student, Kate McKenzie travelled to Afghanistan and used her role as a storyteller to impact global social change. 

Students working on a robot

This year, our students helped demonstrate the power of robotics. The collaboration between MDM students and history professor Jean Li will help uncover archaeological secrets of a dig in Egypt.

Trans Awareness event at Ryerson

November marked the first year that Ryerson celebrated Trans Awareness Month with a full roster of educational events and workshops that celebrate, honour and raise the visibility of the trans community.

Vathsala Illesinghe

This year, Vathsala Illesinghe became Ryerson’s first recipient of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarship. Vathsala’se research explores how immigration policies affect immigrant and refugee women’s vulnerability to violence.

Raktim Mitra

TransForm Lab examines how existing and novel means of transportation influence urban systems, and how our regions and neighbourhoods shape travel behaviour and human movement.

Following up on their successful 2016 report, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship produced a new report examining the regional impact of automation on the Canadian workforce.

Ted Rogers School of Management student Sam Bhachu, earned the prestigious Wayne Embry Fellowship opportunity with the Raptors.

In 2017, RyersonFCAD launched Saagajiwe, a centre dedicated to Indigenous art, storytelling and research creation, and mentorship of Indigenous students and researchers.

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This has been a great year for the Ryerson Rams, with a lot to celebrate on and off the court.

Once a Ram, Always a Ram. This has been the year of success for many Ryerson alumni who pursued their dreams.

Zone Learning is where students turn their ideas into viable enterprises. From biomedical science to fashion, we provide you with resources, mentorship and opportunities to build your business.

Our donors are instrumental to Ryerson’s continued success as a leader in education.



In 2017, our Ryerson Hyperloop team continues to work on their deployable wheel system design, a winning design at Space X, aiming to disrupt how we think about transportation in the 21st century.

Message from the President