Levy in 2008
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Sheldon Levy is the President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University. Sheldon was educated at Downsview Public and Secondary School, in Toronto eventually earning his master's degree in Mathematics from York University.
Sheldon has previously been employed as Vice President, Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President, Government and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; President, Sheridan College of Applied Arts and Technology; and finally Vice President, Institutional Affairs, York University.
Mr. Levy's current Board and Committee appointments include:
- Board of Directors, Innovation Institute of Ontario;
- Advisory Board, Elder Research Centre, Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning; and
- The Board of Directors, Toronto Board of Trade.
An article by the Toronto Life magazine, called the "Ryerson Revolution", describes in detail how Sheldon Levy has taken the initiative since starting as President to improve Ryerson University, by purchasing Maple Leaf Gardens, shutting down Gould Street and a space sharing agreement with AMC theatres, creating an urban campus, instead of the more traditional closed-off University Campus.
He was the driving force behind the DMZ - Digital Media Zone which opened in April 2010. It is a multidisciplinary workspace for research and learning, home to both entrepreneurial companies and industry solution-providers. With access to overhead, business services and a rich network of contacts, entrepreneurs and researchers can accelerate product launches, and contribute to Canada’s growing success in the digital economy. It has taken over three floors at the AMC Complex building.
In 2006, Levy sparked controversy by defending the decision of Ryerson's Awards and Ceremonials Standing Committee of the Academic Council to award an honorary degree to Margaret Somerville, who is noted for her opposition to same-sex marriage and gay families. He explained that the while Ryerson University did not agree with Dr. Somerville's views, revoking the award would be counter to freedom of speech and the right to expression.
- Sonja Puzic and Alison Northcott: "Goodbye Rye High: Sheldon Levy — New pres wants to make Ryerson a more welcoming place for students". The Eyeopener. 2005-08-23.
- "UOIT vice-president named next president of Ryerson University". University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 2005-02-01.
- "Faculty protests award for Montreal ethicist". CTV News. Retrieved June 19, 2006.
- "Protests as ethicist Margaret Somerville awarded honorary degree by Ryerson". Erin Atack, Canadian Press. Retrieved August 17, 2006.
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