Sheldon Levy

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Sheldon Levy
Sheldon Levy.jpg
Levy in 2008
Ontario Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
Assumed office
December 1, 2015
President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University
In office
August 1, 2005 – July 31, 2015
Preceded by Claude Lajeunesse
Succeeded by Mohamed Lachemi
Personal details
Born 1949 (age 67–68)[1]
Nationality Canadian
Alma mater York University
Occupation Civil servant, educational administrator

Sheldon Levy (born 1949) is a Canadian civil servant and educational administrator. Levy was appointed Ontario's Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities where he took office on December 1, 2015. Prior to his appointment to deputy minister, he retired from his executive positions at Ryerson on July 31, 2015.[2][3] Levy was formerly the President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University and president of Sheridan College.[4][5][6]

Levy was educated at Downsview Public and Secondary School, in Toronto, and earned his master's degree in Mathematics from York University.


Levy 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:

Levy left Ryerson on December 1, 2015 to become Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities for Ontario.[7]


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 Digital Media Zone (DMZ) 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 success in the digital economy. It has taken over three floors at the AMC Complex building.

In 2015, Sheldon Levy was the subject of a viral video produced by Ryerson University custodian Bob Skelly.[8]


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 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.[9][10]


  1. ^ Gee, Marcus. "The Ryerson revolution: how the once dumpy polytechnic is redrawing downtown". Toronto Life. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  2. ^ "Ryerson president Sheldon Levy to tackle new role at Queen's Park". Toronto Star. August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015. 
  3. ^ "BIOGRAPHY: SHELDON LEVY PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR RYERSON UNIVERSITY" (PDF). Digital Media Zone. Ryerson University. Retrieved 8 April 2016. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "UOIT vice-president named next president of Ryerson University". University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 2005-02-01. 
  6. ^ Chiose, Simona. "Ryerson University's Sheldon Levy to join higher education ministry". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 8 April 2016. (subscription required (help)). 
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  8. ^ dangreenwoo (2015-12-18), This Song is for Sheldon Levy, retrieved 2016-07-20 
  9. ^ "Faculty protests award for Montreal ethicist". CTV News. Retrieved June 19, 2006. 
  10. ^ "Protests as ethicist Margaret Somerville awarded honorary degree by Ryerson". Erin Atack, Canadian Press. Retrieved August 17, 2006. 

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Claude Lajeunesse
President of Ryerson University
Succeeded by
Mohamed Lachemi