Levy in 2008
|Ontario Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities|
December 1, 2015
|President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University|
August 1, 2005 – July 31, 2015
|Preceded by||Claude Lajeunesse|
|Succeeded by||Mohamed Lachemi|
|Born||1949 (age 67–68)|
|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. Levy was formerly the President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University and president of Sheridan College.
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:
- 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 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.
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.
- Gee, Marcus. "The Ryerson revolution: how the once dumpy polytechnic is redrawing downtown". Toronto Life. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- "Ryerson president Sheldon Levy to tackle new role at Queen's Park". Toronto Star. August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
- "BIOGRAPHY: SHELDON LEVY PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR RYERSON UNIVERSITY" (PDF). Digital Media Zone. Ryerson University. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
- 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.
- Chiose, Simona. "Ryerson University's Sheldon Levy to join higher education ministry". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 8 April 2016. (subscription required (. ))
- dangreenwoo (2015-12-18), This Song is for Sheldon Levy, retrieved 2016-07-20
- "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.
|President of Ryerson University