Sheldon Levy

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Sheldon Levy
Sheldon Levy.jpg
Levy in 2008
CEO of NEXT Canada
Assumed office
October 30, 2017
Preceded byAndrea Matheson (Interim)
Ontario Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
In office
December 1, 2015 – September 30, 2017
Succeeded byGreg Orencsak
Personal details
Born1949 (age 68–69)[1]
NationalityCanadian
Alma materYork University
OccupationCEO, Educational Administrator, Civil Servant

Sheldon Levy (born 1949) became, on 01 November 2017, CEO of NEXT Canada, a non-profit that aims to develop Canada's next generation of entrepreneurs.[2]

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

Employment[edit]

Levy has previously been employed as

Mr. Levy's current Board and Committee appointments include:

Mr. Levy's previous Board appointments include:

Accolades[edit]

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.[9]

Controversy[edit]

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.[10][11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gee, Marcus. "The Ryerson revolution: how the once dumpy polytechnic is redrawing downtown". Toronto Life. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  2. ^ SILCOFF and CHIOSE, SEAN and SIMONA (Globe and Mail). "Sheldon Levy leaving Wynne's government to become CEO of Next Canada". Check date values in: |date= (help)
  3. ^ http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ryerson-president-sheldon-levy-heading-to-queen-s-park-1.3209932
  4. ^ "Ryerson president Sheldon Levy to tackle new role at Queen's Park". Toronto Star. August 31, 2015. Retrieved August 31, 2015.
  5. ^ "BIOGRAPHY: SHELDON LEVY PRESIDENT AND VICE-CHANCELLOR RYERSON UNIVERSITY" (PDF). Digital Media Zone. Ryerson University. Archived from the original (PDF) on 16 April 2016. Retrieved 8 April 2016.
  6. ^ 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. Archived from the original on 2005-11-05.
  7. ^ "UOIT vice-president named next president of Ryerson University". University of Ontario Institute of Technology. 2005-02-01. Archived from the original on 2005-12-30.
  8. ^ Chiose, Simona. "Ryerson University's Sheldon Levy to join higher education ministry". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 8 April 2016. (Subscription required (help)).
  9. ^ dangreenwoo (2015-12-18), This Song is for Sheldon Levy, retrieved 2016-07-20
  10. ^ "Faculty protests award for Montreal ethicist". CTV News. Retrieved June 19, 2006.
  11. ^ "Protests as ethicist Margaret Somerville awarded honorary degree by Ryerson". Erin Atack, Canadian Press. Archived from the original on November 30, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2006.

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Academic offices
Preceded by
Claude Lajeunesse
President of Ryerson University
2005–2015
Succeeded by
Mohamed Lachemi