Valerie Fox

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Valerie Fox
BornJanuary 8, 1954 (1954-01-08) (age 65)
Alma materSyracuse University
Carleton University
University of Ottawa
Algonquin College
Sheridan College
Adler Graduate Professional School
Occupationexecutive director, creative director, professional coach

Valerie Fox (born 1954) is an executive director, creative director and professional coach. She is known for her work at IBM Canada, as well as for developing and co-founding the Ryerson Digital Media Zone (DMZ), a multidisciplinary workspace, business incubator and startup accelerator for digital media businesses. She is principally responsible for making industry and institutional connections, and for bringing partnerships and collaboration to the DMZ. She holds multiple patents, including one for the concept of the “Universal Shopping Cart” and four patents for the “Synchronized Multi-Tablet Internet/TV System.”[1]


Valerie began her career at IBM Canada in 1993 where she was the National Practice Lead of User Experience Design. In 1999, she worked as the Creative Director for the Official Sydney Olympics website. In 2004, she became a Professional and Executive Coach. In 2006, after leaving IBM Canada, Valerie began her career at Ryerson University, becoming the Director of Innovative Technology Solutions. In April 2010, she co-founded the Ryerson Digital Media Zone.[2]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Valerie received the Outstanding Achievement award for her role on the IBM Executive Design Consultancy Board, as well as an Award of Excellence for the Sydney Olympics website design. In 2012, Valerie received the prestigious Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, provided by the Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATAAlliance).[3]


  1. ^ "Congratulations to Ryerson DMZ's Valerie Fox for Winning the CanWIT Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation". Canadian Digital Media Network. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  2. ^ "Valerie Fox". Speakerfile. Retrieved 2012-07-18.
  3. ^ "CATA Announces DMZ's Valerie Fox Winner of CWIT Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation". Techvibes. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-07-18.