Ex-Ry­er­son pres­i­dent to head non-profit

Shel­don Levy is leav­ing pro­vin­cial ed­u­ca­tion min­istry to join NEXT Canada as CEO


Shel­don Levy, the for­mer Ry­er­son pres­i­dent who be­came On­tario’s deputy min­is­ter of post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion, is leav­ing the gov­ern­ment to work for a non-profit that pro­motes young en­trepreneurs.

Levy, named deputy min­is­ter at the end of 2015, takes over as CEO of NEXT Canada on Oct. 30. He will re­main with the Min­istry of Ad­vanced Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills De­vel­op­ment un­til the end of Septem­ber.

Levy was a pop­u­lar and well-known pres­i­dent of Ry­er­son who took the helm there in 2005, boost­ing its aca­demic stand­ing and steer­ing its ex­pan­sion in the city’s down­town core — in­clud­ing its ac­qui­si­tion of Maple Leaf Gar­dens, Sam the Record Man and even work­ing out a deal with the Cine­plex at Yonge and Dun­das to use the movie the­atres as lec­ture halls dur­ing the day.

He threw his sup­port be­hind the cre­ation of the DMZ — “digital me­dia zone” — to help nur­ture cam­pus in­ven­tors and en­trepreneurs, and con­nect them with in­vestors.

Prior to Ry­er­son, Levy was at the helm of Sheri­dan Col­lege and a vi­cepres­i­dent at the Uni­ver­sity of On­tario In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy, the Uni­ver­sity of Toronto and York Uni­ver­sity.

In an­nounc­ing his ap­point­ment, NEXT Canada called him a rec­og­nized leader in ed­u­ca­tion and in­no­va­tion, and was named one of Canada’s 50 most in­flu­en­tial peo­ple in busi­ness by Cana­dian Busi­ness.

“In his new role at NEXT Canada, Mr. Levy will over­see its three pro­grams for en­trepreneurs . . . and will con­tinue to fur­ther the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s goal of pro­vid­ing ed­u­ca­tion, men­tor­ship and cap­i­tal to en­trepreneurs in Canada and around the world.”

In a writ­ten state­ment, Levy said he’s “al­ways be­lieved that in­no­va­tion, en­trepreneur­ship and tech­nol­ogy are the fu­ture of the Cana­dian econ­omy and the best way to en­sure pros­per­ity for all Cana­di­ans.”

Steve Orsini, the gov­ern­ment’s sec­re­tary of cabi­net, praised Levy for his “bold lead­er­ship” that has seen the min­istry build “strong part­ner­ships with the post-sec­ondary ed­u­ca­tion sec­tor, and stu­dent fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance has been fun­da­men­tally trans­formed to be more out­comes­fo­cused and stu­dent-cen­tred.”


Shel­don Levy took the helm at Ry­er­son in 2005, boost­ing its aca­demic stand­ing and steer­ing its ex­pan­sion in the city’s down­town core.

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