November 2015

Bonnie Patterson & Sheldon Levy: Straight talk about universities and their contribution to prosperity

7:30am-9:30am | MaRS Discovery District - 101 College Street, Toronto

Each has more than 40 years in postsecondary education - Bonnie M. Patterson, a Trent University President for more than a decade, and nine years at the helm of the Council of Ontario Universities; and Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson University for the last decade, and soon to be Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Now in transition, these two visionary leaders in Canadian postsecondary education will have a frank conversation about universities and their many contributions to the prosperity of individuals, businesses and provincial, national and global economies, and why business and postsecondary institutions should work better together to maximize the ROI on Canada’s highly skilled workforce.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- Breakfast will be served -

Bonnie Patterson & Sheldon Levy: Straight talk about universities and their contribution to prosperity

Bonnie M. Patterson, C.M., O.Ont., ICD.D

President and CEO
Council of Ontario Universities

Bonnie M. Patterson, C.M., O.Ont., ICD.D

Professor Bonnie Patterson is the President and CEO of the Council of Ontario Universities (COU), a post she has held since September 2009. She was the President and Vice-Chancellor of Trent University from 1998 to 2009. She has served previously as President of COU from 1995 to 1998, as Dean of Business at Ryerson University (then Ryerson Polytechnic Institute), and chaired and taught at Ryerson’s School of Administration and Information Management. She continues to hold her professorial position in Business Administration at Trent.

Currently, she is the Chair of the Board of The Roberta Bondar Foundation; a member of the Board of Metrolinx serving on the Human Resources & Compensation and Executive Committees; the Board of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce; and the Advisory Board for the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation. Prof. Patterson served as one of four Canadian university presidents to the Council of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. She has served as Chair of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; as a Director on the Board of the Peterborough Regional Health Centre for nine years, including two as it's Chair; and on the Founding Board of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority.

Prof. Patterson is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, and has been named one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by WXN. She holds a B.A. and M.L.S. from the University of Western Ontario, and has received honorary doctorates from Ryerson University, York University, and Western University.

She finishes her term at COU in December 2015.

Sheldon Levy

Higher Education Leader + Visionary

Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy is a higher education leader and visionary with a passion for innovation, entrepreneurship and the digital economy. Sheldon has been an instrumental figure in Toronto’s innovation ecosystem in the last decade, spearheading the creation of such organizations as Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone (DMZ), the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship, and Scale Up Ventures, Inc.

Over the course of his 30-year career, Sheldon’s roles have included President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University (2005-15) where he helped found Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone; Ontario Deputy Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development (2015-17); and CEO of NEXT Canada (2017-18). In December 2018, Sheldon became Special Advisor to Canada’s Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion, Mary Ng, on the issue of scaling up small and medium-sized businesses. Presently Sheldon is the President of Innovation Outcomes.

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