Speaker Profiles

Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy

Higher Education Leader + Visionary

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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