Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy has been tapped to sit on the board of Waterfront Toronto.
Mr. Levy said in an interview he recently received a letter of congratulations from Premier Dalton McGuinty's office, and listed his experience at Ryerson among his qualifications for the post.
"We're the ones that bought Sam the Record Man. We're the ones that have been arguing for the revitalization of Yonge....We're the ones that have been talking about city-building," Mr. Levy said.
Waterfront Toronto, which was established by the province, the City of Toronto, and the federal government, was thrust into the spotlight last year when Councillor Doug Ford sought to have the city seize control from the agency, and mused about erecting a Ferris wheel and a monorail in the Port Lands.
In September, council voiced its unanimous support for Waterfront Toronto's plans for a mixed-use neighbourhood in the area, and called for the agency to quicken its progress and review its plan to naturalize the mouth of the Don River.
Mr. Levy said that Ryerson does not presently have an interest in the area, and that if it did, he would have had to declare a conflict of interest during his application process.
All board members receive a $5,000 annual stipend, plus a $500 for each board meeting they attend.