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University president has been innovative in his own quest for innovation

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One of Sheldon Levy’s greatest accomplishments as president of Ryerson University was transforming the upper portion of Maple Leaf Gardens into the university’s athletics centre.

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Ryerson University’s Digital Media Zone overlooks Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square. By entangling itself with Toronto’s downtown, Ryerson gives students opportunities to connect with real-world businesses.

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Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy, left, and Justin Trudeau, then a leadership candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada, tour Ryerson’s Digital Media Zone in 2013. Mr. Trudeau’s campaign later adopted a customer-feedback app from the DMZ for his campaign.

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Valerie Fox is director of Ryerson’s DMZ and formerly of IBM. ‘By the time the idea of the [Digital Media] Zone started to formulate, it came to him [Levy] that Ryerson absolutely must support young people in their entrepreneurial streams, because they truly are going to be forming the world,’ she says.

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Signs of small start-up companies hang from the ceiling inside Ryerson’s DMZ in Toronto in April of 2014. The school-sponsored tech incubator has birthed more than 120 companies since opening in 2010.

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