Bonnie Patterson & Sheldon Levy: Straight talk about universities and their contribution to prosperity7:30am-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.
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- Breakfast will be served -
Bonnie M. Patterson, C.M., O.Ont., ICD.D
President and CEO
Council of Ontario Universities
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.
President and Vice-Chancellor
Sheldon Levy has served as President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University since 2005.
Former positions include President, Sheridan College; Vice President Finance and Strategy,
University of Ontario Institute of Technology; Vice President Government and Institutional
Relations, University of Toronto; and Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University.
Previous appointments include leadership and committee contributions in organizations
representing colleges and universities across Ontario and Canada, and community agencies
including the Toronto Waterfront Revitalization Corporation and the Toronto Region Board of
Sheldon is recognized for championing an entrepreneurial education model achieving global
status with the Ryerson Digital Media Zone in Toronto, and an international network including
partnership startup incubators in India and South Africa, with others currently under discussion.
He is dedicated to academic mission in the full range of programs and research, a focus on
student engagement and success, and the core values of diversity, equity and inclusion as
fundamental to our vibrant culture. His declaration of the university’s role as city-builder is seen
in Ryerson signature projects such as the Mattamy Athletic Centre at the former Maple Leaf
Gardens, the Ryerson Image Centre photography gallery and research program, and the
architecturally stunning Student Learning Centre as the new campus gateway on Yonge Street.
He was awarded a BSc, MA, and Doctor of Laws honoris causa by York University, and lectured
in computer science and mathematics. He has been recognized among “The Power 50 Most
Influential in Canadian Business Today” (Canadian Business) and “The 50 Most Influential”
(Toronto Life). Recent distinctions include the 2014 People for Education Egerton Ryerson
Award for Dedication to Public Education, the 2014 Canadian Urban Institute David Crombie
Award, and the 2013 Toronto Region Board of Trade Builder Award.
This summer Sheldon was appointed Deputy Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities
effective December 1, 2015. He will play a leading role in supporting the Ontario government’s
innovation agenda and developing the environment to best advance the talents and capabilities
of our young people as the ingenious and thoughtful drivers of our progress, and the promise of