Sheldon Levy was appointed Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities on December 1, 2015. The ministry became the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development on June 13, 2016.
Deputy Levy's responsibilities encompass a significant portfolio that supports Ontario's economy. Under his leadership, the ministry delivers employment and training programs that meet the changing needs of the province's labour market, and a high-quality, accessible postsecondary education system that is globally competitive. The work of this ministry drives the innovation that is vital to Ontario's prosperity.
Prior to this appointment, Deputy Levy served as President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University since 2005. Previous positions included 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.
Sheldon has been recognized for championing an entrepreneurial education model achieving global status with the Ryerson Digital Media Zone in Toronto, and an international network including partnership start-up incubators in India and South Africa. He has been 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 Ryerson University's vibrant culture.
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.