Sheldon was the President and Vice Chancellor of Ryerson University from 2005 to 2015. During his tenure at Ryerson, Sheldon designed several initiatives focused on fostering student innovation, such as the Digital Media Zone, an early-stage incubator for student entrepreneurs which has since grown to become an international platform. From 2015 to 2017, Sheldon was the Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Advanced Education and Skill Development.
Sheldon’s prior positions include: President, Sheridan College; Vice President Governmental and Institutional Relations, University of Toronto; Vice President Institutional Affairs, York University; and Vice President Finance and Strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology.
Sheldon Levy is also the Special Advisor to the Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion and the former CEO of NEXT Canada, a non-profit business accelerator located in Toronto. A long-time champion of innovation and creator of start-up ecosystems, Sheldon also serves on the Advisory Board of the Brookfield Institute for Innovation + Entrepreneurship and on the Leadership Council of Scale Up Ventures, Inc.