Ryerson University names Lawrence Bloomberg new chancellor

TORONTO, Sept. 25, 2012 /CNW/ - Lawrence Bloomberg, a distinguished 
philanthropist and accomplished Canadian business leader, has been named 
chancellor of Ryerson University. 
"Throughout his life and career Lawrence Bloomberg has earned a national 
reputation as an advocate and supporter of education, a facilitator of 
innovation and entrepreneurship and an active member of the community. We are 
thrilled that he will be bringing his vast experience and passion to the 
students, faculty and staff of Ryerson as our next chancellor," said Sheldon 
Levy, president and vice-chancellor of Ryerson University. 
The chancellor, who is the ceremonial head of the university, is appointed for 
a three-year term. In addition to acting as an ambassador for Ryerson on 
local, national and international levels, the chancellor also presides at all 
convocations and confers university degrees. Bloomberg begins his term October 
19, 2012 and will be Ryerson's fourth chancellor, succeeding G. Raymond Chang. 
"Like so many others I have been watching with interest Ryerson's growth as a 
university and its impressive expansion in the heart of the city," Bloomberg 
said. "I have a strong affinity for the culture of innovation at Ryerson and 
the kind of education it offers. Education has never been more important to 
support individual achievement and our progress as a society, and I am truly 
excited and honoured to be joining Ryerson at this exciting point in its 
Bloomberg is chair of the Board of Directors of BloombergSen Inc., an 
investment counseling firm. He is a director of the National Bank of Canada 
and is currently an advisor to National Bank Financial. In 1979 Bloomberg 
founded First Marathon Inc, which became one of Canada's leading investment 
dealers. First Marathon was purchased in 1999 by the National Bank. 
A member of the Order of Canada and recipient of the Order of Ontario, 
Bloomberg has a long and distinguished record of community service. Among his 
many positions, he is past chairman of Mount Sinai Hospital, former director 
of the Toronto Region Research Alliance, past director of the Baycrest Centre 
for Geriatric Care, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Toronto International 
Film Festival. Bloomberg is a founder and director of MaRS, a Toronto 
incubator where science, technology and social entrepreneurs can advance their 
business ideas. 
His philanthropic contributions have included naming The Lawrence S. Bloomberg 
Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto and the Frances Bloomberg 
Centre for Women's and Infants' Health at Mount Sinai Hospital. He recently 
launched the Bloomberg-Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health at 
McGill University. He endowed the Lawrence Bloomberg Chair in Accountancy at 
Concordia University and the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Fellowship at the Wharton 
School (University of Pennsylvania) which provides financial support for a 
student from Canada. He sponsored the Lawrence Bloomberg Wing at the Schulich 
School of Business and has made many substantial gifts to other institutions 
and campaigns. 
Mr. Bloomberg graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sir George 
Williams University (now Concordia University) and an MBA from McGill 
University, and is a recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws from Concordia 
University and the University of Toronto. 
Ryerson University is Canada's leader in innovative, career-oriented education 
and a university clearly on the move. With a mission to serve societal need, 
and a long-standing commitment to engaging its community, Ryerson offers more 
than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs. Distinctly urban, culturally 
diverse and inclusive, the university is home to more than 28,000 students, 
including 2,300 master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and 
140,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory of success 
and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the past five years. The 
G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is Canada's leading provider 
of university-based adult education. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca 
Johanna VanderMaas Public Affairs Ryerson University Office: 416-979-5000 x 
4630 johanna.vandermaas@ryerson.ca 
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