Former Ryerson University president Sheldon Levy appointed CEO of NEXT Canada

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NEXT Canada has appointed former Ryerson University president as its next CEO.

​​Levy ​​will step down ​​from his current role as ​Ontario’s ​​Deputy Minister ​​of ​​Advanced ​​Education ​​and ​​Skills ​​Development, and oversee the organization’s ​​Next ​​36, Next ​​Founders, ​​and ​​NextAI flagship programs.

Levy has some experience in the entrepreneurial world, and is credited as a major driving force for the creation of Ryerson’s DMZ, which is recognized by UBI as the third best incubator globally.

“I’ve ​​always ​​believed ​​that ​​innovation, ​​entrepreneurship, ​​and ​​technology ​​are ​​the ​​future ​​of ​​the Canadian ​​economy, ​​and ​​the ​​best ​​way ​​to ​​ensure ​​prosperity ​​for ​​all ​​Canadians,” ​​said ​​Levy. “NEXT ​​Canada ​​has ​​the ​​potential ​​to ​​become ​​one ​​of ​​the ​​most ​​important ​​entrepreneurial organizations ​​in ​​the ​​country, ​​and ​​I’m ​​excited ​​to ​​join ​​to ​​further ​​expand ​​on ​​their ​​impressive ​​team and ​​track ​​record, ​​and ​​to ​​continue ​​with ​​their ​​mission ​​of ​​founder ​​development.”

Levy will be taking over interim CEO Andrea Matheson’s role. Matheson took on the role after Razor Suleman resigned in October 2016, and joined former managing director Peter Carrescia as co-president. Carrescia left the organization a month later, and Matheson remained interim president.

Jacqui Allard​​, SVP and ​​head ​​of ​​strategy, performance, ​​and ​​marketing ​​for ​​personal ​​and ​​commercial banking ​​at ​​RBC, ​​and ​​​Catherine Lacavera​​​, ​​director ​​of ​​IP, ​​litigation, ​​and ​​employment ​​at ​​Google, will be joining the NEXT Canada board of directors.

“We ​​are ​​thrilled ​​that ​​Sheldon ​​is ​​joining ​​as ​​CEO ​​of ​​NEXT ​​Canada. ​​Sheldon ​​has ​​the ​​vision, ​​the experience, ​​and ​​the ​​credibility ​​to ​​dramatically ​​enhance ​​our ​​ability ​​to ​​move ​​the ​​needle ​​on Canadian ​​prosperity ​​in ​​the ​​years ​​ahead,” ​​said ​​John ​​Kelleher, ​​NEXT ​​Canada ​​Co-Chair ​​and McKinsey ​​& ​​Company ​​partner. ​​”Our ​​ambition ​​has ​​always ​​been ​​to ​​be ​​one ​​of ​​the ​​top entrepreneurial ​​development ​​programs ​​in ​​the ​​world, ​​and ​​with ​​Sheldon ​​at ​​the ​​helm ​​we ​​will achieve ​​this ​​goal.”

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Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang

Jessica Galang is BetaKit's News Editor.