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Looking ahead to the next 150 years

By Mohamed Lachemi

President and Vice-Chancellor
“We are celebrating Canada 150, our nation’s sesquicentennial, with a deep acknowledgment of history and shared responsibility for truth and reconciliation.”
ILLUSTRATION BY ADAM CRUFT
THIS SPRING we welcomed more than 8,000 guests to campus for the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences. For seven days, Canada’s largest gathering of academics, researchers, policy-makers and practitioners met at Ryerson for the first time.

The theme of Congress 2017 was “The Next 150, On Indigenous Lands,” selected in recognition of Canada 150, our nation’s sesquicentennial, with a deep acknowledgment of history and shared responsibility for truth and reconciliation.

Ryerson was proud to present a special event during Congress: the first art installation, Survival to Sovereignty, from the Indigenous Communication and Design Network (ICAD). This new incubator is based in the Faculty of Communication & Design supporting the creation of Indigenous art, storytelling and research.

More than 70 scholarly associations were here to share research findings on current critical issues, recognizing the intersection of ideas, geographies, cultures, schools of thought and disciplines. For many, the discussions focused on community well-being, including education, social justice, public and global health, the environment, the digital age and a breadth of areas representing intense dedication to making a positive difference.

You will find this focus on well-being ref lected in our feature story. Ryerson researchers are achieving major breakthroughs in medical technology. Our biomedical engineering and medical physics programs are serving demand for the top jobs in the health-care industry and our students are gaining unique experience in the classroom and beyond.

Ryerson entrepreneurs have the unique opportunity to develop their ventures through the Biomedical Zone and Institute for Biomedical Engineering, Science & Technology (iBEST), as part of an extraordinary partnership between Ryerson and St. Michael’s Hospital.

We are proud to bring you these stories as valued members of the Ryerson community around the world and to share our progress and innovation in science and technology.

With this issue I am also delighted to congratulate and thank the team behind the redesign that brings a new look and branding to you, with our very best wishes.

Summer 2017 / Ryerson University Magazine 3