University Receives 2013 Presidents' Award from Tourism Toronto and GTHA
TORONTO, Oct. 29, 2013 /CNW/ - Ryerson University has been recognized
for "preserving Toronto's past and shaping its future" by Tourism
Toronto and the Greater Toronto Hotel Association (GTHA).
At their annual general meeting the groups presented Ryerson with the
2013 Presidents' Award, acknowledging the revitalization of the
University's downtown precinct, the pedestrianization of Gould Street
and the creation of multiple award winning buildings contributing to
the vibrancy of Toronto's downtown core.
"Ryerson is pleased to work together with the many people and
organizations playing an active role in building a dynamic and
innovative city," said Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson University.
"On behalf of Ryerson students, faculty and staff and our great
partners who bring such positive energy to this important work, I'd
like to thank Tourism Toronto and the Greater Toronto Hotel Association
for this honour."
The Presidents' award, presented jointly by Tourism Toronto and the
Greater Toronto Hotel Association, recognizes an organization from
outside the tourism sector that helps raise Toronto's profile and
enhance the experience for visitors.
"The range of work Ryerson has done has been extremely important in
creating new attractions, cultural centres and destinations for
visitors," said David Whitaker, President of Tourism Toronto.
"Ryerson's Image Centre is a wonderful photo gallery in the heart of
the city that builds upon the solid foundation of the university's
archival holdings, including the famous Black Star Collection of
approximately 292,000 photojournalistic prints."
"The redevelopment of Maple Leaf Gardens not only helped preserve a
Canadian architectural and cultural icon, it also brought a valuable
new sports and event venue into the downtown core," said Terry Mundell,
President of the Greater Toronto Hotel Association. "The restoration of
the Gardens has been a key part of many bids to host future events in
The Presidents' Award is the latest honour recognizing Ryerson's
positive impact on the city. The Mattamy Athletic Centre was named one
of ESPN's top 10 most historic North American Stadiums and was awarded
the Consulting Engineers of Ontario Award, The Paul Oberman Award for
Adaptive Reuse, a Toronto Urban Design Award and Heritage Toronto Award
of Merit. The Ryerson Image Centre won the 2012 AL Light & Architecture
Design Award, a Toronto Urban Design Award, OAA Award for Design
Excellence and the Award for Excellence in Architecture from the
Society for College and University Planning / American Institute of
About Tourism Toronto
Tourism Toronto, Toronto's Convention and Visitors Association, is an
industry association of more than 1,100 members established to sell and
market the greater Toronto region as a remarkable destination for
tourists, convention delegates and business travelers around the globe.
Tourism Toronto operates in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of
Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Greater Toronto Hotel Association,
representing the cities of Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton. For more
information please visit www.seetorontonow.com
About Ryerson University
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 38,000 students, including 2,300
master's and PhD students, nearly 2,700 faculty and staff, and more
than 155,000 alumni worldwide. Research at Ryerson is on a trajectory
of success and growth: externally funded research has doubled in the
past four years. Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson is Canada's pre-eminent
entrepreneurial-focused business management school and home to six
schools of management, 12 research centres and institutes and offers
three post-graduate business degrees. For more information, visit www.ryerson.ca.
SOURCE: Ryerson University
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