Articles by: Robyn Fiorda

Olivia Chow launches institute for change leaders

Olivia Chow launches institute for change leaders

  Olivia Chow, former city councillor and visiting professor, officially launched an institute this week that teaches community organizing skills at Ryerson. Although this week’s event was the official launch, the Change Leaders curriculum has been in place at Ryerson since 2015. The institute is housed in a small office, however, so far the programming has been offered off-campus. Previous […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · News, On Campus
The winning ‘idea’ for accessible living space

The winning ‘idea’ for accessible living space

Ryerson interior design and engineering students worked together to design spaces for those living with paraplegia at this year’s Interior Design and Engineering Affiliation (IDEA) competition. On Oct. 8, over 90 students were given six hours to design a two-storey living space in the form of a floor plan and virtual prototype. The students had to create a design that […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · News
Students to bring big ‘ideas’ to Rye’s design competition

Students to bring big ‘ideas’ to Rye’s design competition

Engineering and design students will come together to tackle real-world problems at the Interior Design & Engineering Affiliation (I.D.E.A) competition this weekend. On Oct. 8, about 145 students will combine their skills to create a solution to a health care problem in the form of a floorplan and virtual prototype. The exact problem will be kept under wraps until the […]

DMZ launches advisory council for startups

DMZ launches advisory council for startups

A new advisory council will mentor Canadian companies at Ryerson’s DMZ. “This board has some of the greatest minds of the country — business leaders that can really help propel our startups to the next level,” said DMZ executive director Abdullah Snobar. The 20-member council was announced Wednesday at the DMZ and includes businesspeople like Anthony Lacavera, the CEO of […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · Business, DMZ
Pro-life, pro-choice protesters disrupt Gould Street

Pro-life, pro-choice protesters disrupt Gould Street

Pro-life demonstrators disrupted pedestrian traffic on Gould Street this afternoon, but were interrupted by responses from pro-choice demonstrators.  The Ryerson Students’ Union (RSU) was quick to release a statement on Twitter saying that the protest was not affiliated with Ryerson or the RSU. In the statement, the RSU apologized for the group’s graphic imagery, but said they could not make the […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · News
The DMZ is one of the 11 zones at Ryerson. (Shaian Martin)

Can female entrepreneurs build it? Yes they can

More Ontario women are becoming entrepreneurs, according to a study released last week, but experts say they still face more difficulty getting investors than men do. The 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor Ontario report conducted by Ryerson University, the Brookfield Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Centre for Innovation Studies was released last week. It  found that 13.8 per cent […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · Business, DMZ, entrepreneurship
Daniel Christian Tang uses 3D printing to create intricate jewelry. The pieces are created using architectural modelling software with 3D digital manufacturing technology.  (Robyn Fiorda)

PHOTOS: Top fashion startups at the Joe Fresh Centre

The Joe Fresh Centre for Fashion Innovation opened its doors last Thursday to showcase some of its home-grown companies. The companies included a 3D jewelry line and an app that helps you track down clothes from your favourite TV shows. The event was part of this year’s Startup Open House Toronto, a networking event to showcase some of the city’s […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · Business, Fashion, News
Hot tech-startup fest makes Canadian debut in Toronto

Hot tech-startup fest makes Canadian debut in Toronto

Marketers, investors and students gathered at the Biomedical Zone in downtown Toronto last Thursday for Canada’s first NewCo entrepreneurship festival. The Biomedical Zone is a health tech incubator that works closely with St. Michael’s Hospital and Ryerson University to develop healthcare startup companies. The space is no stranger to startup business culture, making it a perfect setting for NewCo to […]

Attendees at the Biomedical Zone got to try a virtual surgery simulator. (Robyn Fiorda)

Ryerson students get virtual reality experience

Ryerson students stepped out of their reality and onto the virtual rooftop of a Toronto highrise building, with the help of a new virtual reality app. Video journalist Marie-Espérance Cerda paired up with the Transmedia Zone to create a 360-degree virtual reality app. “VR is bringing in all of these realms of possibilities and it’s pushing us to explore beyond […]

by Robyn Fiorda· · Business