Levy is helping spruce up not only Ryerson but also the entire east end of downtown through his work on the board of Waterfront Toronto. He has the ears of business leaders, community groups and government officials. Word has it the visionary academic has been called upon by both the premier and Infrastructure Ontario to consult on a number of new city projects, including the revitalization of Ontario Place. One of the approved Ontario Place proposals is a new world-class research centre, which the government hopes will be a partnership between a Toronto university (say, Ryerson) and an international institution—similar to the Technion-Cornell applied science and engineering campus being built on Roosevelt Island in Manhattan. If it happens, Levy’s golden touch will extend to the west end of the city as well. Crisis management: When the Ryerson president struck a deal to buy the old Sam the Record Man building on Yonge Street, he agreed to re-hang the store’s famous neon sign. That was before he knew how much it would cost: $250,000. But he stickhandled his way through the backlash with aplomb.
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