To support Canadian entrepreneurship, the DMZ at Ryerson University has created a council of Canada’s most brilliant business stars to support our community’s budding businesses.

The DMZ at Ryerson is the top university incubator in the country, supporting a variety of start ups with space, advice, and valuable resources. Since it’s opening in 2010, the DMZ has raised $206 million in seed funding and has received many awards. The DMZ encourages young people to pursue their business ideas by hosting a number of network areas on the Ryerson campus, such as the Launch Zone and the Transmedia Zone.  

Of the 500 applications received over the year, 18 members have been selected for the Advisory Council, arriving from tech companies, thriving startups and national media outlets. Some of the most notable members include Bruce Croxon, cofounder of Round13 Capital and a guest on CBC’s Dragons’ Den, David Walmsley, editor and chief at the Globe and Mail, and Sabrina Geremia, managing director of Google Canada.

Together, the council members will provide business training and advice, and develop strategies for growing new companies. The first item on the agenda: creating a business bootcamp that will teach the hard and soft skills needed to make a startup succeed. The Advisory Council will work to form a collaboration movement, bringing together the startups across the country. This movement will be in support of the Canadian government’s agenda of innovation, which promotes more entrepreneurship within Canada.

The Minister of Innovation, Navdeep Bains, commented on the founding of the council, “The DMZ at Ryerson has been a leader on the innovation front since its inception,” he said. “We look forward to seeing how this new team will support our Canadian entrepreneurs in new and game changing ways.”


Article by Michelle McNally

Photo by Clifton Li