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Ryerson launches its Legal Innovation Zone

By Karin Galldin April 30, 2015 30 April 2015

Canada now has its first legal incubator. 

Created by Chris Bentley and Hersh Perlis, and billed as a space to develop innovative solutions to make Canada’s legal system and services “smarter, faster, and better,” the Ryerson Legal Innovation Zone (“LIZ”) brought an enthusiastic group of innovators, public servants, academics, and students together in celebrating its launch yesterday.

Sheldon Levy, President of Ryerson University, described the contribution that the LIZ can make to today’s changing economy: “It’s about giving young people a chance not just to be the employees, but to be the employers,” he said in his opening remarks.  “Young people will listen intently to people’s problems and develop solutions to them.  Those solutions may disturb some old people,” he said, to some chuckles from the crowd, “but young people can’t be stopped.”

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