Valerie Fox

Valerie Fox is the Executive Director and co-founder of the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University (DMZ). Opening in April 2010, the Zone has grown to be one of the most talked about tech incubators in Ontario, incubating and accelerating the growth of 140 companies and fostering over 1315 associated jobs in just 4 years. The DMZ was recently ranked the top university business incubator in Canada and fifth globally. The Zone model is also seeing success internationally with Zone Startups/India, a collaboration between BSE Institute (a subsidiary of the Bombay Stock Exchange), the DMZ and Ryerson Futures Inc.

Valerie Fox is the Executive Director of the Digital Media Zone at Ryerson University (DMZ). She was responsible for its development and opening in April of 2010. Since then, the DMZ has grown to become Canada's largest incubator and multi-disciplinary co-working space. With more than 30 years of experience in the creative digital industry, Fox is an active advocate of the user experience. She has worked with technology in the university sector, for industry and for consumers. Her roles have ranged from business development to creative direction and user experience for various digital technologies. In May 2012 Valerie was presented with the prestigious Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT) Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship and innovation. The annual award is presented to a Canadian woman who has shown the most outstanding technological innovation and corporate leadership significantly expanding the frontiers of Canada's advanced technology industry. She has also been awarded a number of patents, including the Universal Shopping Cart for the Web.