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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Ryerson University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Ryerson University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Ryerson University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Ryerson University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Ryerson University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Ryerson University.

List features graduates like Nina Dobrev, Gail Kim and more!

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Ryerson University?” and “Which celebrities are Ryerson University alumni?”

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Kenny Hotz is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Kenny Hotz Television director, Businessperson, Comedian Kenneth Joel "Kenny" Hotz is a Canadian producer, writer, director, actor, and comedian. He is a South Park consultant and writer, creator/star of the Comedy Central television show ...more

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J. Timothy Hunt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
J. Timothy Hunt Journalist, Author, Writer James Timothy Hunt is an American-Canadian author and journalist. He has also written children's books under the pen name Tim Beiser.

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Jeremy Podeswa is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Jeremy Podeswa Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Jeremy Podeswa is a Canadian/American film and television director. He is best known for directing the films The Five Senses and Fugitive Pieces. He has also worked as Director on the television ...more

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Gail Kim is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Gail Kim Wrestler, Model, Actor Gail Kim-Irvine is a Canadian professional wrestler, professional wrestling valet, model and actress of Korean descent currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. She also worked with ...more

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Nina Dobrev is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Nina Dobrev Gymnast, Model, Actor Nina Dobrev is a Bulgarian Canadian actress and model. She played the role of Mia Jones, the single teenage mother, on Degrassi: The Next Generation, from the show's sixth to ninth season. Since ...more

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Tanya Huff is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Tanya Huff Novelist, Author, Writer Tanya Sue Huff is a Canadian fantasy author. Her stories have been published since the late 1980s, including five fantasy series and one science fiction series. One of these, her Blood Books ...more

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Tyler Stewart is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Tyler Stewart Musician, Drummer Tyler Joseph Stewart is the drummer for the Canadian music group Barenaked Ladies.

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Charlotte Arnold is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Charlotte Arnold Actor Charlotte Arnold is a Canadian film actress and television actress best known as the character of Holly J. Sinclair in Degrassi: The Next Generation and Sadie Hawthorne in the Canadian TV series ...more

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Nia Vardalos is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Nia Vardalos Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Antonia Eugenia "Nia" Vardalos is a Canadian-born actress, screenwriter, director, singer and producer. Her most notable work is the 2002 Academy Award–nominated film My Big Fat Greek ...more

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Jessica Holmes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Jessica Holmes Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Jessica Holmes is a Canadian comedian and actress. She is best known for her work with the Royal Canadian Air Farce, which she joined in 2003, after starring in her own show, The Holmes Show in ...more

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Mary Walsh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Mary Walsh Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter Mary Cynthia Walsh, CM is a Canadian actress, comedian and social activist. A sufferer of macular degeneration, she has served from time to time as a spokesperson for the Canadian National ...more

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Sabrina Jalees is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Sabrina Jalees Comedian, Actor Sabrina Jalees is a Canadian comedian, dancer, actor, host and writer from Toronto, Ontario, now based in New York City, who writes a weekly column in the Toronto Star's ID section. Most ...more

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Robert J. Sawyer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Robert J. Sawyer Novelist, Author, Writer Robert James Sawyer is a Canadian science fiction writer. He has had 21 novels published, and his short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Amazing Stories, On Spec, Nature, ...more

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Cathy Crowe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Cathy Crowe Nurse Cathy Crowe, RN is a Canadian nurse, educator and social activist, specializing in advocacy for the homeless in Canada. She was the Ontario New Democratic Party's candidate in the 2010 ...more

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Natalie Glebova is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Natalie Glebova Natalie Glebova is a Russian Canadian beauty queen, TV Presenter and dancer who won Miss Universe Canada 2005 and later that year won Miss Universe 2005 in Thailand.

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Beatrice Politi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Beatrice Politi Journalist, TV Journalist, Television Editor Beatrice Politi is a Canadian television journalist who works for Global Television Network. The Sudbury, Ontario native studied political science and mass media at York University and graduated ...more

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Bill Reid is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Bill Reid Sculptor, Jeweller, Artist William Ronald Reid, Jr., OBC was a Canadian artist whose works include jewelry, sculpture, screen-printing, and paintings. Some of his major creations were featured on the Canadian $20 banknote ...more

The Most Beautiful Women In Hollywood

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Isadore Sharp is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Isadore Sharp Isadore "Issy" Sharp, OC is a Canadian hotelier and writer. He is founder and chairman of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts.

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David James Elliott is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
David James Elliott Actor David James Elliott is a Canadian American actor who was the star of the series JAG, playing lead character Harmon Rabb Jr. from 1995 to 2005.

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Omar Alghabra is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Omar Alghabra Engineer Omar Alghabra is a Saudi Arabian born Canadian politician, who represented the riding of Mississauga—Erindale in the Canadian House of Commons from 2006 to 2008. He is the former president of ...more

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Brian Stewart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Brian Stewart Newsreader Brian Stewart, OOnt is a Canadian journalist. Stewart is best known for his news reports and documentary features as Senior Correspondent of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's flagship news ...more

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Monita Rajpal is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Monita Rajpal Newsreader Monita Rajpal is a Canadian CNN International news anchor, based at the network's Hong Kong office where she anchors NewsCenter with Monita Rajpal and Talk Asia with Monita Rajpal. Previously, ...more

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Christie Blatchford is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Christie Blatchford Journalist Christie Blatchford is a Canadian newspaper columnist, journalist and broadcaster. She has published four non-fiction books.

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Liane Balaban is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Liane Balaban Actor Liane Balaban is a Canadian actress. Her film debut was in New Waterford Girl, playing Agnes-Marie "Moonie" Pottie, and has since appeared in the films Definitely, Maybe, Last Chance ...more

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Marco Brambilla is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Marco Brambilla Video Artist, Artist, Film Director Marco Brambilla is a Milan-born, New York City-based video collage and installation artist, known for his elaborate recontextualizations of popular and found imagery, which Vanity Fair praises ...more

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Tony Parsons is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Tony Parsons Newsreader, Actor Tony Parsons is an actor.

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Tonya Lee Williams is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Tonya Lee Williams Film Producer, Actor Tonya Lee Williams is a Canadian actress. She is known for her role as Dr. Olivia Barber Winters on the American soap opera The Young and the Restless, from 1990 to 2005 and for a brief time in ...more

Famous Teenage Mothers

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Duncan Coutts is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Duncan Coutts Bassist, Songwriter, Musician Robert Duncan Coutts is a Canadian musician, best known for being the bassist for Our Lady Peace since 1995.

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Edward Burtynsky is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Edward Burtynsky Film Producer, Artist, Film Director Edward Burtynsky, OC is a Canadian photographer and artist known for his large-format photographs of industrial landscapes. His work is housed in more than 50 museums including the Guggenheim ...more

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Guy Big is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Guy Big Actor Guy Big was the stage name of Alan Hoffman, a Canadian actor. He appeared in the children's television series The Hilarious House of Frightenstein as the midget count and also appeared in the ...more

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J. Adam Brown is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
J. Adam Brown Actor James Adam Brown is a Canadian actor. J. Adam is a recent graduate of Ryerson University in Toronto, Ontario. He is the director of the acclaimed short film Spoliation, a cerebral film exploring ...more

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Namugenyi Kiwanuka is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Namugenyi Kiwanuka Sports commentator Namugenyi "Nam" Kiwanuka is a Canadian television personality and journalist. Formerly a VJ for MuchMusic from 1999 to 2003, she was later a host of NBA XL and CFL Crunch on Rogers ...more

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Sharon Navarro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Sharon Navarro Journalist, TV Journalist

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Harry Black is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Harry Black Harry Samuel Black, OC is a Canadian humanitarian. He was the Executive Director of UNICEF Canada for 26 years. Born in Toronto, Ontario, he graduated from Ryerson Polytechnical Institute in ...more

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Holly Horton is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Holly Horton Sports commentator Holly Horton is a Canadian sportscaster who returned from a two-year break for family reasons to work for CBC Toronto between November, 2013 and July, 2014. Previously, Horton worked for TSN ...more

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Suhana Meharchand is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Suhana Meharchand Newsreader Suhana Meharchand is a CBC News Network anchor and host of CBC News Now from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekdays.

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Alison Smith is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Alison Smith Newsreader Alison Smith is a Canadian television and radio journalist and anchor. She graduated in 1972 from Southern Okanagan Secondary School in nearby Oliver, where her father Bruce Smith was a guidance ...more

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Gary Farmer is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Gary Farmer Publisher, Musician, Actor Gary Dale Farmer is a Canadian actor and musician. He is a member of the First Nations.

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Bruce McDonald is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Bruce McDonald Television director, Film Producer, Screenwriter Bruce McDonald is a Canadian film and television director.

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Louise Penny is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Louise Penny Author, Writer Louise Penny is a Canadian author of mystery novels set in the Canadian province of Quebec centred on the work of Chief Inspector Armand Gamache of the Sûreté du Québec. ...more

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Sarah Carter is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Sarah Carter Songwriter, Film Producer, Actor Sarah Sanguin Carter is a Canadian actress best known for her role as Maggie in the TNT science fiction series Falling Skies.

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Hayden is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Hayden Singer-songwriter, Singer Paul Hayden Desser who records as Hayden, is a Canadian singer-songwriter from Thornhill, Ontario. His early works are a largely eclectic mix of genres from grunge to alternative country, as ...more

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Liza Fromer is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Liza Fromer Liza Fromer is a cohost of The Morning Show on the Global Television Network in Canada. She is a former co-host of Breakfast Television at Citytv in Toronto. She graduated from Ryerson ...more

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Bill Haugland is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Bill Haugland Newsreader Bill Haugland is a Canadian journalist and former news anchor for CFCF-TV in Montreal, Quebec. A native of Montreal, Haugland studied at Ryerson University and Concordia University. He joined ...more

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Martin Gero is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Martin Gero Screenwriter, Writer Martin Gero is a Canadian screenwriter and co-executive producer for Stargate Atlantis. Born in Switzerland, Gero spent much of his childhood in Ottawa, Ontario. He attended Canterbury High ...more

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Zarqa Nawaz is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Zarqa Nawaz Filmmaking, Journalist, Presenter Zarqa Nawaz is a British-Canadian freelance writer, journalist, broadcaster, and filmmaker of Pakistani origin.

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Zuraidah Alman is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Zuraidah Alman Newsreader

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Hannah Simone is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Hannah Simone VJ, Model, Actor Hannah Simone is a Canadian television hostess, actress, and former fashion model. From May 2006 to November 2008, she worked as a VJ for MuchMusic in Canada, and is best known for portraying ...more

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Jason Jones is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Jason Jones Comedian, Screenwriter, Actor Jason Pierre Jones is a Canadian-American actor and comedian. He is best known for being a correspondent on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and departed the show on March 26, 2015.

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Eric McCormack is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Ryerson University Alumni
Eric McCormack Comedian, Television producer, Musician Eric James McCormack is a Canadian/American actor, musician, and writer. Born in Toronto, he began his acting career performing in high school plays. He left Ryerson University in 1985 to accept ...more