By Jacob Dubé
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and youngest son of Queen Elizabeth II, toured the DMZ Tuesday during his 37th visit to Canada.
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Elizabeth Dowdeswell, outgoing Ryerson president Sheldon Levy and incoming interim president Mohamed Lachemi accompanied the Prince during the tour.
Three DMZ-based startups presented their business plans to the Prince. Wearable medical technology startup HelpWear, educational digital content business Rumie and medical rehabilitation company Bionik Labs pitched their ideas as the Prince listened and asked questions.
“It’s always nice to have someone who’s known internationally to come in and recognize that what you’re doing is meaningful,” said Michal Prywata, chief operating officer at Bionik Labs.
The Prince began his Toronto visit at Queen’s Park with Dowdeswell, followed by a tour of 3D research lab Think2Thing before arriving at the DMZ at 11.
“DMZ, over the last five years or so, has been growing on an international scale,” Prywata said. “They have offices in different cities now. People are really recognizing it as an international hub for tech development startups. Things like this just boost that image.”