Strategic Foresight & Innovation receives Canadian Race Relations Foundation recognition

Thursday, November 6, 2014 - 5:00am

OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) Master of Design program has received an honourable mention from the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) Awards of Excellence for SFI’s “Designed Diversity” program and practice.

“Designed Diversity is a practice we developed in the SFI program — an intentional act of designing the diversity of our cohorts, faculty, curriculum content and its delivery,” explained OCAD University Assistant Professor Nabil Harfoush. “This practice is rooted in the recognition that in order to be innovative and to solve complex problems you need to maximize diversity in every dimension. It shifts the discourse about diversity from a moral/ethical imperative to a fundamental requirement for the success of any organization in innovation and renewal.”

The CRRF Awards of Excellence pays tribute to public, private and voluntary organizations whose efforts represent best practices in building awareness and understanding of Canadian values and identity that are reflective of Canadian diversity and respectful race relations. Best practices represent programs, strategies or initiatives that have demonstrated promise, success and social impact.

“We applaud the stellar work that is being done by all the organizations, as they strive towards the fulfillment of the Canadian values of respect for equality, diversity, inclusivity and belonging,” said Toni Silberman, Chair, CRRF Awards of Excellence Jury Panel.

The Awards of Excellence dinner will take place on November 18 at the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa. The Awards dinner is part of the Foundation's biennial symposium, which is dedicated to Canadian values, identity and belonging, along with the mutuality of citizenship rights and responsibilities.

The SFI program’s Designed Diversity Best Practice initiative will become part of the CRRF’s
ongoing program of building awareness and understanding of Canadian values and identity that are reflective of Canadian diversity.

View a complete list of CRRF Awards of Excellence winners.

Scholarships & Awards Program Information Session

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Thursday, February 27, 2014 - 3:30pm to 4:15pm

Information session on OCAD University's undergraduate Scholarships & Awards Program

OCAD U's Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards programs recognize excellence. Each program and year level gives a variety of scholarships and awards based on grades and/or studio/coursework. Scholarships and awards are different from bursaries, which are distributed on the basis of financial need.

Venue & Address: 
Rm. 284 100 McCaul St. Toronto, ON


Associate Professor Maria Gabankova is retiring this spring. Photo: Sarah Mulholland.
Assistant Professor Ananda Chakrabarty.
Assistant Professor Shannon Gerard, Instructor Michael Antkowiak, and Instructor Spencer Harrison.

The accomplishments and careers of OCAD University’s talented faculty members were celebrated last week at the university’s annual Faculty Appreciation Event. 

Retiring faculty members Associate Professors Maria GabankovaDavid ChavelDavid Pellettier and Shirley Yanover, all of the Faculty of Art, were recognized and thanked for their many years of service and dedication to OCAD U students. 

Faculty members who have completed terms as academic administrators were also recognized for their important service:

  • Assistant Professor Ananda Chakrabarty as Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Assistant Professor Luke Painter as Chair, Contemporary Painting and Print Media
  • Associate Professor Simon Glass as Associate Dean in the Faculty of Art

Several faculty members were recognized for their many years of service. Celebrating their 20 year milestone are Professors Paul Epp and Helen Kerr, and Integrated Media Technician Almerinda Travassos. Marking 25 years are Assistant Professor Ted Hunter, Professor Stuart Reid and Associate ProfessorCathy Daley. At 30 years of service are Assistant Professor Bentley Jarvis, and Associate Professors Stan Krzyzanowski and Bill Leeming. Associate Professor Wendy Cain and Associate Professor Paul Dempsey are celebrating 35 years of service. Finally, celebrating 40 years at OCAD University are Professors Keith Rushton and Assistant Professor Michael Page

The Faculty and Curriculum Development Centre (FCDC) recognized nominated faculty members with the Inspired Teaching Awards, which acknowledge faculty members, administrators, tutors, technicians, teaching assistants or librarians whose passion for art and design education has enhanced learning and influenced artistic practice. This year’s recipients are:

Associate Professor Bonnie Devine and Instructor Spencer Harrison were both recognized with BLG Faculty Equity Awards this year, which celebrates successes of faculty in their promotion of an inclusive work and learning environment. 

Faculty of Art Instructor Michael Antkowiak was recognized with a Non-Tenured Faculty Teaching Award, cited in his nomination for always being well prepared for class, and encouraging students by recognizing and drawing out their strengths, while also challenging students conceptually, stimulating growth and perspective. 

The Price Award for Excellence in Teaching was awarded to Assistant Professor Shannon Gerard in the Faculty of Art. Gerard was recognized for her instrumental work in developing OCAD U’s new Publications Cross-Disciplinary Art specialization, in which she is the sole teaching faculty member, and for her unbridled enthusiasm and passionate commitment to the discipline and her students.


Yana Vorontsov named finalist in Adobe Design Achievement Awards

A truck drives away from the forest with a segment of trees in its cargo.
Monday, September 15, 2014 - 8:45pm

2014 Illustration graduate Yana Vorontsov has been named a finalist in the prestigious Adobe Design Achievement Awards for her work Subtraction. The ADAA recognize international achievement in student design. She has been selected from among more than 4400 entries from 1500 colleges and universities located in 70 countries.

The competition consists of ten categories across three media segments: Interactive Experience Media, Video and Motion Media, and Traditional Media. A winner will be selected from each category, who will receive a 1-year membership to Adobe Creative Cloud, $2,000 USD, a trophy and a 1-year mentorship with a design professional. Three grand prize winners will be announced at the Adobe Design Achievement Awards Grand Prize Screening and Reception, to be held in conjunction with Adobe MAX on October 5, 2014. The grand prize winners will each receive an additional $3,000 USD.

OCAD U 2104 graduates honoured at Student Sculpture Exhibition

Ash Moniz, Alchemy of Context (2014)
Wednesday, July 30, 2014 - 4:15pm

Emerging artists Jonathan Simpson and Ash Moniz picked up two awards at the Sculptors Society of Canada’s 19th Annual Juried Graduating Sculpture Student Exhibition.

Eleven artists were selected for the exhibition:

  • Matthew Brown, Fanshawe College
  • Susan Kachor Conlon, Lakehead University
  • Elissa Gallander, The Art Centre, CTS
  • William Halliday, The Art Centre, CTS
  • C. Michelle Kivi, Lakehead University
  • Katie Lemieux, Lakehead University
  • Ash Moniz, OCAD University
  • Emily Moriarty, OCAD University
  • Glenna Rebick, The Art Centre, CTS
  • Azza El Siddique, OCAD University
  • Jonathan Simpson, OCAD University

Jonathan Simpson (BFA, Sculpture/Installation, 2014) is the recipient of the Abraham & Malka Green Sculpture Award and Ash Moniz (BFA, Sculpture/Installation, 2014) won the Artcast Inc. Sculpture Award.

The 2014 jury was made up of Flavio Belli, Curator and Art Consultant, Elaine Whittaker, Installation Sculptor and Edward Falkenberg, Sculptor, RCA, OSA, SSC.

Applications for the competition can be obtained at colleges and universities with Fine / Visual Arts programs in February.

The exhibition continues through to August 8 at the Canadian Sculpture Centre, 500 Church Street, Toronto. The gallery is open Tuesdays to Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays (except holidays) 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

About the Sculptors Society of Canada

The Sculptors Society of Canada (SSC) is solely dedicated to the education, promotion and exhibition of contemporary Canadian sculpture. Founded by some of the most prestigious sculptors in Canadian art history, the Sculptors Society of Canada has been exhibiting and raising the profile of sculpture in Canada for more than 75 years. The mandate of this Society is firmly established by a collective belief in education, partnership, co-operation and support - representing a commitment to educate the public and community at large regarding sculpture, to discover and foster young talent, to raise the profile of Canadian sculpture and to rally and encourage sculptors working at a professional level.

OCAD U Student Press wins Alcuin Society limited editions award

Image courtesy of ALSO Collective.
Image courtesy of ALSO Collective.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 4:15pm

The OCAD U Student Press is celebrating its win of a limited editions category third place award in the 32nd annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada for Shift: Processes, the sixth publication in the Press’s Shift series. The Alcuin Society is a Vancouver based non-profit organization that supports the appreciation of fine books. In addition to the annual book design competition, the Society publishes a journal, Amphora, and organizes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book.

The OCAD U Student Press is celebrating its win of a limited editions category third place award in the 32nd annual Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada for Shift: Processes, the sixth publication in the Press’s Shift series. The Alcuin Society is a Vancouver based non-profit organization that supports the appreciation of fine books. In addition to the annual book design competition, the Society publishes a journal, Amphora, and organizes lectures, workshops, exhibitions, and field visits on various aspects of the book.

Shift: Processes credits:
Publication Directors: Antonio Lennert and Symon Oliver
Assistant Directors: Emma Novotny and Ansel Schmidt
Editors: Caroline MacFarlane and Vanessa Nicholas
Creative Writing Editors: William Meneses and Shianne Edelmayer
Foreword: Shannon Gerard
Design: ALSO Collective
Printer: Flash Reproductions
Contributors: Thary Chhom, Benjamin Edelberg, Annyen Lam, Marta Ryczko, Theresa Duong, Kat Kleine, Lena Rubisova, Tara Paashuis, Darren Rigo, Sab Meynert, Mark Suarez, Amy Gaizauskas, Nermin Moufti, Fareena Chanda, Mike Lovas, Britt Wray, Gregory Phillips, Guia Gali, Rich Pauptit, William Andrew Finlay Stewart, Claire Scherzinger, Eunice Luk, Setareh Zakeri, Ilana van Zyl, Marc O’Brien, Meredith Sadler, Sabrina Scott, Brooke Wayne, Nicole Torres and William S. Meneses

National Magazine Awards highlight OCAD University alumni and faculty

Old Wounds by Selena Wong, published in Maisonneuve magazine
The Elite Yellow Peril by Gracia Lam, published in Maisonneuve magazine
Thursday, June 12, 2014 - 3:45pm

OCAD U alumni and instructors impressed judges at the at the 37th annual National Magazine Awards gala on June 6, picking up numerous awards for excellence in their work. 

Selena Wong (BDes, 2009) won her second NMA Gold for Illustration and Gracia Lam (BDes, 2009) picked up the Gold and Silver awards for Spot Illustration. Both illustrators’ work was published in the magazine Maisonneuve. Student Petra Collins took the top prize in the Fashion Photography category with her images for Flare magazine.  

OCAD U’s faculty were also celebrated at the awards. Walrus Magazine’s 10th anniversary issue won the Gold for Best Single Issue, with OCAD U Sessional Instructor Brian Morgan as Art Director. Morgan also won Honourable Mention for Art Direction of an Entire Issue. 

Sessional Instructor Michèle Champagne won the Silver in Art Direction for an Entire Issue for Flare magazine’s November, 2013 issue. 

This year, from nearly 2000 individual entries received nationwide, the National Magazine Awards Foundation’s 238 volunteer judges nominated a total of 376 submissions from 92 different Canadian magazines for awards in 47 written, visual, integrated and special categories. 

To see a full list of winners visit the National Magazine Awards website. 

Big wins, international publishing debuts by Illustration students and grads

Monday, June 16, 2014 - 3:45pm

It’s been a very successful month for OCAD U’s Illustration program, with students and recent graduates being named as semi-finalists and winners north and south of the border, in some of North America’s most preeminent competitions and publications.

The Adobe Design Achievement Awards named its first round of 2014 Semifinalists. The Illustration category includes:

  • Rosena Fung for "Self Love" and "Make Up"
  • Jw Pang for "Metropolis," "Study" and "Restart"
  • Michael Pitropov for "Lucid Light Dream Erosion" and "Coma Shutdown"
  • Jason Stamatyades for "Life At The Periphery"
  • Avery Kua for "Sentinel"

The ADAA website also highlights works submitted by contestants, including "First Period" by Rosena Fung; "Circadian Rhythm Reset" and "They're Made Out of Meat" by Michael Pitropov; "Madarin Princess" by Kristy de Guzman and "Old Man Minotaur" by Michael Fazal.

The New York based journal of art and design Creative Quarterly 36 has named several OCAD U students as winners and runners up:


  • Hudson Christie (this year’s Illustration medal winner)
  • Kayla Free
  • Yana Voronstov
  • Eileen Yoon

Runners Up:

  • Jungwon Yoo
  • Natalie V. Bochenska
  • Meghan Dearlove
  • Janet Park

At the National Magazine Awards Gala held earlier this month, OCAD U alumni received top accolades:

  • Gold Illustration: Selena Wong for “Old Wounds” published in Maisonneuve
  • Gold Spot and Silver Spot Illustration: Gracia Lam for “The Elite Yellow Peril” and “The Tar-Sands Trap,” respectively, published in Maisonneuve

Third-year student Caitlyn Murphy will be featured in CMYK’s Top 100 New Creatives 57 for her work "Dream Car." In addition to the usual print publication, this year’s edition will be released as an app, which will also feature work by 2013 graduate Stephanie Singleton. Both the publication and the app are scheduled for release in September.

2014 medal winner Hudson Christie’s work is featured in the New York Times Book Review. Another 2014 graduate, Cornelia Li, has work featured in the New York Times Travel section.

Staff Equity, Excellence and Service Recognition Awards announced

Friday, June 20, 2014 - 3:30pm

The annual Employee Appreciation Event, held Friday, June 20, celebrated OCAD University staff for their dedicated years of service, excellence and commitment to diversity. 

Ana Pineiro, Senior Procurement Officer in the Finance Office, was recognized with the Equity Award. Pineiro oversees the purchase of goods and services for the university, and took a lead role in ensuring that accessibility criteria be embedded in OCAD U's Procurement Policy. Her initiatives help ensure products, services and systems used by students, faculty and staff are as accessible as possible, and the accessibility requirements help encourage vendors to be forward-thinking. She was commended for not only achieving minimum compliance, but also pushing us all to a higher standard.

James Morrow and Renzi Guarin both received Employee Excellence Awards. 

Morrow is a student advisor and was recognized for contributing to the success of the new Student Advising Centre and for his insightful, respectful and encouraging student coaching in his capacity as advisor. In addition to inspiring students, he is also making a contribution to the university's goals around accessibility as part of the Customer Service Working Group on Accessibility.

Guarin is an AV support specialist in the IT Services Department. He was recognized for consistent and exceptional service to the entire OCAD U community, playing an instrumental role in ensuring the university's many events are seamless, and assisting everyone from the president to the student union to external stakeholders. He was highly praised for his energy, patience, professionalism and "can do" attitude.

The following employees were granted Service Recognition Certificates:
Peter Lashko, for 35 years: Lashko is the Director, Facilities Planning & Management.
Cynthia Little for 30 years: Little is a payroll administrator.
Jill Patrick for 25 years: Patrick is the Director, Library Services.

Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD U’s President, was at the event to extend her thanks and congratulations to the staff.

Graduate students win international recognition from Association of Professional Futurists

Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 3:30pm

Students from OCAD University’s Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) graduate program picked up four awards at the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) 2014 Student Recognition Competition this month. Entries came from 26 universities around the world, including teams from Australia, India and Finland. The AFP represents professional futurists — people who study the future in order to help global corporations, small businesses, consultancies, education, non-profits and governments prepare for and gain advantage from coming changes.

The competition aims to recognize students who do outstanding work in futures studies. Associate Professor Suzanne Stein organized OCAD U’s student individual and team submissions, including work from both the SFI program and OCAD U’s Digital Futures program. The student work came out of the Foresight Studio, co-instructed by Stein and Assistant Professor Stuart Candy, as well as an Independent Study with Associate Professor Peter Jones. An international jury included OCAD U SFI graduate Zan Chandler (she was not permitted to review her Alma Mater submissions to avoid bias).

"A professional futurist studies possible, probable and preferable futures in order to help people understand, anticipate, prepare for and gain advantage from coming changes,” said Stein. “It is not the goal of a futurist to predict, but to assist others to understand their strategic options, in order to enable wiser decisions today."

Each student team was partnered with an industry ambassador or advisor to help ground the conversation in concerns, dilemmas and understandings that are critical to their industries today. Participation in this year’s competition builds on a new project in Foresight Studio called Time Machine, where students produce reports on possible future scenarios as well as create design-led, immersive simulations of selected stories for students, faculty, and community participants to explore.

APF Student Recognition Competition Achievements:

Graduate Individual:

Melissa Daly-Buajitti:
Towards a New Social Economy
(Second Prize)
Comparing the key functions driving social interaction within Twitter to exchanges of commodity and currency, Daly-Buajitti’s project proposes a framework by which to conceive of an emerging "social economy," and discusses the impacts such a format of socializing might have on our sense of self and interpersonal relationships.  

Graduate Team:

Zahra Ebrahim, Jonathan Hoss, Karen Maxwell and Shannah Segal:
Futures of Broadcast
(First Prize)
With the assistance of an industry ambassador from TVO, the team examined the potential evolution of Canadian public broadcasting over the next two decades.

Hilary Best, Jennifer Chan, Karen Oikonen and Lauren Snowball:
Futures of Foreign Aid (Second Prize)
With an ambassador from Engineers Without Borders, the team produced a detailed overview of possible futures for the foreign aid sector through the year 2040.

Alternative Format:

Melissa Daly-Buajitti, Mark Singh and Adam Starkman:
Futures of Affluence
(Second prize)
Core to this team’s project was “Nousopoly,” a new take on a well-known board game based on the dynamics of winner-takes-all capitalism, but redesigned to reflect a multiple-currency landscape in 2053. The team had ambassadorial input from Scotiabank.

“The Strategic Foresight & Innovation program has crafted a unique offering where design pedagogy and foresight practice meet. These awards demonstrate what a powerful combination that can be,” said Candy.