OCAD U’s Chancellor named Best Dressed in TO Life

Portrait of Salah Bachir, by Martin Iskander
Friday, September 14, 2018

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Salah Bachir is featured in Toronto Life’s October Best Dressed issue. Chancellor since June 2017, Bachir describes his “casually elegant” style which combines bespoke T-shirts and loose-fitting jackets with pearls and other eye-catching accessories. He designs his own brooches in collaboration with his favourite jewelers to create pieces that are genuinely one-of-a-kind. Chancellor Bachir began his career in publishing, and is currently president of Cineplex Media.



OCAD U celebrates 2017 graduates!

Four people posing for photo
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nearly 800 OCAD U students were joined by family, friends and faculty members to celebrate their graduation at two convocation ceremonies on Friday, June 9.

Graduates from the Faculty of Design, honoured at the morning ceremony, were also fortunate to see the installation of OCAD U’s new chancellor, Salah Bachir. President of Cineplex Media, Bachir was also awarded an honorary doctorate alongside three other exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to Canadian culture, art and design: architect Harriet Burdett-Moulton, artist Kent Monkman and Ada Slaight, one of Canada’s leading philanthropists.

The honorary degree recipients were recognized for their contribution to Indigenous knowledge and culture in their creative fields, for their passionate belief in the importance of visual arts and for their spirit of philanthropy in the cultural sector and beyond.

The ceremony for the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Graduate Studies took place in the afternoon.

In her remarks to graduating students, Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, encouraged artists and designers “to act as transformative social, economic, environmental and cultural agents.”

The university’s 22 medal winners were presented with their program medals. Graduate Kyrie Joy Vala-Webb received the Governor General’s gold medal for academic excellence and Mary Katherine McIntyre received the silver.

Faculty members Lewis Nicholson and Johanna Householder received the teaching excellence awards for tenured faculty, while Maria-Belen Ordonez and Jennie Suddick received the non-tenured faculty awards.

In tandem with the university’s commitment to acknowledging Indigenous people and culture in Canada, graduates and guests were treated to performances by renowned artists Sadie Buck and Cheryl L’Hirondelle. Chief R. Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation addressed the graduates at both convocation ceremonies.

Photography by Christina Gapic


Salah Bachir speaking at podium
Graduands seated at Roy Thomson Hall
Cheryl L'Hirondelle singing
Young woman pumps fists as she crosses stage

Salah Bachir appointed Chancellor of OCAD University

Portrait of Salah Bachir
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

OCAD University is pleased to announce the appointment of Salah Bachir as the University’s Chancellor, effective June 1, 2017.

A successful entrepreneur, Bachir began his career in publishing, and is currently president of Cineplex Media. An avid art collector, Bachir’s diverse collection features many works by Canadian artists and as a patron of the arts, he has supported numerous cultural events, organizations and programs. Bachir is a champion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and has devoted his support to another signature issue – healthcare. He has raised millions of dollars for hospitals in Toronto and has been recognized for his work on behalf of local and international charities.

“We are delighted to announce Salah Bachir as Chancellor of OCAD U in this exciting phase of the University’s evolution,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “An impassioned patron of the arts and one of Canada’s most influential philanthropists, Salah Bachir’s impact is felt around the world. As well, his commitment to supporting significant social and healthcare issues are both inspiring and fitting, considering our University’s fundamental belief that creativity serves a vital function in society – creative thinkers have the power to develop real-world solutions that will improve and transform lives. I look forward to working with him to further propel our strategic objectives and advance OCAD U’s exciting growth as Canada’s university of the imagination.”

"To be selected as Chancellor of this esteemed institution is an incredible honour for me. I look forward to building OCAD U's international presence, as well as to continue participation in fostering Toronto's vibrant and dynamic arts community," said Bachir. "I am overjoyed to be given the opportunity to help advance OCAD U's already long history of successful accomplishments. As Toronto's arts and culture community continues to make its presence felt at an international level, OCAD U will be at the forefront, and it is a great honour for me to act as its ambassador during this exciting and dynamic time in the university's development."

As the titular head of the university, Bachir will preside at convocation and confer degrees. He will be a member of the Board of Governors, of the Senate and of the President’s Advisory Council. The Chancellor acts as an ambassador on behalf of the institution and works closely with the President in developing resource capacity and outreach activities.

“Salah Bachir is an exceptional leader and advocate for the arts and culture sector. We value his deep wealth of experience in the arts and business sectors and look forward to working with him in the coming years,” said Dr. John Semple, Chair of OCAD University’s Board of Governors.

Bachir is OCAD U’s fourth Chancellor, succeeding Catherine (Kiki) Delaney, who served two terms, the Honourable James K. Bartleman and OCAD U’s first Chancellor, Rosalie Sharp. He is a member of the Order of Canada and holds honorary doctorates from Ryerson University, York University and the University of Alberta.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)

OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.

OCAD Welcomes OCAD's New Chancellor, James Bartleman

Wednesday, November 7, 2007 - 10:30pm to Thursday, November 8, 2007 - 12:00am

The Ontario College of Art & Design welcomes the Hon. James K. Bartleman, Ontario's former Lieutenant-Governor, to the extended OCAD community as the university's new Chancellor.
Please join us in offering Mr. Bartleman greetings, goodwill and good cheer as we celebrate his new role.
Ceremony with special presentation
5:30 to 6:30 pm
Reception with Chancellor Bartleman
6:30 pm
Great Hall

Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP to 416-977-6000 Ext. 838
or to invitation@ocad.ca

Venue & Address: 
Auditorium 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
RSVP Required

OCAD University appoints Catherine (Kiki) Delaney as new Chancellor

Sunday, June 2, 2013 - 4:00am

Arts & Business Leader to Represent OCAD University Through Exciting Era of Transformation

OCAD University (formerly the Ontario College of Art & Design) is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine (Kiki) Delaney as the University’s new Chancellor, effective June 2, 2011.

Delaney is OCAD U’s third Chancellor, succeeding The Honourable James K. Bartleman, and OCAD U’s first Chancellor, Rosalie Sharp.

“We are pleased and excited to announce Kiki Delaney as Chancellor of OCAD U in this new phase of the University’s evolution,” said OCAD U President, Dr. Sara Diamond. “A success in many fields, Kiki Delaney’s leadership transcends any one sector. For me, her appointment is a tangible articulation of the critical place that OCAD U occupies at the nexus of art, design, entrepreneurship and business innovation. I look forward to working with her to advance our strategic objectives and further OCAD U’s exciting growth and record of accomplishment.”

OCAD U Board of Governors Chair Robert Montgomery added, “Kiki Delaney has been and remains an unbridled success in the world of finance, an exceptional volunteer, a tireless advocate for the arts & culture sector and an outstanding mentor – we welcome her leadership, her intellect and compassion, and we take pride her profile and reputation. She is the right Chancellor at the right time. I welcome her to OCAD U and look forward to working with her.”

OCAD University Chancellor Address from OCAD University on Vimeo.

As the titular head of the university, the Chancellor presides at convocation and confers degrees, and is an honorary member of the Board of Governors and of the President’s Advisory Council. The Chancellor acts as an ambassador on behalf of the institution and works closely with the President in developing resource capacity and outreach activity.

“OCAD U has a history of exceptional imagination and creativity, with a legacy all Canadians take pride in,” Delaney said. “Today, the University is in the midst of an exciting transformation – a renaissance of creative adventure and academic exploration. OCAD U is also driving an unprecedented entrepreneurialism – a manifestation of the crucial role the school is forging at the heart of the new creative economy – where art, design, business and investment meet to ignite opportunity. I am proud and excited to be joining Canada’s University of the Imagination.”

Catherine (Kiki) A. Delaney CM LLD

Kiki Delaney's career in the investment business began over 35 years ago in Winnipeg.

While working as a sales assistant at Merrill Lynch in Winnipeg, Kiki discovered her love of research. She moved to Toronto to join the research department of a small mutual fund company. Shortly afterward, the firm was acquired by Guardian Capital Group. Kiki worked her way from research assistant, to analyst, to portfolio manager, and then to executive vice president at Guardian Investment Counsel. In 1985, Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc. invited Kiki to join their firm as a partner and executive vice president.

Kiki fulfilled a long-held goal in 1992 when she founded C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., an investment counselling firm. From the outset, her priority has been to establish a cohesive and stimulating environment that is conducive to providing private wealth clients with outstanding returns and attentive service.

Since its inception, Delaney Capital Management has become one of the leading investment counselling firms in Canada and one of the most recognized firms in capital markets in this country. Delaney Capital Management is highly regarded in the field of private client money management. The firm is equally well respected for the calibre of its research and the quality of its people. The company’s investment performance is impressive. Its strong client focus continues to be among the leading factors of the firm's success. Delaney Capital Management has grown and expanded over the years and today employs 18 people and manages over $1.8 billion on behalf of individuals and institutions.

Kiki is a past director of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts. In addition, she is a past president of The Ticker Club, one of the least known but most prestigious investment organizations in Canada. The Ticker Club’s first meeting was in 1929 and, in 2001 Kiki Delaney was elected its second female president.

Currently, Kiki serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children and the Finance Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is chair of the Investment and Pension Committee at the Hospital for Sick Children and co-chair of smART Women for the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Endowment Campaign for the Canadian Women's Foundation. In addition, she is a member of the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

For more information about Chancellor Delaney, please download her complete biography and CV (PDF).

About OCAD University (OCAD U):
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
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