The 9th National Black Business & Professional Convention (NBBPC)

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

The National Black Business and Professional Convention (NBBPC) is the meeting and birthplace of great minds as it relates to business, entrepreneurship, professional excellence, economic empowerment and higher education. It is designed to target pools of Canada’s brightest students and forward -thinking professionals.

The NBBPC’s main objective is to provide education, career, entrepreneurial and networking opportunities for students/Individuals, businesses and associations across the Nation, especially within the Black community.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, Room 190
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The 2018 Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum

Feminist Forum
Sunday, December 2, 2018 - 10:00am to Monday, December 3, 2018 - 4:00pm

LiisBeth and Feminists at Work hosted the first Entrepreneurial Feminist Forum at OCAD University in November 2017 with support from the City of Toronto, SheEO, Moxie Trades, and the Flourishing Business Model Canvas. 100+ feminists from Toronto and beyond shared stories, knowledge, and new tools. 


This year, we’re back at it with an expanded two-day program. Join us December 2-3, 2018 to explore feminist approaches to business design, product and service innovation, strategic planning, and more. We’re uplifting the voices of feminist business practitioners of all genders and identities.

​Workshops will be about learning and co-creating. We'll move during the day and leave room for emotion as well as intellect. Wild! Meet, get energized, and identify collaboration opportunities.

The future of business is what we make it, and it is most certainly feminist. Join us!


Venue & Address: 
Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas St. East
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IDC's Three-Day Conference

Dr. Dori Tunstall, FoD Dean
Monday, September 17, 2018 - 7:30am to Wednesday, September 19, 2018 - 1:30pm

OCAD U's Faculty of Design Dean Dr. Dori Tunstall will be a speaker at this year's IDC 3-day conference. For tickets or more information please click here:

Venue & Address: 
Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, 525 Bay St.
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STANCE: The Possible role of design and designers

Stance: The Possible role of design and designers
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

About the Speakers

LUIGI FERRARA OAA, MRAIC, Hon. ACIDO, ICSID Senator, Dean, Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology, George Brown College, Toronto. Luigi Ferrara is an architect, designer, educator and storyteller. He is the Dean of the Centre for Arts, Design & Information Technology at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada and Director of the internationally acclaimed Institute without Boundaries (IwB). He has served as President and Senator of ICSID (now called the World Design Organization) and lectures around the world on topics as diverse as design and sustainability, design management, urban planning, information technology, digital media, telecommunications and the Wisdom Economy.

DORI TUNSTALL ELIZABETH (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.

With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.

About the Curator

RODRIGO BARREDA is a Toronto-based designer, and curator with over 25 years experience primarily working in the not-for-profit sector. He is a graduate of Advertising Art Direction from the Ontario College of Art & Design. His work has focused on the study and implementation of projects that address design for social services and social change. Rodrigo Barreda will pursue a Masters in Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation at OCAD University in the fall of 2018. Barreda is currently Manager of Graphic Design at United Way Greater Toronto and Education Programming Director at Sur Gallery.

About Sur Gallery

Sur Gallery is Toronto's first gallery space dedicated to the exhibition and critical engagement of contemporary Latin American art. Sur Gallery is a project of LACAP-Latin American Canadian Art Projects.

Sur Gallery acknowledges the financial support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and The City of Toronto through section 37. Sur Gallery acknowledges its co-presenter Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts as well as our partner OCAD University. Sur Gallery also acknowledges the generous contributions of Mario Navarro, Roberto Cortez, Museo de la Memoria y los Derechos Humanos, Archivo Patrimonial de la Universidad de Santiago de Chile and Colectivo Diseñadores Gráficos de la Universidad Técnica del Estado Chile for their contribution towards STANCE: Design Against Fascism exhibition.

For further information or press inquiries please contact Alexia Bréard-Anderson at:



Alexia Bréard-Anderson
Gallery Administrator
Sur Gallery
39 Queens Quay East, suite 100
Toronto, ON M5E 0A5
Phone: 416.654.7787


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
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Faculty of Design featured in Scotiabank mini-doc

Student holding up a work of art
Friday, April 27, 2018

Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design, appears alongside OCAD U students in a mini-documentary, titled Enriched Thinking, to be unveiled at the 2018 Hot Docs Festival.  Created in partnership with Scotia Wealth Management, the online video shows Canadians that “a world of infinite potential begins with enriched thinking.” 

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Student holding up a work of art

'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going? Panel Discussion

Thursday, March 29, 2018 - 6:00pm

The Panelists will be:

Aura (Visual Artist); Chief Lady Bird (Visual Artist); Dori Tunstall (Dean Faculty of Design, OCAD); Gordon Shadrach (Visual Artist); Kris Noakes (President of Peel Aboriginal Network); Lamoi Simmonds (Spoken Word Artist), Quentin VerCetty (Visual Artist) and Tennille Dowers (Visual Artist).

Moderator: Nicole N. Hanson (Environmental Planner)


The flow for the evening will be:


6:00 - 6:20 pm - Mingling, refreshments & viewing of the artwork (Panelists seated by 6:15 pm)


6:25 - 6:30 pm - Territorial Land Statement --Kris Noakes 


6:30 - 6:35 pm - Welcome by the Museums—Noa Bronstein (Including a blurb about Myseum Intersections Festival that I will send you)


6:35 - 6:40 pm - Spoken Word performance of "Black + Tired" by Lamoi Simmonds 


6:40 - 6:45 pm - Introduction of the panel - Nicole Hanson (Moderator) 


6:45 - 7:45 pm - Panel Discussion - All panelists 


7:45 - 7:50 pm - Closing Remarks and Thank Yous - Tennille 


7:50 - 8:15 pm - Mingling and Refreshments


Event Description:

Join us on March 29, at 6 pm, for the 'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going?' exhibition Panel Discussion and Closing Reception, in the Glass Pavilion at Mississauga Celebration Square (beside Central Library).


'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going?' brings together a group of intergenerational Black and Indigenous artists who are using their artwork and voices to take up public space to represent and share perspectives and experiences from their communities and cultures. The discussion will centre these perspectives and bodies which have often been historically silenced or left in the margins of Canadian art.


The 'Where Are You From? Where Are You Going' screen exhibition will be on display on the Mississauga Celebration Square outdoor screens from March 7 - 30, 2018. The contributing artists are: Aura, Chief Lady Bird, Gordon Shadrach, Lamoi Simmonds, Othello Grey, Quentin VerCetty and Tennille Dowers. For more information on the exhibition, click here:


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Social media handles of participating artists, panelists and organizations: 




@_queen_lamoi  ( @LaLaArdor on Twitter) 




@tentendee (@tennilledowers on Twitter) 













Plaza Dance is on the move on Thursday, December 7

Thursday, December 7, 2017 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Come and get your groove on with Dean Dori Tunstall and friends to celebrate the last days of the “raise a flag: Works from the Indigenous Art Collection (2000-2015)” exhibition at Onsite Gallery.


Bringing your dancing shoes or moccasins. Everyone Welcome.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery, 199 Richmond Street West
plaza dance

Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall appointed Dean, Faculty of Design

Portrait of Dori Tunstall taken by Martin Iskander
Monday, September 26, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University has appointed Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall as Dean of the Faculty of Design, effective August 29, 2016. Reporting to the Vice-President, Academic & Provost, Tunstall will be responsible for the educational and research leadership, development and supervision of the Faculty of Design.

“Dr. Tunstall is a wonderful addition to the academic leadership at OCAD University.  She brings a significant background in academic administration, fundraising and international partnerships, as well as pedagogy and curriculum development, particularly in building Indigenous knowledge into curriculum and enhancing support for Indigenous staff and students,” said Gillian Siddall, Vice-President, Academic & Provost.

A design leader, professional design anthropologist, advocate and educator, Tunstall held the role of Associate Dean of Learning and Teaching in the Faculty of Design at Swinburne University of Technology in Australia. While at Swinburne, she established the Master’s and Graduate Diploma of Design (Design Anthropology) program, which focused on developing students and practitioners who could understand people’s values, design, and evaluate people’s experiences respectfully within and across cultures.

“I am excited to be the first black Dean of a Faculty of Design anywhere,” said Dr. Tunstall, “The fact that this milestone is happening at OCAD University aligns with its commitment to becoming a global leader of inclusive, decolonizing and Indigenizing design curriculum, practice, and scholarship—what I describe as Respectful Design.”

Tunstall founded the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative (a global network of designers, anthropologists, Indigenous scholars and activists, innovation consultants, computer scientists and leadership scholars across 24 nations) to define and implement more inclusive and decolonizing perspectives on innovation.

Prior to her teaching career, Tunstall worked as a strategist for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. She studied at Bryn Mawr College, going on to earn a PhD in Anthropology from Stanford University.