Premier Kathleen Wynne kicks off tour of Ontario’s post-secondary institutions at OCAD U

Premier Wynne, President Sara Diamond and student roundtable participants.
Monday, January 23, 2017

Premier Kathleen Wynne kicked off a tour of Ontario’s post-secondary institutions at OCAD University on January 23, 2017.  The visit provided her with an opportunity to hear from students about important issues, including tuition costs and the post-graduation job market.  Premier Wynne met with students, faculty and staff, toured several studios and viewed innovation showcases. In a productive roundtable discussion with students, the premier discussed improvements that are coming to the Ontario Student Assistance Program to make higher education more accessible for young people.

Premier Wynne tours a painting studio at OCAD University.
Premier Wynne and President Sara Diamond take part in a student roundtable discussion.
Premier Kathleen Wynne meets OCAD U students on her recent tour of the university.

Métis artist Christi Belcourt honoured with Premier’s Award

Thursday, October 6, 2016 - 4:00am

Premier Kathleen Wynne celebrated the winners of the 10th annual Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts at an event at the Art Gallery of Ontario on October 5.

Christi Belcourt, a visual artist from Espanola, Ontario, won the Individual Artist Award. The majority of her work explores the beauty of the natural world. Her large-scale paintings are inspired by the traditional beadwork patterns of Métis and First Nation women.

Belcourt’s paintings are found in the permanent collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Indian and Inuit Art Collection, Parliament Hill and Canadian Museum of Civilization, First People’s Hall, among other prestigious institututions.

Administered by the Ontario Arts Council, the Premier’s Awards are open to artists and arts organizations engaged in professional practice in the province.

The winning artist receives a $35,000 prize and selects an emerging artist who receives a $15,000 prize. The winning arts organization is awarded $50,000.

Christian Chapman, an Anishinaabe visual artist and filmmaker from Fort William First Nation, was honoured as Emerging Artist of the Year. 

A Different Booklist, an independent bookstore and literary cultural destination in Toronto, won the Arts Organization Award. 

After receiving the award, Belcourt stated she would be donating the prize money to Onaman Collective, an “Indigenous grassroots land-based art initiative sharing traditional knowledge and language with youth.” Belcourt co-founded the collective in 2014 with Isaac Murdoch and Erin Konsmo.

Belcourt’s father, Tony Belcourt, is the founding president of the Métis Nation of Ontario and was appointed to OCAD U’s Board of Governors in 2012.  

Christi Belcourt

OCAD University partners with Chinese university

7 Statues underneath stone archway with Chinese sign
Students working in a jewelry studio at Nanjing University of the Arts
Friday, November 6, 2015 - 5:00am

Deanne Fisher, OCAD University’s associate vice-president, students, has signed an agreement with China’s Nanjing University of the Arts that will open doors to exciting new opportunities for students and faculty at both institutions.

Fisher is in China as part of a mission to Jiangsu province led by the Council of Ontario Universities (COU). Today, the group met with a delegation led by Premier Kathleen Wynne in Jiangsu’s capital, Nanjing. The premier, along with Michael Chan, federal minister of citizenship, immigration and international trade, are celebrating the signing of multiple agreements with partners in Jiangsu.

OCAD U has participated for several years in the Ontario–Jiangsu Student Exchange Program, which facilitates the movement of undergraduate students between OCAD U and several Jiangsu universities that have art and design programs. This new agreement between OCAD U and Nanjing University of the Arts will expand cooperation between the two universities on research, conferences and other academic initiatives.

“Nanjing University of the Arts has long been a destination of choice for our students going on exchange and we are excited by the prospect of deepening our relationship with this renowned institution to areas of faculty mobility and collaborative projects,” said OCAD U president Dr. Sara Diamond.

Eleven Ontario universities are taking part in the weeklong mission, which is aimed at enhancing academic partnerships in Jiangsu, one of China’s most populous regions. They were invited by the Jiangsu Department of Education after several vice-presidents of research from Ontario universities were hosted there last year. The group also participated in the fourth annual Global R & D Summit in Nanjing.

Statement from President Diamond on It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 4:00am

As president of OCAD University, I applaud Premier Wynne’s Action Plan on Sexual Violence. This plan will target behaviours and cultures in our elementary and secondary schools, courts, police forces, workplaces, universities and colleges.

Please read the Action Plan and take a moment to view a powerful video that is part of the Province’s multi-media implementation campaign.

OCAD University has strong policies against sexual harassment and violence. In the fall I issued a message highlighting policies, procedures and support for those who have been affected by sexual violence. Please take a moment to learn about these resources available to our community.

Nonetheless we are in the process of revisiting these policies in collaboration with students, with a special focus on ensuring safety for women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans members of our community. We are looking at ways in which we can increase prevention and awareness of sexual violence on and off campus and support those who have been affected by such violence.

Deanne Fisher, our Associate Vice-President, Students, is a member of the Council of Ontario Universities’ Reference Group on Sexual Violence, which will support the action plan by reviewing policies and sharing best practices within the university sector in Ontario. Emily Rourke, Director of Campaigns and Outreach for the OCAD Student Union, has been actively involved in the discussions with the Premier on these issues and will co-lead, with the AVP Students, the development of the OCAD University strategy.