Delaney family meets scholarship recipients

Kiki Delaney shakes hands with a student
Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Former OCAD U Chancellor Kiki Delaney and family members gathered in the bright sky-lit painting and drawing studio at 100 McCaul St. on March 27 to meet the recipients of the Delaney Scholarships.

In 2015, the Delaney Family Foundation made a generous pledge to OCAD University, a gift of $4M to support four specific areas:

The Delaney Entrance Undergraduate Scholarships — renewable, merit-based scholarships for students in Fine Art.

The Delaney Entrance Graduate Scholarships — established to attract the most promising students to the following programs:

  • Master’s in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories
  • Master’s in Criticism & Curatorial Practice
  • Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design

The Delaney Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC) Research Initiatives Fund, which fosters projects and enterprises that support research into Indigenous culture and art.

The Delaney Chair in Indigenous Visual Culture. This named Chair allocates funds to critical components of the INVC program, ranging from student outreach and recruitment to the development of teaching resources that incorporate Indigenous perspectives and culture into the curriculum.

The guests heard from two scholarship recipients who spoke about the difference the scholarships made in their academic lives: Jerad Beauregard, in his second year of the undergraduate Drawing & Painting program, and Madeleine McMillan, pursuing her Master’s degree in Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories

This year, the scholarships support five incoming students and 13 renewals.

Group photo of the Delaney family, president Sara Diamond, faculty and scholarship students
Student Madeleine McMillan speaking at lectern
Two students working on a sculptural piece

OCAD U congratulates Catherine "Kiki" Delaney

Monday, October 2, 2017 - 4:45pm

OCAD University congratulates Catherine "Kiki" Delaney, on being the second woman to be inducted into the Investment Industry Association of Canada's (IIAC) Hall of Fame. Founder and president of Toronto-based Delaney Capital Management Ltd., Delaney was OCAD U’s third Chancellor who served two terms, from 2011 to 2017.

In 2006, Delaney was appointed a member of the Order of Canada, recognizing her both for being one of the first women in Canada to launch an investment-counselling firm and for her philanthropic and volunteer work.

Delaney launched Delaney Capital in 1992. The boutique investment firm serves high net-worth individuals and families, institutions and foundations. The firm's portfolio managers focus on North American equities and fixed-income securities, and its website extols the firm's research-driven, long-only investment strategy that assumes below-average risk. Delaney Capital's 20-person team serves about 270 client relationships and requires a minimum of $2 million in investible assets.

In addition to her work as Chancellor, Kiki and the Delaney Family Foundation have supported OCAD University for many years with numerous gifts and scholarships.

Kiki Delaney honoured with Business for the Arts Award

Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University’s Chancellor Kiki Delaney is being recognized for her exceptional contributions to Canada’s arts and cultural sectors. Delaney is the recipient of the Edmund C. Bovey Award which goes to business professionals who have demonstrated a lifetime of philanthropy and leadership in Canada’s cultural community.  

Delaney, President of C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., has been Chancellor of OCAD University since 2011. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children and is a member of the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. As well, she serves on the Investment Committee of the Canada Council for the Arts.

Other 2016 BftA award winners include Karen Kain, Artistic Director of The National Ballet of Canada and Irfhan Rawji, Principal at Totem Capital Corporation. Sun Life Financial and the Daniels Corporation were honoured for their partnership with Artscape.

Winners will be honoured at the Business for the Arts Awards gala on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at Canada’s National Ballet School.

OCAD University chancellor reappointed for a second term

Chancellor Delaney
Friday, May 15, 2015 - 9:00pm

Michel Frappier, the chair of OCAD University’s Board of Governors, has announced the reappointment of Chancellor Catherine (Kiki) Delaney for a second two-year term (beginning on June 2, 2015).

Since becoming chancellor in 2011, Delaney has contributed her strong leadership, business acumen and strategic oversight to the growth of Canada’s largest art, design and digital media university.

Delaney is a deeply respected business leader and the president of C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., the investment counselling firm she founded in October 1992. In addition to serving as chancellor of OCAD University, Delaney sits on on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children, chairs the Investment and Pension Committee at the Hospital for Sick Children, is a member of the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics and serves on the Investment Committee of the Canada Council for the Arts.

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 ( 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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