Design With Dialogue: Innovative Learning in Canadian Higher Education

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 10:00pm to Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 1:00am

Join OCAD U Strategic Foresight & Innovation students for a roundtable & ideation to explore new ways of learning in the future world of Canadian higher education. 

April's DwD is convened by a graduate student-led panel from the MDes Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) program to engage in inquiry and a generative dialogue responding to the question:

What new ways of learning, particularly in higher education, will Canadians need to thrive in an evolving society and labour market?

The roundtable and dialogue contributes to Imagining Canada's Future, the strategic development of next-generation social science for the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) with the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies (CAGS). Our question is one of their key Future Challenge Areas.
OCAD U faculty and students, as well as members of DwD community are encouraged to attend and participate in the dialogue. A limited number of seats will be available, please RSVP to reserve your spot. Food and refreshments will be provided.

Parts of the event will be captured through images and video. By registering to attend this event you are consenting to the use of the media for productions related to the event. Please contact the organizers if this is a concern.

Hosted by the SFI Dialogue Team

Inessa Chapira
Christina Doyle
Maggie Greyson
Conor Holler
Goran Matic
Corey Norman
Adrienne Pacini
Sheldon Pereira
Patrick Robinson
Peter Scott
Jacqueline To
Ryan Voison
George Wang
and faculty advisors Peter Jones and Greg van Alstyne


Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St., Lambert Lounge, Room 187

Level Up: Student Games Showcase 2015

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Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 9:00pm to Friday, April 3, 2015 - 2:00am

Over 2,000 gamers, developers and industry recruiters are expected at the fifth annual Level Up Showcase. Held at the Design Exchange, it features 80 projects from 16 different institutions across Ontario, including students from OCAD University’s Digital Futures program. The event spotlights the most talented students in design, animation and computer science programs from colleges and universities across Ontario. The games incorporate the latest technology and gaming platforms, from motion sensors to virtual reality devices and beyond.

Last year, OCAD U teams won the Artistic Achievement and People’s Choice awards.

The showcase has become the biggest event in Toronto for gamers, recruiters and media to get the inside scoop on emerging talent in game development. The evening is cohosted and organized by the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT), University of Toronto, OCAD University and Algonquin College in partnership with AMD, George Brown College, Sheridan College and Ubisoft Toronto.

Level Up Showcase

Based in Toronto, Ontario, Level Up Showcase provides a one-stop shop for industry, institutions, and students to network, recruit, and learn about new techniques and technologies in the video game industry. Canada boasts the third largest video game industry in the world, with Ontario boasting the second highest number of video companies in the country (Essential Facts, 2013, The Entertainment Software Association of Canada).

Venue & Address: 
The Design Exchange, 234 Bay St., Toronto

DesignJam Toronto: "TrafficJam"

How can we improve mobility in the region
Saturday, March 28, 2015 - 1:00pm to 9:00pm

DesignJam Toronto is an all-day innovation jamboree – a curated open space guiding more than a hundred design leaders & design learners, sharing ideas, tools & perspectives, to better understand design thinking & use it to address a complex problem. 

Nicknamed "TrafficJam," DesignJam Toronto will gather young leaders, mentors, teams and aspiring entrepreneurs to conceive and develop innovative user experiences and activate ideas to improve mobility in the Greater Toronto & Hamilton region.

Our spotlight will feature great people:

  • Adam Lawrence, service innovation director, standup commedian, & co-initiator of Global Sustainability Jam, Global GovJam & Global Service Jam, the world’s biggest service design event
  • Jennifer Leonard, founder of Brand New Ways, IDEO alumna, co-author of Massive Change
  • Peter Stoyko, Industry Canada service designer whose work visually unpacks urban mobility
  • Matti Siemiatycki, U of T expert in transportation policy, infrastructure, and planning
  • Roger Keil, York University research chair whose work illuminates global suburbanization 

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and innovation at OCAD University. sLab integrates applied research, professional engagement, education and skills development to assist private, public, and not-for-profit organizations attain their goals. sLab trans-disciplinary teams draw on the growing SFI community of researchers and practitioners, design and business professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about creative economies and sustainable futures. 

Venue & Address: 
MaRS Discovery District 101 College St  Toronto, ON M5G 1L7

Stuart Reid: in transit

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Saturday, April 4, 2015 - 4:00am to Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 4:00am

Reception: Saturday, April 11, 1 to 5 p.m. Artist will be in attendance

The TTC subway at Union Station, Toronto’s main public transportation hub, is acquiring an extraordinary, world-class art installation, which is presently being installed and will be unveiled in time for the Pan Am Games. Created by awardwinning Canadian artist Stuart Reid, zones of immersion is a 7-foot high by 500-foot long richly worked glass wall that portrays the people who “ride the rocket” every day.

The large drawings in this exhibition are based upon small sketches drawn while riding the subway. These works (india ink on mylar) informed and developed the glass project.

Sky Goodden, the founding editor of Momus, writes of these drawings:

Reid’s evocation of our city’s “third class carriage” is rooted in a history that these images’ very line and media evoke—Honoré Daumier, Gustave Courbet, José Clemente Orozsco—and which their nod to both Social Realism and Impressionism implies. However, Reid’s subjects embody a common experience made contemporary. Scrawled with clipped texts of overheard conversation and passing allusion, Reid’s works capture the present moment through language. He circles our intimacy, investigates our autonomy, and portrays the human connections that are both performed and pressed between stations. How do we use the space we travel in order to get the time we need? With his subjects either moving out of frame, responding through posture or retreat, crushed against one another or framed alone, Reid produces a record of the river of movement that happens beneath our feet – one of isolation in crowds, community and class.

Of these drawings the artist writes:

These works specifically reflect on the human condition within urban transit – a world both intensely collective and remarkably isolated... a world where the anonymity of the no man’s zone offers us an unvarnished glimpse into the face, and hence perhaps a sliver of the psyche of one’s fellow passengers. I am interested in drawing that reveals the interrelationship of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’ with both empathy and freedom.

Stuart Reid was born in London Ontario. He studied with Paterson Ewen, Greg Curnoe, Richard DeMarco, Patrick Reyntiens and Joseph Beuys. He holds a B.A. (fine arts ) from the University of Guelph and a Masters of Architecture from UCLA. He is a professor at OCAD University. His many major public artworks include works for Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, Intercontinental Toronto Centre, Salzburg Congress. His artwork at St. James’ Cathedral was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth in July 1997. He is the great nephew of the early Canadian painter G.A.Reid.

Gallery Gevik welcomes visitors Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 am to 6 pm.

Venue & Address: 
Gallery Gevik – 12 Hazelton Ave. Toronto

Feminist Art Conference

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Thursday, September 24, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 27, 2015 - 4:00am

Feminist Art for Social Justice

The third annual feminist art conference will provide an opportunity for feminist issues to be explored and communicated artistically in a unique and creative space that encourages sharing, creating and discussion.

Our Vision

The mission for the Feminist Art Conference (FAC) is inspired by attacks on women’s and transgender rights in Canada, the US and abroad. Issues such as rape culture, trans phobia, racism, violence, media and political representation, cultural appropriation, online harassment, environmental degradation and impact on Indigenous lands, missing and murdered Indigenous women, and Islamophobic policies are areas of deep concern. These infringements on our right to agency and independence have been occurring in alarming numbers in our governments, in the media and in our communities. This conference provides an opportunity for these issues to be explored and communicated artistically in a unique and creative space that encourages sharing, creating and discussion. In the centuries old tradition of people organizing we believe that by coming together and communicating about these issues through our artistic practice, that we can initiate progressive change and spark collaborations accross disciplines.

Our Mission

We are looking for multidisciplinary art and workshop submissions including: visual art, film, theatre arts, music, dance, design, spoken word and literature. We will create a space that is celebratory,positive, intellectually engaging and provocative. We are committed to this space being trans inclusive, anti-racist, and intersectional. Furthermore, by providing an opportunity for feminist artists to meet and share their work, we believe we can provide opportunities for networking and future artistic collaboration that can inspire social change and empowerment. We have the vision that the ripple effect from this type of artistic sharing and learning can provoke positive transformations in both our communities and our minds.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul Street,&nbsp;Toronto

Kairos Social Impact Initiative

Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 6:00pm to Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 12:00am

Presented by The Grind in collaboration with the Imagination Catalyst, Student Union & Kairos Society 

Kairos Social Impact Initiative

Kairos Society is a global nonprofit organization that connects student entrepreneurs in the spaces of clean technology, healthcare, and education. 22% of our top K50 Fellows were recently named Forbes 30 Under 30, global partners include Cisco and Johnson & Johnson, and past mentors to the Kairos Society include Richard Branson and Bill Clinton. For this event, we have currently partnered with The United Nations Foundation, PwC, IBM, Red Bull and OCAD University.

The conference will be held in Toronto, Ontario from Friday March 6 to Saturday March 7. Through these two days, you will have the chance not only to meet other innovative fellows, but to connect with mentors that have shaped the entrepreneurial industry. We also prepared workshops, inspiring speakers and most importantly, our Charity Hack Session. During the Charity Hack Session on Saturday, you will be placed with 5-7 other fellows, a charity representative and industry experts to brainstorm and develop projects and campaigns for the assigned charity. We will provide you tool packages and mentors to maximize acceleration. This is a great chance for you to tackle real life problems and explore your network base on your field of interest!

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. Great Hall, 2nd Floor
***For the discount of $80 off your ticket, specify that you are an OCAD U student in the application and we will send you a promo code*** We are also offering 10 FREE spots to this 2 day event for the first 10 students that RSVP by Wednesday, March 4 to Tickets retail at $180 each!
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Crafting Sustainability

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Saturday, March 14, 2015 - 4:00am to Sunday, March 15, 2015 - 4:00am

Crafting Sustainability is a two-day conference that brings together makers, researchers, educators, and students to interrogate the pairing of craft and sustainable practice. Co-organized by Craft Ontario and the Material Art and Design Department (MAAD) at OCAD University, the conference offers a platform for assessing the role of craft in fostering new paradigms for production and consumption in the 21st century.

Come out and join the discussion! Twenty guest speakers will cover a range of topics, including explorations of disposable culture, conversations about what makes a viable craft practice, customizable 3D printed prosthetics, video game programming in Inuktitut, and ‘craftwashing’ strategies.

Generous support for the Crafting Sustainability conference is provided by the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council. Crafting Sustainability is sponsored by Harbourfront Centre, the Sheridan Craft & Design Program, and Haliburton: Fleming College for the Arts, and is taking place as part of Craft Year 2015.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St.

Sparks From A Launch Junkie: How You Can Innovate Your Way to Sucess

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Friday, February 13, 2015 - 12:00am to 1:00am

The Strategic Innovation Collective will host a fire side chat with Stephen Tapp, the new director for the Imagination Catalyst. This event is open to the public. Questions for Stephen can be emailed to prior to the event.  

As a veteran in challenging the status quo, and as the new director of the Imagination Catalyst at OCAD U, Stephen will share some of his time-tested strategies on how to create game changing innovations at the intersection of business, technology, art and design. 

Having played an instrumental role in the of launch of TSN, Viewer's Choice Canada, PPV and XM Satellite Radio Canada, Stephen Tapp is an internationally recognized leader in media & entertainment with over 25 years of experience in building and operating profitable subscriber and advertiser supported businesses.

The Strategic Innovation Collective is a student-led initiative with the goals of:

• Creating opportunities for SFI alumni to remain engaged with the program.

• Working with faculty to increase recognition of the SFI brand.

• Utilizing sLab to expose students to industry connections, topical issues, and learning opportunities to compliment sLab's existing initiatives and course content in the SFI program.

• Providing opportunities for portfolio building within OCAD on volunteer basis.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Graduate Gallery 205 Richmond St. W.&nbsp;

A Tale of Two Cities

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Friday, February 27, 2015 - 5:00am to Saturday, March 7, 2015 - 5:00am

Emergin Young Artists 2015 Group Exhibition presents 23 leading and emerging artists from ten different universities across Canada and globally. In a time of rapid global changes, the theme of A Tale of Two Cities explores modern life struggling between the roots of our past and the constant interruption of our present.

Opening Night will feature two guest speakers: Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University, and Jill Birch, CEO & Publisher of the Canadian Art Foundation, and Canadian Art Magazine.

Opening Night Preview:
Date - Friday, February 27, 2015 at 6:00 p.m.
Tickets: EventBrite

Public Hours: 
February 28 to March 3, 2015
Saturday - Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday - Tuesday: 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Venue & Address: 
Arta Gallery Distillery District 14 Distillery Ln.

DF Lecture Series Winter 2015

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Thursday, February 5, 2015 - 10:00pm to 11:00pm

Our Lecture Series continues next week Thursday, Feb. 5th with a talk from Dr. Jennifer Jenson, Professor of Pedagogy and Technology in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Institute for Research on Learning Technologies at York University.

Dr. Jenson's interest and work include: Digital game studies, new media, pedagogy and technology, gender and technology, multimedia and online content/design issues in education, educational gaming, and cultural studies of technology, and the design and development of educational games.

We look forward to seeing you next Thursday @ 5pm in the Music Hall at St. George the Martyr Church - 197 John Street.

Venue & Address: 
The Music Hall in St George the Martyr Church 197 John St. Toronto