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.

University community mourns the passing of developer Al Green

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 7:15pm

The passing on January 21 of businessman, philanthropist and artist Al Green was met with sadness by the OCAD U community, made bittersweet recently with news of increased support for this year’s Al and Malka Green Award. The award was established in 2000 to fund a top graduating student in OCAD U’s Sculpture/Installation program. Mr. Green was himself a sculptor, opening the Al Green Sculpture Studio School (also in 2000) and donating studio space over the years to struggling artists. That the award will increase in amount for Spring 2016 is incredibly meaningful, and allows the university to celebrate the legacy of a man described by Rabbi Michael Dolgin as “a force of nature.” For more on the remarkable life of Al Green, read the Toronto Star obituary.


OCAD University mourns the loss of friend and philanthropist Ernie Herzig

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 - 3:15pm

OCAD University friend and philanthropist Ernie Herzig recently passed away in Collingwood, Ontario. Mr. Herzig is remembered as a devoted supporter of OCAD University, where he studied sculpture in 1995.

With his wife Rivette, Mr. Herzig made several generous donations to OCAD U. These include gifts to the annual Whodunit? fundraiser and the Dorothy H. Hoover Library. The Herzigs also established the Ernie & Rivette Herzig Bursary to support OCAD U students who need financial assistance. In 2013/14, 18 students received aid from this endowed fund. One of those students, Cody Pope, said, “I am so grateful to receive this support. I am so incredibly thankful. The support has allowed me to concentrate more on developing my skills as an artist at OCAD U. Thank you for helping me realize my dreams!”

Mr. Herzig was a well-known Toronto printer and publisher. In 1965, he and Bill Somerville founded Herzig Somerville, a prepress company that supplied colour separations to the printing industry. An offshoot of that business, Mintmark Press, focused on printing fine-art books. Outside his business interests, Mr. Herzig had a long-standing passion for the arts. For many years, he was involved with the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, serving as chairman in 1980. For 40 years, Mr. Herzig was also a sculptor, showing his work at several galleries as well as outdoors, and in a one-man show at the Canadian Sculpture Society in April 2002.

The OCAD University community extends sincere condolences to Mr. Herzig’s family members and friends.