OCAD announces dates of 95th annual graduate exhibition

OCAD announces dates of 95th annual graduate exhibition
Thursday, March 25, 2010 - 4:00am

INTERACTIVE. INTERCONNECTED. INTERDISCIPLINARY.

(Toronto — March 25, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) invites you to Enter OCAD, the university’s 95th annual Graduate Exhibition, to take place May 6 to 9, 2010.

Enter OCAD presents the thesis work of the class of 2010, an eclectic mix of more than 500 graduating students working in twelve undergraduate programs ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation in the Faculty of Art, to advertising, environmental, industrial and graphic design, illustration and material art and design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the university’s Faculty of Design. Enter OCAD will transform the university’s main building and the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design into the biggest exhibition of the year.

New this year, OCAD will match collectors, new and old, with the hottest emerging artists and designers through the exhibition and sale The Next Big Thing, sponsored by Aboveground Art Supplies, at the OCAD Student Gallery. The Gallery is located at 285 Dundas Street West, right around the corner from OCAD’s main building on McCaul Street. The Next Big Thing opens April 28 and continues until May 22.

Guests can also purchase works from OCAD’s printmaking, photography and material art and design programs at Enter OCAD.

Enter OCAD
OCAD’s 95th Annual Graduate Exhibition
May 6 to 9, 2010

Enter OCAD schedule:
Opening Night — Thursday, May 6, 6:30 to 10 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.)
Friday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 8 and Sunday, May 9, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Pay-what-you-can. All are welcome.

Ontario College of Art & Design
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

The Next Big Thing
Exhibition and Student Art Sale

April 28 to May 22
Reception: Thursday, April 29, 5 to 7 p.m.

OCAD Student Gallery
285 Dundas Street West, Toronto
416-977-6000, Ext. 262 | www.ocad.ca/studentgallery

Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD 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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For more information and images please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD becomes ‘OCAD University’

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto—June 8, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design is now ‘OCAD University,’ the institution announced today.

The Act to change OCAD’s name was introduced April 27 as part of Bill 43, the Post-secondary Education Statute Law Amendment Act, 2010 and also included language to officially recognize the role of the university’s chancellor, modify the powers of the Board of Governors and create an academic senate.

“What a proud day for OCAD University and the Province of Ontario,” said President Dr. Sara Diamond. “Our new name makes clear for our current and future students, alumni, faculty, Ontario and the world our role as Canada’s leading institution for art and design education and research. It is the completion of an evolution that has seen the institution grow from an elite arts school formed by Canada’s leading painters in 1876 to a formidable university offering a unique studio-based education that fuels the expansion of Ontario’s knowledge economy.”

“OCAD's outstanding faculty, staff and students have helped the institution become Canada’s leading art and design university, said The Hon. John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “By granting OCAD official university status, we can help ensure that it will continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of students and the province in today’s rapidly changing global economy.”

“Our new name ensures OCAD’s strategic position within a highly competitive, global post-secondary education and research marketplace,” said Robert Montgomery, Chair of OCAD’s Board of Governors. “We thank all those who contributed towards this great achievement, and express our sincere appreciation for the leadership of the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities.”

Read information about the name change process:
An Open Letter to the OCAD University Community
Background information about the process
Frequently Asked Questions

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) 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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For more information or to request images, contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Steve Virtue, Director, Marketing & Communications
416.977.6000 Ext. 222

OCAD University announces dates of 96th annual Graduate Exhibition, The Show Off

Tuesday, April 5, 2011 - 4:00am

(Toronto — April 5, 2011) The 2011 graduating class at OCAD University (OCAD U) invites you to The Show Off, the university’s 96th annual Graduate Exhibition, to take place May 5 to 8, 2011.

The Show Off presents the work of the class of 2011, an eclectic mix of more than 500 graduating students working in twelve undergraduate programs ranging from drawing and painting, printmaking, photography, criticism and curatorial practice, integrated media and sculpture/installation in the Faculty of Art, to advertising, environmental, industrial and graphic design, illustration and material art and design (jewellery, fibre and ceramics) in the university’s Faculty of Design. Each year, the annual Graduate Exhibition transforms the university’s main building and the acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design into the biggest exhibition of the year.

The Show Off
OCAD University’s 96th annual Graduate Exhibition
May 5 to 8, 2011

The Show Off schedule:
Opening Night — Thursday, May 5, 6:30 to 10 p.m. (remarks at 7:30 p.m.)
Friday, May 6, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission: Pay-what-you-can. All are welcome.

OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Toronto
416-977-6000 | www.ocad.ca

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Additional events happening in conjunction with The Show Off:

The Next Big Thing
Exhibition and Student Art Sale

April 27 to May 21
Reception: Thursday, April 28, 6 to 8 p.m.

The Next Big Thing, sponsored by Aboveground Art Supplies and presented by the OCAD University Student Gallery, matches collectors, new and old, with the hottest emerging artists and designers. This exhibition and sale is located right around the corner from OCAD U’s main building on McCaul Street, at 285 Dundas Street West.

OCAD Student Gallery
285 Dundas Street West, Toronto
416-977-6000, Ext. 262 | www.ocad.ca/studentgallery
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 noon to 6 p.m.

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Something More Concrete
An exhibition by fourth-year Sculpture/Installation students
35 works by 36 emerging artists

April 23 to May 8
Reception: April 21, 7 to 10 p.m.

The Brinks Building
60 McCaul Street, Toronto (south of OCAD U’s main building)
Exhibition hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

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Making a Spectacle of One's Self - Barr Gilmore
April 21 to May 15

An OCAD University Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media & Design Thesis Exhibition

MADE
867 Dundas St. West, Toronto
416-607-6384 | www.madedesign.ca

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About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, 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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For more information contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD University announces new Chair, Vice-Chairs and Members to Board of Governors

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 5:00am

(Toronto—November 8, 2011) OCAD University (OCAD U) today announced the new slate of members to the Board of Governors. Board Chair Robert Montgomery, is stepping down after three years of dedicated service, two of them as Chair. Montgomery successfully led the Board through a multi-year planning process and launched the development of the Imagination Catalyst, a business and talent development initiative focused on design and creative knowledge transfer. Montgomery completed his term in October and will remain on the Board as an Executive Committee member.

Ian Tudhope succeeds Robert Montgomery as Chair of OCAD U's Board of Governors, after serving as Vice-Chair since October 2009 and member since May 2008. Tudhope is a Partner at Wessex Capital Partners, a private equity and advisory firm, where he is focused on building a global portfolio of market leading companies operating in the professional disciplines of architecture, engineering and design. As a graduate of the Director's College at McMaster University, Tudhope is a chartered professional corporate director. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program-AMP 170.

"On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to express my congratulations and sincerest thanks to Robert Montgomery for his leadership and dedication to OCAD University," said Ian Tudhope, incoming Chair. "I would also like to take the opportunity to welcome Azim Fancy and Michel Frappier to the positions of Vice-Chair. Mr. Fancy, an entrepreneur who has experience in international business start-ups, planning and management, is the President of Modus Business Solutions Inc. Mr. Frappier, an OCAD University alumnus, is Chair of the Advertising Review Board of Ontario. Finally, I would like to thank the outgoing board members who gave generously of their time in the interest of our university."

"I thank Robert Montgomery for his generous volunteerism to OCAD University. He has brought a contagious enthusiasm to our Board, and I thank him for his support of our administration, our students and to me personally, as President and Vice-Chancellor," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD U. Ian Tudhope has already proven himself a champion of our strategic plan, and a great contributor to the leadership of our Board in his previous role as Vice-Chair, and I'm thrilled to welcome him as our new Chair."

Susan T. McGovern and Shabin Mohamed have also been elected as external members by OCAD U's Board of Governors. McGovern is Assistant Executive Director of both the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association and the Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association, and was previously appointed as Vice-President, MaRS Innovation. Mohamed served with the Appeals Division of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. She is a member and Chair of Sheena's Place Nominations Committee in Toronto, Board Member of the Institute of Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, and Co-Chair of Partners in Art.

OCAD U students Robin Clason (Integrated Media) and Brianna Jean MacLellan (Sculpture/Installation) were elected by their peers to represent undergraduate students, while James Forrester, Head of Library Systems, was elected by his peers to represent Union and Exempt Staff.

In June, OCAD University appointed Catherine (Kiki) Delaney as the University's third Chancellor, succeeding The Honourable James K. Bartleman and Rosalie Sharp. In addition to her role as the titular head of the university, presiding at convocation and conferring degrees, Delaney also serves as an honorary member of the Board of Governors and of the Senate.

A complete list of members of the Board of Governors and their biographies is available at http://www.ocadu.ca/.

About the Imagination Catalyst
OCAD University's Imagination Catalyst is a business and talent development initiative supporting young entrepreneurs and creative business start-ups, providing industry-led collaboration and networking opportunities to students, alumni and faculty. The initiative is an aggregation of OCAD University's business development support provided through the Digital Futures Accelerator, the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC), and Design Research Centre.

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, 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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For more information contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD U appoints Dr. Christine Bovis-Cnossen as Vice-President, Academic

OCAD U appoints Dr. Christine Bovis-Cnossen as Vice-President, Academic
Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—June 20, 2012) OCAD University has appointed Dr. Christine Bovis-Cnossen as Vice-President, Academic, effective September 4, 2012.

Reporting to the President and as a member of the senior cabinet as Vice-President, Academic, Dr. Bovis-Cnossen is responsible for the overall academic enterprise of the university, including academic planning and the academic priorities of the university's new strategic plan, Advancing Excellence at OCAD University for the Age of Imagination, 2012-2017.

She is a graduate of three universities: McMaster University (BA), Wilfrid Laurier University (MA) and the University of Hull (PhD in Sociology and Social Anthropology). She was most recently Dean, School of Arts, Social Sciences and Management, with corporate cross-university responsibility for internationalization at Queen Margaret University (QMU) in Edinburgh, U.K. In this role, she successfully led the integration of the former schools of Social Sciences, Media and Communication, Drama and Creative Industries and Business, Enterprise and Management, embarking on a process of streamlining activities and focusing on niche distinctiveness while delivering financial savings.

Prior to her position at QMU, Dr. Bovis-Cnossen was Head of Sociology and Criminology and Principal Lecturer in Social Statistics at Northumbria University, Newcastle, U.K. She is a former member of the Scotland Committee of the U.K.'s Equality and Human Rights Commission and has pioneered initiatives in equality and diversity in Higher Education.

In her role as Vice-President, Academic, Dr. Bovis-Cnossen will provide direction and support to the Faculties of Art, Design, and Liberal Arts & Sciences, as well as the OCAD University Senate and its standing committees, the Centre for Innovation in Art & Design Education, and the departmental areas of Library Services, Student Affairs and OCAD U Gallery and Exhibition Services. She will oversee OCAD University's initiatives in experiential and online learning.

"Christine's outstanding management, communication and interpersonal skills, as well as her open and collegial style will align OCAD U's academic planning and governance with the university's strategic objectives and nurture and develop faculty and academic leaders," said Dr. Sara Diamond, OCAD U's President and Vice Chancellor. "I am delighted to welcome Christine to OCAD University." 

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, 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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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD U appoints new external members and second Vice Chair to Board of Governors

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 4:00am

(Toronto—July 15, 2013) OCAD University has appointed John Albright, Helen Kearns, Sharifa Khan and Karen Prentice, Q.C. as external members to the Board of Governors. As well, Dr. John Semple was elected to the position of second Vice Chair on June 17, 2013.

“We are honoured and delighted that these individuals have agreed to serve OCAD University by joining our Board of Governors," says Ian Tudhope, the board's Chair. "They will collaborate with our other committed members and our dynamic leadership team to ensure a strong future for Canada's University of the Imagination. As volunteers we are inspired by the contribution that creativity, art and design thinking can bring to bear in our complex world.”

President Sara Diamond added: “OCAD University has built a talented board that can enable our current strengths and future directions, whether commercialization of our research; design for health; technology and digital media; a powerful gallery system; building a creative city; a deeper internationalization of our university or effective policy intervention. I look forward to working with all of our board members, whose support is crucial to achieving the goals of our strategic plan, Advancing Excellence at OCAD University for the Age of the Imagination, 2012-17.”

BACKGROUND:

John Albright, elected to the board on May 6, 2013, is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile connectivity. During his tenure in the venture capital business, John has gained extensive experience assisting entrepreneurs shape their vision and capital plans into successful long term growth programs which typically involved an aggressive financing strategy. John has a history of assisting entrepreneurial companies through significant growth and eventually to the public markets. His ability to work with and advise senior management of investee companies, as well as his skills in filling supporting roles where existing management lack the experience or skill set, has been vital to the success of past investments.

John is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Helen Kearns was appointed to the board by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on December 21, 2012. Helen is the President and CEO of Bell Kearns & Associates Ltd. and has been a leader in capital markets in Canada for more than 30 years.

Prior to joining Bell Kearns, Helen was President of NASDAQ Canada (2001-2004) and an officer of NASDAQ, the world's largest electronic market by trading volume. In her capacity as President she was responsible for introducing the NASDAQ trading platform to Canadian capital markets, and during her tenure she successfully gained breakthrough regulatory recognition for NASDAQ British Columbia.

In 2005, Ms. Kearns was appointed to the Board of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, one of the most respected pension plans in the world. Additionally, she has been honoured for business leadership by The John Molson School of Business and the Montreal Board of Trade, as well as receiving the Women on the Move Award for entrepreneurs.

Sharifa Khan, elected to the board on April 1, 2013, has more than 30 years’ experience as a multicultural marketing professional, and can truly be called a pioneer in the field of multicultural marketing before the term was even invented. Today, thanks to her efforts, ethnic markets are in the mix of target groups by mainstream corporations. She started the ethnic marketing division of a mainstream marketing and public relations firm in the early 1980s and transitioned to being a shareholder and consultant at this firm. She moved on to establish Balmoral Marketing, in 1989, where she is presently President and CEO.

At Balmoral Marketing, Sharifa leads a team of seasoned ethnic specialists to service corporate, government and non-profit organizations — guiding them to connect with new markets in Canada. In 1999, she received federal government recognition from Prime Minister Jean Chrétien for entrepreneurial success.

Karen Prentice, Q.C., elected to the board on June 17, 2013, has 30 years of combined legal, executive management and governance experience.  Most recently she chaired the Board of Trustees of the TSX traded CANMARC REIT and served for six years as a member of the Alberta Securities Commission.  Prior to that, Karen was Executive Vice-President of ENMAX Corporation responsible for legal services, corporate governance, human resources, facilities, environment, health and safety, government relations and corporate communication functions.

Her extensive not for profit governance experience includes having been a director or chair of over a dozen boards spanning the diverse sectors of visual, performing and literary arts, mathematics, science, and advanced education. She currently is a director of the National Arts Centre Foundation, the Walrus Foundation and Canada's National History Society.  Most recently, Karen was the Chair of the Banff International Research Station for Innovation and Discovery, and a member of the boards of directors of Calgary's Telus World of Science and the Ottawa Art Gallery.  Karen is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and an LLB. from the University of Calgary.

Dr. John Semple
As chief of surgery at Women’s College Hospital, Dr. John Semple has been instrumental in establishing the hospital as home to one of the country’s top centres for breast restoration. He put Women’s College on the map as a leading centre for breast reconstruction some years ago by developing and pioneering new surgical techniques in breast restoration. Previously, as director of the Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Semple led a group of scientists, engineers and surgeons in producing new technologies for soft tissue regeneration and reconstruction following cancer surgery. He is a professor in the department of surgery at the University of Toronto and former president of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

In March 2010, Dr. Semple was named chair in surgical breast cancer research by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region. The chair is based at Women’s College and was the first endowed chair in the hospital’s department of surgery. Dr. Semple’s appointment, Women’s College’s first such appointment in surgical breast cancer research, placed him as a core scientist at Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI). He and his team explore improvements in reconstructive surgery techniques including the use of autotransplantation of a patient’s own lymph nodes to treat and prevent the formation of lymphedema ― a painful side-effect of breast cancer treatment that can cause severe swelling in the arm. Dr. Semple graduated from OCAD University in 1975.

A complete list of members of the Board of Governors and their biographies is available at
www.ocadu.ca.

 

About OCAD University
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, 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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For more information please contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416 977 6000 x327
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