Inuit Art On-Line: Symposium

Thursday, November 28, 2019 - 5:30pm to 8:30pm

Inuit Art On-Line
Thursday, November 28, 2019
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Co-presented with Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge

Onsite Gallery
199 Richmond St. West

Free event as part of Onsite Gallery's public event program for ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ / Among All These Tundras.

This public symposium will convene a panel of Inuit artists and scholars to discuss the role and importance of materiality in the creation and presentation of Inuit art. Discussions will additionally explore how the social, cultural and environmental complexity embedded in material artworks might be expressed and navigated through digital representation as part of the Virtual Platform for Indigenous Art, a new digital arts portal being created in partnership between OCAD U’s Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge and Onsite Gallery.


Krista Ulujuk Zawadski was raised in Igluligaarjuk (Chesterfield Inlet) and currently calls Rankin Inlet, Nunavut, her home. Zawadski completed a Master’s Degree in Anthropology at the University of British Columbia in 2016, and has focused her education and career in the heritage sector in Nunavut and in the fields of Arctic anthropology, museology and collections-based research, with an emphasis on fostering accessibility to collections for Inuit. Zawadski participated in the Summer Institute in Museum Anthropology at the Smithsonian Institution, the Otsego Institute for Native American Art History at the Fenimore Art Museum and is currently working for the Government of Nunavut as a curator. Zawadski is currently studying at Carleton University in an interdisciplinary PhD Program.

Nyla Innuksuk is an Inuit film director, writer, producer, and virtual reality content creator. She was born in Igloolik and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She received a degree in film production from Ryerson University in 2009. Innuksuk works primarily on short documentary and fiction films focusing on Inuit and Indigenous peoples' stories. Her films are portraits of communities and community members in the Arctic, with a strong commitment to including community members in all production phases. Innuksuk is the owner and CEO of Mixtape VR, a 360 and Virtual Reality production company operating out of Toronto.

Couzyn van Heuvelen is an Inuk sculptor and installation artist originally from Iqaluit, NU, and currently based in Bowmanville, ON. Van Heuvelen received his BFA from York University in 2011 and his MFA in 2015 from NSCAD University. His artistic practice primarily consists of sculptural and installation works that draw from both art history and Inuit life. Across his varied works, he fuses traditional practices and forms with contemporary materials and fabrication processes.


The Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge is a hub for facilitating the documentation, communication and translation of Indigenous ways of seeing. Drawing on the inseparable concepts of perception and knowing, Wapatah assists Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists and researchers to collaborate on the presentation and representation of artistic knowledge. Wapatah highlights the innumerable lenses through which Indigenous people envision the world–whether through artistic production, language, or interaction with the land–using each of these as a research tool to form new questions and concepts about the world. Wapatah promotes Indigenous research at multiple scales, from Indigenous-led research at OCADU to creating connections and partnerships at the global level.


ᐊᕙᑖᓂᑦ ᑕᒪᐃᓐᓂᑦ ᓄᓇᑐᐃᓐᓇᓂᑦ
Among All These Tundras

September 18 to December 7, 2019

ᓛᑯᓗᒃ ᐅᐃᓕᐊᒻᓴᓐ ᐸᑦᑑᕆ
Laakkuluk Williamson Bathory
ᑲᕈᓚ ᑯᕋᕼᐊᓐ
Carola Grahn
ᒫᔾᔭ ᕼᐋᓕᓐᑐ ᐅᓇᓗ ᓵᒥ ᕕᓐᓚᓐᒥᐅᑕᖅ
Marja Helander
ᓵᓐᔭ ᑲᓕᕼᐅ-ᑰᒻᔅ
Sonya Kelliher-Combs
ᔪᐊᖅ ᓇᓐᑰ
Joar Nango
ᑕᕐᕋᓕᒃ ᐹᑐᔨ
Taqralik Partridge
ᐱᐅᓕ ᐸᑐ
Barry Pottle
ᐃᓅᑎᖅ ᓯᑐᐊᑦᔅ
Inuuteq Storch
ᑲᔨᓐ ᐸᓐ ᕼᐅᕕᓕᓐ
Couzyn van Heuvelen
ᐊᓕᓴᓐ ᐊᑰᑦᓲᒃ ᒍᐊᑕᓐ
Allison Akootchook Warden

ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᖕᒥ ᑲᒪᔨᑦ: Hᐃᑐ ᐃᒡᓗᓕᐅᖅᑎ, ᐋᐃᒥ ᐳᕈᑎ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᓴᕆᓴ ᐹᓐ ᕼᐃᐅᓕᒐ
Curated by Heather Igloliorte, Amy Dickson and Charissa von Harringa

ᓴᕿᑕᐅᔪᖅ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᑐᓂᔭᐅᔪᖅ ᑖᒃᑯᓇᖓᑦ ᓕᓄᑦ ᐊᒻᒪᓗ ᐲᓇ ᐊᓕᓐ ᓴᓇᖕᖑᐊᖅᓯᒪᔪᓂᒃ ᑕᑯᔭᒐᖃᕐᕕᒃ, ᑳᓐᑯᑎᐊ ᐃᓕᓐᓂᐊᕐᕕᒃᔪᐊᖅ
Produced and circulated by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University

Among All These Tundras, a title taken from the poem ‘My Home Is in My Heart’ by famed Sámi writer Nils-Aslak Valkeapää, features contemporary art by Indigenous artists from around the circumpolar world. Together, their works politically and poetically express current Arctic concerns towards land, language, sovereignty and resurgence. Click here to read more.

Produced and circulated by: Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University
Patron Sponsor: Birch Hill Equity Partners
Supported by: Canada Council for the Arts, Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (Mobilizing Inuit Cultural Heritage), Initiative for Indigenous Futures and Nexus Investments

Onsite Gallery is the flagship professional gallery of OCAD U and an experimental curatorial platform for art, design and new media. Visit our website for upcoming public events. The gallery is located at 199 Richmond St. W, Toronto, ON, M5V 0H4. Telephone: 416-977-6000, ext. 265. Opening hours are: Wednesdays to Fridays from noon to 7 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. Free admission.

Image: Installation view: Among All These Tundras , Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, 2019. Featuring work by Couzyn van Heuvelen (foreground) and Barry Pottle (background). Exhibition produced and circulated by the Leonard & Bina Ellen Art Gallery, Concordia University. Photo: Yuula Benivolski.

Venue & Address: 
Onsite Gallery: 199 Richmond St. West
416-977-6000 x456
Installation view: Among All These Tundras , Onsite Gallery, OCAD University, Toronto, 2019.

Arctic/Amazon Symposium

Thursday, September 19, 2019 - 9:30am to Friday, September 20, 2019 - 7:30pm

The Wapatah Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge at OCAD U, with The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery are organizing a symposium Sept. 19-20 specifically aimed at nurturing dialogical engagement between Arctic and Amazonian Indigenous ontologies while being cognizant of balancing regional knowledges of land-human relations within a globally Indigenous epistemic framework.

Schedule of events:

TICKETS: Seating are very limited for the Arctic Amazon 2019 Symposium. First priority will be given to ticket holders, and there is no guarantee that there will be availability for walk-ins. Grab your tickets to attend today to avoid disappointment!


Symposium Description

The Arctic/Amazon project is specifically aimed at nurturing dialogical engagement between Arctic and Amazonian Indigenous ontologies while being cognizant of balancing regional knowledges of land-human relations within a globally Indigenous epistemic framework. The inaugural Arctic/Amazon symposium is co-hosted by OCADU and the Power Plant. The purpose of this event is to gather established and emerging artists, curators, and scholars from North American regions of the Arctic and Amazonian zones primarily in Brazil to meet person-to-person to exchange ideas, share works, and to develop collaborative strategies that centralize traditional Indigenous knowledges for the survivance of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities amidst tumultuous environmental times. In recognition of the inherent connections between Indigenous land, culture, and artistic production, this symposium will address key questions: (1) How might the centralizing of Indigenous cosmologies, traditional knowledges, and the everyday practicalities of living, protecting, and being in relation to respective lands transform Eurocentric artistic and scientific disciplinary approaches to understanding climate change?; (2) In exploring regionally specific responses from the Arctic and Amazon to both human- and non-human-made environmental concerns, what are some of the shared concerns, historical and current commonalities that reveal a globalized sense of indigeneity? The Arctic/Amazon gathering is a starting point to contemplate these complex questions.


Program Summary

The symposium program will take place on September 19 and 20, 2019 at the Harbourfront Centre, Toronto. The two-day schedule will roughly mirror one another. The symposium will begin with Elder Tom Cowie’s welcome, then a presentation of a joint mural created by Denilson Baniwa and Mark Igloliorte. In the morning to early afternoon, a large discussion circle will be facilitated by Indigenous artist-scholars who are part of the OCAD University faculty. In the afternoon, discussions will break into smaller groups so that the audience and the presenters can engage more intimately with the art practice, with one another, and with the ideas that come forth.


Large Group Discussions

The purpose of the large group discussions is to reflect upon the artistic, activist, and intellectual work that has been accomplished thus far in the artists’ respective communities and regions.


Discussion Circle 1: Land Relations
In this discussion circle, artists will be encouraged to consider human-to-human and human-nonhuman relations with regard to climate change and colonial and non-colonial contact zones. The facilitator will encourage the discussants to share their perspectives as well as raise concerns about addressing land-human relations in times of political and environmental upheavals.  


Discussion Circle 2: Land Collaborations
In this discussion circle, artists will be asked to reflect upon how they centralize Indigenous ways of knowing and worldviews to address issues discussed in the previous circle. The facilitator will gear conversations toward ways in which Indigenous artists can support one another through shifts in socio-political duress, future objectives, environmental directives, and land/human relations.The facilitator will engage artists to think about ways in which land-human collaborations, spirituality, ancestral respect, traditional knowledges, and political critique might inform their practices, leading to conversations about a practice-based and lived understanding of a globalized Indigeneity. Key questions include: How can a sense of globalized Indigeneity be built upon dialogical respect and engagement, especially when coming from such faraway places geographically, cosmologically, and politically? What does it mean to collaborate beyond verbal discussions.


Small Group Discussions

In the afternoon, the symposium will break into smaller group discussions. Artists from the Arctic and Amazon will be paired up so that they can provide a more in-depth accounting of their practice and begin to imagine and discuss ways in which their practices reach toward and support one another.


The participants in each group discussion are encouraged to be creative in their presentation in order to best open up a dialogical reach toward one another and the attending audience. Rather than doing a straight-up artist talk, they are very welcome to perform, create small group discussion workshop questions, present actual work (rather than documentation) to facilitate an enriching dialogical setting for discussions.



The main objective of the mural is for the collaborators to meet and visualize the possibilities for building dialogues between the Arctic and Amazonian regions regarding climate change, land-human relations, contact zones, and globalizing indigeneity. What similarities are there in terms of inspiration, lived experience, creative and political intentions? This mural is pivotal in establishing the symposium and the Arctic/Amazon project as a dialogical, collaborative exchange of ideas, dreams, and possible futures.



Artistically driven, the dialogical components of the symposium will be interwoven with performative responses. The performances, along with the mural and dj-ing are integral to ensuring that the Arctic/Amazon project is Indigenous-creatively-led. In subsequent gatherings such as the curatorial shows and conference in the works for 2020, the intention is to integrate activist art-making as a research methodology and political response to the concerns raised. The major impetus for focusing on an Indigenous artist-led symposium is to ensure that Indigenous ways of knowing encompass rather than become subsumed under the structuration of institutionalized disciplinary knowledge. Performative responses provide an embodied approach, an alternative to speech-based collaboration.


Keynote Dialogue

The purpose of the keynote dialogical address is to open up discussions about ways to centralize Indigenous ontological approaches to develop interconnections between Amazonian Indigenous and Inuit thinkers, artists, and activists, whose works address issues climate change, environmental protection, adaptation, and colonization through the lenses of art-making and activism. It is hoped that this dialogue will also evoke and inspire the sharing of different cosmologies, values, and reworlding through the entanglements of diverse Indigenous practices.


DJing Close

Following Elder Tom Cowie’s closing, the DJ will bring the house down with one hour of dj-ing to cinch the symposium. The function of this closing to signify the end of this specific gathering while imagining and opening frequencies for future collaborations, creative sharing, and ongoing dialogues.

Venue & Address: 
Habourfront Centre, 235 Queens Quay West

Publishing our way into a thriving discipline – Recent publications in Systemic Design

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:30am

Peter’s editorial titled The Systemic Turn: Leverage for World Changing, served as the theme for the articles comprising the issue.  The issue featured five articles from RSD5 authors, including Jones and Jeremy Bowes’ Rendering Systems Visible for Design: Synthesis Maps as Constructivist Design Narratives. All articles are available free for download at


Peter also edited a second RSD symposium collection, a Springer book in the Translational Systems Science series, one of the series edited by Dr. Kyoichi Kijima of Tokyo Institute of Technology. The book Systemic Design: Theory, Methods and Practice, comprises 10 chapters from the top-selected papers from the RSD4 Symposium, the 2015 RSD conference in Banff. As with the She Ji issue, the chapters were developed in close collaboration with authors form the emerging systemic design community, and were also rigorously peer-reviewed. One of the chief differences in the book collection is that the chapters are widely ranging in length, with some chapters at nearly 50 or 70 pages long. As Springer books are not open access (See the volume at ) please contact Peter Jones if interested in the articles.


The RSD8 Symposium is being held this year at IIT / Institute of Design in Chicago, October 17-19, in the new facilities at ID. SFI students and alumnae have already contributed and are expected to continue to make a strong showing at this continuing program, as it develops from emergence to excellence, as demonstrated in these continuing publication projects now following each conference. See for registration (soon) and to submit synthesis maps or posters (the call for papers is closed, but poster sessions will be open through June 14.

Visual and Critical Studies Thesis Symposium 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019 - 1:00pm

Students in the BA (Honours) Program in Visual and Critical Studies will present their thesis projects in a public symposium.

Friday, May 3rd, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
100 McCaul St., Room 325

This is an opportunity for OCAD U students, faculty, and community members to see the exciting work that our graduating cohort are doing on the cutting edge of art history and visual culture.

Please join us in celebrating their accomplishments!

Lex Burgoyne
Kiera Charbonneau
Dallas Fellini

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St., Room 325
White text "VCS Symposium 2019" on abstractly painted teal and blue background.

Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition

9 greyscale photos of protests and activists
Friday, March 1, 2019 - 5:00pm to Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 6:00pm

Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition
1-2 March 2019

OCAD University
100 McCaul St.
Toronto, ON
M5T 1W1

*OCAD University is an accessible space.

Please note: all events are FREE and open to the public, but require an RSVP for refreshments; please RSVP at by Friday 15 February.

The Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas, York University’s Graduate Program in Theatre and Performance Studies and Sensorium: Centre for Digital Arts and Technology, and OCAD University’s Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences & School of Interdisciplinary Studies, with the support of the Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories and Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate programs and Art and Social Change student volunteers, welcome you to the Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition symposium, taking place at OCAD University, 1-2 March 2019.

This interdisciplinary symposium invites activists, scholars, artists, community organizers, and cultural workers to explore collective strategies of embodied and performed resistance to extractivism. While extractivism commonly refers the logic of reducing nature to commodities, and the resultant hyper-exploitation of the mining, oil, and gas industries, we can also think of extractivism as an ideology fundamental to colonialism and capitalism at their most endemic. Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition asks: How is (anti)extractivism performed? How have mining-impacted communities and solidarity groups alike mobilized their dissent through creative interventions? How can we, as scholars and artists, perform research that does not similarly extract community/Indigenous knowledge for our own cultural capital? How can we ethically and productively engage communities as co-researchers and collaborators without succumbing to an exploitative model of knowledge and labour extraction?

Resisting Extractivism, Performing Opposition explores extractivism as a vital issue that concerns all Canadians: resource extraction informs Canadian domestic and foreign policy, mandatory investments, and is inherent in how we conceptualize Canadian identities, mythologies, and exceptionalism. Canada’s place in the Americas is inherently tied to extractivism, and we will explore this through creative and innovative research methods, mobilized in conversations across disciplines that reach publics outside of the academy, convening artistic, activist, and scholarly communities.

The symposium begins on Friday evening 1 March 2019 from 5-7 pm with the opening of the exhibition Educate, Advocate, Agitate: The Mining Injustice Solidarity Network’s Creative Interventions. The exhibition documents the Toronto-based grassroots mining justice group’s performative actions and creative interventions, and a recent collaboration with JODVID (Jóvenes Organizados en Defensa de la Vida/Youth Organized in Defense of Life), a youth group based in Mataquescuintla, Guatemala that uses performance and creative tactics to resist Canadian-owned Tahoe Resources’ Escobal silver mine on their territory. The exhibition is realized through the curatorial support of Valerie Frappier, an MFA student in the Criticism and Curatorial Practice graduate program at OCAD University.

Following the gallery opening, at 7:30 pm, we will present Beyond the Extractive Zone, a film screening and discussion co-programmed with the re:assemblage collective and presented with the support of OCAD’s Culture Shifts, that explore anti-extractivism from Indigenous perspectives.

Kiruna – Rymdvägen (Liselotte Wajstedt, Sweden, 2013, 52 minutes, documentary)
The town Kiruna is to be moved. The mining activities underground threaten its foundation. Houses will be moved, or torn down, and new quarters will be built on another site. The director grew up on the Company Site and is in a hurry to catch up with her past, for soon its physical reminders will be gone.

Screening with:
The Case of Gran Colombia Gold - Crude Gold
(Monica Gutierrez, Colombia/Canada, 2014, 10 minutes, documentary)
To Stop Being a Threat and To Become a Promise (Carolina Caycedo, Colombia/UK, 2017, 8 minutes, two channel documentary)

On Saturday 2 March 2019 we open the symposium at 9:30 am with the Indigenous Environmental Justice project. Based at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, IEJ works to works to develop a distinctive environmental justice framework that is informed by Indigenous knowledge systems, laws, concepts of justice and the lived experiences of Indigenous peoples.

At 10am we welcome Macarena Gómez-Barris, author of The Extractive Zone: Social Ecologies and Decolonial Perspectives (Duke University Press, 2017) and the founder and Director of the Global South Center at Pratt Institute. Gómez-Barris will present a keynote address, “Living and Dying in Extractive Zones,” considering the spaces of ruin in the aftermath of extractive capitalism through discussion of three sites within the Americas, and asking: How does mining, hydroelectricity, oil extraction, tourism, and monoculture disproportionately impact Indigenous territories in the Americas? How do social ecologies find alternative sources of living within the space of catastrophic death? What forms of refusal and social and decolonial praxis find solutions?

The keynote is followed by lunch at 11:30am catered by NishDish (RSVP required) and two panel sessions from 12:30-4:30 pm.

The first panel (12:30-2pm), “Animating Objects, Performing Justice,” features Toronto-based Argentine visual artist Dana Prieto, artist and organizer Maggie Flynn, and Winnipeg-based writer, filmmaker, photographer and professor Warren Cariou, who will share their respective visual art and performance practices. It is moderated by MISN member Merle Davis (PhD candidate, Anthropology, University of Minnesota).

The second panel (2:30-4pm), “Legal Discourse as Performative Resistance,” features Anishinaabe actor and playwright Shandra Spears BombayMarion de Vries, playwright of The Last Walk of Adolfo Ich, and Isabel Davila of JCAP (the Justice and Corporate Accountability Project). It is moderated by Sydney Lang, MISN member and law student at McGill University.

The symposium concludes with a keynote address at 4:30 pm by Kirsty Robertson, Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Museum Studies at Western University (London, ON) and author of the forthcoming Tear Gas Epiphanies: Protest, Culture, Museums (McGill-Queen's University Press, Spring 2019).

For more information, please contact:
Zoë Heyn-Jones, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Consortium on Performance and Politics in the Americas

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University, 100 McCaul St.
Free, RSVP Required
Sponsor logos for OCAD U, York U, SSHRC/CRSH, AMPD, Sensorium, Mining Injustice Solidarity Network

Death and Dying Discussions

Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 10:00am to Friday, January 25, 2019 - 4:00pm

The mini-symposium seeks to be a catalyst, to open-up discussion and expressivity around the role of design and the still relative dominance of the medical perspective in approaches to dying and death. These discussions will connect across interrelated spheres - the academy, medicine, the broader public, and the art and design community.


The mini-symposium will start with a keynote by Ivor Williams (Helix Centre) on the evening of Thursday, January 24th followed by a day of discussions through panel, poster/video/demo session, invited and peer reviewed talks on Friday, January 25th. During the DesignTO there will be a number of events under the Death and Dying Series with an opportunity to visit four exhibits in Toronto including a juried exhibit ‘Until the Last Breath’ at the Artscape Youngplace gallery. 


Invited Speakers


Submission Guidelines

We invite submissions for peer review in the form of a 500 word abstract for either a short talk and/or poster/video/demo from a broad range of design researchers, practitioners, and teams working on end of life issues.  

Submissions will undergo a period of peer review and approx 10 individual talks will be selected for presentation and a maximum of 16 posters.


Deadline for submission is December 7th at 11.59 pm. Results will be available by December 21st.


Submission link :


Organizing committee

  • Dr Kate Sellen, OCADU
  • Karen Oikonen, The Moment
  • Laura Halleran, OCADU



The conference will be held at OCADU in Toronto. 



Laura Halleran




Venue & Address: 

Collaboration - Making & Thinking Symposium

Collaboration 2.0
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:00pm to Saturday, November 10, 2018 - 6:30pm

For more information

Collaboration as a way of conducting a creative practice is not a new phenomenon; however, it has become a prominent approach within the last two decades among artists, craftspeople and designers. This progression within contemporary craft is due in part to the growth of theory and practice generally; and movements within specific genres over the years. The ongoing development of post-disciplinary teaching and methods, the acknowledgement of underrepresented voices within craft discourses, and emergent technologies have had an effect on contemporary craft practice and thinking.

— Melanie Egan, Director of Craft & Design, Harbourfront Centre

Venue & Address: 
Harbourfront Centre, 235 Queen Quay West
$20/pp and Students/Seniors $15 for Keynote only and $50/pp and Students/Seniors $35 for Keynote & Symposium
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Register now for Ontario Climate symposium

Logo for symposium with trees and circles
Monday, September 17, 2018

OCAD University is hosting the 2018 Ontario Climate Change Consortium symposium on October 11 and 12. The symposium will explore how the development of positive, innovative, interdisciplinary visions can facilitate a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in cities.

The two-day event is open to all, with students receiving a discounted rate. Come participate in a wide range of activities including a neighbourhood tour, short films, interactive presentations, a guided tour of the AGO’s Anthropocene exhibition, workshops and other activities. OCAD U Associate Professors Selmin Kara and Alia Weston are among faculty speaking or leading workshops.

Programming aims to foster a collective discussion on urban landscapes and highlight the interconnection of policy, public health, urban planning, climate change adaptation and mitigation and urban growth.

Register online for this exciting and informative event.

Established in 2011, the OCC works collaboratively with university researchers and partners from the public, private and NGO sectors on projects aimed at answering specific questions related to climate change and creating the intelligence necessary to address climate risk. Its formal mission: To arm decision makers with “regionally-specific climate data, intelligence and adaptation services that enable effective policy and investment responses to climate uncertainty in Ontario.”


Call for proposals: OCAD U hosts Ontario Climate Symposium

Graphic with words "Call for proposals"
Monday, April 9, 2018 - 2:30pm to Friday, May 11, 2018 - 5:00pm

OCADU is pleased to announce that it will be hosting this year’s Ontario Climate Symposium: Adaptive Urban Habitats through Ecological Design. By exploring how ecology meets tactical urbanism, the Symposium will showcase real-life examples of how technology, policy, green infrastructure and strategic design can come together to transform cities. We are currently accepting innovative papers and multidisciplinary proposals and visions that highlight a transformative cultural shift toward low-carbon communities, sustainable adaptation and the adoption of green infrastructure and design in urban cities.

Non-traditional styles of research/concept presentations will be prioritized. These include, but are not limited to, exhibitions or installations, short films and documentary screenings, themed sessions/panels, art and digital media, workshops/interactive sessions, and posters. For more information email All proposals will be reviewed by the Symposium organizing committee with decisions made by May 11th, 2018..

For more information on submissions, visit Climate Connections website






OCAD University hosts 2017 Manning Innovation Symposium

Thursday, November 23, 2017

OCAD University is proud to host the seventh Manning Innovation Symposium on Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Presented by Freedom Mobile, the Symposium will connect Canadian innovators and post-secondary students with a goal to inspire them to choose innovation as a life or career choice.

“We are delighted to host the Manning Innovation Symposium at OCAD University - Canada’s university of the imagination,” says Dr. Sara Diamond, president and vice-chancellor, OCAD University. “It is our belief that art and design are central and driving components of all forms of innovation and we are pleased to engage with the community and share our ground-breaking research and pathways to innovation success.”

“The pathway to innovation can be indirect and daunting,” says Foundation President Jennifer Diakiw. “We are grateful for Freedom Mobile’s support, which is a demonstration of their commitment to inspiring young Canadians to consider innovation as a life or career choice.”

The theme of this year’s Innovation Symposium is “The Imagination to Innovate, the Stamina to Succeed.” Organized by and for students, the Symposium is comprised of two components:

In the first session, Ernest C. Manning Awards Laureates and two innovators linked to OCAD University will share stories that focus on their pathways to innovation success. The presentations are brief and informal and will be recorded and produced as YouTube videos, which will be widely distributed.

The second component, Innovation Mentorship in 12 Minutes, is an opportunity for students to engage with the innovators in a way that is more meaningful than a Q & A session. Similar to speed dating, small groups of students will have approximately 12 minutes with each innovator for conversation.

“Encouraging innovation in Canada’s young people is key to helping ensure the future growth, development and prosperity of our community,” says Chethan Lakshman, Vice-President, External Affairs, Freedom Mobile. “Events like the Manning Innovation Symposium champion the development of new ideas and new thinking that will help inspire the next generation.” 

“The pathway to innovation can be indirect and daunting,” says Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation President Jennifer Diakiw. “When the innovators share their stories, students hear about the challenges, but also the tremendous rewards.”

Ernest C. Manning Awards Laureates participating in the Symposium will include the 2017 winners to be announced at the 36th Manning Innovation Awards at Toronto’s Scotiabank Centre on Wednesday, November 29. They will be available for media interviews at the Innovation Symposium at 10:30 a.m. at OCAD U.

The Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation discovers, encourages and rewards outstanding Canadian innovators – and tells their stories. The Innovation Symposia, held in partnership with Canadian post-secondary institutions, are key pillars in encouraging young Canadians through the innovators’ stories.