Meet & Greet with Dr. Niigaan Sinclair for Graduate Students

Portrait of Niigaan Sinclair
Friday, November 22, 2019 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

The Faculty & Curriculum Development Centre: Indigenous Education Speaker Series invites OCAD U Graduate Students to an intimate meet & greet with Indigenous scholar and award-winning columnist, Dr. Niigaan Sinclair. This reception will be preceed by a public talk.

Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 1:30pm-3:00pm
OCAD U, 100 McCaul St., Room 190
Dr. Sinclair’s talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

Friday, November 22nd, 2019 | 3:00pm-4:00pm
OCAD U, 100 McCaul St., Room 187


“Reconciliation is about the hard work of sharing. It's about resources, time, space and land. This means commitment to change, in all its complicatedness.” Niigaan Sinclair, Winnipeg Free Press, 08/17/2018

Dr. Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair is Anishinaabe from St. Peter's/Little Peguis, Manitoba. Currently on sabbatical as an Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, his work spans national and international print and publications. In 2018, he joined the Winnipeg Free Press as a columnist and in May 2019, Niigaan was named Canada’s Best Columnist, winning also a distinguished National Newspaper Award. He is also a recovering high school teacher.



Venue & Address: 
Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street, Room 187

Sustainability Initiatives by Student Researchers at OCAD U: Library Research Wednesdays

Promotional image with event title, project titles and speaker names, flanked by a drawings of a laptop and a book
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 12:45pm

On January 23rd, we welcome Victoria Gonzalez and Priscilla Lee to share their experiences of participating in field placements at OCAD University with a focus on sustainability.

Project descriptions:

Reducing Hazardous Waste in OCAD U Studios with Victoria Gonzales
Hazardous wastes are wastes that can pose a threat to health, safety and the environment. Plus, its disposal is expensive! OCAD U is trying to reduce the amount of inappropriate materials that end up in our hazardous waste bins (i.e. coffee cups, paper towels, and rags). This project aims to help studio users minimize their production of hazardous waste, encourage the use of less toxic products, and steer them towards proper reuse, recycling, and waste sorting. Victoria used their design skills to help conduct user research involving hardware prototypes, develop new organizing structures to keep the various bins easy to find and in the expected places, and create a poster series to communicate the initiative.

Victoria Gonzales is an emerging Industrial Designer from Chile with a passion for interior, health and sustainable design.

Sustainable Initiatives at Copy and Print Services with Priscilla Lee
Copy and Print Services provides the OCAD U community with its copying and digital output needs. This includes operating the Digital Print Shop and managing the University’s networked black and white printers, and its fleet of multifunction copiers. From pulp to print, paper is the lifeline of their operation. In this project, Priscilla worked to develop a sustainable and responsible outlook on this lifeline and make an impact in reduction.

Priscilla Lee is an Industrial Design student with an interest in human-centred design.


Both field placement projects were made possible through the collaboration of the Centre for Emerging Artist and Designers and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Sustainability Initiatives.


Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a casual, supportive environment about research activities, collections and more. We apply a broad definition of research which includes a variety of activities within the domains of art, design, libraries and archives. This event is open to all members of the OCAD U community as well as the general public.

Interested in presenting about your own research experiences? Contact Daniel Payne at

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 113 McCaul Street, Level 1, also accessible from 122 St. Patrick Street

Research Wednesdays: Century of Ontario Photographs

Simple drawings of an open book and an open laptop. The images are surrounded by text from the event description.
Wednesday, October 3, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This presentation examines some of the highlights from the Archives of Ontario’s extensive photograph collections, and showcases the work of government, amateur and professional photographers. It reveals the importance of the Archives’ photograph collections to understanding Ontario’s past, and explains how these records are managed and preserved. 

Danielle Manning has worked at the Archives of Ontario for five years, first as an archivist and now as an Outreach Officer. She is currently responsible for the Archives' tour program, social media, and Speakers Bureau presentations. Danielle holds a Master of Information from the University of Toronto and a Masters degree in art history from the University of Western Ontario.


Research Wednesdays is a speaker series presented by the OCAD U Library. It's a forum for anyone (undergrad or graduate students, staff, or faculty) to present in a supportive environment. Take a break over lunch to learn about new opportunities for Toronto creative researchers!

Interested in presenting at Research Wednesdays? We are currently programming our winter schedule (Jan-April). Send an email to Daniel Payne ( and include:

  •   brief 250 word description of your talk,
  •   indication of which Wednesdays would be available for you,
  •   list of technological needs,
  •   ideal set up of the presentation seating arrangement,
  •   description of any participatory activities that may be used. (NOTE: any focus groups or survey-type activities may need Research Ethics Board approval, so be prepared to include this in your proposal.)
Venue & Address: 
OCAD U Library's Learning Zone, Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Also accessible from 122 St. Patrick St.
416-977-6000 ext. 217

RESCHEDULED --- eL Seed talk

Monday, October 1, 2018 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

eL Seed blends Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to focus viewers' attention on the poetry, meaning and movement of words.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, 100 McCaul Street, Auditorium
Digital Screen: 

THE GRIND: Strategic Business Foresight w/ Alex Manu

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

This week at The Grind Speaker Series, we will be hosting a discussion with Alexander Manu, a professor here at OCAD U, who specializes in strategic innovation and management.


The Grind is an incubator for students who want to start their own small business. The group aims to connect students interested in business/entrepreneurship, encourage collaboration and provide guest speakers, workshops and resources to assist participants in networking, learning new skills and portfolio building.

See more OCAD U student-run groups at

Venue & Address: 
Imagination Catalyst, Level 8, 230 Richmond St. West
The Grind graphic

Many Voices: talk by visiting Alumni Artist Janine Miedzik

colourful geometric abstract image
Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 12:00pm to 12:45pm

Many Voices

Drawing and Painting is presenting four upcoming talks by visiting Alumni Artists. Each year graduates are invited to give an artist talk and meet with our fourth year students throughout the year.

Please bring your classes to Central Hall, room 230 on Tuesday November 14 Janine Miedzik will talk from 12-12:45.

All are welcome!

Janine Miedzik’s practice articulates observations and responses to the built environment that encompass a range of media; drawing, painting wall-works photo-based collages installations and sculpture. Her work has been exhibited at Drabinsky Gallery in Toronto and been included in several group exhibitions in Canada and most recently in Berlin and Denmark at ARHUS Art Academy. In June 2012 Janine produced a large-scale commissioned wall-work for Relative Space in Toronto. Her work in held in corporate and private collections in Canada, the U.S, the Netherlands and U.A.E.  Miedzik received a BFA with distinction from OCAD University and works in Toronto Canada. She is the recipient of Anne K. Adler Award for Contemporary Art, the Curry’s Scholarship and the Relative Space Commission Prize.


Venue & Address: 
OCAD U 100 McCaul St., Central Hall, room 230 Toronto, ON
All are welcome!

Kunlé Adeyemi: The Angelo Donghia Foundation Design Residency Lecture

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 7:30pm

In this our inaugural year of the Design Residency, OCAD U will host architect, designer and urban researcher Kunlé Adeyemi of NLÉ as the 2017-2018 Design Resident. 

Kunlé Adeyemi is an architect, designer and urban researcher. He is the founder/principle of NLÉ and a Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His notable work includes ‘Makoko Floating School’, an innovative prototype floating structure located on the lagoon heart of Lagos, Nigeria. This acclaimed project is part of an extensive research project – ‘African Water Cities’ – being developed by NLÉ an architecture, design and urbanism practice founded by Adeyemi in 2010, focusing on developing cities and communities. NLÉ recently launched MFS II – a new, improved iteration of Makoko Floating School at this years’ la Biennale di Venezia, for which it was awarded the Silver Lion. Other projects include Chicoco Radio Media Center – an amphibious community building in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, ROCK – Lakefront Kiosk in Chicago, USA, CDL Microfinance Bank in Lagos, Nigeria and Serpentine Summer House at the Royal Kensington Gardens in London, UK. 

Before founding NLÉ, Adeyemi worked for OMA, where he led the design, development and execution of high profile projects such as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange tower in China, the Qatar National Library, and Prada Transformer in Seoul. 

Alongside his professional practice Adeyemi is an international speaker and thought leader serving as jurors for the 2014 AIA award and 2016 RIBA international Prize. He is a multiple award winner, and holds an honorary doctorate degree in Architecture. He has taught at Cornell University and was an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation, Columbia University, New York, researching architecture and urban solutions that are closer to societal, environmental and economic needs.


The Angelo Donghia Foundation Design Residency brings a renowned designer of the built environment to OCAD University whose work focuses on collaboratively working in global contexts by creating bridges between communities, inform urban areas, and focus on the education and development of a new generation of professionals, who will transform spaces, landscapes and cities in the 21st century.


Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
The Angelo Donghia Foundation Design Residency Lecture

Francis LeBouthillier, Faculty of Art, presents Making Digital Matter: From Analog to Digital & Back Again

Francis LeBouthillier, image of fetal skeleton in hands_research related work
Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Francis LeBouthillier, Faculty of Art, Making Digital Matter:  From Analog to Digital & Back Again

This presentation will include new developments from Francis’ Making Digital Matter Surgical Training Fetus Project. This project involved the development of a series of fetal models that were created directly from MR and CT scans employing the technologies of 3D printing. Francis will also present a series of fetal and maternal models used to simulate fetal anomalies to provide surgical training for a group of international surgeons at the recent Fetal Growth Conference hosted by Mount Sinai and the University of Toronto. This body of work represents the culmination of over 16 years of research, development and collaboration with fetal surgeons and researchers.

Coffee and light snacks will be served.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul, Room 187
Faculty Talk
About Francis


Monday, December 5, 2016 - 5:00pm to Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 11:00pm

Monstrum is a performative painting exhibition that ‘demonstrates’ how one can artistically subvert all kinds of moral degradation associated with the demonization of other. The exhibition highlights a first-hand perspective of recent dramatic political events involving excessive cruelty. Oncu utilizes the monster as a metaphor to problematize the clashing of extremes by introducing it as a third party to antagonistic conflicts of various kinds. Her monsters resist any classification built on hierarchic dual oppositions, and thereby confront any categorization based on moral judgment.

OCAD U Student Gallery's is holding an artist talk with Yasemin Oncu on December 8th at 2:30pm.

Venue & Address: 
52 McCaul Street Student Gallery
(416)977-6000 ext263

Metal Arts Guild of Canada AGM & Weekend Workshop

MAG AGM, Workshop
Friday, October 3, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, October 5, 2008 - 4:00am

The Metal Arts Guild (MAG) is the member-based organization for silversmiths, jewellers and metal artists in Canada. Since 1946, this non-profit organization has been committed to encouraging the appreciation of Metal Arts through the exchange of information and ideas.

Come to MAG's 2008 Annual General Meeting! Find out what we're planning for the 2008-2009 season. Our AGM 2008 speaker, Jeff de Boer, will talk about "Life on the Outside": his career and his thoughts on contemporary art and craft.

Jeff teaches at the Alberta College of Craft and Design, and has an extraordinary body of inventive, imaginative work – from samurai armour for cats and medieval armour for mice, to 'steam punk'-inspired sculpture and personal objects.

Chasing and Repoussé Workshop with Jeff DeBoer
Our first event of the 2008-09 Program year is a chasing and repoussé workshop, taught by the renowned Calgary-based metalsmith Jeff de Boer. Jeff has an international reputation for his samurai and medieval armour for cats and mice, Jules Verne-inspired 'rocket' lamps and exquisite abstract works. Registration is $120; to register visit

Venue & Address: 
Rm 240 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario