New members join OCAD University’s Board of Governors

 

Friday, April 22, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University welcomes Dr. Myrna Francis and Daniel Sawaya as external members of its Board of Governors. Francis and Sawaya were appointed by the Government of Ontario, each for a three-year term effective April 6, 2016.

“These new members of our board bring with them extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, as well as expertise in business incubation in health and technology,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University. “We are fortunate to have them join us at a time when the university is experiencing tremendous growth and expansion through the Ignite Imagination campaign.”

Background

Daniel Sawaya: Founder & CEO, AyaWas Investment Group

Daniel Sawaya’s career spans more than 25 years with general management and functional hands-on experience across several industries. Today, he is founder and CEO of the AyaWas Investment Group, a private investment firm focused on providing advisory and financing services to early-stage and mid-size companies in information and communications technology, financial services, consumer products and retail. Sawaya is also an active advisor at MaRS Discovery District and is involved in a series of technology incubators across North America.

Sawaya has served on boards of directors in both the private and public sector, was chair of the Canada Post United Way Foundation and volunteered as a mentor at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Myrna Francis: President, Mfran Enterprises Inc.
Dr. Myrna Francis’s career spans more than 25 years of experience in the health-care and technology industries. She provides strategic advice to both public-sector and multi-national private-sector companies focused on health information technology (IT), commercialization of Internet 2.0/digital innovation, and health IT business and product-growth strategies.

Francis has been a board director for a broad spectrum of organizations in the private and public sectors, and is an advisor to health IT and medical device incubators, such as those housed in the MaRS Discovery District and the Biomedical Zone. With her diverse, international experience in the public and private sectors, Francis brings a unique and comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing growing companies.

OCAD U/U of T team at Level Up 2019
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Together, by Jihee Min, a participatory mural installation created for CreativeTO
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Amanda Arlotta - chosen
Illustration Chair, Paul Dallas is proud to announce that the following OCADU Illustration students’ work has been selected for the American Illustration 38 annual award book and chosen to appear online as part of the AI Archive at ai-ap.com!
TBA curators Candice Hopkins (left) and Tairone Bastien (right), photo: Mariana D'Alberto
OCAD University has developed a number of initiatives to support the programming of Toronto’s first international Biennial of Art. The 72-day, free art exhibition will take place every two years.Launching September 21, 2019, the inaugural exhibition, curated by Candice Hopkins and Tairone Bastien, will present local, national, and international contemporary art in a city-wide experience. 
President Diamond and President Murphy with students
The province’s leading universities focused on technology and design have teamed up to forge a new modelfor the delivery of post-secondary education in Ontario: together OCAD U and Ontario Tech University will develop dynamic new ways of learning, curriculum, programs and research capacities.
by Jody Hewgill
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Auctioneer Stephen Ranger, photo by Martin Iskander
Once again, OCAD U’s Project 31 fundraising auction was a great success, raising much-needed funds for scholarships and bursaries for students in financial need and the purchase of specialized equipment. This year, Project 31 featured 39 works donated by 42 of OCAD U’s award-winning faculty members and alumni. This year’s auction raised $144,250 (gross) and since 2010, the event has raised more than $1 million (net). 
Sesesiw (Yellow Legs) poster
The Office of Research & Innovation is excited to announce the launch of a second iteration of the "THIS IS RESEARCH" campaign, intended to raise awareness about research at OCAD University.
Friday, April 22, 2016 - 4:00am

OCAD University welcomes Dr. Myrna Francis and Daniel Sawaya as external members of its Board of Governors. Francis and Sawaya were appointed by the Government of Ontario, each for a three-year term effective April 6, 2016.

“These new members of our board bring with them extensive experience in both the private and public sectors, as well as expertise in business incubation in health and technology,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University. “We are fortunate to have them join us at a time when the university is experiencing tremendous growth and expansion through the Ignite Imagination campaign.”

Background

Daniel Sawaya: Founder & CEO, AyaWas Investment Group

Daniel Sawaya’s career spans more than 25 years with general management and functional hands-on experience across several industries. Today, he is founder and CEO of the AyaWas Investment Group, a private investment firm focused on providing advisory and financing services to early-stage and mid-size companies in information and communications technology, financial services, consumer products and retail. Sawaya is also an active advisor at MaRS Discovery District and is involved in a series of technology incubators across North America.

Sawaya has served on boards of directors in both the private and public sector, was chair of the Canada Post United Way Foundation and volunteered as a mentor at the University of Ottawa.

Dr. Myrna Francis: President, Mfran Enterprises Inc.
Dr. Myrna Francis’s career spans more than 25 years of experience in the health-care and technology industries. She provides strategic advice to both public-sector and multi-national private-sector companies focused on health information technology (IT), commercialization of Internet 2.0/digital innovation, and health IT business and product-growth strategies.

Francis has been a board director for a broad spectrum of organizations in the private and public sectors, and is an advisor to health IT and medical device incubators, such as those housed in the MaRS Discovery District and the Biomedical Zone. With her diverse, international experience in the public and private sectors, Francis brings a unique and comprehensive understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing growing companies.