Creative Directors' Speakers Series: #2 It Takes All Types To Do The Job

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 11:30pm to Wednesday, November 16, 2016 - 1:30am

Does one size of (AD GRAD) fit all?

Creative Directors from Public Relations, Digital, traditional Ad agency, experiential and branding firms come and share their work, perspective and insights:

Our panel:

Joel Arbez – Executive Creative Director , Grey Canada
Jon Toews – former Executive Creative Director, Critical Mass
Andrew Simon – Executive Creative Director, Edelman Canada
Jonathan Smith – Executive Creative Director, Pigeon Branding
Graham Lee – T1 Agency, Chief Creative Officer, CD at T1 Motion

Q & A to follow.

Brought to you by the Advertising Program, OCADU.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul Street, Room 190 (Auditorium)
Creative Director Speakers Series

Former Advertising Students & Graduates from OCAD Win Prestigious Awards!

Kraft - Advertising Student Grads
Thursday, October 3, 2019

‘A big shout out to some of our recent grads from the Advertising Program (2019). These undergrads, now employed in field entered and won the following as students:

A ‘wooden pencil’ in 2018 from the D&AD new blood awards for Microsoft, signifying the very best in advertising and design. D&AD was founded in 1962 in London, England, the ‘pencil’ an elite honour.

Winners: Kevin Valladares and Reena Feldman.


And in 2019, merit listing from the prestigious Young Ones competition, based out of New York City, forerunner to industry’s The One Show. The Young Ones competition is one of the most acclaimed advertising, interactive and design student competitions. It has a tradition of excellence dating back to 1986.

Winners: Elijah Kamaras-Garland and Larissa Nodwell for Kraft.


Kudos to the winners!

Speed Mentoring Session

Speed Mentoring
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

The Speed Mentoring Session is the career take on speed dating that allows students to meet multiple alumni mentors in a short time to glean valuable information on how to launch a career in advertising or design. 

Join us on September 26 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm to meet OCAD U alumni. The speed mentoring session will be followed by a reception where you can continue the conversation.  

To RSVP for the Speed Mentoring Session, please go to:


Venue & Address: 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers 115 McCaul Street, Level 3 Toronto, ON M5T 1W1
416-977-6000 ext. 4780

Meet YouTuber Canoopsy

Meet successful YouTuber and OCAD U Advertising student Isaac Mosna, known online as Canoopsy. We caught up with him to learn more about what he’s been up to and to pick his brain about what it takes to have a successful YouTube career.

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Advertising Graduating Class of 2019

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 11:30am

Since 2015, we have been displaying and archiving each graduating year’s work, with links to their professional sites.  Special thanks this year go to Victoria (Tori) Lee, Mavis Choo, Magali Lafleur, Sarah Lang, Mario Ostojic and Candy Choi.


Please come and meet the talent at this year’s 104th GradEx, from May 1 to 5: Opening night to the public commences at 6:30, President’s reception 5 – 6 p.m. Free to all!

Design Career Fair - 2019

Design Career Fair 2019 Logo
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

Tuesday, March 19 from 2 to 6pm 
Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers at OCAD University
115 McCaul Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto

Portfolio Reviews! Talent Recruitment! Networking! Industry Insight! All students and recent alumni are encouraged to attend this event!

On March 19 from 2 pm – 6 pm, students and recent graduates are invited to the newly re-opened Rosalie Sharp Pavilion to connect with a wide range of leading employers who are on the lookout for top creative talent. This is an opportunity to connect with industry seeking emerging OCAD U talent, get feedback on your portfolio and build your professional network.

Some of the participating exhibitors include:

Grip Limited
Konrad Group
Loblaw Companies Limited
Norm Li
PwC Experience Consulting
Spin Master
...and more to be announced!

See more at:

Venue & Address: 
115 McCaul Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto
416-977-6000 x 3848

The Collective Catapult: Creating Opportunity with Community - podcast by Ann Urban

pod cast, by Ann Urban
Monday, November 26, 2018 - 6:45am

Advertising Professor, Ann Urban has again hosted a new podcast on the hot topic of 'THE COLLECTIVE CATAPULT: CREATING OPPORTUNITY WITH COMMUNITY'

This podcast explores the growing trend of collectives for imagemakers, photographers and creatives in general, highlighting the shared creative benefits and opportunities for social good. This podcast was presented by Applied Arts for the Creative Futures event:


(13th video down on the page.)


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Student Designer – Design4 Program

Design4 logo
Thursday, August 23, 2018 - 8:30am

Note: Are you a current student who is looking to get paid work experience in design? See below for the link to the application form via the OCAD U Talent Network.
Design4 is a new externally funded initiative that introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper year students in the Faculty of Design at OCAD University, at both the Undergraduate (BDES) and Masters (MDES) levels. Design4 is geared towards current students in the Faculty of Design.

45 students will be selected to participate in Design4 and placed in smaller multidisciplinary groups of 3-4. Each group will be paired with an employment partner in one of the following sectors:

· Start-up/ new ventures (a small business that has just been started)
· SME private enterprise (small and medium enterprises that employ fewer than 500 employees)
· Arts and cultural (social and economic activity that focuses on artistic production)
· Social innovation/ not-for-profit entities (dedicated to furthering a particular social cause or advocating for a shared point of view)

Summary of Responsibilities:

The work will include creating solutions to various design challenges set by the employer. Students will be working on a part-time basis for 10 hours each week per student. Students will have mentorship and support from the employment supervisor, a dedicated Faculty member and a staff member from the Centre for Emerging Artists and Designers.

Where will the work happen?

On campus in the new Rosalie Sharp building (115 McCaul), as well as at the employer’s place of work.

Is this a paid opportunity?

Yes. You will be compensated for your time.

Required documents

  • A 250-word statement explaining why this program would be beneficial to you and outline your design skills and interests
  • Resume (max. 3 pages)
  • Student e-mail, student ID number, program, year of study
  • Provide a link to your portfolio (included on CV or resume)
  • Where you are based (eg address, Etobicoke or downtown Toronto etc)
  • Due to low enrollment at OCAD University, priority will be given to students who identify as Indigenous and/or Black. Do you self-identify as a Black* person or as an Indigenous* person of North America? (Please see definitions below)



If you don't have a web-based portfolio, you can create one for free as a student on Format (

* Indigenous: those who self-identify as Indigenous Peoples of North America or Peoples of Turtle Island. This can include status and non-status First Nations, Métis, and Inuit as well as those with mixed/multi-racial/multi-national identities

* Black: a person who is of and/or a descendant of African peoples AND who experiences systematic racism based on that heritage.

Note: To apply for this job you need to have some documents uploaded to the Talent Network. 


Deadline to apply: September 13, 2018

OCAD U students make the Adobe semi-finals

Illustration of tiny things floating
Friday, July 20, 2018

Some two-dozen students have made it to the semis of the Adobe Design Achievement Awards (ADAA)! OCAD U is always well represented in this international competition for creative students of all disciplines. Categories include illustration, photography, package design and 11 more.

To see all of our finalists, go to the ADAA website and filter for OCAD U students.

For additional competition updates, follow the action on social media: @adobeawards.