OCAD U’s Chancellor named Best Dressed in TO Life

Portrait of Salah Bachir, by Martin Iskander
Friday, September 14, 2018

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Salah Bachir is featured in Toronto Life’s October Best Dressed issue. Chancellor since June 2017, Bachir describes his “casually elegant” style which combines bespoke T-shirts and loose-fitting jackets with pearls and other eye-catching accessories. He designs his own brooches in collaboration with his favourite jewelers to create pieces that are genuinely one-of-a-kind. Chancellor Bachir began his career in publishing, and is currently president of Cineplex Media.



OCAD U celebrates 2017 graduates!

Four people posing for photo
Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nearly 800 OCAD U students were joined by family, friends and faculty members to celebrate their graduation at two convocation ceremonies on Friday, June 9.

Graduates from the Faculty of Design, honoured at the morning ceremony, were also fortunate to see the installation of OCAD U’s new chancellor, Salah Bachir. President of Cineplex Media, Bachir was also awarded an honorary doctorate alongside three other exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to Canadian culture, art and design: architect Harriet Burdett-Moulton, artist Kent Monkman and Ada Slaight, one of Canada’s leading philanthropists.

The honorary degree recipients were recognized for their contribution to Indigenous knowledge and culture in their creative fields, for their passionate belief in the importance of visual arts and for their spirit of philanthropy in the cultural sector and beyond.

The ceremony for the Faculty of Art, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences and School of Interdisciplinary Studies and Graduate Studies took place in the afternoon.

In her remarks to graduating students, Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, encouraged artists and designers “to act as transformative social, economic, environmental and cultural agents.”

The university’s 22 medal winners were presented with their program medals. Graduate Kyrie Joy Vala-Webb received the Governor General’s gold medal for academic excellence and Mary Katherine McIntyre received the silver.

Faculty members Lewis Nicholson and Johanna Householder received the teaching excellence awards for tenured faculty, while Maria-Belen Ordonez and Jennie Suddick received the non-tenured faculty awards.

In tandem with the university’s commitment to acknowledging Indigenous people and culture in Canada, graduates and guests were treated to performances by renowned artists Sadie Buck and Cheryl L’Hirondelle. Chief R. Stacey Laforme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation addressed the graduates at both convocation ceremonies.

Photography by Christina Gapic


Salah Bachir speaking at podium
Graduands seated at Roy Thomson Hall
Cheryl L'Hirondelle singing
Young woman pumps fists as she crosses stage

Salah Bachir appointed Chancellor of OCAD University

Portrait of Salah Bachir
Wednesday, March 22, 2017

OCAD University is pleased to announce the appointment of Salah Bachir as the University’s Chancellor, effective June 1, 2017.

A successful entrepreneur, Bachir began his career in publishing, and is currently president of Cineplex Media. An avid art collector, Bachir’s diverse collection features many works by Canadian artists and as a patron of the arts, he has supported numerous cultural events, organizations and programs. Bachir is a champion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and has devoted his support to another signature issue – healthcare. He has raised millions of dollars for hospitals in Toronto and has been recognized for his work on behalf of local and international charities.

“We are delighted to announce Salah Bachir as Chancellor of OCAD U in this exciting phase of the University’s evolution,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “An impassioned patron of the arts and one of Canada’s most influential philanthropists, Salah Bachir’s impact is felt around the world. As well, his commitment to supporting significant social and healthcare issues are both inspiring and fitting, considering our University’s fundamental belief that creativity serves a vital function in society – creative thinkers have the power to develop real-world solutions that will improve and transform lives. I look forward to working with him to further propel our strategic objectives and advance OCAD U’s exciting growth as Canada’s university of the imagination.”

"To be selected as Chancellor of this esteemed institution is an incredible honour for me. I look forward to building OCAD U's international presence, as well as to continue participation in fostering Toronto's vibrant and dynamic arts community," said Bachir. "I am overjoyed to be given the opportunity to help advance OCAD U's already long history of successful accomplishments. As Toronto's arts and culture community continues to make its presence felt at an international level, OCAD U will be at the forefront, and it is a great honour for me to act as its ambassador during this exciting and dynamic time in the university's development."

As the titular head of the university, Bachir will preside at convocation and confer degrees. He will be a member of the Board of Governors, of the Senate and of the President’s Advisory Council. The Chancellor acts as an ambassador on behalf of the institution and works closely with the President in developing resource capacity and outreach activities.

“Salah Bachir is an exceptional leader and advocate for the arts and culture sector. We value his deep wealth of experience in the arts and business sectors and look forward to working with him in the coming years,” said Dr. John Semple, Chair of OCAD University’s Board of Governors.

Bachir is OCAD U’s fourth Chancellor, succeeding Catherine (Kiki) Delaney, who served two terms, the Honourable James K. Bartleman and OCAD U’s first Chancellor, Rosalie Sharp. He is a member of the Order of Canada and holds honorary doctorates from Ryerson University, York University and the University of Alberta.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)

OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s university of the imagination. Founded in 1876, the university is dedicated to art, design and digital media education, practice and research, and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.