2014 Elections Results for the Alumni representative position on the Board of Governors

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 4:00pm

The results have been tabulated for the election for the Alumni representative position on the Board of Governors that were held from May 12 to 16, 2014.

OCAD University is pleased to announce that Tracy Gordon (née Bright), AOCA, Industrial Design, 1988 is the successful candidate for this position for a three-year term.

OCAD University thanks all candidates who ran for this position.

OCAD Board of Governor Hadi Mahabadi named finalist in Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards

OCAD Board of Governor Hadi Mahabadi named finalist in Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards
Monday, March 22, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto — March 22, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is very proud to announce that Board of Governors member Dr. Hadi Mahabadi, Vice-President and Director of The Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC), is one of 75 finalists for the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award for 2010.

The award is Canada’s first national people’s choice award, and recognizes immigrants who have made a difference in Canada and who act as positive role models for new immigrants. The award is sponsored by Canadian Immigrant Magazine and RBC.

“Dr. Mahabadi is an inspiring individual, bringing great depth and breadth of knowledge to our Board of Governors as OCAD moves forward with its expanded research mandate,” said OCAD President Sara Diamond. “He deserves recognition as one of the leading 25 Canadian immigrants and I urge both OCAD and the larger community to vote for him. He deserves this recognition as a scientific, corporate and cultural leader”.

Mahabadi is Vice President of Xerox and Director of the Xerox Research Centre of Canada (XRCC) for Xerox Corporation. Mahabadi joined Xerox in 1981 and has held several managerial positions directing different aspects of materials research at XRCC. He is also responsible for developing technology strategy and managing of Xerox ink jet R&D efforts. He has been instrumental in managing the development and successful commercialization of several breakthrough technologies including a nanotechnology based toner technology called Emulsion Aggregation that was introduced into the market in 2001. He is the recipient of Xerox Corporation’s highest awards, the Xerox President Award and Xerox's Chester F. Carlson Award. Mahabadi is a Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry as well as a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering. He has been involved in various aspects of managing innovation and commercialization of S&T in Canada and serves on several national and regional committees, taskforces and boards. He has been recently appointment as Vice Chair of the Chemical Institute of Canada.

Mahabadi is recognized by the Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards for his major contributions in the polymer science and engineering field and for developing many materials technologies commercialized in Xerox products. He is celebrated for fostering an innovative and diverse culture at Xerox Research Centre of Canada, and for being a science and technology thought leader in Canada.

The Top 25 list will be selected by Canadian popular vote, open now until April 16. Canadians can vote by visiting www.canadianimmigrant.ca/top25. Each recipient of the award will receive a commemorative plaque and a $500 donation to a Canadian charity of their choice. Results will be announced in May.

About the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD)
The Ontario College of Art & Design (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
 

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD becomes ‘OCAD University’

Tuesday, June 8, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto—June 8, 2010) The Ontario College of Art & Design is now ‘OCAD University,’ the institution announced today.

The Act to change OCAD’s name was introduced April 27 as part of Bill 43, the Post-secondary Education Statute Law Amendment Act, 2010 and also included language to officially recognize the role of the university’s chancellor, modify the powers of the Board of Governors and create an academic senate.

“What a proud day for OCAD University and the Province of Ontario,” said President Dr. Sara Diamond. “Our new name makes clear for our current and future students, alumni, faculty, Ontario and the world our role as Canada’s leading institution for art and design education and research. It is the completion of an evolution that has seen the institution grow from an elite arts school formed by Canada’s leading painters in 1876 to a formidable university offering a unique studio-based education that fuels the expansion of Ontario’s knowledge economy.”

“OCAD's outstanding faculty, staff and students have helped the institution become Canada’s leading art and design university, said The Hon. John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities. “By granting OCAD official university status, we can help ensure that it will continue to grow and evolve to meet the needs of students and the province in today’s rapidly changing global economy.”

“Our new name ensures OCAD’s strategic position within a highly competitive, global post-secondary education and research marketplace,” said Robert Montgomery, Chair of OCAD’s Board of Governors. “We thank all those who contributed towards this great achievement, and express our sincere appreciation for the leadership of the Government of Ontario and the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities.”

Read information about the name change process:
An Open Letter to the OCAD University Community
Background information about the process
Frequently Asked Questions

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” The University is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416.977.6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

Steve Virtue, Director, Marketing & Communications
416.977.6000 Ext. 222

OCAD University announces new Chair, Vice-Chairs and Members to Board of Governors

Tuesday, November 8, 2011 - 5:00am

(Toronto—November 8, 2011) OCAD University (OCAD U) today announced the new slate of members to the Board of Governors. Board Chair Robert Montgomery, is stepping down after three years of dedicated service, two of them as Chair. Montgomery successfully led the Board through a multi-year planning process and launched the development of the Imagination Catalyst, a business and talent development initiative focused on design and creative knowledge transfer. Montgomery completed his term in October and will remain on the Board as an Executive Committee member.

Ian Tudhope succeeds Robert Montgomery as Chair of OCAD U's Board of Governors, after serving as Vice-Chair since October 2009 and member since May 2008. Tudhope is a Partner at Wessex Capital Partners, a private equity and advisory firm, where he is focused on building a global portfolio of market leading companies operating in the professional disciplines of architecture, engineering and design. As a graduate of the Director's College at McMaster University, Tudhope is a chartered professional corporate director. He is also a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program-AMP 170.

"On behalf of the Board of Governors, I would like to express my congratulations and sincerest thanks to Robert Montgomery for his leadership and dedication to OCAD University," said Ian Tudhope, incoming Chair. "I would also like to take the opportunity to welcome Azim Fancy and Michel Frappier to the positions of Vice-Chair. Mr. Fancy, an entrepreneur who has experience in international business start-ups, planning and management, is the President of Modus Business Solutions Inc. Mr. Frappier, an OCAD University alumnus, is Chair of the Advertising Review Board of Ontario. Finally, I would like to thank the outgoing board members who gave generously of their time in the interest of our university."

"I thank Robert Montgomery for his generous volunteerism to OCAD University. He has brought a contagious enthusiasm to our Board, and I thank him for his support of our administration, our students and to me personally, as President and Vice-Chancellor," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD U. Ian Tudhope has already proven himself a champion of our strategic plan, and a great contributor to the leadership of our Board in his previous role as Vice-Chair, and I'm thrilled to welcome him as our new Chair."

Susan T. McGovern and Shabin Mohamed have also been elected as external members by OCAD U's Board of Governors. McGovern is Assistant Executive Director of both the Ontario Sewer and Watermain Construction Association and the Greater Toronto Sewer and Watermain Contractors Association, and was previously appointed as Vice-President, MaRS Innovation. Mohamed served with the Appeals Division of the Canada Customs and Revenue Agency. She is a member and Chair of Sheena's Place Nominations Committee in Toronto, Board Member of the Institute of Contemporary Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, and Co-Chair of Partners in Art.

OCAD U students Robin Clason (Integrated Media) and Brianna Jean MacLellan (Sculpture/Installation) were elected by their peers to represent undergraduate students, while James Forrester, Head of Library Systems, was elected by his peers to represent Union and Exempt Staff.

In June, OCAD University appointed Catherine (Kiki) Delaney as the University's third Chancellor, succeeding The Honourable James K. Bartleman and Rosalie Sharp. In addition to her role as the titular head of the university, presiding at convocation and conferring degrees, Delaney also serves as an honorary member of the Board of Governors and of the Senate.

A complete list of members of the Board of Governors and their biographies is available at http://www.ocadu.ca/.

About the Imagination Catalyst
OCAD University's Imagination Catalyst is a business and talent development initiative supporting young entrepreneurs and creative business start-ups, providing industry-led collaboration and networking opportunities to students, alumni and faculty. The initiative is an aggregation of OCAD University's business development support provided through the Digital Futures Accelerator, the Mobile Experience Innovation Centre (MEIC), and Design Research Centre.

OCAD University (OCAD U): 135 Years of Imagination
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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For more information contact:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD University appoints Tony Belcourt and Dr. John Semple to Board of Governors

Friday, June 15, 2012 - 4:00am

(Toronto—June 15, 2012) OCAD University has appointed Tony Belcourt, a leader in Canada's Métis and Aboriginal communities, and Dr. John Semple, Chair in Surgical Breast Cancer Research at Women's College Hospital and an alumnus of OCAD U, to its Board of Governors.

"On behalf of the Board of Governors, I welcome our new members into the OCAD University community," said Ian Tudhope, OCAD University Board of Governors Chair. "OCAD U's Aboriginal Education Council has already benefited for the last four years from Mr. Belcourt's wisdom and advice, and we look forward to working with him in this new capacity at the Board level. Dr. Semple's leadership in mobile health delivery, and his experience as an OCAD U alumnus, will no doubt greatly impact our many students and faculty already working with researchers across Ontario's health sector."

"Our new strategic plan renews OCAD U's commitment to developing the creativity of our students, graduates and faculty - uniquely equipped entrepreneurs and innovators who can address the world's significant challenges," said Dr. Sara Diamond, President of OCAD University. "Mr. Belcourt and Dr. Semple are exemplary leaders in their respective fields, and will share their insights and expertise in areas such as our Aboriginal Visual Culture program, and OCAD U's ongoing health and wellness research projects."

Mr. Belcourt and Dr. Semple will begin their three-year appointments this month.

A complete list of members of the Board of Governors and their biographies is available at http://www.ocadu.ca/.

 

BACKGROUND:

Tony Belcourt
Over Tony Belcourt's distinguished career, he has established a strong reputation as a successful corporate leader, innovator, entrepreneur and communications specialist.

Mr. Belcourt has been one of the foremost business leaders and political figures within Canada's Métis community. A well-respected negotiator, Mr. Belcourt has played a key role in establishing a national voice for Canada's Métis and Non-Status Indians. His efforts were an important contributing factor in the Métis being recognized, in the Constitution Act in 1982, as one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada. He has represented the Métis Nation in high-level talks at the United Nations and the Organization of American States and has made presentations to the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Summit on Information Society, the International Telecommunications Union and the World Conference Against Racism.

Mr. Belcourt was founding President of the Native Council of Canada in 1971 and recently founded and served as President of the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) until early 2008.

Mr. Belcourt is currently President of the Indigenous Commission for Communications Technologies in the Americas. He has been a member of OCAD University's Aboriginal Educational Council since its inception in 2008. In early 2008, Mr. Belcourt was appointed to the post of Métis Nation Ambassador for International Issues by the President of the Métis National Council. In 2006, Mr. Belcourt received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award for public service. Mr. Belcourt received an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Lakehead University in 2010.

Dr. John Semple
As chief of surgery at Women's College Hospital, Dr. John Semple has been instrumental in establishing the hospital as home to one of the country's top centres for breast restoration. He put Women's College on the map as a leading centre for breast reconstruction some years ago by developing and pioneering new surgical techniques in breast restoration. Previously, as director of the Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Semple led a group of scientists, engineers and surgeons in producing new technologies for soft tissue regeneration and reconstruction following cancer surgery. He is a professor in the department of surgery at the University of Toronto and former president of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

In March 2010, Dr. Semple was named chair in surgical breast cancer research by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation - Ontario Region. The chair is based at Women's College and was the first endowed chair in the hospital's department of surgery. Dr. Semple's appointment, Women's College's first such appointment in surgical breast cancer research, placed him as a core scientist at Women's College Research Institute (WCRI). He and his team explore improvements in reconstructive surgery techniques including the use of autotransplantation of a patient's own lymph nodes to treat and prevent the formation of lymphedema - a painful side-effect of breast cancer treatment that can cause severe swelling in the arm. Dr. Semple graduated from OCAD University in 1975.

About OCAD University (OCAD U)
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada's "university of imagination." The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile Ext. 1327)

OCAD U appoints new external members and second Vice Chair to Board of Governors

Monday, July 15, 2013 - 4:00am

(Toronto—July 15, 2013) OCAD University has appointed John Albright, Helen Kearns, Sharifa Khan and Karen Prentice, Q.C. as external members to the Board of Governors. As well, Dr. John Semple was elected to the position of second Vice Chair on June 17, 2013.

“We are honoured and delighted that these individuals have agreed to serve OCAD University by joining our Board of Governors," says Ian Tudhope, the board's Chair. "They will collaborate with our other committed members and our dynamic leadership team to ensure a strong future for Canada's University of the Imagination. As volunteers we are inspired by the contribution that creativity, art and design thinking can bring to bear in our complex world.”

President Sara Diamond added: “OCAD University has built a talented board that can enable our current strengths and future directions, whether commercialization of our research; design for health; technology and digital media; a powerful gallery system; building a creative city; a deeper internationalization of our university or effective policy intervention. I look forward to working with all of our board members, whose support is crucial to achieving the goals of our strategic plan, Advancing Excellence at OCAD University for the Age of the Imagination, 2012-17.”

BACKGROUND:

John Albright, elected to the board on May 6, 2013, is Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Relay Ventures, an early stage venture fund exclusively focused on mobile connectivity. During his tenure in the venture capital business, John has gained extensive experience assisting entrepreneurs shape their vision and capital plans into successful long term growth programs which typically involved an aggressive financing strategy. John has a history of assisting entrepreneurial companies through significant growth and eventually to the public markets. His ability to work with and advise senior management of investee companies, as well as his skills in filling supporting roles where existing management lack the experience or skill set, has been vital to the success of past investments.

John is a Chartered Financial Analyst and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University.

Helen Kearns was appointed to the board by the Lieutenant Governor in Council on December 21, 2012. Helen is the President and CEO of Bell Kearns & Associates Ltd. and has been a leader in capital markets in Canada for more than 30 years.

Prior to joining Bell Kearns, Helen was President of NASDAQ Canada (2001-2004) and an officer of NASDAQ, the world's largest electronic market by trading volume. In her capacity as President she was responsible for introducing the NASDAQ trading platform to Canadian capital markets, and during her tenure she successfully gained breakthrough regulatory recognition for NASDAQ British Columbia.

In 2005, Ms. Kearns was appointed to the Board of the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan, one of the most respected pension plans in the world. Additionally, she has been honoured for business leadership by The John Molson School of Business and the Montreal Board of Trade, as well as receiving the Women on the Move Award for entrepreneurs.

Sharifa Khan, elected to the board on April 1, 2013, has more than 30 years’ experience as a multicultural marketing professional, and can truly be called a pioneer in the field of multicultural marketing before the term was even invented. Today, thanks to her efforts, ethnic markets are in the mix of target groups by mainstream corporations. She started the ethnic marketing division of a mainstream marketing and public relations firm in the early 1980s and transitioned to being a shareholder and consultant at this firm. She moved on to establish Balmoral Marketing, in 1989, where she is presently President and CEO.

At Balmoral Marketing, Sharifa leads a team of seasoned ethnic specialists to service corporate, government and non-profit organizations — guiding them to connect with new markets in Canada. In 1999, she received federal government recognition from Prime Minister Jean Chrétien for entrepreneurial success.

Karen Prentice, Q.C., elected to the board on June 17, 2013, has 30 years of combined legal, executive management and governance experience.  Most recently she chaired the Board of Trustees of the TSX traded CANMARC REIT and served for six years as a member of the Alberta Securities Commission.  Prior to that, Karen was Executive Vice-President of ENMAX Corporation responsible for legal services, corporate governance, human resources, facilities, environment, health and safety, government relations and corporate communication functions.

Her extensive not for profit governance experience includes having been a director or chair of over a dozen boards spanning the diverse sectors of visual, performing and literary arts, mathematics, science, and advanced education. She currently is a director of the National Arts Centre Foundation, the Walrus Foundation and Canada's National History Society.  Most recently, Karen was the Chair of the Banff International Research Station for Innovation and Discovery, and a member of the boards of directors of Calgary's Telus World of Science and the Ottawa Art Gallery.  Karen is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She has a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and an LLB. from the University of Calgary.

Dr. John Semple
As chief of surgery at Women’s College Hospital, Dr. John Semple has been instrumental in establishing the hospital as home to one of the country’s top centres for breast restoration. He put Women’s College on the map as a leading centre for breast reconstruction some years ago by developing and pioneering new surgical techniques in breast restoration. Previously, as director of the Advanced Regenerative Tissue Engineering Centre at the University of Toronto and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Dr. Semple led a group of scientists, engineers and surgeons in producing new technologies for soft tissue regeneration and reconstruction following cancer surgery. He is a professor in the department of surgery at the University of Toronto and former president of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons.

In March 2010, Dr. Semple was named chair in surgical breast cancer research by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – Ontario Region. The chair is based at Women’s College and was the first endowed chair in the hospital’s department of surgery. Dr. Semple’s appointment, Women’s College’s first such appointment in surgical breast cancer research, placed him as a core scientist at Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI). He and his team explore improvements in reconstructive surgery techniques including the use of autotransplantation of a patient’s own lymph nodes to treat and prevent the formation of lymphedema ― a painful side-effect of breast cancer treatment that can cause severe swelling in the arm. Dr. Semple graduated from OCAD University in 1975.

A complete list of members of the Board of Governors and their biographies is available at
www.ocadu.ca.

 

About OCAD University
OCAD University (www.ocadu.ca) is Canada’s “university of imagination.” The university, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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OCAD U Board of Governors Meeting

Monday, September 23, 2013 - 9:00pm

A meeting of OCAD University's Board of Governors

In its meetings the Board establishes policy and institutional priorities for the university. It makes major operating decisions and receives reports from the President; Vice-President, Academic; Vice-President, Development & Alumni Relations and President, OCAD University Foundation, Vice-President, Finance & Administration; Associate Vice-President, Research & Graduate Studies; Associate Vice-President, University Relations; the Senate; Chairs of standing and ad hoc committees; and representatives of academic and administrative areas at the university, as needed. Standing committees of the Board include the Executive, Finance, Human Resources, and Advancement Committees. Sub-committees of the Board include the Senate Liaison Sub-Committee of the Executive Committee, and the Audit & Risk Management Sub-Committee, and the Physical Resources & Capital Assets Sub-Committee of the Finance Committee. Ad hoc committees and task forces are established from time to time as required.

 

416-977-6000 Ext. 2466

 

www.ocadu.ca/about_ocad/governance/board_governors.htm

cbeaulieu@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
Room 284 100 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario

OCAD U Board of Governors Meeting

Saturday, November 16, 2013 - 1:30pm to Friday, December 6, 2013 - 8:00pm

A meeting of OCAD University's Board of Governors

In its meetings the Board establishes policy and institutional priorities for the university. It makes major operating decisions and receives reports from the President; Vice-President, Academic; Vice-President, Development & Alumni Relations and President, OCAD University Foundation, Vice-President, Finance & Administration; Associate Vice-President, Research & Graduate Studies; Associate Vice-President, University Relations; the Senate; Chairs of standing and ad hoc committees; and representatives of academic and administrative areas at the university, as needed. Standing committees of the Board include the Executive, Finance, Human Resources, and Advancement Committees. Sub-committees of the Board include the Senate Liaison Sub-Committee of the Executive Committee, and the Audit & Risk Management Sub-Committee, and the Physical Resources & Capital Assets Sub-Committee of the Finance Committee. Ad hoc committees and task forces are established from time to time as required.

 

416-977-6000 Ext. 2466

 

www.ocadu.ca/about_ocad/governance/board_governors.htm

cbeaulieu@ocadu.ca

Venue & Address: 
AGO 317 Dundas St. W. Toronto, Ontario

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