Lunch with President Diamond

Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:15am

OCAD U's Financial Aid & Awards office invites you to Pizza Lunch with President Diamond. RSVP to join this opportunity to discuss your ideas, comments and experience at OCAD U. Pizza and refreshments will be served. Seats are limited, so register today:


Wednesday, March 27, 2019

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm


Experiential Learning Centre

115 McCaul Street

Statement from President Diamond on Colten Boushie

Monday, February 12, 2018

On behalf of OCAD University, I offer deep condolences to the Baptiste/Boushie family and the people of Red Pheasant Reserve, and mourn the loss of a young man described by his mother as gentle and optimistic. We agree with Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould when she says “Canada must do better.” It is essential for the judicial system to ensure a fair, just and equitable legal process for all Indigenous people of all ages.  

At this time, our hearts also go out to our Indigenous students, faculty and staff who are deeply affected by Friday’s verdict and its implications.

OCAD University recognizes the urgency for us all, as allies and an institution, to undertake meaningful actions of social justice through art and design education. 

OCAD University acknowledges the ancestral and traditional territories of the Mississaugas of the New Credit, the Haudenosaunee, the Anishinaabe and the Huron-Wendat, who are the original owners and custodians of the land on which we stand.

OCAD U celebrates Grange Park opening

People lining up to cut a yellow ribbon
Monday, July 10, 2017

After 15 months of construction, historic Grange Park officially reopened Saturday, July 8, with an afternoon of musical performances, magic, croquet and other free activities. Two hundred people cut a 600-foot ribbon, including OCAD U President Sara Diamond, MP Adam Vaughan, MPP Han Dong and City Councillor Joe Cressy.

Flanked by the AGO to the North and OCAD U’s central campus to the East, Grange Park has long been a space for students to relax and socialize. New furnishings and an improved layout will make it even more inviting for the entire neighbourhood. Two new playgrounds, a splash pad and an off-leash dog area are among the improvements, and the Henry Moore sculpture, Large Two Forms, has been moved from its Dundas and McCaul Street corner to the park, where it can be appreciated from all angles.

OCAD University has had a place at the Grange Park Advisory Committee (GPAC) table since discussion of the renewal began. It’s estimated 150,000 people live within walking distance of the park.




Child seated at a table colouring, photo Adam Wiendels
Sara Diamond, Gillian Siddall and Robert Luke in Grange Park with Sharp Centre in the background, photo Adam Wiendels
Sharp Centre viewed from Grange Park, photo Adam Wiendels

Saturday celebration of Grange Park opening

Poster for Grange Park event, July 8, noon to 4 p.m.
Friday, July 7, 2017

The Grange Park Advisory Committee invites you to celebrate the completion of the park revitalization project!

Starting at noon and running to 4 p.m., the festivities include:

  • Free refreshments
  • Musical performances
  • Face painting
  • Artmaking (hosted by OCAD U)
  • Strolling magician
  • Croquet games
  • Dog photo portraits
  • Tai Chi demonstration

Join President Sara Diamond, Gillian Siddall, Vice-President, Academic and Robert Luke, Vice-President, Research & Innovation for the ribbon-cutting ceremony at 1:30 p.m. when 200 pairs of scissors will be handed to the public to cut the 600-foot ribbon.

The Grange Park revitalization project has increased the number of trees in the park, and includes two new, large playgrounds as well as a splash pad. Perennial flower beds are surrounded by new benches and seating. An off-leash dog area, washrooms and improved lighting have been added. As you may have seen, the Henry Moore sculpture, Two Large Forms, is now in the park where it can be viewed from all directions in a new, grassy setting.


President Diamond's statement on Budget 2017

Thursday, March 23, 2017

OCAD University congratulates the federal government for its support of research, skills and innovation with a variety of measures that will ensure that the Canadian economy remains internationally competitive and that innovation is inclusive. 

 “OCAD U is pleased to see the budget recognize the strategic importance of design and creativity. Design is a source of economic value and social good, raising firms’ profitability and productivity while contributing to national economic competitiveness and performance,” said Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “Design thinking and creative imagination are critical to experimentation and the development of new services, products and business methods. We will work with our partners in industries across Canada and with our university colleagues to ensure that design and design thinking can reinforce the success of all clusters through the Canadian Design Initiative.”

The focus on industry-driven partnership-focused superclusters, and investment in Mitacs internships will provide OCAD U students access to experiential learning in important sectors of the economy. This helps our students gain key innovation skills while applying knowledge learned in their programs, and ensures our graduates will be able to find meaningful employment. 

The focus on creativity as a driver for inclusive innovation will ensure that the social and economic development of Canada benefits from the diversity we are known for, while supporting varied approaches to emerging industries. OCAD U commends the budget's measures to address gender inequity in emerging technology sectors. 

Our faculty collaborate with many industry and community partners, and we welcome the further development of Canada 150 Research Chairs, funding for the National Research Council and the development of a national Artificial Intelligence Strategy. The budget provides funding support that will strengthen our leading research in digital technologies, big data visualization, Smart Cities planning through urban and cultural analytics, design for health and other design research.

OCAD U endorses the federal government's investment in Indigenous student access to post-secondary education and measures to strengthen the Canada Student Grants and Loans system. 

The Department of Canadian Heritage’s new investment of $300 million for Cultural Spaces Canada will be a tremendous boost to our emerging artists and innovators, allowing them new and improved space to connect, collaborate and engage with the public. 

OCAD U graduates work in every sector of the economy, providing much-needed creativity, technical skills and design thinking. As Ontario’s only and Canada’s largest and most comprehensive art, design and digital media university, OCAD University promotes art, design and media research as providing significant value to the provincial and national economy.