New OCAD U research projects featured in Toronto Star

President Sara Diamond, left, and Dr. Alia Weston (photo courtesy: Toronto Star)
Friday, November 9, 2018

OCAD U is conducting research tied to Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for a “smart city” that would be built on a 12-acre site known as Quayside. In mid-September, ten research grants were made available to faculty members at post-secondary institutions and three of these grants were awarded to OCAD U researchers. The initiative is funded by Sidewalk Labs, Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Foundation.

One of the projects that received funding, Culture Creates Bonds, is being led by President Sara Diamond and Dr. Alia Weston. The project, which studies how people build community bonds in neighbourhoods. was featured in the Toronto Star.

The OCAD U teams will be working on projects that address a diverse range of topics including Canadian models of community governance, community bonds and Toronto housing innovation:

1. Smart Communities as Platform Co-operatives

The research team will explore the potential advantages/disadvantages and feasibility of applying the platform co-op model to the development of an online platform that is needed to organize a smart city. The research team has global expertise in platform cooperatives and inclusive design.  

Research team is led by Dr. Jutta Treviranus

2. Housing Typology Innovations

SystemCITY Research Group investigates innovative affordable housing projects, partnerships and possibilities, both locally and globally. This project interprets local affordable housing innovations within the larger context of innovative new global housing typologies and strategies.

Faculty: Jeremy Bowes, Maya Desai, Neal Prabhu

3. Culture Creates Bonds

From OCAD U's Visual Analytics Lab: The study will concentrate on defining a specific set of key drivers, scenarios, and conditions that create natural human bonds in a residential or immediate neighbourhood. The focus of this research is on arts and culture activity within communities.

Faculty: Dr. Sara Diamond, Dr. Alia Weston, Marcus Gordon

Reports are due in late November and the findings will feed into a master plan for the Sidewalk development, slated to be completed by the end of the year or early in 2019.

President Diamond honoured by “Inspiring 50 Canada”

Rectangle with the portraits of the 50 women being honoured
Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sara Diamond has been included in a list of 50 women leaders in the Canadian tech and innovation sectors to be recognized at a ceremony on Parliament Hill on Monday, May 7.

This event, Inspiring Fifty, in partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Senate of Canada, promotes the advancement of diversity in the STEM fields – recognizing that the recruitment and retention of women and girls in these sectors will foster innovation, inclusivity and an impactful workforce.

Also among the honourees is Jessica Ching, founder and CEO of Eve Medical. The OCAD U Industrial Design alumna developed her company in the Imagination Catalyst. 

For this inaugural Canadian edition of the event, the women were selected by a distinguished jury from a pool of 400 nominees. The project has been embraced by several other countries in Europe including the UK, France and the Nordic countries. The initiative was recently launched in South Africa.

The Parliament Hill ceremony will include a discussion with The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and remarks by The Honourable Senator Marilou McPhedran.

Inspiring Fifty is a Dutch-based organization that has launched multiple initiatives to highlight inspirational female role models in the tech and innovation sectors. 

 

 

President’s message

Happy new year to all faculty and staff! I hope you had a chance to relax and re-energize during the holiday break and I wish you much success in 2018. My time is focused on an intensified lobby for funding for OCAD University prior to the provincial election. The goal is to establish a wider base of partners, industry collaborations and donors; to continue to press for design policy and support; and to refresh cultural policy at all levels of government. As well, I am in conversation with the City of Toronto on its future cultural and economic development policies, Smart City initiatives and overall support for public art. 

Dr. Sara Diamond to speak at Sackler Colloquium

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 11:00am

OCAD University President Sara Diamond will deliver a lecture at the Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Her lecture, Modeling New Knowledges – An Inclusive STEAM + D Imperative, is part of The National Academy of Science’s Creativity and Collaboration: Revisiting Cybernetic Serendipity Colloquium. 

The prestigious colloquium will explore ways that art/design and science/engineering/medicine research can yield productive partnerships that address the grand challenges of our times. It is an invitation to think different, to be ambitious, and to collaborate using powerful technologies and innovative social mechanisms.

The Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia address scientific topics of broad and current interest that cut across the boundaries of traditional disciplines. Each year, three to four colloquia are scheduled, typically two days in length and international in scope. Each colloquium is organized by a member of the NAS, often with the assistance of an organizing committee, and feature presentations by leading scientists in the field and discussions among one hundred or more researchers with an interest in the topic. 

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Q&A with President Sara Diamond

As 2017 comes to an end, what are some of OCAD U highlights that come to mind?

Let us take time to reflect on our many exciting and memorable successes in 2017.

Dr. Sara Diamond moderates panel discussion at BIO International Convention

Dr. Sara Diamond with panel members
Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 2:15pm

This week, President Sara Diamond moderated a panel discussion on gamification at BIO 2017, the world’s largest gathering of the biotechnology industry. Titled Game Theory and the Brain – How Gamification is Leading to Better Brain Heath and Outcomes, the panel discussion explored the relationship between internet quizzes and video games with better brain and mental health. Attendees learned about new gamification approaches in the guise of an internet quiz, which can identify markers for brain health and help lead to earlier assessment, diagnosis and treatment for patients.

Panel members included Michael Meagher, president and CEO, Cogniciti; Patrick Dwivedi, chief executive officer, Ehave, Inc. and Dr. Graeme Moffat, vice-president, Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, InteraXon Inc. The speakers led an engaging and educational panel discussion on brain research, commercialization and care while confirming Ontario’s role as a world leader in these categories.

Culture Workers Unwind: September Event

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

Do you work in the arts, culture and non-profit world and want to hear more from the folks who have made this city a cultural hub? Hot Docs and the Bloor St. Culture Corridor hold the fourth installation of this exciting discussion series.
Built for people working at all levels of the sector, this free and informal discussion series (with a bar!) features Toronto's leading arts, culture and non-profit professionals sharing the lessons they’ve learned while advancing their organizations and careers.

The discussion features:
Moderator: Brett Hendrie, Executive Director, Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival
Sara Diamond, President, OCAD University 
Adrian Fung, Vice President of Innovation, Toronto Symphony Orchestra
Ravi Jain, Associate Artistic Director, Soulpepper Theatre Company

4:00 PM-5:15 PM: Discussion 
5:15 PM-6:00 PM: Cocktails and networking

Presented with Bloor St. Culture Corridor.

Venue & Address: 
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema 506 Bloor St. West, Toronto
Cost: 
FREE
Poster for Culture Workers Unwind event

Canadian Art Launch: Special Issue on Art Schools

Canadian Art
Tuesday, December 9, 2008 - 11:00pm to Wednesday, December 10, 2008 - 1:00am

Join Canadian Art as we launch our first-ever education issue, featuring stories on major art schools across the country.

Included are reports on Emily Carr University in Vancouver, UQAM and Concordia in Montreal, NSCAD in Halifax and OCAD in Toronto. Plus: Art departments across Canada, new programs in curatorial studies worldwide and 10 of this year’s top art grads.

This issue is chock-full of topical lessons on the state of art education in Canada.

From Vancouver, Deborah Campbell looks at the Emily Carr University’s widely respected painting department, while, from Montreal, former Tate curator Christina Bagatavicius reports on how art programs at UQAM and Concordia are shaping that city’s vibrant art scene.

Writer Gary Michael Dault examines the future of the newly renovated Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in Halifax and Winnipeg artist Paul Butler writes about his new residency at the Banff Centre that reimagines art training in terms of communal workshops.
In Toronto, Noah Richler discusses the impact of creative-economy theories on the Ontario College of Art and Design with president Sara Diamond and author Richard Florida, and University of Guelph fine art program director John Kissick offers his perspective on art departments at major Canadian universities, accompanied by a special artist project by Kristan Horton. For an international perspective, artist and writer Eldon Garnet reports from Italy on an international conference about new university programs in curatorial studies.

As a special addition to the issue, art columnist Leah Sandals surveys a cross-section of this year’s art school graduates on how their schools have influenced their art practices.

The winter 2008 issue of Canadian Art is on newsstands from December 15, 2008 to March 15, 2009.

Venue & Address: 
Elizabeth and Goulding Lambert Lounge (Rm 187) 100 McCaul St., Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Sara Diamond: How much do we need to understand each other to work together?

Sara Diamond
Wednesday, October 29, 2008 - 6:00pm

OCAD President Sara Diamond speaks at Colloquium at the Perimeter Institute of Theoretical Physics.

"The boundary object is an ethnographic term that describes objects, processes, or words that cross between cultures or disciplines. Boundary objects are often the currency and the result of cross disciplinary practices. All manner of things, from software, to maps, to theories can provide a rich terrain for misunderstanding, tentative agreements or new insights. Case studies of cross-disciplinary art and science collaborations or design and engineering projects will provide examples."

Students enrolled at surrounding universities and institutes are welcome to attend. Transportation for groups can often be arranged and generally involves a ride via Perimeter Institute's Shuttle Van service.

For details contact Debbie Guenther at (519) 569-7600 x6151.

Venue & Address: 
Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 31 Caroline St. N, Waterloo, Ontario
Cost: 
Free

Designs on the Economy

Sara Diamond
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 - 3:45pm to 5:30pm

The Economic Club of Toronto presents a talk by OCAD President Sara Diamond entitled "Designs on the Economy".

Everything around us is designed. Design capability and ownership of the resulting intellectual property is the core competitive factor separating emerging and established economies. Excellent design is the factor that attracts consumers to new products in a media and consumer-driven global economy. Design is fundamental to technology transfer, new business processes and new manufacturing methods. Canada has core strengths in design, but we are increasingly challenged by India, China and other emerging nations who are investing to build capacity. To compete effectively, Canadian business needs to invest in design. Learn why, what and how.

Lunch will be served; advance registration is required – numbers are limited.

Venue & Address: 
Intercontinental Hotel 225 Front Street West, Toronto, Ontario
Cost: 
$75 Individual with tables of 10 available

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