Ward 10 All-Candidates Meeting at OCAD U

Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - 6:30pm

On October 9, OCAD University will be hosting an all-candidates meeting for Ward 10: Spadina-Fort York. Ten candidates running to be the next city councillor will face off in a debate organized by eight residents associations in the new ward. A moderator will ask questions of the candidates, and include ones from the audience collected at the meeting. Voting day is October 22.

Please register online.

Venue & Address: 
OCAD U, Main Auditorium (MCA190) 100 McCaul St.
map of ward 10

O-DAYS! Student Union Open House

Tuesday, September 4, 2018 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

Check out the space, learn about our services, and meet the team. Here you are welcome to spend time year round whether working on class assignments or needing a quiet place to relax. We will be opening the space with a land acknowledgement, celebrating the start of your new chapter with snacks and announcing the winners for the scavenger hunt. Add your creative flare to the Student Union's new banner. 

The OCAD Student Union is an independent, democratically run student organization with approximately 5000 members, incorporated as a not‐for‐profit corporation. The OCAD SU is committed to ensuring that the University campus and broader OCAD U community are inclusive spaces where all members are treated with respect and dignity. 

Venue & Address: 
Level 6, 230 Richmond St. West (RHB)
416-977-6000, Ext. 341
OCAD Student Union logo

Minister Hunter discusses OSAP at visit with OCAD U students

A group of female students speaking with Mitzie Hunter
Wednesday, April 11, 2018

OCAD U students were given a first-hand demonstration of the new online OSAP calculator by the Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Ontario’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. The calculator, launched in January of this year, gives students a preview of estimated tuition costs for each applied program and the estimated amount covered by the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP). According to the Ministry, over 225,000 full-time Ontario college and university students are receiving free tuition through this expanded program.

Hosted at the Student Services Centre at OCAD U, Minister Hunter was joined by MPP Han Dong and Ministry staff in presenting changes to OSAP and the application process. Students offered their own examples of experiences with financial aid, and the Minister incorporated their numbers in generating estimates with the calculator. Students were reminded to re-apply each year, and to seek out staff in Financial Aid and Awards to discuss their particular situations.

Minister Hunter and MPP Dong were also given a brief tour of the 5th and 6th floor Student Services Centre by President Sara Diamond; Vice-President, Academic, Gillian Siddall; Vice-President Students and International Deanne Fisher and Manager of Financial Aid and Awards Andre De Freitas.

What is Foresight? Video Series

Policy Horizons Canada commissioned a series of short videos on the subject "What is Foresight?" that have been conceived, authored and co-produced by Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab), together with students from OCAD University's Strategic Foresight & Innovation (SFI) and Graphic Design programs.

Produced in English and French versions, and fully captioned for inclusive accessibility (AODA-compliant), the work is co-directed by sLab's Director of Research, Greg Van Alstyne and SFI graduate, Zan Chandler. The production team is rounded out by OCAD U undergrad research assistants Alex Appugliesi and Jazeen Hollings, who developed original visual sequences and edited the video.

The video is composed in the form of three short segments approximately 2-1/2 minutes each which may be viewed back to back or separately.

In English: 
What is foresight?
Why use foresight?
Horizons' Foresight Process

En français:
Prospective: ce que cest? 
Le processus d'Horizons de politiques
Le Processus d'Horizons de politiques

For more information, please visit http://slab.ocadu.ca/project/what-is-foresight-video-series.


Monday, October 23, 2017 - 1:15pm
Lab Member: 
Greg Van alstyne

Digital Governance

Digital governance is the central challenge facing governing institutions and societies in the coming decades where information knows no boundaries, power is dispersed and authority and accountability need to be reconceived. What is digital governance and why is 'digital' a governance issue?

Westminster parliamentary democracy is widely credited with a high capacity to adapt to societal evolution. Its ability to adapt to the realities of a digital society is putting this claim to the test. Westminster governments were never designed with the digital era in mind. Two forces – digital and governance – are meeting like tectonic plates, shifting the landscape and giving rise to new peaks and valleys around key governance questions that all Canadians need to be concerned about: Who has real power? How should decisions be made? How can all players make their voices heard and ensure that account is rendered?

Digital Governance, an sLab research project, explores unprecedented challenges and opportunities facing governing institutions and associated groups in the digital era. Through research and engagement activities the project develops a network equipped to understand these dynamics and to guide innovation. The initial partners are University of Victoria, Institute on Governance (IOG), OCAD University, Dalhousie University, and MIGHTY Purpose. Together with additional partners (to be identified) the Digital Governance team will build a digital governance research network.

Project Objectives:

  • Provide a platform for a national conversation on the issues and possibilities of digital technology and governance. The partnership has established itself as a Digital Governance Commission – a modernized, virtual royal commission that combines visibility, engagement and evidence based research, and that engages Canadians to develop practical solutions.
  • Recognize that the discussion must move beyond technological change to an understanding of the disruptive nature of digital transformation as an historic opportunity to recast the role and responsibilities of governments, citizens and other actors.
  • Explore emerging governance challenges and possibilities, but also specific practice areas such as evidence based policy analysis, advising ministers and legislators, citizen engagement, modernizing service delivery and realigning administrative systems to meet new and ever increasing demands on the part of governments at all levels.
  • Examine the new and emerging governance challenges of the Westminster system in light of the advent of digital, and to determine the transformative and evolutionary changes required of government and non-government actors in an evolving democratic environment across Canada.
  • Determine and articulate the new, core competencies required of all stakeholders and institutions (e.g. politicians, public servants, citizens, the private sector, and students) in the digital age.
  • Design a research program with windows of opportunity in mind in order to maximize impact and generate practical impetus for change.
  • Articulate the value brought to key stakeholders and include open, transparent and participatory methodologies on an ongoing basis.


For further information, please visit http://slab.ocadu.ca/project/digital-governance

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Large text reading "Digital Governance: transforming government practice in the diigtal era"
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 12:30pm
Lab Member: 
Greg Van alstyne
Peter Jones

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. 




Explores and Dandies in an open letter to Canada Post

Explorers and dandies
Thursday, July 17, 2008 - 4:00am to Sunday, September 7, 2008 - 4:00am

Through Canada Post's process of approving postage stamp imagery, and the works of artists Frederick Hagan and Kent Monkman, this exhibition asks "who has the authority to officiate over our history?" Critical examination and cheeky humour reveal the history-of-our-history, that is, how institutions determine and prescribe the standard version of history.

Frederick Hagan's (b. 1918, d. 2003) works have had the honour of being sanctioned to represent Canadian history. Issued from 1986-89, the Explorations of Canada postage stamp series was commissioned by Canada Post to honour select explorers. Although bestowed the honour of the commission, under the direction of Canada Post, Hagan's original designs did not wholly emerge. Unable to satisfactorily realize his conceptual ambitions through the commission, Hagan was compelled to continue production on the theme of exploration. Amending the Explorations of Canada title from the stamp series to simply Exploration, the artist encompassed broader connotations through this ambitious series of lithographs.

Venue & Address: 
Art Gallery of Mississauga 300 City Centre DriveGround floor, South east corner, Mississauga, Ontario

Assignment to Archives

Going out to meet the rollers, Wasaga Beach, Photographer unknown, c. 1925, Ministry of Education
Tuesday, October 2, 2007 - 4:00am to Friday, October 26, 2007 - 4:00am

This exhibition, curated by Professor Vid Ingelevics for the Archives of Ontario, is drawn from the photographic holdings of the Archives and deals with relationships between image, information and meaning. While bringing to light the skilled work of many (often unidentified) government photographers, it brings attention equally to the trajectory that their work followed from assignment to the archives. How does one today situate these images that often arrived accompanied by minimal metadata years after having been taken?
As part of this exhibition five writers, including well-known authors such as Martha Baillie and John Lorinc, have selected images to base a short text upon. Their resulting works are on display at the main exhibition site.

FILM SCREENINGS - In the Public Interest The still photography exhibitions are accompanied by two nights of film screenings in the OCAD Auditorium taking place at 7pm on Friday, Oct. 12 and Friday, Oct. 19. These are produced in partnership with OCAD and Pleasure Dome and bring forward the work of Ontario government filmmakers going back to the late 1940s. The two evenings offer distinct programs, the first focusing on agriculture and rural life and the second on postwar travel, leisure and road safety.

Venue & Address: 
John B. Aird Gallery McDonald Block, 900 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario

New legislation proposes OCAD name change

Tuesday, April 27, 2010 - 4:00am

(Toronto—April 27, 2010) New legislation is being introduced today by the Government of Ontario that, if passed, will officially change the name of the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) to “OCAD University.”

“This is truly a remarkable day in OCAD’s proud 134-year history,” said OCAD President Dr. Sara Diamond. “The change in OCAD’s name is important not only for the university, but also for Ontario. It will provide clarity to prospective students, both in Canada and internationally; improve our ability to attract and retain high-calibre faculty; and strengthen our ability to partner with other universities in Ontario in delivering joint degrees.”

“We thank the Ontario Government and the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities for leadership in recognizing OCAD’s evolution,” said Robert Montgomery, Chair of OCAD’s Board of Governors. “The new name reflects OCAD’s role as a leader in art and design education and research, sustainability and digital culture. This change will ensure OCAD’s strategic position within a highly competitive, global post-secondary education marketplace."

OCAD has operated as a fully accredited university offering undergraduate degrees since 2002, and graduate degrees since 2008. In 2006, the institution was granted membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada, which represents 95 public and private not-for-profit universities and university-degree level colleges across Canada. Today, OCAD has approximately 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 650 faculty and staff, and a 12-building campus in downtown Toronto.

“This is important recognition of the work we have undertaken in research, graduate studies and ensuring high standards in our curriculum,” said Diamond. “It is a phenomenally important day for OCAD, one that not only respects the institution’s rich history and legacy of art and design education, but also acknowledges where the university is headed.”

Government of Ontario News Release

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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For more information and images please contact:

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

Minister to launch newest university in Ontario as part of important back-to-school campaign

Friday, September 3, 2010 - 4:00am

Veteran MPP to head up 135th anniversary efforts for 2011/2012

(Toronto — September 3, 2010) The Ontario government will officiate the launch of its newest university at a special ceremony next Thursday.

John Milloy, Minister of Training Colleges and Universities, will announce the long awaited plan of university status for OCAD University on September 9 at 4 p.m. at the Welcome Back Corn Roast on the campus at 100 McCaul St.

OCAD University President, Dr. Sara Diamond and Board of Governors Chair Robert Montgomery will be joined by the minister and OCAD alumnus Monte Kwinter, MPP (York Centre) in a celebration at the start of the school year. The celebration will formally confirm OCAD University’s new status. The original institution was founded in 1876 and received its first provincial funding in 1912.

OCADU will be making a highly anticipated announcement about the design firm that will work with the university to develop a new graphic identity reflecting the new name and status. The new identity will reflect OCADU’s continued role as a leader in art and design education, research, sustainability and digital culture.

“This is a momentous occasion for us,” said Dr. Diamond. “September represents the beginning of a new era for our community. We look forward to honouring the contributions of OCADU’s supporters, the beginning of a new year for our students and the evolution of our institution.”

Mr. Kwinter will be named head of OCAD University's 135th Anniversary Committee. The year-long celebration will take place in 2011/2012 starting in the autumn. Mr. Kwinter graduated from the institution in Industrial Design in 1954. He is seen as a strong spokesperson as he has long advocated for university status for OCADU.

"I am delighted to be here with Mr. Kwinter, who has done so much to see OCADU finally get the recognition they deserve," said Minister Milloy.

Minister Milloy, Dr. Diamond, Mr. Montgomery, Mr. Kwinter and representatives of the design firm (to be announced) will be available for interviews.

DATE: Thursday, September 9, 2010
TIME: Welcome Back Corn Roast with Remarks: 4 p.m.
PLACE: OCAD University’s Butterfield Park, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

About OCAD University (OCADU)
OCAD University (www.ocad.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:

Brown & Cohen Communications & Public Affairs
416-484-1132, Matt McNama, Ext. 4 and Kaitlynn Dodge, Ext. 5

OCAD University:
Steve Virtue, Director, Marketing & Communications, OCAD University
416-977-6000 Ext. 222

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