Government funds boost OCAD University commitment to research and innovation

VP of Manufacturing, Development and Operations of IBM Canada Patrick Horgan, MP Adam Vaughan, OCAD U Board Chair Dr. John Sempl
Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Above, Left to Right: VP of Manufacturing, Development and Operations of IBM Canada Patrick Horgan, MP Adam Vaughan, OCAD U Board Chair Dr. John Semple, OCAD U President Sara Diamond, MPP Han Dong, OCAD U Board Vice-Chair Sharifa Khan and The Daniels Corporation President Mitchell Cohen.
 

OCAD University has been awarded $4.5 million from the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Economic Development’s Post-Secondary Institutions Strategic Investment Fund (SIF). The Fund is a Government of Canada program that is providing up to $2 billion to accelerate strategic construction, repair and maintenance at universities and colleges across Canada.

The funds will be used by the university to further expand and develop its growth in digital research and innovation, with $2 million to support the research, innovation and environmental sustainability of the Centre for Experiential Learning and $2.5 million allocated for Campus for the Connected World (Phase 1) on Toronto’s Waterfront.

The Centre for Experiential Learning, part of the Creative City Campus, will expand OCAD U’s research and innovation space and nurture the existing campus culture of creativity, collaboration and innovation. The building and its operations will be a model of social and environmental sustainability, incorporating healthy, innovative building materials. The Centre will be located in the Rosalie Sharp Pavilion, at the southeast corner of McCaul and Dundas streets. In 2016, OCAD U received a $27-million investment from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities for the Creative City Campus project. In addition, the Centre for Experiential Learning has received a total of $4 M from benefactors Rosalie and Isadore Sharp.

OCAD University’s Campus for the Connected World on Toronto’s Waterfront is a new facility for research and innovation that will house initiatives specific to innovation training, design thinking, Big Data design and accelerator capacity that support commercialization initiatives and bring design skills to emergent companies.

The two-phase revenue-generating project is located at Jarvis and Queens Quay in City of the Arts, a multi-use complex developed by the Daniels Corporation. The new facility will play a dynamic role in building Waterfront Toronto’s environmental, cultural and economic capacities.

“As we continue to renew and expand our campus, we look forward to amplifying OCAD University’s digitally focused learning and research, as well as its connections to industry and community partners, says Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University. “OCAD University is proud to provide experiential learning that will ensure our grads are members of a highly skilled workforce that supports talent innovation and entrepreneurship, crucial to STEAM + D disciplines.

We are grateful to the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario for their support and recognition.”

“Supporting OCAD University’s expansion is not only good for Canada; it’s good for Toronto,” says Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina—Fort York. “OCAD University is at the forefront of delivering new ideas and new leaders for a new economy. Innovation drives Toronto as much as it defines OCAD University, and the federal government is proud to play a role.”

“OCAD U has been a vital part of our community for many years and it has embraced magnificently the imagination and innovation of our young artists and designers. The Creative City Campus will strengthen the foundation of OCAD U, enabling it to further grow and thrive in the 21st century,” says Han Dong, Member of Provincial Parliament for Trinity—Spadina.

OCAD U’s continuous evolution is based on the belief that creativity serves a vital function in society, and that imaginations have the unique power to develop real-world solutions to improve and transform lives. These latest developments will ensure students and faculty continue to have the ability to leverage the power of art, design and digital innovation to change the world for the better.

 

Material Innovation Centre presents: Talk with Laird McMurray. "Re-imagining Materials for Special Effects"

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Laird McMurray is the president of Laird FX, a specialty prototype design company that engineers and manufactures devices and special effects for film, (Pacific Rim, Total Recall, The Incredible Hulk) television commercial theater and live events.

Laird's entertaining and informative talk will demonstrate and delight you in some of the ways that the industry innovatively reimagines materials.

Venue & Address: 
Material Innovation Centre Room MCA 530, 100 McCaul
Cost: 
Free
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Felt - Speaker Series from MIC

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm

Join us in the Material Innovation Centre on Wednesday March 2nd! Franziska Brand + Sarah Paul will talk FELT!

Felt is one of the first fabrics ever to be created by mankind. In its original natural version felt is made from 100% sheep and lama wool and has a magnificent history of uses in the world of culture, art and design.

The traditional warmth and beauty of the material is grounded in ethics and sustainability since the animals are not harmed in the process of the creation of the material. Felt has its application form clothing, accessories, furniture, surface applications to specialized industrial products with exceptional acoustic, thermal and abrasive properties.

Venue & Address: 
Room 530 100 McCaul Street
Cost: 
FREE

Citizen Centric Innovation - International Certificate Course

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Monday, September 15, 2014 - 4:00am to Friday, September 26, 2014 - 4:00am

The Program
This program provides intensive executive training on methods and techniques to address complex or so-called “wicked” social problems in a multidisciplinary way. This particular session focuses on food waste in modern urban context as an example of a complex social problem to address. The methods and techniques learned are transferable to other complex social and environmental challenges.

What you will learn
You will receive intensive training in a range of disciplines including human factors, design thinking, system mapping,sustainable business models, and co-creation techniques and methods.

More importantly, you will apply your learning to find creative solutions to a complex problem: food waste in urban centres. The program includes daily field explorations of food-related aspects in each city, including visits to innovative social food enterprises such as Not Far From The Tree, The Stop Community Food Centre, and a private Jane’s Walk in Toronto; participating in a Tapas Lab; going on a Hidden City Tour of Barcelona (unique guided tour through the old town led by homeless guide); and engaging with organic farmers to understand the interdependencies and trade-offs in the complex urban food system.

Who we are
This special program is hosted in Toronto by the Strategic Innovation Lab at OCAD University (Canada's largest art and design school and third largest in North America). It is hosted in Barcelona by the Bau Design College of Barcelona affiliated with the Vic-Central University of Catalonia. Participants who complete the program successfully will receive a Certificate.

Who should attend
-Directors and managers in food related industry
-Government officials interested in urban and social issues
-Program Managers in foundations pursuing change in urban settings
-Directors of CSR in large corporations
-Executive directors of incubators for social entrepreneurship
-Politicians with interest in food security, resilient commuities or sustainability
-In general leaders or leadership candidates seeking to enhance their careers through acquiring new practical knowledge about addressing complex social problems.

When & Where
This session starts on Monday September 15, 2014 and ends on Friday September 26, 2014. Participants will spend one week in Toronto (Canada) followed by one week in Barcelona (Spain).

How
Citizen Centric Innovation (CCI) combines a human-centric participatory design approach with methods of multidisciplinary collaboration to enable exploring root causes of such complex challenges, reframing their issues differently, and developing innovative solutions.

We bring together a group of participants selected among highly talented professionals from around the world, with a team of instructors who are thought leaders in their fields. We leverage the power of such an intellectually rich and diverse environment to teach participants the leadership skills necessary for developing and implementing new solutions to old persistent problems.

You will work in small teams mentored by experienced instructors and innovation professionals on developing new out-of-the-box solutions to a specific problem, in this case food waste in the city of Barcelona and its potential impact on a range of other social problems such as poverty, health and environment.

Cost
Program fees are in U.S. Dollars and include: all program materials, welcome receptions, hotel accommodation in both cities (four-star, single occupancy), breakfast and lunch every day, visits to museums and exhibitions included in the program, one hosted dinner in each city, economy airfare Toronto to Barcelona, and local transportation during the program.

Visit the Eventbrite page for more information on instructors.

Strategic Innovation Lab (sLab) is a centre for research and development in design, innovation and strategic foresight at OCAD University. It is a growing community of scholars and practitioners, designers, business and policy professionals, teachers and students, who are passionate about envisioning possible futures. Located in the heart of Toronto, sLab operates on a model that integrates academic research, professional engagement, education and skills development for participants in the private, public, not-for-profit, and for-benefit sectors. sLab is closely linked with OCAD University’s Masters Program in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.

Bau Design College of Barcelona, Spain is a centre affiliated with the Vic-Central University of Catalonia that provides higher education in the field of design. Located in Barcelona, one of the leading cities in the field of design, Bau is situated in an industrial area of over 8,000 m2 equipped with custom studios and multi-purpose spaces designed to support research, creativity and innovation. The training offered at Bau leads to university degrees in graphic, audiovisual, interior and fashion design as well as Master’s and Postgraduate degrees. The college also offers other courses such as the Diploma in Design ‘Bau Nit’ (Bau Evening), in the specializations of Graphic Design and Interior Design, and the Summer University, in addition to a wide variety of monographic courses and workshops.

Registration required

Venue & Address: 
Strategic Innovation Lab (OCAD U) & Bau Design College (Barcelona)
Cost: 
Free