2017 Manning Innovation Symposium

2017 Manning Innovation Symposium Poster
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 11:00am to 2:00pm

Join us at the Symposium, to hear from and mingle with six innovators – four Manning Laureates and two OCAD U innovators. Their brief and dynamic presentations about their pathways to innovation will be followed by a complimentary lunch and a ‘speed innovating’ experience where you can connect one-on-one with these inspiring innovators and more.

For 36 years, the Ernest C. Manning Awards Foundation has been creating a culture of innovation in Canada by discovering, encouraging and rewarding Canadian innovators and telling their stories. Manning Laureates’ innovations are commercially viable and touch all areas of human endeavour.


On-site registration will begin at 11:00am.

The Symposium will begin at 11:30am.


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Venue & Address: 
The Great Hall 100 McCaul Street, Room 270 Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1
416-977-6000 x4782

Nabil Harfoush


Trusted Advisor, Privy Council Office Innovation Hub, Government of Canada

Associate, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS)

Adjunct Faculty, University of Philadelphia

CIO and VP Corporate Development of HelpCaster Technologies, a Toronto based software company offering solutions for live web commnications in a SaaS model.

CIO of MedcomSoft and Nightingale Informatix, two publicly traded companies offering clinical management and electronic medical record solutions delivered in traditional and SaaS models.

Student Recognition: Celebrating leadership & excellence

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 10:00pm to Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 12:00am

Student leadership and excellence is acknowledged and recognized at OCAD University annually since 2011/2012, with awards given to those whose outstanding contributions to student life, leadership, advocacy, equity and social justice, contribute to improving the campus community.

A celebratory dinner and awards ceremony are coordinated through the Campus Life office with generous financial support from First Generation Programs (Writing & Learning Centre); Financial Aid & Awards; Alumni Relations; Diversity, Equity & Sustainability Initiatives; Office of Vice-President, Academic; and the Office of the President. Awards being given out include:

Two awards, $500 each. Recipients are: 
Ahmed Bokhari
Jacqueline Lee

Honorary Mention:  
Nicole Calzavara
Elizabeth Chan
Madison Leeson
Amrita Panesar

Three- and four-year commitment pins are also given out to those Peer Mentors who have stayed involved in the Student Mentor Program for three or four or more years.

Usually one award, but this year, stellar nominations have resulted in securing of additional funds so that three $1000 awards will be given out. Recipients are:
Rouzbeh Akhabari 
Zvikomborero Mhakayakora
Amanda Robertson-Hebert

Honorary Mention:  
Elisha Lim
Amrita Panesar

New this year, we will be acknowledging and recognizing students who have taken an active student leader role in OCAD U Senate, Board of Governors, Student Union and student-run groups.

416-977-6000 Ext. 275


Kenneth Foster. Photo by Mike Kepka.

“Artists and arts leaders are some of the most visionary and creative people in our society. Have the courage to speak up and the tenacity to stay engaged when the going gets tough.”

Artists and arts organizations face a different world today. Kenneth Foster, Director of the Arts Leadership Program in the Thornton School of Music at the University of Southern California, the former director of San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and an arts leader for more than thirty years says the way forward is through strong, innovative leadership.

Foster is part of Art Creates Change, an important speaker series presented by OCAD U to commemorate the work of Kym Pruesse, a cross-disciplinary artist, educator, writer, design activist, popular culture expert and theorist who taught at the university in the Faculty of Art and the Faculty of Liberal Studies. Pruesse passed away in 2009.

Foster’s work highlights the importance of nurturing and developing new arts leaders like Pruesse today. “There are substantial environmental shifts happening in the world that are creating stress on arts organizations and their ability to thrive in the contemporary world,” says Foster. “Leadership in this environment requires truly creative thinking and arts leaders need to step up in order that our collective culture can survive and thrive.”

Leading from where you are

In the discussion of arts leadership, it’s important to not limit the definition. Whether you’re a student or a faculty dean, an apprentice or well established in your field, your leadership qualities are vital to the sustainability of any arts ecosystem: “in terms of forward thinking leadership can come from all parts of organizations,” says Foster. “I also think artists can and should be leaders not only in their own work and their own arts world, but also in the life of the community. Find your voice and don’t hesitate to express your ideas and your visions.”

Making an impact

Foster believes challenges present opportunities and this is an exciting time for artists. “This is not a time to retract or to scale back,” says Foster. “It’s a time to step forward and engage the world fully. I believe that both the artist and the society will be much better off for the active and engaged participation of artists in civic society.”

Foster’s lecture at OCAD U follows a recent Art Creates Change series presentation by internationally renowned multidisciplinary artist Emily Jacir held on October 3 during the Toronto Palestinian Film Festival. Jacir is also a professor at the International Academy of Art in Palestine.

Learn more

Attend Kenneth Foster’s talk on Thursday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m.  

Find out more about Kenneth Foster