Accepting Applications: Mitacs

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015 - 7:30pm to Friday, November 20, 2015 - 10:00pm

Mitacs is now accepting applications for competitive international research opportunities, including student travel to and from Canada. The deadline to apply is Friday November 20, 2015, at 5 p.m. PST. Results will be announced in February 2016 and research projects can begin any time between February 2016 and December 31, 2016.
For students in Canada to do research abroad:
• Globalink Research Award – MHRD India
o Open to senior undergraduate and graduate students
o 12-week projects at one of seven Indian Institutes of Technology
o $5,000 award and a local grant equivalent to $5,000
• Globalink Research Award – Campus France
o Open to senior undergraduates and graduate students
o 12- to 24-week projects at accredited universities in France
o $10,000 award
• Globalink Research Award – Inria
o Open to graduate students
o 12- to 24-week projects at an Inria Research Centre in France
o $5,000 award and a monthly stipend
• Globalink Research Award – MHESR Tunisia
o Open to senior undergraduates and graduate students
o 12- to 24-week projects at accredited universities in Tunisia
o $7,000 award
To learn more, visit theGlobalink web page or contact Mitacs International at
Mitacs would like to thank the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec for their support of the Globalink Research Award. In addition, we are pleased to work with international partners to support this award including France’s Campus France and Inria, India’s Ministry of Human Resource Development, and Tunisia’s Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and Mission Universitaire de Tunisie en Amerique du Nord.

Mitacs reçoit maintenant les demandes dans le cadre d’un concours international offrant la chance de mener de la recherche à l’étranger. Grâce au programme Globalink, les étudiants canadiens pourront aller à l’étranger ou les étudiants étrangers pourront venir au Canada. La date limite pour présenter une demande est le vendredi 20 novembre 2015 à 17 h (HNP). Les résultats seront annoncés en février 2016 et les projets de recherche peuvent débuter en tout temps entre février 2016 et le 31 décembre 2016.
Pour les étudiants au Canada qui veulent faire de la recherche à l’étranger :
• Bourse de recherche Mitacs Globalink – MHRD Inde

o Programme ouvert aux finissants du premier cycle et étudiants des cycles supérieurs
o Projets de 12 semaines réalisés à l’un des sept Instituts indiens de technologie
o Bourse de 5 000 $ et subvention locale équivalant à 5 000 $

• Bourse de recherche Mitacs Globalink – Campus France

o Programme ouvert aux finissants du premier cycle et étudiants des cycles supérieurs
o Projets de recherche de 12 à 24 semaines réalisés dans les universités agréées en France
o Bourse de 10 000 $

• Bourse de recherche Mitacs Globalink – Inria

o Programme ouvert aux étudiants des cycles supérieurs
o Projets de recherche de 12 à 24 semaines réalisés dans un centre de recherche Inria en France
o Bourse de 5 000 $ et allocation mensuelle

• Bourse de recherche Mitacs Globalink – MESRS Tunisie

o Programme ouvert aux finissants du premier cycle et étudiants des cycles supérieurs
o Projets de recherche de 12 à 24 semaines réalisés dans les universités agréées en Tunisie
o Bourse de 7 000 $
Pour en savoir davantage, veuillez consulter la page Globalink ou contactez Mitacs International par courriel à

Mitacs tient à remercier le gouvernement du Canada et le gouvernement du Québec de leur soutien à l’égard du Programme de bourses de recherche Globalink. De plus, nous avons le plaisir de travailler avec des partenaires internationaux pour soutenir ce programme de bourses, notamment Campus France et Inria de la France, le ministère du Développement des ressources humaines de l’Inde, le ministère de l’Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche Scientifique de la Tunisie ainsi que la Mission Universitaire de Tunisie en Amerique du Nord.

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Let's Talk about Health! A Workshop for International Students

Tuesday, September 22, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Wondering about your health insurance?
Feeling overwhelmed?
Interested in meeting other international students?

The Health & Wellness Centre and International Student Services will be hosting a workshop specifically for international students! At this workshop, we will be covering a variety of topics including:

•University Health Insurance Plan (UHIP)
•OCAD U Student Health and Dental Plans
•The health system in Ontario
•Coping and relaxation strategies
•Social support
•Stressors specific to international students

A pizza lunch will be served!

If you would like to attend, please email Susan Kemp at by Monday, September 21st.

Venue & Address: 
Room MCA 284 (Level 2, 100 McCaul Street)

NS Photo Exchange Roundtable @ OCAD U

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 10:00pm

In partnership with OCAD University, we are hosting a roundtable discussion on collaborative art practices with select participants from the NS project, as well as key members in the Toronto community. 

Luján Agusti (Mexico/Argentina) - The Photographic Museum of Humanity, an online platform for contemporary photography.

Sandra Brewster (Canada) - OPEN HOUSE, an exhibition organized in the artist's home in Toronto.

Cecilia Estalles (Argentina) - M.A.F.I.A a photography collective in Buenos Aires.

Jorge Lozano (Colombia/Canada) - CONVERsalon, a series of artist talks that happen in the artist's home in Toronto.

Members of the public are invited to participate in this open dialogue.

NS is an online photographic exchange project between artists in Toronto, Canada and Buenos Aires, Argentina.

NS Photo Exchange Project/ Intercambio Fotográfico is commissioned by the TORONTO 2015 arts and culture festival PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC and a proud IGNITE community partner. NS was produced with the support of the City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council.

Image: Pueblos Originarios, Melania Liendo, 2015

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University Annex Building 113 McCaul Street 5th floor, Room 525 

PANAMANIA Arts & Culture Program features North-Sur Norte-South photo exhibition

Self-portrait by Giselle Mira Diaz and Nahuel Afonso
Tuesday, July 14, 2015 - 4:00am

Emerging photographers 9,000 kilometres apart have collaborated on a cyber-photographic pen-pal project that explores the theme of local cultures and blurring geographic borders. North-Sur Norte-South connects OCAD University students with young photographers in Buenos Aires.

The project is part of PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC, is a 35-day arts and culture festival to enrich the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games experience.

Photographers were chosen for this online photographic exchange project through an open call and by invitation. OCAD U partnered with Toronto’s Gallery 44 and Ph15, a non-profit organization in Argentina that uses photography to develop expressive, communicative and technical skills in children and youth who live in vulnerable situations.

North-Sur Norte-South will be exhibited at Gallery 44 from July 17 to August 1; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Buenos Aires from August 29 to September 6, with public displays on billboards and storefronts in both cities.

The images created through this collaboration are exhibited on an interactive website accessible to the Americas and the world.

North-Sur Norte-South was commissioned by the Arts & Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games and is also a proud IGNITE community partner.






Photography Silent Auction

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Monday, March 2, 2015 - 5:00am to Friday, March 13, 2015 - 4:00am

Please join us in this year’s Photography Silent Auction running until March 13, 2015. Works can be seen in display cases on the 2nd floor hallway at OCAD U.

Proceeds will be going towards International Art Collaborations, an art collective founded in 2010 consisting of artists from OCAD U, as well as participating schools in Finland, South Korea, Germany and Japan

The auction closes Friday March 13th at 3pm.

Happy bidding!

Image courtesy of the artist: “Fourth Floor Behind Womenswear” by Lucas Johnson

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St. 2nd Floor Display Cases

Art Toronto: The Toronto International Art Fair

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Friday, October 24, 2014 - 4:00pm to Monday, October 27, 2014 - 10:00pm


Founded in 2000, Art Toronto: Toronto International Art Fair is Canada’s only modern and contemporary fine art fair, providing unique access to the Canadian art market. An annual fall event, Art Toronto serves as the galvanizing vehicle for the nation’s art world. Considered the country’s must-attend event for art collectors and industry professionals, Art Toronto is the place for galleries wishing to attract a new sophisticated market of collectors, and professionals, and the place to network with a diverse and well connected group of fellow participants. Building on its successful platform as an exceptionally well serviced, user friendly fair, Art Toronto presents more than 100 select galleries, complemented with special projects, exhibits, a full VIP program and dynamic cultural offerings.

With work by OCAD U faculty and alumni.

Thursday, October 23, 2014
Special Collector’s Preview 4:30pm to 6:30pm
Opening Night Preview 6:30pm to 10:00pm

Friday October 24th to Monday October 27th, 2014
Friday & Saturday – Noon to 8pm
Sunday & Monday – Noon to 6pm

Image credit: Jean-Christian Knaff, White Cloud, Associate Professor, Illustration, OCAD University - CFA Gallery, Booth 112




Venue & Address: 
Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building, Exhibit Hall A &amp; B 255 Front Street West

Museums and the Web International Conference

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Friday, February 21, 2014 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm

With a Masterclass led by Martha Ladly, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies

Masterclass 1: People, Places and Things: how to create connections with audiences

Workshop leaders: Stefania Chipa (Museums and the Web Florence), Alexandra M. Korey (FLOD-The Florentine), Martha Ladly (OCAD University).

This practical workshop examines how cultural institutions can connect with their audiences through storytelling. The masterclass will address specific issues faced by cultural institutions today, using storytelling along with the latest digital tools and techniques, to ask questions and come up with potential answers.

Each participant will bring a real question or problem to the masterclass; case studies and projects involving best practices and outcomes will create a framework for our discussions.

Working in small groups, participants will be guided to develop innovative solutions and a plan to implement them, which will then be presented to and discussed with the larger group.

This class is intended for museum directors, curators, marketing and communication professionals who work in digital departments, fundraisers, journalists and cultural commentators, and anyone interested in using digital tools to make cultural heritage more accessible to audiences.

Masterclass attendees will:

-Be inspired by evocative examples, case studies, and innovative tools
-Gather insights and skills for their own cases and problems
-Learn how to explain their collections through storytelling
-Find out how to choose and use the appropriate tool/s to engage their audiences
-Discuss the most cogent problems and find practical, useful and easy-to-develop solutions
-Identify language and culturally appropriate approaches for different types of audiences, e.g. children, teenagers, families, elders, locals, international visitors
-Create strong links between places, their social communities and their cultural institutions

Venue & Address: 
Piazza della Signoria, 12 Firenze, Italy

O-DAYS! International Welcome

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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

A Welcome Reception for International Students

New International Students should make plans to attend this special welcome! It will be a great opportunity to make new friends, ask questions and get advice. Watch your email for details. Current international students are encouraged to attend as Welcome Ambassadors.

Refreshments will be served. Watch your email for details.

Accessibility is important to us. If you require accommodations due to a disability in order to participate fully in this event, please make a notation in the appropriate field in the online RSVP form and submit it prior to August 22, 2014 so we can make the appropriate arrangements.

Lunch and snacks will be provided at O-DAYS!
It is your responsibility to email us and notify us of any allergies or dietary restrictions so that we may do our best to accommodate you. Please do so at your earliest convenience, no later than August 22, 2014.

Please be advised that OCAD U hosted events may be documented through photographs and video. These images may be used by the university for promotional, advertising, and educational purposes. By participating in our events, both on campus and off-site, you consent to allowing OCAD U to document and use your image and likeness. However, if you do not want us to use a photo or video of you, please don’t hesitate to let us know when you arrive at the event. You’re also welcome to get in touch with OCAD U’s Campus Life office.

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone Level 1, 113 McCaul Street Toronto, Ontario

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).

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.

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)

Call for Submissions: NS (North-Sur Norte-South)

Image: PH15, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Friday, August 29, 2014 - 2:15pm

In celebration of the TORONTO 2015 PanAm/Parapan American Games, Toronto-based artists are invited to participate in an online interactive exchange with artists in Buenos Aires.

North-Sur Norte-South is a collaborative cyber-photographic penpal project between Gallery 44 (Toronto) and pH15 (Buenos Aires) in which artists and youth from Canada and Argentina work together to create photographs on the theme of local culture/s. The project has three main components:

  • An interactive website showcasing the development of the work through the collaborations
  • Exhibitions at Gallery 44 in Toronto and at a cultural centre in Buenos Aires
  • Outdoor installations on billboards and storefronts in Toronto

Deadline for submissions: September 15, 2014. Apply online at

OCAD University will host artists visiting from Argentina, who will participate in related courses and workshops. Special student and faculty activities will take place throughout the school year as part of the exchange.

North-Sur Norte-South is part of PANAMANIA, presented by CIBC. North-Sur Norte-South was commissioned by the Arts and Culture Program of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games.