On Friday, September 15, OCAD University welcomed Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Member of Parliament for Ahuntsic-Cartierville. This is Minister Joly’s first official tour of OCAD U since taking elected office in 2015, although she visited in April 2016 to host a creative sector roundtable here.
Minister Joly met with OCAD University President Dr. Sara Diamond and other university leaders to discuss priorities and policies. The Minister took part in a personal tour of the campus, including a visit to Imagination Catalyst, OCAD U’s entrepreneurship and commercialization hub. Member of Parliament Adam Vaughan joined Minister Joly for a preview the new Onsite Gallery, funded partly by the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.
The Department of Canadian Heritage oversees an umbrella of organizations dedicated to the cultural, civic and economic vitality of Canada. Mélanie Joly was appointed Minister of Canadian Heritage by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau after the 2015 Federal Election.