THE GRIND: Strategic Business Foresight w/ Alex Manu

Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

This week at The Grind Speaker Series, we will be hosting a discussion with Alexander Manu, a professor here at OCAD U, who specializes in strategic innovation and management.

EVENT LINK:
https://www.facebook.com/events/166340593957372/?notif_t=plan_user_joined&notif_id=1510526680200507 

ABOUT THE GRIND:
The Grind is an incubator for students who want to start their own small business. The group aims to connect students interested in business/entrepreneurship, encourage collaboration and provide guest speakers, workshops and resources to assist participants in networking, learning new skills and portfolio building.

See more OCAD U student-run groups at www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Imagination Catalyst, Level 8, 230 Richmond St. West
Website: 
www.facebook.com/thegrindocadu/
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups
Email: 
thegrindocadu@gmail.com
Cost: 
FREE
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Weekly Meeting: OCAD U Zine Collective

Zine Collective Learning Zone photo
Thursday, November 16, 2017 - 11:00am to 1:00pm

The OCAD U Zine Collective meets weekly. All welcome!
Thursdays (11 AM to 1 PM)

ABOUT OCAD U ZINE COLLECTIVE:
The Zine Collective is made up of students who are interested in self-publishing through the medium of zines. Together we create zines, learn about zine distribution and promotion, and help sustain the OCAD U Zine Library. We also help plan the annual OCAD U Zine Fair and attend activities like workshops and field trips to other zine events. Come and join us if you’re interested in promoting and distributing your artwork in a way that is easy, cheap, and fun!

See more OCAD U student-run groups at www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, Level 1, 122 St. Patrick Street (or via 113 McCaul Street)
Website: 
www.facebook.com/groups/291112401002318/
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups
Email: 
ocadzinelibrary@gmail.com
Cost: 
FREE

PROUD at OCAD U Café

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm

Join PROUD at OCAD U for a café-themed event with free tarot card readings.
Beverages and cafe snacks provided!

EVENT LINK:
www.facebook.com/events/139869036669576/

ABOUT PROUD AT OCAD U:
PROUD at OCAD U is an LGBTQ+ student organization dedicated to fostering a safe, inclusive and positive community at OCAD University. We are committed to an intersectional, diverse approach and strive to provide LGBTQ+ students on campus with support and resources, ways to create art and design, and celebrate our identities through meetings, events, and other initiatives. In addition, PROUD at OCAD U is a resource for students, staff and faculty who are not part of the LGBTQ+ community to learn how to better support and accommodate their students and colleagues; however, emphasis will always be placed on the LGBTQ+ student population.

See more OCAD U student-run groups at www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Learning Zone, 122 St. Patrick Street (or alternatively, access via 113 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/proud.ocadu/
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups
www.facebook.com/events/139869036669576/
Email: 
proud.ocadu@gmail.com
Cost: 
FREE
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Waffles for Change

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

November 14, 21 and 29, 2017
We will also be collecting donations for Sanctuary, a local organization we are partnering with that serves marginalized people in the downtown Toronto core.

ABOUT OCAD CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (OCF):
We want to share love and support the larger OCAD U community as well as the city by fostering a caring community through our actions and events. We hope to welcome and create safe spaces for people to engage and grow in their faith. We also want to encourage others to learn and grow to use their skills and talents to serve the larger community.

See more OCAD U student-run groups at www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/OCADUCF/
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups
Email: 
ocadivcf@gmail.com
Cost: 
Collecting donations for Sanctuary
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Waffles for Change

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

November 14, 21 and 29, 2017
We will also be collecting donations for Sanctuary, a local organization we are partnering with that serves marginalized people in the downtown Toronto core.

ABOUT OCAD CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (OCF):
We want to share love and support the larger OCAD U community as well as the city by fostering a caring community through our actions and events. We hope to welcome and create safe spaces for people to engage and grow in their faith. We also want to encourage others to learn and grow to use their skills and talents to serve the larger community.

See more OCAD U student-run groups at www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/OCADUCF/
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups
Email: 
ocadivcf@gmail.com
Cost: 
Collecting donations for Sanctuary
OCF Waffles for Change graphic

Waffles for Change

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm

November 14, 21 and 29, 2017
We will also be collecting donations for Sanctuary, a local organization we are partnering with that serves marginalized people in the downtown Toronto core.

ABOUT OCAD CHRISTIAN FELLOWSHIP (OCF):
We want to share love and support the larger OCAD U community as well as the city by fostering a caring community through our actions and events. We hope to welcome and create safe spaces for people to engage and grow in their faith. We also want to encourage others to learn and grow to use their skills and talents to serve the larger community.

See more OCAD U student-run groups at www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups

Venue & Address: 
Room 187, Lambert Lounge, 100 McCaul Street
Website: 
www.facebook.com/OCADUCF/
www.ocadu.ca/studentgroups
Email: 
ocadivcf@gmail.com
Cost: 
Collecting donations for Sanctuary
OCF Waffles for Change graphic

Graduate Programs Info Nights and Online Webinars

Join a Graduate Program Info Night and/or online webinar this November. They are your opportunity to meet instructors, students and alumni from the program to help you learn more about courses, the learning environment and degree outcomes.

Smooth Commerce CEO Brian Deck's best advice for artists considering entrepreneurship

Image of Brian Deck working on a mural
Image of Brian Deck's mural
SmoothPay App image

We caught up with Brian Deck, successful entrepreneur and CEO of Smooth Commerce to talk about his business and the lessons he learned in art school. Brian is also an OCAD U alum and mentor for OCAD U's startup incubator, Imagination Catalyst.

Tell us about Smooth Commerce. How’s the business doing?

The Smooth Commerce platform powers white label apps and SmoothPay, a loyalty app for independent merchants. Our focus is on branded apps similar (but better than) the Starbucks app. For example, we developed the app for Balzac’s Coffee Roasters which has been a tremendous success, enjoying a 14 times increased adoption over their previous card-based loyalty program. We are excited to be rolling out two very well-known brands this fall so stay tuned!

The SmoothPay app is available to download and use at coffee shops or restaurants. It combines payment with a loyalty program. You pay with your phone and save money at the same time. For businesses, it increases exposure and sales. We already have a couple hundred businesses across Canada and most relevant to OCAD U is nearby, Red Eye Espresso on McCaul Street.
 

How did Smooth Commerce get started?

My previous tech company was successful developing loyalty programs for Fortune 500 companies. Before I sold that company, I saw an opportunity to do something even bigger in mobile and consumer-facing loyalty programs - enhancing the way businesses and consumers engage. The major players in several well established industries (retail, payments, loyalty, and marketing) had not kept up with technology and the changing consumer. With most of the giants sitting on their hands, the opportunity was huge and it was the perfect timing to start Smooth.

 

When you were studying painting at OCAD U, you started a mural company. What lessons did you learn about starting a business?

Running a mural company taught me how to work well with people, which is key to being successful. I had to deal with different personality types and different levels of professionalism. Being a success in any business means getting along with people and genuinely motivating people along the way.

I will never forget being a student and working in an art store. One day I picked up a book of interviews with successful artists talking about their careers and lessons learned. Each artist said the exact same thing – that hard work and perseverance was the most important factor in their success. Lessons learned from that book and from running my mural business taught me to always work hard and to persevere even in the most difficult situations. For artists, remember that your success is a direct result of what you put in.

What makes artists and designers good entrepreneurs?

The training an artist receives can translate very well to entrepreneurship and business in general. Having an art and design background has given me a unique perspective that the majority of people don't have. It has been a tremendous benefit for me in many aspects of my various business ventures including: product development, marketing, presentations, communications, and my overall perspective on things. When you’re creating a painting or sculpture, you have to step back and see the bigger picture. It’s a huge life lesson to look for patterns, to have a vision, to commit to the process and see it through to completion.

What’s your best piece of advice for young people who want to start their own business (especially if they didn’t go to business school)?

I mentioned earlier the importance of hard work and determination - this is number one in my view. In addition, while at OCAD U and over the years, I’ve found that a common trait among many artists is that they have difficulty being comfortable with the idea of making money. There is a fear of being labelled a sellout. For most artists, that holds them back. The sooner you become comfortable in valuing your time and work, the better. My last piece of advice is that following your passion is the best way to position yourself for success no matter what you may do. Whether its business or art, at times it is going to be hard. But, you have to find what you are passionate about and go after it. I wake up every day wanting to do what I do.

 

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MARTK'D SNEAKER DESIGN TOURNAMENT

Thursday, October 12, 2017 - 11:00am to 3:00pm

The format is as follows:

Two qualifying rounds will consist of 20 artists each, 40 artists in total.

The top four artists from each round, voted on by the crowd, will advance to the finals.

The eight finalists will compete to become named the ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion!

The MARTK’D ‘Sneaker Design Tournament’ champion will receive an educational scholarship + merch.

 

WHAT: MARTK’D- Sneaker Design Tournament  

WHEN: Wednesday October 12th 2017, 11:00am – 3:00pm

WHERE:  OCAD University, Great Hall, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto, ON

Venue & Address: 
OCAD University | 100 MCCAUL STREET, TORONTO, ON M5T 1W1
Website: 
MARTKD.COM
Cost: 
Free
MARTK'D SNEAKER DESIGN TOURNAMENT

Yellow House Gallery & Framing Celebrates 3 Years: Art Show and Birthday Bash!

High Mesa by John Inglis
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Yellow House Gallery & Framing Celebrates 3 Years: Art Show and Birthday Bash!

Mixing emerging artists with established, this anniversary, featuring many OCAD U alumni, brings together a select group of Canadian contemporary artists in celebration of Yellow House's Third Birthday! We invite our neighbors to come join us as we thank Toronto's East End community for its ongoing support and enthusiasm for our arts programming and our custom framing services!

Image: "High Mesa", John N. Inglis, original watercolour on paper, 17"x22"

Reception: Friday May 12th- 7-10pm
Live Music ,Catered by Kingston Road Village
Vendors: Beaches Bakeshop and The Art of Cheese

Exhibition Dates: May 12th- June 10th 2017

Exhibiting Artists:
Chris Austin
Liam Blackburn
Maggie Broda
Hope Flynn
Donna Gordon
Vashty Hawkins
John N. Inglis
Andre Kan
Christina Kostoff
Rachel SV Parry
Ann Somers
Victoria Wallace
Melissa Wakefield

Venue & Address: 
Yellow House Gallery & Framing 921 Kingston Road Toronto, ON
Website: 
http://www.yellowhousegallery.ca
Email: 
ck03yh@gmail.com
Phone: 
416.792.8460
Cost: 
Free

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