OCAD University President Dr. Sara Diamond Named to the Order of Canada

Dr. Sara Diamond, President and VIce-Chancellor, OCAD University
Thursday, June 27, 2019 - 1:45pm

Today, Rideau Hall announced 83 new appointments to the Order of Canada. Among them is OCAD University President and Vice-Chancellor, Dr. Sara Diamond.

From the accompanying citation, “President Diamond has contributed immensely to the country’s arts, cultural and digital industry landscape. An accomplished and prolific artist, researcher and administrator, her revolutionary work bridges the fields of art, design, science and technology, notably in her current role as President and Vice-Chancellor of OCAD University (OCAD U), and previously at The Banff Centre. Under her visionary direction, she has positioned OCAD U as an eminent leader, one that champions innovative teaching and research, and fosters opportunities for Indigenous education and collaborative partnerships.”

Dr. Diamond was nominated for the appointment to the Order of Canada by OCAD U Chancellor Salah Bachir and OCAD U Chancellor Emeritus Catherine (Kiki) Delaney.

“As Chancellor of OCAD University, and a member of the Order of Canada myself, I commend Dr. Diamond for making OCAD U a leading educational institution in terms of innovation, research and design thinking,” said Chancellor Bachir. “I see firsthand, how Dr. Diamond advocates for our artists, designers and innovators who deliver creative solutions to create meaningful change.”

”Dr. Diamond has been tireless in her promotion of both the intrinsic and economic value of creativity, crossing sectors in the process, and creating new opportunities and knowledge in fields such as healthcare and finance,” said Chancellor Emeritus Delaney. “Throughout her career, she has worked in service of our nation, showing profound commitment to the values of equity, diversity, sustainability and community.”

Dr. Diamond holds a PhD in Computing, Information Technology and Engineering from the University of East London, a Master’s in Digital Media Theory from the University of the Arts London and an Honour’s Bachelor of Arts in History and Communications from Simon Fraser University.

The Order of Canada is one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. Created in 1967, the Order of Canada recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Close to 7,000 people from all sectors of society have been invested into the Order.

OCAD U congratulates Burton Kramer on receiving Order of Canada

Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 3:00pm


OCAD University congratulates prominent graphic designer and artist Burton Kramer on being named a Member of the Order of Canada. An icon of graphic design in Canada, Kramer’s career has spanned more than 50 years. Having taught at OCAD U for 21 years, Kramer has helped develop future generations of Canadian designers. He has won many prestigious awards worldwide and in 2003, was one of the first recipients of an honorary doctorate from OCAD U. He also received an Order of Ontario in 2002 for his contributions to the cultural life of the province and in 1999, he was the recipient of a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ from ArtsToronto. 

Kramer developed logos and graphic standards manuals for many public and private sector corporate identity branding programs, setting a modern standard for graphic design practice in Canada. In particular, his work in designing the wayfinding system and graphics for Expo 67 and the original Canadian Broadcasting Corporation logo are especially prominent.

Over the years, Kramer has personally donated design and artwork to OCAD U, as well as some of his design library to the university’s library. He also awarded several worthy OCAD U students with the “Burton Kramer Award for Excellence in Graphic Design.”

Created in 1967, the Order of Canada, one of our country's highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.