ACTRA names Rita Shelton Deverell 2018 Woman of the Year

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

OCAD University congratulates Rita Shelton Deverell, former member of the OCAD U Board of Governors, on her recognition as “Woman of the Year” by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA).

A producer, director, actor, artist, broadcaster and scholar – among many other roles – Deverell has received awards ranging from Geminis to the Crystal Award from Women in Film & Television (WIFT-T).

Along with OCAD University, Deverell served on the boards of the Ontario Media Development Corporation, WIFT-T and Women in the Director’s Chair. She also volunteers with both the Canadian Senior Artists Research Network and MediaSmarts and is a Trustee of the Royal Ontario Museum. In 2005, she was named a member of the Order of Canada for her pioneering work in broadcasting


2020 Media Futures

2020 Media Futures is an ambitious, multi-industry strategic foresight project designed to understand and envision what media may look like in the year 2020; what kind of cross-platform Internet environment may shape our media and entertainment in the coming decade; and how our firms and organizations can take action today toward capturing and maintaining positions of national and international leadership.

The purpose of 2020 Media Futures is to use open-source strategic foresight for the benefit of the creative cluster — the book, magazine, music, film, television and interactive digital media industries – to help organizations and individuals “future-proof” themselves and their creative livelihoods. These creative professionals include writers, filmmakers, producers, music label executives, game developers, programmers, and other media franchise specialists. To help them prepare for the future, we employed strategic foresight research methods and practices. You can learn about our strategic foresight research methodology and project structure. But before recounting that material, we present the heart of the project, the narrative and contextual scenarios developed through this consultative, participatory process.

These scenarios are the result of analytical and synthetic work described in the pages that follow: horizon scanning for signals and trends in consumer behaviour and the media industries; collaborative workshops with industry experts and professionals; and sense-making exercises led by sLab team members to understand the data that we gathered.

In many ways, the scenarios were the ultimate goal of the project: four unique visions of possible futures that members of the creative cluster could read, critique and engage with. But as we discovered, the research process that led to their writing was its own reward. Ontario’s creative community is diverse, highly opinionated and innovative.

Through our interactions together we gained experiential learning about the needs of these industries, but also a rich understanding of their hopes and fears for the future. Our participants in turn clearly took advantage of opportunities to establish new network connections with one another at our events. We are grateful for the honesty and energy of their contributions to this project.

–Greg Van Alstyne and Madeline Ashby

Other Partners Include:

  • Achilles Media
  • Association of Canadian Publishers (ACP)
  • Breakthrough New Media
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC)
  • Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA)
  • Canadian Radio and Television Commission (CRTC)
  • Corus Entertainment
  • GestureTek
  • GlassBOX Television
  • Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment Ltd. (MLSE)
  • Marblemedia
  • National Film Board of Canada (NFB)
  • Nordicity
  • OCAD University
  • Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE)
  • Screen Industries Research and Training Centre (SIRT), Sheridan Institute
  • St. Joseph Media
  • Universal Music Canada
  • York University


For more information, please visit

2020 Media Futures: Cover Image featuring title in white font on a purple background with OCADU and sLab logos
Monday, October 23, 2017 - 11:30am
Lab Member: 
Greg Van alstyne
Lenore Richards
Suzanne Stein

OCAD U campus stars in Kim's Convenience

Photo of the cast of Kim's Convenience
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 - 4:00am


OCAD University makes many  appearances on CBC’s acclaimed new weeknight comedy, Kim’s Convenience. Based on a play by Torontonian Ins Choi, the show portrays a Korean-Canadian family. The daughter Janet (played by actress Andrea Bang), is a photography student at OCAD U. Janet’s parents opened a convenience store in Regent Park when they immigrated to Canada.

The production company filmed on campus on July 19, primarily in Butterfield Park and on McCaul Street. The exterior of the Sharp Centre for Design can be seen in several episodes. The show’s producers also commissioned and leased photos by students Maddie Alexander, Antonio Giacchetti and Tess Siskay to represent the works of Janet and her classmates.

Kim’s Convenience is receiving praise for being Canada’s first TV sitcom led by Asian actors and for addressing social and intergenerational issues with humour and sensitivity.

The series runs on Tuesday evenings on CBC TV and can be watched online.


Tuesday, July 19, 2016 - 4:00am

The cast and crew of the upcoming series Kim's Convenience will be filming at OCAD University on Tuesday, July 19 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Most of the scenes take place in Butterfield Park and on McCaul St., with additional spaces reserved in the auditorium and Lambert Lounge. 

Campus Security will be on site at all times. You will be permitted to enter and exit the building throughout the filming period. 



Continuing Associate Professor, Geoffrey Shea directed one of the series: Artland, shown on AKIMBO TV

Artland 2_Still frame of Sessional Instructor Emily Cook
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 4:00am

Akimbo recently started an online video service called AkimboTV. Continuing Associate Professor, Geoffrey Shea directed one of the series: Artland. The newest release features OCAD U Sessional Instructor, Emily Cook and recent alumni, Flora Chum and Heather Nicol.  Other episodes have featured OCAD U alumna Christina Zeidler among others.


OCAD U speaks out about new PC Logo

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 6:45pm

Graphic Design Faculty member David Thorne can be seen on CBC TV commenting on the new PC Logo. (20min 20sec).

Also commenting, on the new PC Logo is Sheila Sampath; Derwyn Goodall at

Amazing Race Canada finalist Brent Sweeney talks graphic design

Amazing Race Canada finalist Brent Sweeney talks about studying graphic design at OCAD University, and shows off some of his recent work. 

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Materials Reimagined in Special Effects

Poster with an image of a man in profile
Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 5:00pm

Laird McMurray is the president of Laird FX, which is a specialty prototype design company, who engineers and manufactures devices and special effects for film, television, commercial, theatre and live events.

Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Room 530

Digital Futures Initiative lauded for TVO training program

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 - 4:30pm

The Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) honoured OCAD U for outstanding training programs and products at the 2014 CSTD Conference and Trade Show in Toronto on November 14.

The award was given to the Digital Futures Initiative for its partnership with TVO to offer a training and certification package to TVO’s digital media content creators. This training builds on TVO’s success and impact as a digital media organization through its apps, podcasts, and video streams on YouTube and TVO’s websites.

“The 2014 winners each presented a unique and revolutionary approach to adult learning. By combining the technological innovations of the future with the latest in workplace learning and solutions, these organizations have set a new and exciting standard,” said Rob Pearson, Ph.D., President of CSTD.

Established in 1946, The Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD) is Canada’s professional association focused on learning in the workplace.

The Digital Futures Initiative is a collection of research laboratories, graduate and undergraduate programs that sit at the cutting edge of creative digital technology and industries.





Let's Talk TV

Monday, December 2, 2013 - 9:00pm

Hosted by Blue Ant Media at OCAD University

The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) recently launched A Conversation with Canadians about the future of television in Canada. Join us for a frank, open, no holds barred conversation about what, where, when and on what platforms you choose for your television viewing.

Your views and opinions will help shape the Canadian television system in the next few years.

This conversation is being moderated by Rita Cugini, the former CRTC Commissioner for Ontario.

Refreshments will be served.

Please register your participation at


Please register

Venue & Address: 
Suite 7401, 4th Floor 205 Richmond Street West Toronto, Ontario