Portrait of Peter Milligan
Philanthropist, lawyer, advocate for Canadian contemporary artists and friend of OCAD U Peter Milligan passed away at age 69. Milligan and his wife Dorene MacAulay Milligan, an OCAD U alumna, were tremendous supporters of the university since 2003.
l-r: Dr. Sara Diamond, Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Dr. Marie Wilson,MPP Chris Glover and Dr. Bob Phillips
Dr. Sara Diamond, President and Vice-Chancellor, OCAD University, welcomed Dr. Marie Wilson as the first keynote speaker in the 2018-2019 President’s Speaker Series. An award-winning journalist and Commissioner of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC), Dr. Wilson discussed the lessons learned from the TRC and how Canadians can chart a way forward in the context of reconciliation.
President Sara Diamond, left, and Dr. Alia Weston (photo courtesy: Toronto Star)
OCAD U is conducting research tied to Sidewalk Labs’ proposal for a “smart city” that would be built on a 12-acre site known as Quayside. In mid-September, ten research grants were made available to faculty members at post-secondary institutions and three of these grants were awarded to OCAD U researchers. The initiative is funded by Sidewalk Labs, Waterfront Toronto and the Toronto Foundation.
Pitch competition winner, Abid Virani, receives prize cheque from Cassels Brock’s Aly Somani. Photo courtesy, Valerie Poon.
OCAD University’s newest entrepreneurs from the Imagination Catalyst squared off at the Cassels Brock Pitch Competition on September 27, competing for $5000 in start-up funding.  Abid Virani, co-founder & COO of Fable Tech Labs, took the top prize, out-pitching their colleagues from OCAD U’s business incubator. 
Ryan Rice, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School with participants. Photo by Martin Iskander.
OCAD U’s Ryan Rice, Associate Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Sciences, School of Interdisciplinary Studies, formerly Delaney Chair, along with The Inuit Art Quarterly/Inuit Art Foundation (IAF), hosted a meet-and-greet with partners of the Inuit Futures in Arts Leadership: The Pilimmaksarniq/Pijariuqsarniq Project.
Couzyn van Heuvelen, Duke Redbird, Sara Diamond, Jaime Watt and Gabriel Rojas Ruska
OCAD University’s historic George Reid House has officially re-opened following a dynamic renovation of the building, including the addition of Indigenous artwork created by Inuk artist Couzyn van Heuvelen.
Opening reception: Imago Mundi — Great and North. Photo: Henry Chan.
More than 300 people attended the opening night of Onsite Gallery’s latest exhibition, Imago Mundi – Great and North. Presented for the first time in Canada, the exhibition includes more than 700 works by artists, writers, designers and architects from across Canada.
King George School
OCAD University is exploring offering classes at a new Hamilton-based community and culture hub. At a recent Hamilton City Council meeting, councillors unanimously approved Ward 3 Councillor Matthew Green’s motion to transform the former King George School into a community hub.