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OCAD U to host Futures Literacy Lab

OCAD U SFI students
Monday, June 17, 2019 - 11:15am

OCAD University is hosting an event to celebrate the outcomes of UNESCO’s Futures Literacy Lab, June 27 to 29, 2019 at its waterfront campus (130 Queens Quay East). The event will feature the work of students, faculty and community members, looking to uncover our biases towards the future.

The event will include an exhibition by students from OCAD U’s Masters of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation (SFI) program. Launched in 2009, students have been making their mark in the community ever since, as change makers, innovators and entrepreneurs, bringing the unique combination of systems thinking, foresight and design to a variety of challenges.

Students, graduates and alumni of the SFI program will be on hand to host walk-throughs, demonstrate and speak to their work in the following areas: experiential futures, system maps and synthesis maps, group projects on social challenges, design games and workshops and major research projects.


Thursday, June 27, 2019

  • 5 to 6:30 p.m.: Executive Workshop with special guest Riel Miller from UNESCO, on Transforming Futures and the Future Literacy Lab.
    • This portion will have limited spaces, first come first served.
  • 6:30 to 7:00 p.m.: Gather and network.
    • There will be a cash bar and opportunity to meet current and former SFI members, as well as other members of the community.
  • 7 to 8:00 p.m.: Guided walkthrough and demonstration of Experiential Futures displays.
    • Guides will help immerse you in pockets of the future they have created.
  • 8 to 10:00 p.m.: Mingle, network, and view.
    • Enjoy our cash bar, light snacks and see the work that our students, graduates and alumni have to offer.

Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29: displays may be viewed noon to 6 p.m.

Tickets for June 27 event:

  • $100 for the evening, including a complimentary beverage (free of charge for friends and family of OCAD U SFI students, OCAD U students and faculty)
    • Additional $50 for the Executive Workshop (5 to 6:30 p.m.).
    • RSVP at Michele Mastroeni, Graduate Program Director MDes in Strategic Foresight and Innovation.

Friday and Saturday displays: free of charge.

Location: OCAD U Co, 130 Queens Quay East, East Tower, Floor 4R, Toronto, ON

Sha Hwang, in conversation

Sha Hwang
Wednesday, June 19, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Sha is the COO and a co-founder of Nava, a public benefit corporation formed during efforts to help fix Nava partners with government agencies to improve critical public services, and now works across several projects in the US on programs including Medicare, Medicaid, Veterans Affairs, and SNAP. Pairing a strong service design and user research centered approach with rigorous experience in building scalable and resilient public infrastructure, Nava has helped tens of millions of people enroll in and manage their benefits, streamlined processes to save decades of labour years, and saved government agencies hundreds of millions of dollars.

An architect by training and an entrepreneur by accident, previous to co-founding Nava Sha worked for clients including the New York Times, Harvard's Library Lab, CNN, Flickr, and Adobe. A frequent speaker, Sha has spoken at events and institutions around the world including the Eyeo Festival, Webstock, The Conference, Visualized, and the White House Datapalooza.

The event is co-presented by the Digital Futures Graduate Program at OCADU and Civic Hall Toronto

Please contact Josh Paglione ( if you require any accomodations.

Thanks to our community partners:



Venue & Address: 
100 McCaul St. Room 190

OCAD U students win five Futurist awards

l-r: Jaime Rivera, Neil Botelho, Bo Louie, Nadia Abuseif and Silva Nercessian
Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 11:30am

OCAD University congratulates its graduate Strategic Foresight and Innovation students with winning five awards presented by The Association of Professional Futurists (APF) for their outstanding work! The APF is a global community of futurists, dedicated to promoting professional excellence and demonstrating the value of strategic foresight and futures studies for their clients and/ or employers.

The APF developed the competition to recognize exceptional work by students in future studies. The 2019 Student Recognition Award winners include: 

  • Rachelle Bugeaud – 2nd Place Masters Individual Awards
  • Lindsay Clarke, Jessica Thornton, Ayana Webb – 1st Place Masters Group Awards
  • Kate Gaffigan, Lucy Gao, Maryam Mohamedali, Ali Shamaee – 2nd Place Masters Group Awards
  • Jenny Hwang, Nicole Norris, Tamara Daniel, Lisa Hart, Christine Martin - 3rd Place Masters Group Awards
  • Nadia Abuseif, Neil Botelho, Silva Nercessian, Jaime Rivera, Bo Louie Sui – 1st Place Masters Alternative Media Group Awards

OCAD U's Strategic Foresight and Innovation program (MDes) develops students’ expertise in foresight, research and innovation methodologies, enabling them to acquire sufficient contextual knowledge to develop intelligent, innovative, visionary and future-enhancing solutions in their culminating projects.

Publishing our way into a thriving discipline – Recent publications in Systemic Design

Wednesday, May 29, 2019 - 6:30am

Peter’s editorial titled The Systemic Turn: Leverage for World Changing, served as the theme for the articles comprising the issue.  The issue featured five articles from RSD5 authors, including Jones and Jeremy Bowes’ Rendering Systems Visible for Design: Synthesis Maps as Constructivist Design Narratives. All articles are available free for download at


Peter also edited a second RSD symposium collection, a Springer book in the Translational Systems Science series, one of the series edited by Dr. Kyoichi Kijima of Tokyo Institute of Technology. The book Systemic Design: Theory, Methods and Practice, comprises 10 chapters from the top-selected papers from the RSD4 Symposium, the 2015 RSD conference in Banff. As with the She Ji issue, the chapters were developed in close collaboration with authors form the emerging systemic design community, and were also rigorously peer-reviewed. One of the chief differences in the book collection is that the chapters are widely ranging in length, with some chapters at nearly 50 or 70 pages long. As Springer books are not open access (See the volume at ) please contact Peter Jones if interested in the articles.


The RSD8 Symposium is being held this year at IIT / Institute of Design in Chicago, October 17-19, in the new facilities at ID. SFI students and alumnae have already contributed and are expected to continue to make a strong showing at this continuing program, as it develops from emergence to excellence, as demonstrated in these continuing publication projects now following each conference. See for registration (soon) and to submit synthesis maps or posters (the call for papers is closed, but poster sessions will be open through June 14.

Congratulations to the GradEx 104 Medal Winners!

GradEx MEda Winners
Wednesday, May 15, 2019 - 2:15pm

The creative works of over 800 emerging artists were showcased at the 104th annual GradEx. During opening night festivities, OCAD U Medal Winners were honoured by all attendees, including their families and friends. Congratulations goes out to all exhibitors on a successful show and to the winners of the OCAD U Medal and President's Awards:


Graduate Medal Winners: 

Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design – Philip Sparks

Digital Futures – Kylie Caraway

Strategic Foresight and Innovation – Rachelle Bugeaud

Inclusive Design – Uttara Ghodke

Criticism & Curatorial Practice – Panya Clark Espinal

Contemporary Art, Design and New Media Art Histories – Katherine Walker

Design for Health – Molly McGovern

Artist Talk: Anouk Wipprecht, FASHIONTECH: Rethinking Fashion in the Age of Digitalisation

Thursday, May 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

Dutch FashionTech designer Anouk Wipprecht creates designs ahead of her time; combining the latest in science and technology to make fashion an experience that transcends mere appearances. She wants her garments to facilitate and augment the interactions we have with ourselves and our surroundings. Her Spider Dress is a perfect example of this aesthetic, where sensors and moveable arms on the dress help to create a more defined boundary of personal space while employing a fierce style. Partnering up with companies such as Intel, AutoDesk, Google, Arduino, Microsoft, Samsung, Adobe, Adidas, Cirque Du Soleil, Audi, Disney, Swarovski, and 3D printing company Shapeways she researches how our future would look as we continue to embed technology into what we wear, and more importantly – how this will change our perspective on how we will interface with technology.

Lecture will be followed by a short Question and Answer.

Presented by the Digital Futures Graduate Program and the Consulate General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Venue & Address: 
Room 322 (3rd Floor) at 230 Richmond St. W. Toronto, M5V 1V3
The 3D printed Spider Dress by Anouk Wipprecht [Source: Anouk Wipprecht]

Winner of the OCAD U 3MT Three Minute Thesis competion announced !

Uttara Ghodke
Wednesday, April 3, 2019 - 5:00pm

On April 2nd 2019, four OCAD U Graduate students presented their research in three minutes or less, competing for the top prize in this year’s Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition. After long and thoughtful deliberation, our panel of guest judges declared the winners:

1st Place $750 Winner: Uttara Ghodke
Inclusive Design

The Cross-Sensory Globe: Co-designing a 3D Audio-Tactile Globe Prototype for Blind and Low-Vision Users to Learn Geography

2nd Place $300 Winner: Alana Boltwood
Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Making and using large models of complex systems: The Poverty Reduction Model

People’s Choice: $100 Winer: Uttara Ghodke

Uttara Ghodke will go on to represent OCAD U at the 2019 Provincial Finals 3MT Competition at McMaster University on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019. Uttara will receive $850 and travel support to attend the provincial finals.

Honourable mentions to all of the OCAD U 3MT competitors:

Jad Rabbaa
Digital Futures

MRsive: Enhancing Navigation and Engagement in Museums

Yiyi Shao
Digital Futures

RABBOT - Exploring Shared Awareness in Virtual Reality

Many thanks to our panel of judges:

Richard Fung
David McIntosh
Suzanne Morrissette

And many thanks to Dean Ashok Mathur and David Bateman

Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition @ OCAD U - APPLY NOW!

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 - 1:00pm

Three Minute Thesis (3MT™) is a research communication competition which challenges graduate students to present a compelling oration on their thesis (or major research project) and its significance in just three minutes in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. 3MT is an exercise in consolidating and clarifying research discoveries in a clear and compact manner.

OCAD University’s 3MT competition is an excellent opportunity for the OCAD U community to hear about the dynamic work of graduate students at OCAD U. Students will present concise summations of the research they are conducting for their thesis or MRP and how they are pushing the limits of traditional art, design and academia.

The competition will start at 1PM on Tuesday, April 2nd 2019 in Room 322 at 230 Richmond St. W. The top presenter will also represent OCAD University at the third annual, province-wide 3MT™ competition on Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. We hope to see you then!

1st Place: $750

2nd Place: $500

People’s Choice: $100

 APPLY NOW ---> Download application form here

For competition rules, eligibility, judging criteria & prizing ---> Download pamphlet here

Want to watch ? Join us as an audience member and cheer on your colleagues !

Venue & Address: 
Room 322 at 230 Richmond St. W.
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CCP & CADN Speaker’s Series Event – Jenn Goodwin, February 26th

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm

Jenn Goodwin: Tender SkeletonsBrandy Leary inEphemeral Artifacts.Part ofall our days are full of breath: a record of momentum,curated by Jenn Goodwin at The Art Museum, 2017.Photo: Henry Chan

Jenn Goodwin is a curator, producer, dance artist, and filmmaker.She has worked with Toronto’sNuit Blanchesince its inception in 2006 as a producer and programmer, and has curated performances and exhibitions for the Art Bank, Summerworks Festival, The Drake Hotel, and Harbourfront Centre. Over the past 20 years her dance work and short films have been shown across Canada and internationally from St. John’s Newfoundland, The Canada Dance Festival in Ottawa, Tangente and Studio 303 in Montreal, The Next Wave in Melbourne, Australia, Brussels, Amsterdam, New York City, Vancouver and extensively in Toronto. Goodwin is onehalf of the art bandMORTIFIEDwith Camilla Singh, a band that uses choreography, drum kits, tap dancing, and cheerleading as its instruments. She has written for theCanadian Theatre Review,Journal for Curatorial StudiesandThe Dance Current.She is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies-Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto.

This talk is part of Amish’s Morrell’s CCP graduate Seminar, CRCP6009: Inside Curatorial Practice.

Venue & Address: 
Room 514, 205 Richmond St. West

2019 CADN Graduate Student Conference – Networks of Experience: Art and (Dis)Embodiment

Friday, March 15, 2019 - 6:00pm

Conference concept:

Any encounter between an audience and a work of art is experiential. Beyond this universal dimension, much of contemporary art asks more of its viewers than just viewing.
This conference invites investigations of experience in contemporary art, across its various embodied practices: artists’ lived/personal experience as embodied in their art; the experiences of spectators and audiences; and experience as cultural legacy/history, including experiences of colonialism and decolonization.


March 15
Dr. Erin Manning, Nestingpatching 6:00 – 7:30 pm
Auditorium 190, 100 McCaul Street

Erin Manning is a professor in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University (Montreal, Canada). She is also the founder of SenseLab (, a laboratory that explores the intersections between art practice and philosophy through the matrix of the sensing body in movement.
In this talk I bring into relation two practices – Helio Oiticica’s Nests and SenseLab’s schizoanalytic work on the material practice of thresholding. Thinking-with Laura Harris’s work on an aesthetic sociality of blackness, I explore the aesthetic yield in practices that foreground emergent collectivity. With the specter of a pragmatics of the useless always in the offing, I explore the artful potential of processes that orient toward an approxima-tion of proximity and compose with the minor socialities that come alive at this interstice.


March 16
9:15 am – 5:15 pm
Auditorium 190, 100 McCaul Street Refreshments and lunch provided

Closing reception & art exhibition:

5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Open Space Gallery, 49 McCaul Street





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Venue & Address: 
OCAD University 100 McCaul St.
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