OCAD University

OCAD University appoints Catherine (Kiki) Delaney

as new Chancellor

Arts & Business Leader to Represent OCAD University Through Exciting Era of Transformation

(Toronto—June 2, 2011) OCAD University (formerly the Ontario College of Art & Design) is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine (Kiki) Delaney as the University’s new Chancellor, effective June 2, 2011.

Delaney is OCAD U’s third Chancellor, succeeding The Honourable James K. Bartleman, and OCAD U’s first Chancellor, Rosalie Sharp.

“We are pleased and excited to announce Kiki Delaney as Chancellor of OCAD U in this new phase of the University’s evolution,” said OCAD U President, Dr. Sara Diamond. “A success in many fields, Kiki Delaney’s leadership transcends any one sector. For me, her appointment is a tangible articulation of the critical place that OCAD U occupies at the nexus of art, design, entrepreneurship and business innovation. I look forward to working with her to advance our strategic objectives and further OCAD U’s exciting growth and record of accomplishment.”

OCAD U Board of Governors Chair Robert Montgomery added, “Kiki Delaney has been and remains an unbridled success in the world of finance, an exceptional volunteer, a tireless advocate for the arts & culture sector and an outstanding mentor – we welcome her leadership, her intellect and compassion, and we take pride her profile and reputation. She is the right Chancellor at the right time. I welcome her to OCAD U and look forward to working with her.”

OCAD University Chancellor Address from OCAD University on Vimeo.

As the titular head of the university, the Chancellor presides at convocation and confers degrees, and is an honorary member of the Board of Governors and of the President’s Advisory Council. The Chancellor acts as an ambassador on behalf of the institution and works closely with the President in developing resource capacity and outreach activity.

“OCAD U has a history of exceptional imagination and creativity, with a legacy all Canadians take pride in,” Delaney said. “Today, the University is in the midst of an exciting transformation – a renaissance of creative adventure and academic exploration. OCAD U is also driving an unprecedented entrepreneurialism – a manifestation of the crucial role the school is forging at the heart of the new creative economy – where art, design, business and investment meet to ignite opportunity. I am proud and excited to be joining Canada’s University of the Imagination.”

Catherine (Kiki) A. Delaney CM LLD

Kiki Delaney's career in the investment business began over 35 years ago in Winnipeg.

While working as a sales assistant at Merrill Lynch in Winnipeg, Kiki discovered her love of research. She moved to Toronto to join the research department of a small mutual fund company. Shortly afterward, the firm was acquired by Guardian Capital Group. Kiki worked her way from research assistant, to analyst, to portfolio manager, and then to executive vice president at Guardian Investment Counsel. In 1985, Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc. invited Kiki to join their firm as a partner and executive vice president.

Kiki fulfilled a long-held goal in 1992 when she founded C.A. Delaney Capital Management Ltd., an investment counselling firm. From the outset, her priority has been to establish a cohesive and stimulating environment that is conducive to providing private wealth clients with outstanding returns and attentive service.

Since its inception, Delaney Capital Management has become one of the leading investment counselling firms in Canada and one of the most recognized firms in capital markets in this country. Delaney Capital Management is highly regarded in the field of private client money management. The firm is equally well respected for the calibre of its research and the quality of its people. The company’s investment performance is impressive. Its strong client focus continues to be among the leading factors of the firm's success. Delaney Capital Management has grown and expanded over the years and today employs 18 people and manages over $1.8 billion on behalf of individuals and institutions.

Kiki is a past director of the Toronto Society of Financial Analysts. In addition, she is a past president of The Ticker Club, one of the least known but most prestigious investment organizations in Canada. The Ticker Club’s first meeting was in 1929 and, in 2001 Kiki Delaney was elected its second female president.

Currently, Kiki serves on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Sick Children and the Finance Committee of the Art Gallery of Ontario. She is chair of the Investment and Pension Committee at the Hospital for Sick Children and co-chair of smART Women for the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Endowment Campaign for the Canadian Women's Foundation. In addition, she is a member of the Leadership Council of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.

For more information about Chancellor Delaney, please download her complete biography and CV (PDF).

About OCAD University (OCAD U):

OCAD University (www.ocad.ca) is Canada’s “University of the Imagination.” The University is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.

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