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OCAD presents Honorary Doctorates to George D. Butterfield and Bill Buxton

(Toronto—June 11, 2007)
On Thursday, June 14, 2007, the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) holds its 2007 Spring Convocation at Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. OCAD is pleased to announce its 2007 Honorary Doctorate recipients, philanthropist George D. Butterfield and Principal Researcher for Microsoft Research, Bill Buxton. The university recognizes these individuals who, over the course of their careers, have made and are making significant contributions to the arts and to education. These distinguished Canadians will be presented with their honours at Spring Convocation at approximately 2:30 pm.

George D. Butterfield
In 1966, George D. Butterfield co-founded the highly successful Butterfield & Robinson travel business, which specializes in one-of-a-kind biking and walking tours in countries all over the world. A graduate of Osgoode Law School, Butterfield practiced law in Toronto before dedicating himself full time to his business. As Chair of OCAD’s Capital Campaign from 2002 to 2005, Butterfield was integral to the success of the internationally acclaimed Sharp Centre for Design addition to OCAD’s campus. Together with his wife Martha, he is an avid supporter of Canada’s cultural community, with many galleries, museums, artists, literacy programs, human rights organizations, and educational institutions as benefactors of their time, creativity, hard work and financial support. Butterfield was honoured as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2006.

Bill Buxton
Bill Buxton is a designer and a researcher concerned with human aspects of technology. His work reflects a particular interest in the use of technology to support creative activities such as design, film making and music. Buxton's research specialties include technologies, techniques and theories of input to computers, technology mediated human-to-human collaboration, and ubiquitous computing. In 2005, he was appointed Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research. Prior to that, he was Principal of his own Toronto-based boutique design and consulting firm, Buxton Design, and taught as an Instructor in OCAD’s Industrial Design program. As well, he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto, where he continues to work with graduate students.

In 1995, Buxton was chosen as the Canadian Human-Computer Communications Society Award recipient for contributions to research in computer graphics and human-computer interaction, and was given the New Media Visionary of the Year Award at the 2000 Canadian New Media Awards. In 2001, The Hollywood Reporter named him one of the 10 most influential innovators in Hollywood and, in 2002, he was elected to the Computer-Human Interaction (CHI) Academy, the highest recognition of advancement in the field of computer-human interaction, and Time Magazine named him one of the top 5 designers in Canada.

OCAD’s Spring Convocation
More than 660 graduates, the largest class ever to graduate from OCAD, will be recognized and celebrated for completing their diplomas or Bachelor of Fine Art and Bachelor of Design degrees. Medals will be presented to a graduate for each program. This year’s recipients are:

Amanda Tamul (Criticism & Curatorial Practice)
John Shipman (Integrated Media)
Kaitlin Wilson (Photography)
Katherine Dynes (Printmaking)
Lisa Young Kutsukake (Sculpture/Installation)
Elizabeth Pead (Drawing & Painting)
Amy Leung (Advertising)
Karen von Ompteda (Graphic Design)
Shea Chang (Illustration)
You-Been Kim (Environmental Design)
John Ryan-Lipp (Industrial Design)
Margaret Lim (Material Art & Design)

In addition, Graphic Design graduate Karin von Ompteda will receive the Governor General’s Academic Medal, awarded annually to the undergraduate who achieves the highest academic standing upon graduation from a bachelor degree program. Scholarships and awards will also be presented. For a complete list of this year’s winners, visit www.ocad.ca.

OCAD Spring Convocation
Thursday, June 14, 2006, 1:30 pm (speeches at approximately 2:30 pm)
Roy Thomson Hall, 60 Simcoe Street, Toronto

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