Canadian university presidents to gather at OCAD

to discuss cultural sector education and research

TORONTO, December 3, 2008—Canadian university presidents will gather next week at the Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) for the Canadian University Presidents’ Initiative in Cultural Sector Education and Research, a summit to strategize on the integration of culture within research and innovation agendas in Canada.

Two keynote speakers — Michael Bloom, Vice-President of Organizational Effectiveness and Learning at the Conference Board of Canada, and Geoffrey Crossick, Warden of Goldsmiths, University of London — will be followed by a series of three panel discussions on culture and innovation. Panel participants include:

  • Ron Burnett, President, Emily Carr University of Art & Design
  • Claude Corbo, President, Université du Québec à Montréal
  • James Fleck, Chair, Business for the Arts
  • Julia Foster, Chair, National Arts Centre Board of Trustees
  • Kenton Low, President, New Media BC
  • Claire McCaughey, Director of Research, Canada Council for the Arts
  • Claire Morris, President and CEO, Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
  • David B. Smith, President, NSCAD University
  • Geneviève Tanguay, Fonds de la recherche en santé du Québec
  • Tom Traves, President, Dalhousie University
  • Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS

This unique gathering of key decision-makers in the arts and cultural industries, senior government officials, Canadian university presidents and industry leaders will discuss how culture and the culture industries are key both to innovation in Canada and to our economic recovery.

WHAT: Canadian University Presidents’ Initiative in Cultural Sector Research and Education

WHEN: December 8–9, 2008 — see Agenda (please note the Agenda is subject to change)

WHERE: Ontario College of Art & Design, Auditorium, Room 190, Level 1, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

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Media Contacts:

Sarah Mulholland, Media & Communications Officer, OCAD
416-977-6000 Ext. 327 (mobile: Ext.1327)


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