OCAD University Alumni of Influence Awards

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Message from President Dr. Sara Diamond

Alumni hold a very special value for institutions. Their careers and their creativity are both symbols and material expressions of OCAD University. They create an aura that touches us. They are keepers of institutional memory.  They are role models for generations that follow. They are literally our teachers – many alumni have returned as faculty or staff, at some point in their careers. They reconnect – providing jobs to new graduates, and mentorship.  They are our best advisors, as we grow our infrastructure, bursaries and scholarships, and better support for our programs, we look to then for insights, leadership and financial support, if they are able.

The inaugural Alumni of Influence Awards, generously sponsored by TD Insurance, saw over 130 guests come to OCAD U in May 2015 to recognize five exceptional alumni who have made an impact across a wide range of fields and pursuits. From landscape painting, to higher education, interior design to illustration and photojournalism to Aboriginal art and culture, each of the 2015 recipients inspires us and we are so very proud to have been able to publically celebrate their achievements, and launch a new annual tradition.

Save the Date!
The 2016 Alumni of Influence Awards ceremony and reception will take place Saturday, November 12 in the Great Hall at 100 McCaul Street, Toronto. Gather with other alumni and students to celebrate our five 2016 recipients, and enjoy live music, refreshments, and a special photography exhibit.

Dr. Sara Diamond
President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University

Photo of President Sara Diamond