Alumni of Influence Awards


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 them for insights, leadership and financial support, if they are able.

It is our great honour and privilege to annually recognize alumni who have risen amongst their peers and made exceptional contributions to their fields in art, design, or new media.

Meet our award winners
2015 Recipients
2016 Recipients

Dr. Sara Diamond
President and Vice Chancellor, OCAD University

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2017 

Nominations for the Alumni of Influence Awards can be made from either within the OCAD University community (alumni, faculty, staff and students) or from the external community.

Deadline: July 7, 2017

The Selection Committee will review the nomination packages and select winners by early July 2017. The award recipients will be notified in July 2017, formally announced to the public in September 2017 and receive their awards at a reception in Toronto in November 2017.

View the 5 award caterories and download the nomination package.