We will build a robust scholarship and bursary program to attract and support the BEST and the BRIGHTEST, regardless of their economic status, from recruitment through to graduation.

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    With your help, we will ATTRACT and RETAIN the most innovative thinkers and makers in art, design, and media, providing new funds for research, inquiry and practice.

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    Together, we will build on our unique studio-based educational model. Your support will fund EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING and enriched academic programs.

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    We will invest in EXISTING FACILITIES and construct NEW BUILDINGS to support the work of the university

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Campaign Cabinet members

Campaign Cabinet Helen Kearns

Helen Kearns

President & CEO, Bell Kearns & Associate Ltd.

Helen M. Kearns is a leader in capital markets in Canada with more than 30 years experience as a senior executive and entrepreneur in the investment industry, as well as a corporate director. She was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Kearns & Associates Ltd. in February 2008. Bell Kearns & Associates provides extensive investment advisory services to families, corporations, estates and foundations on total portfolio governance, portfolio construction and performance measurement.

Previously Kearns was President of NASDAQ Canada (2001 to 2004) and an officer of NASDAQ Inc., the world’s largest electronic stock market. She worked at Richardson Greenshields of Canada Limited from 1980 to 1995, during which time she had roles of increasing responsibility. As Head of Institutional Sales and Trading, which included a seat on the executive committee, Kearns oversaw institutional equity sales and trading activities (both in North America and abroad) as well as managed liability trading and offered capital markets insight into underwriting.

Peter Milligan

Peter Milligan

Associate Counsel, Miller Thomson

Peter Milligan is an Associate Counsel at Miller Thomson and a passionate and long time advocate for Canadian art. He is both an art collector and an ardent supporter of a number of initiatives that enhance the art community in Toronto. Peter serves on the cabinet for the capital campaign for Casey House, is an active member of OCAD University’s Onsite [at] OCAD U Professional Gallery advisory board, the President’s Advisory Council and OCAD University’s Ignite Imagination campaign.

Since its inception, Peter has been a generous patron of Project 31, OCAD U’s signature fundraising auction, where his love for Canadian contemporary art and his desire to encourage creative people to create have come together in one initiative.

Peter’s wife Dorene Macaulay Milligan is both an OCAD U alumna and an artist. Both Peter and Dorene have been deeply involved with the University since 2003. As supporters of OCAD University, Peter and Dorene have directed their giving to the Onsite [at] OCAD University Professional Gallery.

Campaign Cabinet Mark Robert

Mark Robert

As Co-Founder and Managing Partner of The Carlu Corporation Limited, Mark Robert restored and operated The Carlu, a premiere special events venue in Toronto. Prior to The Carlu, he was Chief Operating Officer at The Art Vault Limited, a publicly traded global e-commerce internet art site. Earlier in his career, he spent a decade in commercial real estate, most notably with the Cadillac Fairview Corporation Limited. He has been actively involved in numerous charitable and cultural organizations, as a board member for Heritage Toronto and “C” International Contemporary Arts Foundation, and as Co-Chair of Art with Heart, the primary fundraiser for Casey House. Robert was also selected to be on the Leadership Team for the creation of Toronto’s Creative City Strategy, which became a guiding document for Toronto’s economic development plan.

Leslie Gales

Chair, Ignite Imagination Campaign
Board of Governors - Jaime Watt

Jaime Watt

Chair, Board of Governors

Jaime Watt is the Executive Chairman of Navigator Ltd. He specializes in complex public strategy issues, serving both domestic and international clients in the corporate, professional services, not-for-profit, and government sectors.

He is a trusted advisor to business leaders as well as political leaders at all three levels of government across Canada. Jaime has led ground-breaking election campaigns that have transformed politics because of their boldness and creativity.‬‬‬

‪Jaime is immediate past president of the Albany Club, Canada’s oldest political club. He also serves on the boards of many other organizations including the Canada Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C., St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation in Toronto, the Stratford Festival and Toronto’s Harbourfront Centre. As well, he chairs the Capital Campaign for Casey House, Canada’s pioneer AIDS hospice, and is past president of the Canadian Club of Toronto, Canada’s oldest podium of record. ‬‬‬

Deeply involved with efforts to promote equality and human rights issues, he was the inaugural recipient of Egale’s Lifetime Achievement Award and has been awarded the Queen’s Golden and Diamond Jubilee medals for service to the community. He recently received Out on Bay Street’s Leader to be Proud of Award. Jaime has been elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, is a Toronto Heritage Companion, and was recently named one of Toronto’s most influential citizens.

‪A highly regarded speaker, Jaime appears often as a public affairs commentator in the media. He is a regular contributor to the CBC, and appears on its flagship news program The National with Peter Mansbridge.‬‬‬

Board of Governors - Salah Bachir

Salah Bachir


A successful entrepreneur, Salah Bachir began his career in publishing, and is currently president of Cineplex Media. An avid art collector, Salah’s diverse collection features many works by Canadian artists and as a patron of the arts, he has supported numerous cultural events, organizations and programs. He is a champion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) community and has devoted his support to another signature issue – healthcare. He has raised millions of dollars for hospitals in Toronto and has been recognized for his work on behalf of local and international charities. Salah became Chancellor of OCAD University in June 2017.