Meet the CEAD Team

Zev Farber

As the founding Director of the CEAD, Zev is an experienced leader and intrapreneur who has spent more than 15 years working in higher education and the arts & culture sector. His background includes professional development, creative technologies, strategic program development & implementation, teaching, fundraising and leading change. Zev is passionate about art and design, highly collaborative teams and creating impact through meaningful outcomes. He holds an MFA in visual art from York University and an undergraduate degree from U of T.

Miles Collyer

In his role with the CEAD, Miles develops and implements programs and services designed to enhance career direction, preparation and success for OCAD U students and recent graduates. Through the work of the Career Development office, he and his colleagues take on ambitious partnerships and supportive opportunities for the benefit of emerging artists, designers and creatives.

Miles is passionate about artist-initiated activities and has served on the Board of Mercer Union, a centre for contemporary art in Toronto and has worked for cultural organizations, including the Toronto Arts Council and Art Metropole. He is a graduate of OCAD U’s Photography program (BFA, 2006) and has earned a Masters of Fine Art, Visual Art, from York University (2015) and a Masters of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business (2015), specializing in Arts, Media and Entertainment Management as well as Social Sector Management.

Alexandra Hong is the CEAD’s Project Officer, Experiential Learning

Alexandra Hong is the CEAD’s Project Officer, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

Alexandra Hong

As the Project Officer, Alexandra works on a variety of initiatives to support programming in the CEAD. Currently, she coordinates Work/Place, a self-initiated experiential learning program for students working on campus, and facilities the Accessing Placements Fund to reduce financial barriers for students in placements. She is also developing creative entrepreneurship initiatives and resources to better support students and alumni.

Her artistic practice is interested in exploring liminal places, questioning ways of gaining knowledge, and creating spaces for dialogue amid harden ideologies. She is a co-founding director of art collective, Madeleine Co., and board member of Bump Television, a public access online television channel. Alexandra’s work has been shown with CBC Arts, Nuit Blanche Toronto, the Ryerson Image Centre, and presented internationally in South Korea, China, and Finland.

Farihah Shah is the CEAD’s Program Coordinator, Experiential Learning Placements

Farihah Shah is the CEAD’s Program Coordinator, Experiential Learning Placements

Farihah Shah

As the Program Coordinator in Experiential Learning, Farihah manages new and existing partnership relations for for-credit placement opportunities and provides guidance and support to students interested in pursuing placements for credit.

She is a contemporary lens-based artist who holds a BHRM from York University and a BFA in Photography with a minor in Integrated Media from OCAD University. Her practice explores issues of racial identity, land and collective memory. She is a member of Gallery 44 and Women Photograph and has been show internationally in North America, Asia and Europe. In addition to her photography practice, she has 5 years of experience as a corporate recruiter.

Zviko Mhakayakora is the CEAD’s Special Projects Coordinator, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

Zviko Mhakayakora is the CEAD’s Special Projects Coordinator, Centre for Emerging Artists & Designers

Zviko Mhakayakora

In Zviko’s role with the CEAD, she coordinates the Design4 and Career Launchers programs. Design4 introduces principles of experiential learning into the realm of paid professional opportunities for upper year students. Career Launchers are developed in partnership with industry, in order to support recent graduates as they launch their professional practices after school. In order to facilitate student and alumni connections, Zviko supports the promotion and ongoing development of OCAD U’s hub on Ten Thousand Coffees and the Alumni Career Stories site.

Zviko is a Zimbabwean Event Planner, Curator and Graphic Designer. Zviko has curated exhibitions and public programming at Harbourfront Centre, OCAD U, Artscape Youngplace, Daniels Spectrum, XPACE Cultural Centre, The Gladstone Hotel and The Drake Hotel Properties and private residences. She holds a BDES in Graphic Design from OCAD University.

Farah Yusuf is the CEAD’s Outreach Coordinator, Career Development

Farah Yusuf is the CEAD’s Outreach Coordinator, Career Development

Farah Yusuf

In her role at the CEAD, Farah coordinates and implements a dynamic suite of programs and services designed to prepare OCAD U students and recent graduates with the professional skills critical to success in the art and design fields. She also develops and maintains ongoing relationships with employers, community agencies and other partners to facilitate recruitment and develop opportunities based on the reciprocal needs of these partners and OCAD U students and alumni.

Farah brings to the CEAD her knowledge of the cultural sector and professional experience in the computer graphics industry. She continues to practice as an independent curator, producing exhibitions for the Textile Museum of Canada, Trinity Square Video, and InterAccess. She has 20 years of experience working as Compositor and 3D Artist in children’s educational TV, motion graphics and interactive/immersive experience design.

Shellie Zhang

Shellie is an artist and arts administrator with a background in artist-run-culture, and arts education. Her portfolio at the CEAD includes managing activities and events hosted in the Centre, the Centre’s front facing communications and programming events that bridge the gap between school and the professional world.

Shellie is invested in supporting emerging voices in creating institutional change and memory. She currently serves on the board and several committees at Gallery 44: Centre for Contemporary Photography. Recent artistic projects include a residency at the AKA Artist-Run in Saskatoon and a commissioned project for the AGO. Shellie’s work has been shown internationally in North America, Europe and Asia.

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