Who We Are

Cary DiPietro

Cary DiPietro, PhD

Associate Director, Teaching and Learning
113 McCaul Street, Level 5
(416) 977-6000, ext: 2661

Before coming to OCAD U in 2013, I taught in higher education at different universities in Canada, England and Japan. In my role as Associate Director, Teaching and Learning, I oversee the FCDC’s curriculum development, quality assurance and educational research portfolios, while providing direction and guidance for the centre’s programs and initiatives.

Travis Freeman

Travis Freeman, MFA

Educational Developer (Technology Enabled Learning)
113 McCaul St, 5th Floor, MCC 501F
(416) 977-6000, ext: 3358

My professional life has been dedicated to education and the arts. After completing my BFA, I taught art in public schools to primary and secondary students. I continued my studies at the University of Minnesota, where I completed an MFA and taught courses in painting and drawing. I came to OCAD U in December 2014 to work in the Office of Continuing Studies, and joined the FCDC in February 2016. At the FCDC, I continue to pursue the idea that art and design can make the world a better place by working on several initiatives to further teaching and learning at OCAD University. I also support faculty in creating online learning experiences for their courses. I encourage you to contact me to discuss your ideas, challenges and goals.

Nadia McLaren

Nadia McLaren

Educational Developer (Indigenous Learning)
113 McCaul St, 5th Floor, MCC 501F
(416) 977-6000, ext: 2787

Nadia is an Anishnaabe whose family roots are in Heron Bay, Pic River located on the North Shore of Lake Superior. She grew up in small towns across Northwestern Ontario and calls Sioux Lookout home. Nadia is a mother of two, a Drawing and Painting graduate of the Ontario College of Art and Design, a published author and is currently finishing a graphic novel entitled, “Ever Good,” which was awarded a grant from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a project of commemoration.

As Educational Developer (Indigenous Learning), Nadia brings deep knowledge and experience in the areas of Indigenous pedagogy, professional development and community engagement to her work. Nadia is an accomplished educator, artist and storyteller with more than 15 years’ experience working in Indigenous educational contexts. She is also the creator (writer/director/producer) of an award-winning documentary, “Muffins for Granny,” (Mongrel Media 2007). This documentary involved extensive research with community Elders and residential school survivors, was the recipient of a prestigious Aboriginal Healing Foundation grant and is part of the esteemed Criterion Collection.

Nadia is very much looking forward to working with the FCDC team - honoured to have returned to OCAD U in this capacity, calling her journey back, “Coming full-circle.”

Natasha Holmes

Natasha Holmes, BA

Program Coordinator
113 McCaul St, 5th Floor, MCC 501D
(416) 977-6000, ext: 2786

As the program coordinator for the FCDC and the WLC, I provide administrative support as well as program coordination for both departments. Working closely with our student staff, I help make sure that our centres are welcoming and helpful. I hold a BA in business management, and I have worked at OCAD U for over five years, starting out in the Office of the Registrar as assistant (information and records). Here at the FCDC, you may find me working with staff members on their events, setting up student feedback on course surveys or working on many administrative processes. My goal is to create administrative processes and procedures that align with both centres' practices, and help streamline projects, events and services effectively and efficiently.