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As part of the gradual safe return to in-person learning, OCAD University is offering a range of on-campus services and facilities, which will return to in-person operations. However, in many cases, virtual and in-person options will be available to continue offering choices and flexibility for students.


As of Saturday, February 12, 2022, the University returned to its regular hours of operation for all campus buildings. 

For weekend studio access students should check details online for individual studio schedules.


Students, faculty and staff can only access the buildings when they are fully vaccinated (or have an exemption). Once OCAD U has received your proof of vaccination or you have been exempted, your OCAD U ID card will be activated, then to access the buildings, you just swipe your ID card.


Designated Eating Areas
These areas will be open according to building operating hours.

  • 100 McCaul St. Room
    Room MCA 544
    Room MCA 271 Café (closed for the week of February 21 due to rehearsals for the Tapestry Opera / OCAD U production)
  • 113 McCaul St.
    Room MCC 530 
  • 205 Richmond St.
    Room RHA 415 

As of Friday, February 4, 2022, students can pick up their ID cards:

51 McCaul St. | In person
Mondays: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • For students and employees who are new to OCAD U, you must upload your photo using the online submission form. 
  • Once you’ve uploaded your photo, please wait at least four business days to pick up your ID card at 51 McCaul St. on the days and times listed above. 
  • Please contact if you have questions.



Open primarily remotely
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


100 McCaul St. Room MCA 665 | In person
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

113 McCaul St. Room MCC 430 | In person
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.



100 McCaul St. Room 341 | In person & virtually
Monday to Friday: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.


51 McCaul St. | In person & virtually
Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

  • In person printing sessions are available via our booking system.
  • Walk-ins are welcome but are limited due to occupancy limits and booked printing sessions. 
  • Online ordering is also available. Pick-up only available during operating hours. 
  • Questions about printing? Contact us via our Teams channel.

Register for your locker at:
51 McCaul St., Level 2 Reception Desk | In person
Mondays: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

  • Lockers are available for rental on campus from February 4, 2022 to May 3, 2022.
  • Valid OCAD U student ID is required. Photocopies or pictures will not be accepted.

100 McCaul St. Various Studio Locations | In person
Please visit the Studios webpage for individual studio schedules and contact information.

Join the Studio Canvas Hub via the link included on each studio page for up-to-date information and resources.



100 McCaul St. Room MCA 121 | In person
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 

  • Tool and equipment loans for students and faculty. 
  • Personal protective equipment and select materials available for sale via Payable.
  • For more information please visit Tool Loans webpage

100 McCaul St. Room MCA 112 | In person & virtually
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m to 4 p.m.


113 McCaul St. Room MCC 215 | In person
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


122 St. Patrick St. Level 1 | In person
Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


FEBRUARY 12, 2022



Beginning on February 12, 2022, graduate and thesis students will be able to work in their designated studios for extended hours (until midnight on weekdays and on Sundays). 

Monday to Friday
100 McCaul St.: 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. 

115 McCaul St.: 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.  
205 Richmond St. W.: 7 a.m. to 12 a.m.  
230 Richmond St W.: 8 a.m. to 12 a.m.  

100 McCaul St.: 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

115 McCaul St.: 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
205 Richmond St. W.: 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.
230 Richmond St W: 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m.

100 McCaul: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

115 McCaul St.: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
205 Richmond St. W.: 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
230 Richmond St W.:12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

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Beginning on February 4, OCAD U returns to a gradual safe return to in-person learning, supported by the provision of on-campus services.
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Winter Closure Dates  

The University will close at the end of the business day on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 and re-open on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, with full closure from Wednesday, December 22, 2021 to Tuesday, January 4, 2022, inclusive. 

Dorothy H. Hoover Library Closed: Effective Monday, December 20, 2021.
University Closed: Wednesday, December 22, 2021 
University Reopening: Wednesday, January 5, 2022. The campus will reopen following the holiday break with some controlled access. More details will be provided in early January regarding the resources and facilities that will be accessible, including the Library.

Winter term classes will begin on Friday, January 28, 2022. Please read the Message from OCAD U President Ana Serrano for important information and dates regarding the delay of instructional activities and classes for the Winter term.

Wishing OCAD U staff, faculty and students a restful winter break and a wonderful 2022!

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The University will close at the end of the business day on Tuesday, December 21, 2021 and re-open on Wednesday, January 5, 2022,
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Photo of the Rosalie Sharp Centre for Design, a building that is a white square with block squares on stilts that are red, blue and yellow.  A bare tree is at the left with snowflakes coming down.

Image caption: The 2021-22 recipients of distinguished research awards are Dr. Gerald McMaster, Dr. Alexis Morris and Professor Ilene Sova.

Three faculty members recognized for outstanding achievements in research

Three faculty members are being recognized for their innovative contributions to research with the presentation of awards that celebrate distinguished and early stage research activities at OCAD University.  

Dr. Gerald McMaster, Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice, is the 2021-22 recipient of the OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. 

This award recognizes faculty members for their outstanding portfolio of research, scholarship and creative activity, and the impact that this activity has had on the broad spectrum of art and design research and practice internationally. The award also recognizes contributions toward undergraduate and graduate research and scholarly training.  

This year, the OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity is being shared by Dr. Alexis Morris, assistant professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and Ilene Sova, assistant professor in the Faculty of Art and Chair of the Ada Slaight Contemporary Drawing and Painting program. 

This award recognizes promising, recently appointed faculty members for their outstanding promise to be distinguished researchers, scholars, artists and designers within a university context. 

OCAD University Award for Distinguished Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity 

Dr. Gerald McMaster

Dr. Gerald McMaster is a curator, artist and Canada Research Chair (Tier I) of Indigenous Visual Culture and Curatorial Practice. He is also a professor in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and director of the Wapatah: Centre for Indigenous Visual Knowledge at OCAD University.  

With more than 40 years of working internationally in contemporary art, critical theory, museology and Indigenous aesthetics, Dr. McMaster has worked at institutions that include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian and the Canadian Museum of Civilization.  

He was selected as the Canadian curator to the 1995 Venice Biennale and 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale. He served as the Canadian Commissioner to the 2010 Biennale of Sydney and the Artistic Director to the 18th Biennale of Sydney in 2012. His most recent book is entitled Iljuwas Bill Reid: Life & Work for Art Canada Institute (2020). Dr. McMaster is a nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) and a citizen of the Siksika Nation.  

OCAD University Award for Excellence in Early Stage Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity 

Dr. Alexis Morris

Dr. Alexis Morris is the Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in the Internet of Things and the director of the Adaptive Context Environments (ACE) Lab. His research transforms the way we interact with information, each other and the world by interweaving mixed reality and artificial intelligence.  

Dr. Morris is currently leading the talented ACE Lab team of OCAD U students, local researchers and collaborators in the design of mixed reality human-computer interfaces for the Internet of Things – one of the pillars of exponential change connecting our physical and informational worlds.  

An interdisciplinary computer scientist and a passionate techno-optimist, Dr. Morris hails from the Caribbean (Bahamas) and brings an eclectic international background and expertise in computer science to the OCAD University community. 

Ilene Sova

Professor Ilene Sova is the Ada Slaight Chair of Contemporary Drawing and Painting in the Faculty of Art at OCAD U. She identifies as mixed race, with white settler, Afro-Caribbean and Black Seminole ancestry. She is also an artist who lives with the disability of epilepsy.  
She passionately identifies with the tenets of intersectional feminism and has dedicated her creative career to art and activism. Sova is also the founder of the Feminist Art Collective and Blank Canvases, an in-school creative arts program for elementary school students.  

With extensive solo and group exhibitions in Canada and abroad, Professor Sova’s work has been most notably shown at the Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, the Department of Canadian Heritage and Mutuo Centro de Arte in Barcelona.  

In her academic career, Professor Sova has trained educators on diversity and equity in the arts at the Art Gallery of Ontario and Harbourfront Centre. She also presented on decolonizing art curriculum with her colleague Nadia McLaren at Pratt University, the University of the Bahamas and the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design conference. In 2020, she was lauded in the national press for her development of a third-year studio cross-disciplinary course entitled COVID-19 Responsive Art. 

News Summary
The 2021-22 recipients of distinguished research awards are Dr. Gerald McMaster, Dr. Alexis Morris and Professor Ilene Sova.
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3 portraits of OCAD U faculty members from left to right, Dr. Gerald McMaster, Dr. Alexis Morris and Professor Ilene Sova.

Image: Photograph of David Blackwood by Stephen Amini via

OCAD U printmaker famed for visualizing Newfoundland has passed away

World-renowned artist, teacher and Newfoundlander David Blackwood passed away on Saturday, July 2, 2022 at the age of 80. Blackwood studied at OCAD University (then Ontario College of Art) and after graduating in 1963, went on to become a leading figure visualizing life on the coast and sea in Newfoundland.

Born in 1941 in a small coastal community called Wesleyville, in Newfoundland and Labrador, Blackwood was raised among master mariners who inspired his work throughout his career. He lived much of his life in Port Hope, Ontario while maintaining a studio on the east coast.  

A talented artist from a young age, Blackwood was awarded a Government of Newfoundland Centennial scholarship to train at the Ontario College of Art.  

He is recognized for his blue-black etchings and prints, which portray scenes from outport life, shipwrecks icebergs, whales and men at sea, all depicted with haunting shadows and contrasting bright light. He also created paintings, drawings and woodcuts throughout his illustrious career. 

At 23 his work was exhibited at the National Gallery in Canada’s capital. Emma Butler Gallery, which opened in 1987 featuring Blackwood’s work, exhibited his creative output for much of his career. The Newfoundland-based gallery currently has Blackwood’s works on view, specifically watercolour paintings from 2020 to 2022 and etchings from 1993 to 2021.  

Blackwood's work has been exhibited internationally, with over 90 solo shows, and two major retrospective exhibitions. His work is featured in almost every major public gallery and collection across Canada, from the The Rooms Provincial Art Gallery to the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy, and even in the Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. In 2000, the Art Gallery of Ontario created the Blackwood Research Centre based around a major collection of his works. 

His most recognizable body of work is a series of prints made in the 1960s and 1970s, titled The Lost Party, which details the 1914 Newfoundland sealing disaster with harrowing scenes of sealers in boats. With over 50 etchings in the series, it remains one of the largest thematically linked series of prints in Canadian history, according to the CBC

He was the subject of the 1976 National Film Board documentary Blackwood, in which the artist himself guides viewers through a step-by-step explanation of the etching process. Scenes of his hometown, examples of his own work and vivid tales of an old mariner recall the tragic seal hunts and a way of life that has now vanished. The short film was nominated for an Academy Award.

Blackwood has been honoured with several awards including the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario.

News Summary
David Blackwood graduated from Ontario College of Art in 1963 and depicted Canada’s East Coast.
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Image: Faculty of Design Dean Dr. Dori Tunstall presents Professor Emerit Avi Dunkelman with the Emerit designation at OCAD University's 2022 Convocation Ceremony. They are joined on stage with Chancellor Jaime Watt and President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano. 

OCAD U honours faculty for their long service and dedication

OCAD University celebrated its faculty members at a virtual appreciation event on June 24 that honoured long-serving professors, retiring scholars and academic administrators who have completed their terms. 

“I want to thank you all for your incredible work, creativity, flexibility and commitment over the past year – it has continued to be a challenge with the ongoing pandemic, but as a community, you came together to ensure our students received engaging and enriching learning opportunities.,” President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano expressed at the beginning of the event. 

Gratitude to academic administrators completing their terms 

The festivities included an acknowledgement of the academic administrators who will be finishing their terms.  
“These faculty members are integral to the running of the University and to student success. I appreciate their contribution and for leading our colleagues through the uncertainties of a second academic year characterized by the pandemic,” said Vice-President, Academic and Provost Dr. Caroline Langill. 
The following faculty members were thanked for their service:

Faculty of Art 
Jason Baerg, Acting Chair, Sculpture and Installation and Integrated Media 
Judith Doyle, Chair, First Year Experience 
Dr. Jana Macalik, Acting Associate Dean, Academic Affairs 
Wrik Mead and Veronika Szkudlarek, Co-Chairs Experimental Animation 
Dr. Dot Tuer, Interim Chair, Criticism & Curatorial Practice 

Faculty of Design 
Dr. Sugandha Gaur, Acting Chair, Advertising 
Dr. Jay Irizawa, Acting Chair, Advertising 
Dr. Kathy Moscou, Interim Associate Dean Academic Affairs

Faculty of Arts and Science 
Nick Puckett, Chair, Digital Futures 
Dr. Alia Weston, Acting Associate Dean 
Dr. Ryan Whyte, Chair, Visual and Critical Studies 

Graduate Studies 
Dr. Andrew Gayed, Graduate Program Director, Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice  
Dr. Ashok Mathur, Dean, Graduate Studies and Vice-President, Research & Innovation 
Dr. Michelle Wyndham-West, Graduate Program Director, Inclusive Design 

Honouring long-serving faculty 

The gathering also featured a celebration of long-serving faculty members who have recently marked a milestone achievement in their roles at the University. The following professors were honoured for their dedication to the community and continuing commitment to art and design education:  

20 years of service  
Bruce Hinds, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design 
Jean-Christian Knaff, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design  

25 years of service 
April Hickox, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art 
30 years of service 
June Lawrason, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design 
35 years of service 
Judith Doyle, Associate Professor, Faculty of Art and Chair, First Year Experience 

Reflecting on the vibrant careers of retiring faculty members 

The event culminated with a show of deep appreciation of seven esteemed faculty members who will be retiring this year including: 

Dr. Doreen Balabanoff, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Design 
Doreen Balabanoff is an artist, designer, educator and administrator who over her years at OCAD University served as Faculty of Design Assistant Dean, First Year Design, Associate Dean, Academic and Faculty and Acting Dean. She has taught in several Graduate Studies programs, Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design, Inclusive Design and Design for Health. 
Frederick Burbach, Faculty of Design Associate Professor 
Professor Frederich Burbach has practiced design internationally for over 30 years. Known for his exacting eye for design and generous feedback for his students, Professor Burbach has taught graphic design, design history, typography and advertising at OCAD University for almost 20 years. 

Avi Dunkelman, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Design 
A graduate of OCAD University (then OCA) in 1980, Professor Dunkelman has expertise in corporate branding and visual identity. After studying design in Switzerland, he went on to found his own design firm Avi Dunkelman Design+Communications Inc. which has served clients internationally.  

Dr. Martha Ladly, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Arts and Science 
Specializing in teaching and practice-based research in design, art, media and technology, Dr. Ladly has taught in the Digital Futures graduate and undergraduate programs and the Interdisciplinary Art, Media and Design graduate program (IAMD) at OCAD U. Dr. Ladly is the former Associate Dean of Graduate Studies, former Graduate Program Director of the IAMD program and founding Chair of the Research Ethics Board. 
Dr. Gayle Nicoll, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Design 
A professor in the Environmental Design undergraduate program and Inclusive Design and Design for Health graduate programs at OCAD University, Dr. Nicoll is a trained architect who taught at Ryerson University and was the Chair of the Department of Architecture at the University of Texas, after leaving her post as partner at Nicoll and Robulack Architects in 1992.   
Dick (Edmond) Rampen, Associate Professor, Faculty of Design  
After graduating from OCAD University (then OCA) in 1980, Professor Rampen has been teaching for almost 40 years on subjects that include industrial design, plastics technology, prototyping and musical instrument design and construction.  

Michèle White, Professor Emerit, Faculty of Art Professor 
Professor White has taught for over 40 years and is well-known for her classes in the Drawing and Painting program. After graduating from OCAD University in 1978 (then OCA), Professor White has exhibited her encaustic paintings internationally, earning numerous grants and teaching awards along the way. She is celebrated for her commitment to equity and justice at OCAD U, championing the hiring of women and BIPOC faculty. 
Congratulations to all honorees! 

News Summary
The Celebration of Faculty Event showcased professors, deans and chairs who have made major contributions to the University.
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Partnership with City of Toronto engages public in future planning of City Hall

The City of Toronto has partnered with OCAD University to explore how a transformation of Toronto City Hall’s first floor could be more inclusive, inviting and meaningful for residents.

The University’s Strategic Foresight professors and graduate students are providing their expertise to gather public feedback about their experiences visiting City Hall and other civic centres. This will involve an online survey and virtual focus groups.

“Strategic foresight is an important tool that will support the City of Toronto in reimagining its places and spaces,” says Ziyan Hossain, Acting Managing Director of OCAD U CO, the foresight, design and innovation consultancy at OCAD U. “This redesign project will help the city explore a variety of plausible futures that could arise, alongside the opportunities and challenges that may result from any of the proposed scenarios and concepts.”

Survey now open

From now until July 18, 2022, the public can participate in the Future of City Hall Survey, which will be followed by virtual focus groups in July 2022. Data collected from the survey and related workshops will guide city staff decision-making and service design planning.

The short survey, which should take approximately 10 minutes to complete, focuses on a person’s experience in accessing and using first floor services at Toronto’s City Hall (or other civic centres). The survey includes a mixture of questions, including socio-demographic, to better understand current experiences with Toronto City Hall and other civic centres.

Following the survey, there is an option for interested participants to sign up for one of the virtual focus groups that will take place in July 2022, with exact dates to be confirmed soon.

Through this scope of research, the City of Toronto aims to nurture an accessible and welcoming public realm that allows all people to fully participate in public life, including the most vulnerable individuals and groups. With the City’s support, OCAD U will meaningfully engage with communities that face barriers, including those that are disenfranchised or are vulnerable.

“The outlined foresight research is an exciting opportunity to expand civic engagement and enable more Torontonians to feel like they have a voice and belong at City Hall,” explains Miriam Kramer, Executive Director, Government and Community Relations at OCAD U. “We are grateful to the City of Toronto for engaging OCAD U in this scope of work and providing our students with an applied design learning experience that will serve them in their careers.”

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Strategic Foresight faculty and graduate students to obtain feedback on how to make civic centres more accessible.
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Canada Day Closure

OCAD University will be closed on Friday, July 1, 2022 for the Canada Day statutory holiday. The University will return to regular hours on Monday, July 4.

For more information about upcoming holidays and significant dates please consult OCADU 's Dates and Deadlines webpage

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OCAD University will be closed Friday, July 1, 2022 for the Canada Day statutory holiday.
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OCAD U faculty members awarded nearly $2 million in research funding

The Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) has announced the recipients of several grant competitions, including numerous OCAD University researchers, pursuing investigations in areas as varied as art and archives and end of life care. 

“The incredible range of research topics that this funding supports demonstrates just how multi-dimensional the faculty at OCAD U are and how creative research comes in many forms,” commented Dr. Ashok Mathur, Interim Vice-President, Research and Innovation and Dean of Graduate Studies. 

Awarded almost $2 million, researchers were successful in three SSHRC program streams including, the recently launched Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative as well as the Partnership Development and Insight Grants. Additionally, in May, SSHRC announced that Faculty of Design Associate Professor Sarah Tranum is among one of the three teams that received funding through the Imagining Canada’s Future Ideas Lab: Canada and the Circular Economy initiative. Learn more about the funded projects below.

Race, Gender and Diversity Initiative

Imagining Inclusion: Artists and Arts Workers on EDI in Practice 
Dr. Suzanne Morrissette 
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science and Graduate Program Director Contemporary Art, Design and New Media and Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice 

This research project will investigate equity among creative practitioners working in Canada’s artist-run centres. Involving partnerships with non-profit arts organizations across the country, this initiative will help forge networks among racialized artists and arts workers at all stages of their careers. Project co-director Faculty of Arts and Science Assistant Professor Immony Mèn, co-applicant Dean of Graduate Studies and Interim Vice-President, Research and Innovation Dr. Ashok Mathur and collaborator Faculty of Arts and Science Assistant Professor Andrew Gayed, will collaborate with organizations including Hamilton Artists Inc., Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, South Asian Visual Arts Centre, grunt gallery, daphne and Trinity Square Video. 

ReLearn ReAct ReCreate: Youth Arts Advocacy for Equitable Cultural Policy 
Dr. Alia Weston 
Associate Professor and Acting Dean, Faculty of Arts and Science 

This project will investigate how QTBIPOC (Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour) young people can more actively contribute to the development of cultural policy that affects them. In partnership with young artists and community-based arts organizations, this project will focus on community arts learning and creative advocacy in collaboration with Toronto-based organizations SKETCH Working Arts and Mass Culture. Miriam Kramer, Executive Director, Government & Community Relations at OCAD University will be a collaborator on the project. 

Partnership Development Grants

Crossing Fonds -- Pollinating Access and Interpretation 
Dr. Sara Diamond 
President Emerita, OCAD University  

This project envisions a replicable opensource digital archive ecosystem that allows interaction between non-profit, counter and institutional archives with a particular focus on British Columbia. Facilitating the interaction between archives will enable the individual and collaborative study of archival materials. 

Research-Creation for Birth Environment Design Knowledge Mobilization 
Doreen Balabanoff 
Professor Emerita, Faculty of Design 

This research project will investigate the spatial design of birth settings and how they impact birth processes and wellbeing during and beyond labour. Midwives, nurses and diverse practitioners focused on supporting normal or less medicalized birth have repeatedly found through research that birthing women's bodies are often objectified and their emotions deemphasized in conventional birth spaces. This initiative will collect information through a co-creation approach and an exhibition showcasing the project's material outputs. 

Insight Grants

Relationships, Reciprocity, Exchange: Indigenous and BPOC relationality and accountability within Indigenous territories 
Dr. Suzanne Morrissette 
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts and Science and Graduate Program Director Contemporary Art, Design and New Media and Art Criticism and Curatorial Practice 

Led by Dr. Suzanne Morrissette the research team, Dr. Alia Fortune Weston and York University’s Professor Lisa Myers, will collaborate with artists and non-artists to create tools and experiences that will support the cultivation of decolonial, anticolonial and non-colonial futures for BIPOC communities within Indigenous territories in Canada. The project asks, what does it mean to live ethically within and in critical dialogue with Indigenous people and their territories? This research will take place through the creation of four major artworks, each led by a member of the research team. Additionally, the research team will support three students each year in the production of artworks and curated exhibitions for a total of fifteen student-led research-creation responses.  

Public Participatory Explorations on End of Life 
Dr. Kate Sellen 
Associate Professor, Faculty of Design and Canada Research Chair in Design for Health 

Using a design research and realist approach, this project will explore how participatory installations on the subject of end of life might open dialogue on end of life choices. Arts-informed and arts-based approaches are increasingly being used in health research and many social scientists, artists, and designers have explored death and dying within their works. Participatory installations have a role to play in both uncovering and mobilizing knowledge on end of life.

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Researchers have received funding from multiple Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) streams.
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On June 21, OCAD University will join the City of Richmond Hill and eCampusOntario at this year’s Collision Conference to showcase how the newly launched Centre for Local Innovation and Collaboration (CLIC) is providing companies with innovative opportunities to improve their business and tap into new markets. 

CLIC engages local businesses with specialized expertise from City business advisors and OCAD U researchers, including faculty, students, and recent alumni of the Strategic Foresight and Innovation Master of Design program. Together, the group helps establish a platform for knowledge exchange, design review, individualized consultation, and advocacy.  

“This partnership exemplifies how strategic innovation design, human-centred processes and creativity are critical to business growth. We are excited to support the Richmond Hill business community with this unique collaboration that will generate new products, services as well as new partnerships,” says OCAD U President and Vice-Chancellor Ana Serrano, one of the speakers at the Collision Conference. 

Speakers will also include David West, Mayor of Richmond Hill, Ana Serrano, President of OCAD University, Robert Luke, CEO of eCampus Ontario, and Dr. Walid Mowaswes, CLIC participant and owner of PharmaGuide, a Richmond Hill based pharmaceutical software business.  

Collision is one of the world’s largest tech conferences, bringing together the world’s best speakers, tech’s leading companies and leaders of all industries touched by tech. 
York Region is hosting the #YRtech Pavilion at this year’s Collision Conference, in collaboration with its nine cities and towns, to share the amazing stories of innovation, partnership and business expansions occurring within the Region’s tech ecosystem. 

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OCAD U President Ana Serrano will be among the speakers at the 2022 Collision Conference to share how this new initiative is generating new products, services and partnerships.
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On June 17, OCAD University celebrated 750 students from three faculties and Graduate Studies who received their diplomas in person at Roy Thomson Hall. Over 1600 friends and family members attended the day's morning and afternoon ceremonies.
The festivities. which were livestreamed to 45 countries across the globe to over 1800 online viewers, began with a welcome from Visiting Elder, Elizabeth (Liz) Osawamick who is an Anishinaabe Midewiwin-kwe community leader, Water Walker, activist and jingle dress dancer. 

Next, Vice-President, Academic and Provost Dr. Caroline Langill addressed the audience composed of graduates and members of their families, noting, “If there is one thing that I hope you have learned at OCAD University, especially over the past two years, is that the world needs your creativity and your imagination.” 

The ceremony recognized OCAD University’s 2022 Medal Winners, Students from 23 of the University’s undergraduate and graduate programs were honoured for their creativity, innovation and technical mastery in their chosen discipline.   

The Governor General’s Academic Medals were also presented to two exceptional students, Rachael Grad and Christine Woolley who achieved the highest academic standing in undergraduate and graduate studies, respectively. 

Addressing the Class of 2022 Grad, a Drawing and Painting graduate noted, “Whether your plans are to start a full-time career, enter graduate school or travel the world, I can’t wait to see what you do next. I hope you keep up your creative practice in your preferred form."  

At the lively event OCAD University awarded honorary doctorates to five outstanding and deserving individuals. 

The morning ceremony featured the awarding of the Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa to Annie Koyama, who was introduced by Lauchlan Reid, Chair of the Illustration Program in the Faculty of Design. Koyama is a publisher and owner of Koyama Press, a uniquely artist-centered publishing company. She has made an immeasurable mark on multiple generations of illustrators, artists, graphic novelists and the Canadian comics industry and has recently founded the philanthropic venture, Koyama Provides. 

From behind the podium Koyama remarked, “These past two years have shown us that in hard times, people turn to the arts to find comfort and solace. I wish for a more equitable world where artists are properly compensated for their work and where affordable housing is not just a concept.” 

City builder, civic leader and Order of Canada member Judy Matthews, received the degree of Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa also during the morning activities. Matthews, whose great-grandfather was E.J. Lennox, the architect of West Wing of the Ontario Legislative Building, The Omni King Edward Hotel, Old City Hall, and Casa Loma was introduced by Dr. Dori Tunstall, Dean of the Faculty of Design  

Dr. Tunstall described Matthews as an “urban angel” who has been an advocate for public space in Toronto since the 1960s. In 2017, Matthews philanthropic organization, the Judy and Wilmot Matthews Foundation donated twenty-five million dollars to the Bentway, the visionary project that transformed land beneath the city’s Gardiner Expressway into a vibrant art hub. Matthews impacts on urban life can be felt throughout Toronto.

In the afternoon, three additional honorary doctorates were presented included distinguished Métis photographer Rosalie Favell whose career has spanned 40 years and has opened doors for generations of Indigenous artists. Favell received the Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa. 

“As you embark on your journey always work towards finding who you are. I encourage you to be true to yourself. You will learn more about yourself and others when you immerse yourself in your community. Speak from your own unique place in the world,” Favell, whose work will be the subject of a solo exhibition at OCAD U’s Onsite Gallery, curated by Ryan Rice, expressed to the ceremony attendees. 

Media art visionary and robotics innovator Norman Triplett White was awarded a Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa, which was presented by Dr. Langill. White has been instrumental in media art education since joining OCAD University in 1978 and is credited as one of the first artists to use computer networking as an artistic medium. 

A media art historian herself, Dr. Langill noted that throughout his career as an educator White has, “demystified science and technology for students through real-life examples that made electronics accessible to those who might otherwise have been intimidated by its complexity." 

“With a focus on obsolete technologies that were destined for landfills, students learned sustainable techniques for production, countering assumptions that newer is better,” she continued. White was integral to the founding of the Integrated Media program at OCAD U, which continues to thrive today. 

Finally, Oscar-nominated filmmaker and producer and studio head for 25 years at the National Film Board of Canada, Michael Fukushima was awarded the Doctor of Fine Arts, Honoris Causa. 

Fukushima was recognized for his immense impact on the landscape of Canadian cinema and for his work in diversifying the field of animation. His honorary degree was presented by Veronika Szkudlarek, Interim Co-Chair of the Experimental Animation Program in the Faculty of Art.  

After producing over 200 animated films throughout his career, Fukushima offered five suggestions for the graduates embarking on the next step in their creative careers. He advised, “Be prepared, Try. Make, Build your community and Be Kind, Be Human.”  

Congratulations to the graduates, honorees and medal winners recognized at this year’s Convocation festivities. 

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OCAD University's honorary doctorate recipients, top academic achievers and 2022 Medal Winners energize the Class of 2022.
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