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OCAD University Alumni of Influence Awards 2017

OCAD University is pleased to host its third annual gala reception celebrating 5 outstanding alumni in the fields of art, design and social change. Please join us on Friday, November 17, 2017 to celebrate these 5 remarkable individuals.

Friday, November 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
OCAD University
100 McCaul Street
Auditorium, Room 190, Main Floor
Toronto

Learn about the 2017 Recipients
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2017 RECIPIENTS

Anita Kunz (AOCA, Communication & Design, 1978)
Distinguished Alumni Award

Born in Toronto and raised in Kitchener, Ontario, Anita Kunz is an accomplished and acclaimed artist and illustrator who has lived in London, New York and Toronto. She has contributed to the world’s leading magazines, design firms, book publishers and advertising agencies.


Carly McAskill (BFA, Drawing & Painting, 2011)
Trailblazer Award

Carly McAskill is a researcher, visual artist, teacher and writer. She is passionate about the arts and culture, intergenerational pedagogies, research-creation, memory studies, motherline research, feminist pedagogy, arts-based methodology, storytelling, disability and age studies.

Website: www.carlymcaskill.com


Hugh Mackenzie (AOCA, Drawing & Painting, 1950)
Distinguished Educator Award

Hugh Mackenzie was born in Toronto in 1928. He attended the Ontario College of Art (as it was then known), from 1946 to 1950. Teaching has been a focus of Mackenzie’s elliptical career. In 1969, Mackenzie landed his dream job as a part-time instructor at the Ontario College of Art. OCA remained his primary teaching venue. Although his job title was often “lecturer,” he found his greatest success and enjoyment when he moved away from the podium to engage more directly with his students as colleagues. Learning to listen to, and learn from, his students, was key to his success as an educator.


Natalyn (Naty) Tremblay (BFA, Integrated Media, 2006)
World Builder Award

Naty Tremblay grew up in the fields of southwestern Ontario on a small organic family farm. Tremblay’s combined experiences of being an inquisitive identical twin, a working class francophone from an assimilating Métis community, and a gender-queer feminist has led Tremblay to their creative social change practice.


Donald George Watt (AOCA, Industrial Design, 1953-1956)
Legacy Award

Don Watt was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1936. Watt returned to Toronto in the early 1960s, where he worked as a creative director for several design agencies, before founding his own firm, Don Watt & Associates in 1966. Shortly after, he was chosen to work on the Canadian Pavilion at Expo ’67.

Watt was also an award-winning retail brand builder and designer. He was among the first designers to envision a system of branding that unified the entire shopping experience. He felt strongly that just because money was scarce for some families, they didn’t have to feel the experience was less satisfying and the products, even at a lower price, could still be top quality, hence the brands, ‘No Name’ and ‘Great Value.’


Enjoy live entertainment, a host bar and delectable hors d’oeuvres.

Emcee: TV host Ajay Fry

RSVP Now!

Learn more about our 2016 recipients

Contact: alumni@ocadu.ca


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