OCAD appoints The Honourable James K. Bartleman as new Chancellor

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is
pleased to announce the appointment of The Honourable James K. Bartleman, as
the university's new Chancellor. His Honour will complete his term as
Lieutenant Governor of Ontario on September 5.
    Mr. Bartleman is OCAD's second Chancellor, succeeding Rosalie Sharp.
"James Bartleman's outstanding record of public achievement is very much in
keeping with OCAD's commitments to excellence, equity and service to the
community at large," said OCAD Board of Governors Chair J. Anthony Caldwell.
"We are deeply honoured that he has accepted this appointment and know that we
will benefit greatly from his wisdom and experience in the coming years." OCAD
President, Sara Diamond, commented, "In our new Chancellor we gain an
articulate, accomplished and passionate leader in all forms of literacy; an
internationalist and an individual who has made a significant difference in
bettering the lives of aboriginal people. I look forward to working with The
Honourable James K. Bartleman to further OCAD's efforts on these fronts as
well as others."
    As the titular head of the university the Chancellor presides at
convocation and confers degrees, and is an honorary member of the Board of
Governors and of the President's Advisory Council. The Chancellor acts as an
ambassador on behalf of the institution and works closely with the President
in developing resource capacity and outreach activity.
    "OCAD has always been at the forefront of art and design education in
Canada," said Mr. Bartleman. "As the next Chancellor, I am happy to be
associated with Canada's largest and most exciting university of art and
design. It is truly a privilege to encourage a new generation of talented
artists and designers."


    The Honourable James Karl Bartleman was sworn in as the 27th Lieutenant
Governor of Ontario on March 7, 2002. He is the province's 41st vice-regal
representative since John Graves Simcoe arrived in Upper Canada in 1792.
    His Honour identified three key priorities for his mandate: to eliminate
the stigma of mental illness, to fight racism and discrimination, and to
encourage aboriginal young people. In 2004 he launched the first Lieutenant
Governor's Book Drive, which collected 1.2 million good used books for First
Nations schools and Native Friendship Centres throughout Ontario. To further
encourage literacy and bridge building, in 2005 His Honour launched a Twinning
Program for Native and non-Native schools in Ontario and Nunavut, and
established literacy summer camps in five northern First Nations communities
as a pilot project. In 2006 he extended his literacy summer camps program to
28 fly-in communities and secured funding for five years, and he also launched
Club Amick, a reading club for Native children in Ontario's North. In the
winter of 2007, he completed a second Book Drive, collecting 900,000 books for
aboriginal children in Ontario, northern Quebec and Nunavut.
    Upon his installation as Lieutenant Governor, Mr. Bartleman became
Chancellor and a member of the Order of Ontario. He was promoted to Knight of
Justice in the Order of St John in 2002 and received a National Aboriginal
Achievement Award for public service in 1999. His Honour received the Dr. Hugh
Lefave Award (2003) and the Courage to Come Back Award (2004) for his efforts
to reduce the stigma of mental illness. In 2004 he also received the Phi Delta
Kappa Educator of the Year Award and the DAREarts Cultural Award in
recognition of the Lieutenant Governor's Book Program and was named a Paul
Harris Fellow by Rotary International District 7090. Mr. Bartleman serves as
Visitor to the University of Western Ontario and has received honorary
doctorates from the University of Western Ontario, York University, Laurentian
University, Queen's University, the University of Windsor, Ryerson University,
McGill University, Nipissing University and Sir Wilfrid Laurier University. He
is Honorary Patron of about 80 organizations.
    Mr. Bartleman has published four books, his most recent entitled Raisin
Wine: A Boyhood in a Different Muskoka was published by McClelland & Stewart
in March of this year.
    Mr. Bartleman had a distinguished career of more than 35 years in the
Canadian foreign service. He was Canada's Ambassador to the European Union
from 2000 to 2002 and served as High Commissioner to Australia in 1999-2000
and to South Africa in 1998-1999. From 1994 to 1998, Mr. Bartleman was Foreign
Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister and Assistant Secretary to Foreign and
Defence Policy, Privy Council Office. He was Ambassador to the North Atlantic
Council of NATO from 1990 to 1994, Ambassador to Israel and High Commissioner
to Cyprus from 1986 to 1990, and Ambassador to Cuba from 1981 to 1983. Mr.
Bartleman opened Canada's first diplomatic mission in the newly independent
People's Republic of Bangladesh in 1972 and served in senior positions in the
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade from 1967.
    Born on 24 December 1939 in Orillia, Ontario, James Bartleman grew up in
the Muskoka town of Port Carling and is a member of the Mnjikaning First
Nation. Mr. Bartleman earned a BA (Hons) in History from University of Western
Ontario in 1963. On a posting to Brussels, he met his wife Marie-Jeanne
Rosillon. Together, they have three children.

    Ontario College of Art & Design

    The Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) is Canada's "university of the
imagination." OCAD is dedicated to art and design education, practice and
research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines.
The university is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding
new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinarity, collaboration
and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD
community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next
advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.


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For further information:

For further information: To speak with His Honour, please contact Nanda
Casucci-Byrne, Director, Office of the Lieutenant Governor, Province of
Ontario, at (416) 325-7781. For more information contact Susan Lilholt, Acting
Director, Marketing & Communications, Ontario College of Art & Design at (416)
977-6000 Ext. 486, or slilholt@ocad.ca

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