Intersection: Entrepreneurship and Indigenous arts conference

Saturday, November 15, 2014 - 13:30 to Sunday, November 16, 2014 - 22:00

OCAD University hosts INTERSECTION:

Entrepreneurship and Indigenous arts conference

(Toronto—Oct 31, 2014) INTERSECTION is an exciting gathering of Indigenous artists, entrepreneurs and academics uniting to share their success stories with students and aspiring entrepreneurs. The free conference will provide practical tools and workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs as well as an opportunity to meet individuals who have found ways to make their businesses sustainable financially, socially and environmentally.


Keynote speaker Dr. Jessica Metcalfe (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is the author of the blog and the owner of the Beyond Buckskin Boutique. Dr. Metcalfe will speak about the Indigenous fine art market, the challenges of small businesses and how entrepreneurship can address local and global social issues.


Three panel discussions will explore emerging business ideas and approaches that use social innovation:

  • 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games: Indigenous representation and enterprise at the games
  • The local assets for social enterprise
  • How can young social entrepreneurs achieve scale?


A series of practical workshops using design thinking and new business models will give attendees a chance to test their ideas for growing and sustaining their businesses.


Please visit the conference website at


Admission is free


Dates:             Saturday November 15th and Sunday November 16th 2014,

Time:              9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Location:       OCAD University Auditorium, 100 McCaul Street, Toronto

416-977-6000 |


To register visit



Ontario Arts Council

Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC), OCAD University

Digital Media, Research + Innovation Institute (DMRII), OCAD University

Generation Connection


About Generation Connection

Generation Connection is an emerging social enterprise mission is to provide entrepreneurial education as the catalyst that will enable local entrepreneurs to develop and implement business, social, and environmental solutions to address local issues. The systems that currently exist for supporting entrepreneurs do not adequately support marginalized communities. Generation Connection works to provide opportunities that will provide educational services to entrepreneurs from marginalized populations.


About OCAD University

OCAD University ( is Canada’s “university of the imagination.” The University, founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD University is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.


For more information please contact:

Peter Scott

OCAD University Auditorium
100 McCaul Street
Toronto , ON
43° 39' 11.106" N, 79° 23' 29.076" W
Ontario CA
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Ushnish Sengupta

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