Dr Alia Weston
Assistant Professor, Creative and Business Enterprise.
Director of the Impact Economy Research Hub (IERH)
Dr Alia Weston is a researcher, educator and designer, with an expertise in the areas of creativity, business management and applied research. Her academic work is focused on the intersection between these disciplines and she aims to understand how creativity and business can be used to address key challenges and advance transformative change in today’s complex society.
A particular interest of Alia’s is the exploration of creative engagement, which emerges when people are faced with limited resources or crisis, and the implications for transformative action and learning. The following animation gives an example of her work: https://vimeo.com/83479051. In conjunction with this research, Alia has published work on alternative business practices in highly regarded publications, and hosts events which engage with issues related to creative and sustainable work practices. The most recent is the [Re]² Reconstructing Resilience Symposium and Exhibition. In addition to her academic activities Alia runs a business designing and making a range of unique jewellery. She also has previous experience of running jewellery making workshops in the not-for-profit sector with the aim of widening the access of disadvantaged groups to education.
Vicki Clough, MFA, BDes, BAAD
Researcher & Lead Curator, Reconstructing Resilience.
Lab Activation Coordinator, the Impact Collective
Vicki Clough is a curator, craftsperson and researcher with a particular interest in socially engaged and participatory art and events, as well as various forms of sustainable practice. She has been the Curatorial Director of Figment Toronto since 2014 and has also co-curated exhibitions including Move to Stillness, for the Harbourfront Centre’s Kick Up Your Heels Festival (2015), The Duel, AGO First Thursdays (2014) and What Are You Made Of? OCAD U Graduate Gallery (2013). She initiated the Toronto based workshop model and website Polymers in Action: Socially Engaged Art and the Environment as part of her studies at OCAD University, where she obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice. Vicki currently manages the Impact Lab, OCAD U’s social impact research hub.