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Leveraging the unique methods and capabilities of Canada’s largest and oldest art and design educational institution, these 2-5 day engagements apply strategic foresight, design thinking, human-centred design, and prototyping to organization challenges to help your teams get work done in a rapid, innovative way.

Each Lab is tailored to your unique needs and is designed and facilitated by expert OCAD U CO sessions leaders with deep experience.


Futures Lab

Guides your team through a hands-on experience to identify and make sense of emerging future trends and signals of disruption. Teams design future scenarios that go beyond traditional strategic plans to identify opportunity areas, potential blindspots, and new strategic directions. Leave with new thinking about the future of your organization and creative options for innovation.


Growth Lab

Steps your team away from your organization to design the disruptive competitor of the future, complete with business models, value propositions, and prototype landing pages. Then, a facilitated strategic discussion to plan and prioritize key innovation initiatives to test hypotheses, experiment, and uncover big new opportunities for growth. Great for leaders looking to inspire breakthrough thinking to avoid being disrupted.


Insights Lab

Facilitates an end-to-end design thinking process in an accelerated format that gets your team into the field to discover real customer insights, develop prototypes, and rapidly test them. Leave with real prototypes, validated concepts, and actions plans for moving from ‘idea to invoice’.


Action Lab

For teams looking to bring a renewed sense of focus and a bias for action when executing their strategic plans, this facilitated lab borrows methods from Google, Amazon, and Intel to set bold stretch goals and measurable key results in short bursts of time. Ideal for teams who have bold strategic plans and need to make big impact fast.

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What clients say about us

OCAD U CO designed and facilitated a foresight workshop to stimulate our internal Design Sprint at LifeLabs. The OCAD U CO team customized the experience and material for the healthcare space that resonated with our group of diverse participants from all parts of the organization. It was extremely effective in stimulating new thinking and introducing new tools that we continue to see our staff deploy outside of the Design Sprint. The hands-on exercises coupled with rapid prototyping takeaways were crucial in creating an engaging experiential learning experience for our team”

Candice Luck
Innovation Program Manager, LifeLabs