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Brandon McFarlane

Dr. Brandon McFarlane


Pilon School of Business


Dr. McFarlane is a Professor of Creativity and Creative Thinking who investigates how the reimagining of education, research, and cultural policy vis-à-vis the creative city is modifying Canadian art & culture. He mobilizes his research to enhance the quality of life in the Greater Toronto Area by serving on the Toronto Public Art Commission and through collaborative projects with not-for-profits, especially in the theatre industry. He is an expert on Canadian urban fiction and has published widely in Canadian Literature, University of Toronto Quarterly, The Malahat Review, and Literature & the Glocal City. CBC’s Metro Morning and the Globe & Mail have featured his research on Canadian culture and the creative economy. He also created The Sheridan Notebook—an educational tool that synthesizes adult colouring with mindful note-taking—and is currently theorizing the creative humanities.

Teaching Interests

  • Creative city, creative industries, creative problem solving, creative leadership, innovation management

Research Interests

  • Applying creative problem solving to resolve community challenges in the creative industries and creative city. Helping cultural not-for-profits envision their future and achieve their goals through consulting-style services in creativity training, innovation management, community outreach, and strategic planning.


  • "Creative Colouring Project". Sheridan College. SRCA Growth Grant. $5,000. 2016.
    Brandon McFarlane (Principle Investigator), Devin Murray, Kristine Villeneuve.

  • "Breaking Through Barriers to Gender Equity in Canadian Film". Sheridan College. SRCA Growth Grant. $5,000. 2018.
    Brandon McFarlane (Principle Investigator), Laura Chute, Rosie Daniels, Aisling Flynn-Post.

  • "Mobilizing Social Innovation to Train the Next Generation of Theatre Entrepeneurs". NSERC. College and Community Social Innovation Fund. $240,000. 2018.
    Brandon McFarlane (Principle Investigator), Co-Applicants: Dr. Glenn Clifton, Dr. Catherine Hale, Dr. Michael McNamara, Jennifer Phenix. Collaborators: Carly Chamberlain, Tom Arthur Davis, Dr. Patrice Esson, Lucy Eveleigh, Tanisha Taitt. Project Managers: Paola Di Barbora, Kate Dockeray Research Assistants: Kayden Chan, Rosie Daniels, Faizal Eidoo, Jacquelyn Ferguson, Brittany German, Sandra Ghobrial, Steven Grabell, Lynne Li, Anthony Marcelino, Robyn Miller, Lexy Pakenham-Troth, Karly-Anna O’Brien, Michaella Pannu, Shanil Patel, Ayesha Qamar, Declan Rolph, Michael Rugo, Tanisha Taitt, Aura Torres, Victoria Webb, Sarah Whang, Matthew Wong, Taylor Zantingh .

  • "Remaking Critical Theory". Sheridan College, SSHRC. SRCA Growth Grant, SSHRC Explore Grant. $10,000. 2020.
    Brandon McFarlane (Principle Investigator), Marco Cibola, Dr. Catherine Hale, Dr. Alexander Hollenberg, Hyein Lee.

  • "Children's Book Jam". Sheridan College, SSHRC. SRCA Growth Grant, SSHRC Explore Grant. $10,000. 2021-.
    Brandon McFarlane (Co-Investigator), Dr. Kylie Hartley (PI), Mahak Jain, Dr. Owen Percy.

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