What is TEDxToronto?

Canada’s largest TEDx event | Inspiring Toronto since 2009

Our Team

TEDxToronto’s core organizing committee is a group of passionate volunteers from a variety of disciplines who are dedicated to the TED mission of giving voice to ideas worth spreading.

Now in its 11th year, TEDxToronto continues to be completely volunteer run and supported by generous community-minded companies and organizations.

Click on the images to learn more about each team member.

(Photo Credit: Andrew Williamson)

Gillian Cameron

Co-Chair

Gillian Cameron

Co-Chair

Bio

Gillian spends her days working as a Strategist at Leo Burnett, an ad agency dedicated to finding creative solutions to human problems. Gillian is an avid fan of all things TED, having been to 7 TEDx conferences across 2 continents. When she’s not working, you can find her baking or backpacking around the globe.

Kapil Khimdas

Co-Chair & Director of Curation and Coaching

Kapil Khimdas

Co-Chair & Director of Curation and Coaching

Bio

Kapil is passionate about helping people connect across difference through sharing and understanding each other’s stories. In his third year with TEDxToronto, he’s driven to help Toronto’s great ideas make an impact across our region and the world. By day, he’s the founder of a consultancy helping organizations use story and narrative to build better strategy, culture and brand. You’re also likely to find him in the kitchen or lost in an amazing TV series.

Jeff Lohnes

Co-Chair

Jeff Lohnes

Co-Chair

Bio

This is Jeff’s eighth year involved with organizing TEDxToronto. By day, he is a partner at Talent Bureau, a boutique speakers bureau and creative talent management firm. He’s passionate about music, community building and discovering every inch of Canada and beyond.

Amit Shah

Director of Partnerships

Amit Shah

Director of Partnerships

Bio

The New York City-based entrepreneur is the first non-Toronto native on the TEDx team. Amit produces large-scale events and festivals, and creates high-growth revenue opportunities through strategic public/private partnerships and sponsorship/experiential activations. Amit is passionate about connecting people through ideas and experiences.

Karun Malik

Director of Finance and Operations

Karun Malik

Director of Finance and Operations

Bio

From curating the first live speaker TEDx conference in Windsor to his fourth year with TEDxToronto, Karun Malik has a passion for TEDx. A member of the organizing team for seven TEDx conferences in the past eight years in four cities (including Delhi and Gurgaon in India), Karun believes curiosity is the key to producing ideas worth sharing.

Danielle Castellino

Director of Public Relations

Danielle Castellino

Director of Public Relations

Bio

Danielle is back for a second year with TEDxToronto and is excited to share this year’s incredible content with local and global media. By day, she is a Senior Project Manager at Mosaic North America, managing the design and creative teams for global brand experiences. Cultivating conversation and community is at the heart of everything she’s involved in.

Naki Osutei

Director of Curation and Coaching

Naki Osutei

Director of Curation and Coaching

Bio

Whether in her professional or volunteer life, Naki is committed to developing leaders and bringing voices from the margins to the centre. In her third year with TEDxToronto, Naki is driven by her deep curiosity, love of learning, and a desire to share Toronto’s stories with the world. By day, she is an executive in TD’s Global Corporate Citizenship team. You’re also likely to find her at an art gallery or on a dance floor.

Patricia Chang

Advisor, Logistics

Patricia Chang

Advisor, Logistics

Bio

With a love for logistics and planning, Patricia joins TEDxToronto for a third year. By day, she is a passionate civil servant who believes in small, incremental change every day, and that great ideas transcend all sectors and people. When not figuring out how to become Leslie Knope, Patricia can be found rock climbing and planning her next big adventure.

Marcus Huynh

Director of Community

Marcus Huynh

Director of Community

Bio

An active participant of TEDx around the globe, Marcus is passionate about building inclusive communities. He spends his day engaging the innovative community at the Centre for Social Innovation and brings a big picture lens that unites and ignites the TEDxToronto community. You can also find Marcus exploring the city by bike, at a cafe or on his next outdoor adventure.

John Intini

Director of Marketing

John Intini

Director of Marketing

Bio

John has spent his entire career in media—including lengthy stints at both Maclean’s and Sportsnet—and was most recently the Vice President of Content in the Digital Content and Publishing division at Rogers. He’s also a pretty bad golfer and an even worse squash player. Not that he's let that stop him.

Hiral Patel

Project Manager

Hiral Patel

Project Manager

Bio

Hiral’s passion for thought-provoking conversations and a deep fascination with how different experiences shape perception is a big reason this is her third year with TEDxToronto. By day, Hiral works in civil service, bridging the gap for underprivileged seniors in Canada. She loves all things related to travel, and enjoys learning about different cultures.

Ashley Mckenzie-Barnes

Creative Director

Ashley Mckenzie-Barnes

Creative Director

Bio

Ashley is a Creative Director and Curator with more than 15 years of experience in the advertising, entertainment, corporate and non-profit sectors. Her work includes exhibitions, installations and campaigns for Samsung, Scotiabank, Manifesto Festival, and music icon, Lauryn Hill. She was recently named one of the 2019 curators for Nuit Blanche Toronto.

Lucia Davenport

Director of Broadcast Production

Lucia Davenport

Director of Broadcast Production

Bio

Lucia was the live stream producer for TEDxVancouver before joining the TEDxToronto team. As a German and British expat, Lucia adds a unique perspective to the team and thrives on collaborating with a truly diverse team. By day, she works for the digital ad agency Art & Science running website development and performance marketing projects.

Heine Nielsen

Director of Delegate Experience

Heine Nielsen

Director of Delegate Experience

Bio

Heine is a global TEDx’er and the first Dane on the TEDxToronto team. Heine, who played a key role in producing Denmark’s largest TEDx-event, is passionate about connecting music, people and cultures—via great experiences. An entrepreneur, who is currently working on several global projects, is also on a quest to introduce the Danish hygge to all Torontonians!

Meaghan Murray

Director of Logistics

Meaghan Murray

Director of Logistics

Bio

Meaghan brings a dynamic background in Communications, Stage Management and Event Production to the TEDx team. She has worked on a variety of large scale events, most notably, the MuchMusic Video Awards, Toronto Festival of Beer, Facebook Summit and Shopify Summit. When Meaghan isn't backstage with our speakers, you can find her at the gym training for the charity boxing match she is participating in for the Pinball Clemons Foundation.

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