A catalyst for profound change.

Inspring Toronto since 2009.

Jennifer Keesmat, TEDxToronto 2017

In addition to our annual, one-day conference, which draws a diverse and passionate array of speakers, performers, demos and audience members, TEDxToronto runs community programming throughout the year exploring issues with local relevance. Talks from the conference have been viewed millions of times around the globe and six of our speakers have been featured on TED.com, one of the world’s leading platforms for big ideas.

All TEDxToronto speakers and organizers are volunteers, committed to nurturing and amplifying the innovative ideas that we hope will make Toronto — and the world — a better place.

What is TEDxToronto?

TEDxToronto is Canada’s largest TEDx event, a platform for exceptional ideas, and a catalyst for profound change. Going into our 10th year, TEDxToronto is Canada’s largest TEDx event, a platform for exceptional ideas, and a catalyst for profound change.

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Our Team

The TEDxToronto core organizing committee is made up of a group of passionate volunteers from a variety of disciplines who have come together to further the TED mission of giving voice to ideas worth spreading in our community. Now in its 10th year, TEDxToronto continues to be completely volunteer run and supported by many generous community-minded companies and organizations.

Afshin Mousavian

Co-Chair

Afshin Mousavian

Co-Chair

Bio

Afshin has worked with TEDxToronto and the global TEDx community since 2011. He is currently one of the Co-Chairs for the conference. Afshin is the President at Demac Media, a commerce agency based out of Toronto that consults retailers in technology and growth strategies.

Lisa Trudeau

Co-Chair

Lisa Trudeau

Co-Chair

Bio

In her fourth year with TEDxToronto, Lisa is a creative marketing professional and avid follower of all things TED. Beyond her work with TEDxToronto, Lisa consults with startups and companies seeking unique marketing solutions. Lisa is passionate about travel, design and collaborating with big thinkers.

Jeff Lohnes

Co-Chair & Director of Programming

Jeff Lohnes

Co-Chair & Director of Programming

Bio

This is Jeff’s sixth 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. Oh, and playing sports and cooking. He loves playing sports and cooking.

Kapil Khimdas

Director of Programming

Kapil Khimdas

Director of Programming

Bio

Kapil spends his days advising public and private sector organizations on strategy and impact. He’s deeply passionate about using big ideas to create change in the world, and this is his second year with TEDxToronto. You can usually find Kapil exploring our amazing food scene, holed up at a local board game café with friends, or wandering aimlessly through one of our beautiful local neighbourhoods.

Dalia Haimen

Creative Advisor

Dalia Haimen

Creative Advisor

Bio

Dalia is a multidisciplinary designer and creative leader. In her 4th year with TEDxToronto, Dalia will continue to push the boundaries of experience design.

Emma Truax

Director of Operations

Emma Truax

Director of Operations

Bio

In her fourth year with TEDxToronto, Emma Truax is an active volunteer in the Toronto community. When she isn't working on TEDxToronto, she is helping plan the annual Bay Street Hoops basketball tournament or exploring the city with her dog. She runs her own digital marketing business helping clients improve their online presence.

Kirstin Turnbull

Director of Logistics

Kirstin Turnbull

Director of Logistics

Bio

Kirstin has been producing innovative and award-winning events across North America for over 22 years. Her obsession with the audience experience and her unique approach to B2B event marketing has resulted in GOLD and BRONZE Event Tech Award wins. A three time RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur of the Year nominee during tenure as Owner and President of Moxie Promotions Inc. In 2007, Kirstin sold the business to a competitor and now mood boards her next endeavor while holding down her dream agency role as Sr. Director, B2B at Mosaic. In her downtime, she is most likely found reading a book, while hugging a dachshund and eating a donut.

Patricia Chang

Project Manager, Logistics

Patricia Chang

Project Manager, Logistics

Bio

With a love for logistics and planning, Patricia joins TEDxToronto for a second 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 the next big adventure.

Karun Malik

Project Manager

Karun Malik

Project Manager

Bio

From curating the first ever live speaker TEDx conference in the city of Windsor to his third year with TEDxToronto, Karun Malik has a passion for TEDx. Karun was on the organizing team for 6 different TEDx conferences in the last 7 years in 3 different cities. As a curious person, Karun believes we can never force someone to be creative or innovative, but we can always create curiosity in the atmosphere which can give birth to ideas worth sharing.

Janelle Lamothe

Creative Director

Janelle Lamothe

Creative Director

Bio

Janelle builds brand experiences that people fall in love with. She knows that design can elicit emotion, change perspectives and make the world a better place.

Gillian Cameron

Director of Marketing

Gillian Cameron

Director of Marketing

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 6 TEDx conferences across 2 continents. When she’s not working, you can find her baking all things sweet.

Danielle Castellino

PR Director

Danielle Castellino

PR Director

Bio

By day, Danielle is a project manager at Mosaic North America, managing award-winning design and making memorable experiences for consumers. Past PR efforts at Harbourfront Centre and Habitat for Humanity, not only garnered noteworthy media attention but has kept her rooted in the arts and in her community. If she isn’t hustling to promote innovators in the city, you can find her roadtripping to places she has never been before.

Paul Mander

Director of Partnerships

Paul Mander

Director of Partnerships

Bio

Coming off a role on the 2017 TEDxToronto Logistics team, Paul is thrilled at the opportunity to transition to the role of Director of Partnership. Paul’s long standing passion for the TED brand stems from countless hours of procrastination during his time at the University of Western. Paul has spent his career building brand experiences and currently works as a Director of Client Service at Mosaic.

Marcus Huynh

Director of Community

Marcus Huynh

Director of Community

Bio

As an active participant of TEDx Conferences around the globe, Marcus is inspired by ideas and missions that change the world. He is passionate about building inclusive and intentional communities as the Community Animator at the Centre for Social Innovation. From leading community outreach for world changing events and initiatives, Marcus brings his insight and innovation to celebrate the TEDxToronto community. You can find Marcus exploring this incredible city on his bike, at a local cafe or on his next outdoor adventure.

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