On October 27, 2017, 14 speakers and four performances took the stage at our biggest TEDxToronto event yet; exploring the theme, LEGACY. Over 1,200 people were in attendance and over 1,000 more watched on the website live stream and Twitter. The conference took place at Evergreen Brick Works. This was the first year that both the conference and Official After Party took place at the same venue.
On October 22, 2016, 1000 delegates, volunteers, speakers and performers gathered together at Koerner Hall to be inspired. The 2016 conference paid homage to our vibrant city and its communities. It focused on new ways in which we communicate, innovate and problem-solve through the theme, Symbols + Signals. Four performances, 12 speakers and two tech demos left the audience in awe as we explored topics including, rehabilitation science, female sexuality, the future of transportation and the meaning of names.
On October 22, 2015, TEDxToronto presented 14 big thinkers, three unbelievable performers and one captivating host, surrounding the thought-provoking theme: Thresholds. The 2015 conference marked several big “firsts” on the TEDx stage, including talks from a professional sex worker and an international hostage negotiator. It was as the most successful TEDxToronto conference to-date, reaching the #1 trending topic in Canada on Twitter, with a combined global audience of 6,000, both on-premise and online. Beyond conference day, TEDxToronto hosted inspiring partner events, such the Collaborator’s Breakfast and the Innovator’s Dinner, to further ignite Toronto’s “Ideas Worth Spreading”.
On October 2, 2014, seventeen of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and change-makers joined together onstage at TEDxToronto to deliver powerful talks and performances that embodied the theme of “Relentless Pursuits”. More than one thousand delegates shared in an unforgettable experience at Koerner Hall, and thousands watched the live-stream online.
On September 26, 2013, more than 900 delegates attended the conference at the beautiful Royal Conservatory of Music. The speakers came from all corners of the city and spoke on a variety of topics related to the theme, The Choices We Make. Mark Henick spoke about suicide and his personal battle, The father of wearables Dr. Steve Mann spoke about sousveillance and the decision to wear a camera for the last few decades, and Gabrielle Scrimshaw spoke about aboriginal youth in Canada and the need for us all to act now to make a difference in Canada’s future.
On October 26, 2012, over 1,200 attendees gathered at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for TEDxToronto 2012. There, they hear from a diverse array of speakers on the theme of alchemy, the seemingly magical process of taking ordinary, common elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary of great value.
More than 750 thinkers and dreamers, innovators and trendsetters gathered last September for TEDxToronto 2011. They took over the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning in downtown Toronto for a day of inspiration and ideas. The theme was REDEFINITION and speakers were challenged to upend the traditional frameworks that shape our communities, relationships and social and political structures.
Held on Thursday September 30th, speakers included community organizer Dave Meslin, playwright trey anthony, and Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome. Organized around the theme of ‘A Call to Action’, 300 audience members filled CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. More than 20,000 viewers in 100 countries tuned in to the live web cast, and TEDxToronto was the top trending topic on Twitter the day of the conference.
TEDxToronto 2009 was held on Thursday, September 10th and featured speakers Don Tapscott, Peter MacLoed, Richard St. John, Tom Rand, Mathew Ingram, Charlotte Yates, Waawaate Fobister, Steven Woods, David Makepeace, D’bi Young, and Gavin Sheppard, who spoke on the theme, “What’s Next.”
A future of living architecture
Taxes, democracy and our shared interests
A taste of Gospel
Why entrepreneurship is the future of work
No more excuses: better policing & safer communities today
Success & simplicity
Lessons from the land: Peace through relationship
The three myths of climate change
Embracing your expiry date
The key to great ideas: exploring your abyss
How graffiti can open our minds to valuing art and each other
The Bible: A queer positive book
A guide to believing in yourself (but for real this time)
Two Canadas: My story of generosity and systemic racism
Finding your spark thru vulnerability