TEDxToronto: A Decade of Talks

This year, TEDxToronto celebrated its 10th anniversary conference. Over the years, our identity has evolved from being one of the first TEDx licensees to hosting one of the largest TEDx events in Canada. To commemorate a spectacular decade of ideas worth spreading, we’re looking back at the most viewed talks from each year.

 

2009

Neil Pasricha – The 3 A’s of Awesome
3M views

Neil Pasricha’s blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life’s simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk, he reveals the three secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that’s truly awesome.

 

2010

Drew Dudley – Everyday Leadership
3.8M views

We have all changed someone’s life — usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley calls on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other’s lives.

 

2011

Brian Goldman – Doctors Make Mistakes Can We Talk About That?
1.4M views

Every doctor makes mistakes. But, says physician Brian Goldman, medicine’s culture of denial (and shame) keeps doctors from ever talking about those mistakes, or using them to learn and improve. Telling stories from his own long practice, he calls on doctors to start talking about being wrong.

 

2012

Isha Datar – Re-Thinking Meat
176k views

Isha Datar is the author of “Possibilities For An In Vitro Meat Production System”, Canada’s only scientific investigation into cultured meat. In this eye-opening talk, Isha shows us the environmental benefits and impact we could make just by learning more about the meats we purchase every day.

 

2013

Mark Henick – Why We Choose Suicide
5.4M views

After multiple attempts at suicide, Mark Henick now advocates for mental health awareness. In this sombering talk, Mark shares the stigma and realities of depression and how we can help those who feel that they have no other choice.

 

2014

Nav Bhatia – Changing Perceptions: From Sikh to Superfan
141k views

Toronto has been named the most multicultural city in the world, yet many of the immigrants to the city still encounter racism long after they’ve arrived. Toronto Raptor’s Superfan, Nav Bhatia, shares his story of overcoming significant prejudice and urges us all to use our passions to rise above discrimination to allows us to excel both as individuals and as a city.

 

2015

Natalie Panek – Let’s Clean Up the Space Junk Orbiting Earth
1M views

Our lives depend on a world we can’t see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But the problem of space debris is getting worse. Natalie Panek shows us how breathtakingly beautiful our orbital environment is and challenges us to consider the environmental impact of the satellites we rely on.

 

2016

Sarah Barmak – Women’s Sexuality Isn’t Complicated
218k views

Sarah is a freelance journalist and author of ‘Closer: Notes From the Orgasmic Frontier of Female Sexuality’. With a focus on exploring the cutting-edge science and cultural trends behind women’s sexuality, Sarah reveals how women today are reshaping their sexuality in new and innovative ways – and how female sexuality is being redefined on its own terms.

 

2017

Honourable Ahmed Hussen – Two Canadas: My Story of Generosity and Systemic Racism
58k views

Hon. Ahmed Hussen entered Canada a child refugee, and today is Minister of Immigration and Refugees. He shares his experience of Canada: a country of immense generosity, but also one that struggles with systemic racism, and paints a bold picture of how a country can become truly great.

 

2018

TEDxToronto’s 10th Anniversary conference took place on October 26, 2018. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified when the talks are published online!

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