The moment you’ve been waiting for is finally here! With just under two months until our 10th anniversary conference, we couldn’t be more excited to reveal our final round of speakers. From local ground breakers to global inspirations, these speakers are sure to leave you feeling moved and empowered. Here’s a closer look at the identities of our remaining eight speakers:
President of the Toronto Raptors
In 2010, Masai Ujiri became the first African-raised GM in the NBA and quickly became one of the league’s most proactive executives. Beyond his dedication to the Toronto Raptors franchise, he uses his platform to leverage basketball as a transformational tool for Canadian and African youth. Ujiri has served as the Director of the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders program since 2002 and co-founded Giants of Africa (GOA). GOA aims to use basketball as a tool to inspire youth to visualize opportunities for their future.
Canadian Actress, Comedian, Writer and Social Activist
Mary Walsh is a Canadian actress well-known for her role in creating and starring in This Hour Has 22 Minutes. She is the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Governor General’s Lifetime Achievement Award in the Performing Arts. Mary is an outspoken advocate for mental health and addiction awareness. Among the many charities and organizations she supports are the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa, the Canadian Institute for the Blind, St. Joseph’s Hospital, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.
Associate Professor, English Studies at Western University, Author, Criminologist
Michael Arntfield is a former police officer turned criminologist, author and associate professor at Western University. Michael founded the University’s Cold Case Society – an unsolved crimes think tank – in 2011. His work focuses on what he calls “literary criminology,” the study of detective fiction like Sherlock Holmes in literature, film and television and how it can influence present day criminal investigations. He routinely appears on the CBC’s The Fifth Estate and The National, and is the host of his own internationally distributed television series, To Catch a Killer.
Lawyer and Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Michael Bryant, Lawyer and Executive Director of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association (CCLA)
Michael Bryant became the youngest Attorney General in Ontario, spending a decade in the Ontario Legislative Assembly, and six years as a Cabinet Minister. Michael’s life changed forever after a tragic fatal accident, for which Michael was arrested with charges that were eventually withdrawn. The former politician ended up an unlikely regular at a homeless drop-in named Sanctuary, then a public defender in bail court, and now leads the CCLA’s advocacy for civil liberties and democratic freedoms across Canada.
Enterprise Agility Change Agent and Organizational Coach
From being a child unable to speak to running a 5K, Dave Dame has overcome many obstacles despite his diagnosis of cerebral palsy. By developing life hacks and alternative paths to personal and professional success, Dave has become a leader in the Agile community. He dedicates his work to helping organizational teams in transition leverage and implement Agile best practices and quality management and has trained over 600 professionals in the field.
Suresh Doss is changing the way we think about dining out in Toronto. Where there are tiny family-run restaurants nestled within a strip mall or convenience stores that sell the essentials and then some, there is good food to be had, says Suresh. With over a decade of food writing and hosting regular food tours in the Greater Toronto Area, Suresh is an influential contributor to Toronto Life, The Globe and Mail, and CBC Metro Morning. He is also the print editor of and Escapism Toronto magazines.
Dr. Eugenia Duodu
CEO, Visions of Science Network for Learning (VoSNL)
Now the CEO of VoSNL, Eugenia Duodu began with the organization as a volunteer, seeing the opportunity as a perfect combination of her passions: science and community development. Born and raised in a low-income community, she maintains a strong connection to her roots as a mentor and advocate for youth engagement in STEM opportunities. Her goal is to help youth unlock their potential and to make a long-lasting positive impact in local communities and across the world.
Author, Journalist and Co-host of CBC Radio’s As it Happens
Since 2006, Carol Off has been the host of CBC Radio’s As it Happens, after an extensive journalism career that began as an arts reporter and Ottawa correspondent in the ‘80s, to an international correspondent in the ‘90s and ‘00s. Carol is an award-winning documentarian and author, well-known for her work on Canadian military missions that took her around the world, across the Middle East, Balkans and Soviet Union to name a few. Her most recent book, All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others, is a riveting true story told from Carol’s experience with a family fleeing the death sentence of a ruthless warlord.
The list doesn’t stop here! Stay tuned for more exciting announcements about this year’s host and performers in the weeks to come.
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