Introducing the First Round of Speakers for TEDxToronto 2017

Introducing the First Round of Speakers for TEDxToronto 2017

On October 27, 2017, we will unveil our 9th annual TEDxToronto conference: Legacy. In selecting this year's speakers, we sought out individuals who are true trailblazers in their fields; people who are not only shaping their own legacies but those of the businesses, movements, and communities they are part of.

MEET THE FIRST ROUND OF SPEAKERSVisionaries, educators, activists, and community leaders.

Nastassia SubbanInstagramNastassia SubbanCourse Director at York University and Social Justice Advocate

Nastassia Subban has been an elementary and secondary school teacher with the Toronto District School Board for 11 years, teaching Contemporary Studies, Physical Education, and History. Recently, she has been seconded to the Faculty of Education at York University, where she is currently a Course Director for teacher candidates. With a passion for social justice, education, and equity, Subban was selected to be a curriculum writer and reviewer for Africentric pilot curriculums for Ontario Secondary School courses. Moreover, she was a founding member of the non-profit organization, Educators for Social Change, which ran a successful young female mentorship program for students across the GTA. Subban's years of experience working as a teacher, along with her passion for helping and guiding others, inspires her to explore the untouched topic on teaching and vulnerability.


Gimmy ChuGimmy ChuCo-Founder & CEO at NanoleafTwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn

Canadian-born entrepreneur, Gimmy Chu is the co-founder and CEO of Nanoleaf, a company focused on pushing the limits of smart lighting and revolutionizing how the world experiences light. Gimmy's vision is to make green technology an appeal, rather than a compromise, through great functionality and smart design. He has introduced the world to award-winning energy efficient and never-before-seen smart lighting products. Chu was the recipient of the University of Toronto's Early Career Award after graduating with his degree in Electrical Engineering.


Peter SlolyPeter SlolyPartner at Deloitte and Veteran Deputy Chief of PoliceTwitter

Peter Sloly has an international reputation for leading organizational change in the age of rapid unpredictable digitization. He is an expert in solving complex problems concerning justice and security using not only innovative, collaborative, and evidence-based best practices, but also through his lived experience. Prior to Sloly's esteemed career at Deloitte, he was a decorated veteran member of the Toronto Police Service, and attained the rank of Deputy Chief of Police. Over the course of his policing career, he led major public safety operations and participated in multiple international policing programs, such as the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in Kosovo, where he served two tours of duty as Command Staff Officer and the Canadian Contingent Commander.


Cheri DiNovoRev. Dr. Cheri DiNovoMPP Parkdale – High ParkTwitterFacebook

Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo has been the Member of Parliament for Parkdale – High Park for the last 11 years. She holds the record for most Private Member's Bills passed by an MPP and the most pro-LGBTQ legislation of anyone in Canadian history. DiNovo is an ordained United Church Minister who performed the first legalized same-sex marriage. DiNovo won the Lambda Literary Award in Washington D.C. for spirituality and religion for her book, Queering Evangelism and has received numerous awards for her 40+ years of activism including PFLAG Ally Award, presented by Rosie O'Donnell, as well as the Canadian Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity Medal, presented by Randy Boissonnault, special advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2S+ issues.


We will continue to reveal more speakers from our 2017 line-up over the coming weeks, and stay tuned for announcements about conference tickets coming very soon!


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