As we continue to release exciting details about TEDxToronto 2017, we are thrilled to reveal more speakers as part of this year's roster. From a renowned city-builder to a creative activist, a bold artist, and a media personality who has defied the odds, these speakers have powerful messages that will leave you feeling empowered and inspired.
MEET THE SECOND ROUND OF SPEAKERS
Jennifer KeesmaatChief Planner at the City of Toronto
As Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, Jennifer is committed to creating places where people flourish. Over the past decade, Jennifer has been recognized by the Canadian Institute of Planners and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute for her innovative work in Canadian municipalities. Overseeing over 4,000 development applications annually, Jennifer collaborates and engages a wide variety of sectors with municipal staff, developers, business leaders, NGOs, and residents' associations to inform big decisions that shape the city. Most recently, Jennifer was named one of the most influential people in Toronto by Toronto Life magazine and one of the most powerful people in Canada by MacLean's magazine. Jennifer is also the founder of Project Walk, which premiered its first short film in 2011 as an official selection at TIFF.
Jeremie SaundersFounder & Co-Host of Sickboy Podcast
Jeremie is an award-winning actor, producer, and podcast host. He attended the acting program at Ryerson Theatre School and went on to host award-winning television series including the CBC children's television series ARTZOOKA! and the National Film Board of Canada's educational documentary series Space School. Living with a genetic disease called Cystic Fibrosis, Jeremie is passionate about shifting the perspective and stigma around chronic and terminal illness through humour and frank, unfiltered discussions. He launched Sickboy Podcast, which has been on iTunes' "best of" list and is produced and hosted by Jeremie and his two best friends, Taylor MacGillivary and Brian Stever. Together they take a humourous and educational approach as they host a wide range of guests to discuss the experiences of living with terminal or chronic illness.
Michelle LatimerFilmmaker, Producer and Activist
Michelle Latimer is the showrunner, director, and writer of the breakout Indigenous resistance series RISE (Viceland), which premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. As a filmmaker, actor, and curator, Michelle’s goal is to use film and new media as a tool for social change. Her films have screened at film festivals internationally, including Sundance, TIFF, Rotterdam, Oberhausen, and Cannes, and her work has been acquired by National Gallery of Canada. Select films include Nuuca, Choke, The Underground, Nimmikaage, and the feature documentary ALIAS. Her films have been described as “visual poems exploring humanity” and are often experiments with creative form expressed from a personal point of view. Michelle recently spent nine months documenting on the front lines of the occupation at Standing Rock. She is a true leader in her community and is passionate about working to educate and improve awareness around Indigenous issues in Canada and beyond.
Elicser Elliott is a well-known Toronto graffiti artist who was born in Montreal and grew up on the West Indian island of Saint Vincent. His work has been featured in the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Institute for Contemporary Culture and publications including Mix Magazine and Spacing. His distinctive artwork is created by using aerosol spray paint and often depicts different characters or collages; he is known for his intuitive ability to capture the essence of a subject. His work is highly visible in major cities from Canada to South America and South Africa. Elicser leads the change in the character-based movement in Toronto.
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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