Introducing the Third Round of Speakers for TEDxToronto 2017

Introducing the Third Round of Speakers for TEDxToronto 2017

At TEDxToronto, we strive to bring together individuals who are excelling in their fields and accomplishing the not-so-ordinary. They are carving out personal legacies, disrupting industries, and taking initiatives that are making impacts on a global scale.

We are proud to introduce three more speakers who will take the stage at TEDxToronto this October.


Penny OleksiakTwitterInstagramPenny OleksiakCanadian Olympic Champion

Competitive swimmer Penny Oleksiak, age 17, is Canada's youngest Olympic gold medalist and holds the national record for most Olympic medals in a single summer. Oleksiak qualified for her first senior national team at age 15 and competed at her first senior event in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where she won four medals and was bestowed the honour of being Team Canada's flag bearer at the closing ceremonies. She currently holds the Olympic Record for the 100 Freestyle, and has broken over 20 Canadian Senior and 10 World Junior Records. In 2016, she won the Lou Marsh Award for Canada's top athlete. She is currently completing high school in Toronto and is a WE Ambassador advocating for issues of inclusion, as well as mental and physical health for kids in Canada and globally. She recently returned from a service trip to Kenya with ME to WE.


Satish KanwarTwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedInSatish KanwarVP Product, Shopify

Satish is an entrepreneur and currently the VP of Product at Shopify, the world's leading multi-channel commerce platform for SMEs. He previously co-founded Jet Cooper, a UX design agency that was acquired in 2013. He is an active speaker, mentor, and angel investor in the Canadian startup community. Satish was featured on Forbes' 30 Under 30 for Retail and E-Commerce and All Star Alumni.


Linda MortschLinda MortschClimate Scientist

Linda Mortsch has devoted her career to addressing climate change issues. Since 1989, she has played a role in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), and is a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. Linda has contributed to all Canadian National Climate Change Assessments. In 1992, her research project "Adapting to climate variability and change in the Great Lakes Basin" was one of the first to explore adaptation to climate change in Canada. Now retired from the Environment and Climate Change Canada, Linda has an adjunct appointment in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, where she received the Environmental Alumni Achievement Award in recognition of professional achievement and distinguished environmental and community leadership. Linda has been recognized by a number of associations, including the International Joint Commission, American Geophysical Union, Environment Canada, and more.


We will reveal the complete roster of speakers for the 2017 TEDxToronto conference in the coming weeks; stay tuned!


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