Meet the logistics team

Behind the scenes of TEDxToronto is a talented team of individuals contributing to the experience – the Logistics Committee. In bringing the “Call to Action” theme to life, a core team focuses on set design, audio and visual, and the overall on-site experience of TEDxToronto at Glenn Gould Studio on September 30th, 2010.

“It’s an all-encompassing beast – every event detail is something that we’ve put thought to in order to ensure that it contributes to the experience,” says Dan Jacob, head of the Logistics Committee.

“This isn’t just another conference – the focus is to inspire people and bring people together that have been successful in their own right. We want to demonstrate ourselves as progressive, positive, and forward thinking. The people that we engage are reflective of that, so everything from the catering to the business cards to the performances builds this experience. We are looking to create an event that will put TEDxToronto on the map as a leader in the TEDx community. We hope to achieve this by producing a show that will be just as inspiring as the people watching them. I can't wait to show Toronto and the rest of the world what we have in store!”

Dan Jacob

Dan Jacob is a passionate organizer and long-time TED enthusiast. An experiential marketer at heart, Dan currently works at TELUS on the experiential marketing and events team.

Isaac Rayment

Isaac Rayment began his creative journey in the theatre nearly 2 decades ago. Then film school called. Frustrated with the limitations of school he quickly left the program. Shortly after dropping out, Isaac launched a film/tv production company responsible for creating documentaries, TV pilots, commercials and award winning music videos. After tiring of the gruelling nature of business life he closed the doors to his studio and pursued a career in live concert and event video production where he worked with hundreads of recording acts over the years. Now he pursues exciting new opportunities that combine all of his past experiences and offer up new ones while promoting a TV pilot shot in the summer of 2009 and directing commercials and music videos in his spare time.

Alan Smithson

Alan Smithson is passionate about events. He loves them so much that he accepted a nomination for President-Elect for the International Special Events Society (ISES), Toronto Chapter. This appointment means that he has the ability to really make a difference in our industry and that is very important to him.

Julie Smithson

Julie Smithson has been a part of thousands of events. Her attention to detail and ability to leverage supplier relationships has made her a valuable asset to my clients. Her experience began from being a Front Desk Manager of a major hotel, having done near every job at a hotel: Sales, Reservations, Catering, Food & Beverage.

Travis William Campbell

Travis William Campbell likes the side-hustle – working days for the Ontario Government and trading his time between fitness, cooking, culture, music and design, which he writes about at
Politics and the public good frame his motivations. Working within the Ontario government as an event manager and as a member of the Ontario Liberals, Travis seeks to promote healthy life-styles.  Looking for new and innovative ways to help people feel, think and act to the utmost of their abilities through good decisions, considerate design and fearlessness, Travis wanted to get involved with the TEDxToronto team.


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