Meet the speakers team

"Imagine September 30th was your last day – what do you want to tell an audience of 300 diverse, influential, and inspiring individuals from Toronto? How do you want your legacy to live on?"

These are the questions that each speaker for TEDxToronto is posed by Darius Bashar, heading up the Speakers committee, prior to prepping to speak before the crowd.

In early March a team of passionate individuals came together to pull together a selection of leaders to present at TEDxToronto. It all started with a theme – "A Call to Action". Then followed the key themes of the city – entertainment, finance, culture, diversity, healthcare, etc. Candidates that brought these topics to vivid life were then debated on and ranked based on criteria, until the final selects were given the green light to be a part of the presenting roster.

Meet the Speakers Committee, the ones dedicated to bringing the TED vision to life locally:

Jeff Lohnes

A former entertainment programmer in Halifax, Jeff is now an agent with the National Speakers Bureau, working with some of the most brilliant and interesting personalities in the world - and he loves it. He has a passion for bringing people together and watching the energy of crowds. Jeff leads the social and fundraising initiatives for East Coast Connected and is also a Director with 'Music For The Future', promoting music education in remote communities in northern Canada.

Ben Zayandehroudi

Currently at Randstad Staffing, Ben helps grow businesses by finding amazing talent to join their company.

Beyond work, he believes that great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events and small minds discuss about people.  What do you want to talk about?

Darius Bashar

Darius is a digital storyteller and co-founder of, Apollo Media and Pay It Backward Day (#PIBday). He lives for digital and social media marketing, story telling, and really any communication tool that allows human beings to share ideas that can create massive impact.

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