Sheppard is the co-founder and executive director of The Remix Project, which aims to help level the playing field for people from disadvantaged, marginalized and under-served communities. He serves as a board member for Schools Without Borders and is the chair of the Laidlaw Foundation's Youth Organizing Committee. Sheppard spoke at TEDxToronto 2009, and is also a 2010 TED Fellow.
Dudley is the founder and chief catalyst of Nuance Leadership, Inc. After serving as the director of Canada's largest university leadership development program, he founded Nuance in 2010, and works with organizations worldwide to develop people's leadership skills. Dudley spoke at TEDxToronto 2010, and has also appeared on the main page of TED.com.
The theme for this year's conference is ALCHEMY – the magical process of taking ordinary common elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary, of great value. TEDxToronto 2012 will take place on Oct. 26 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.