TEDxToronto Announces Final Batch of Speakers

As anticipation builds for this year's conference, we are thrilled to announce our final batch of speakers. TEDxToronto 2012 will take place on Oct. 26 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

Angie Draskovic, Founder and CEO of  ZOË Alliance Inc.

Draskovic founded ZOË Alliance in the hopes of leveraging routine economic activity to help developing nations break the cycle of poverty. Through ZOË, companies can "socially source" promotional and merchandise items from village producer groups to build lasting capacity in these communities.

Stéfan Danis, CEO and Chief Talent Officer of Mandrake

With more than 25 years of experience in executive recruiting, Danis is the CEO and Chief Talent Officer of Mandrake, one of Canada's largest privately-held search firms. Passionate about social responsibility, Danis has run across the Gobi and Atacama deserts to raise funds for unemployed and distressed executives.

Jon Dwyer, Chairman and CEO of Flax Energy

While studying at Ryerson University, Dwyer developed a thesis that investigated agricultural solutions to the food versus fuel dilemma. His research resulted in Flax Energy's Food, Fuel, Feed model that makes all three components from one agricultural crop. The company, of which Dwyer is Chairman and CEO, uses an 100 percent food-grade, certified cold-press technology that uses no chemicals in the extraction of oil from flax seeds.

Steven Page, Singer and Songwriter

Best known as the co-founder and former lead singer of the Juno-winning Barenaked Ladies, Page has made his mark on the Canadian music scene. Now a solo artist, the singer has three albums under his belt, including The Vanity Project, Page One, A Singer Must Die and A Different Sort of Solitude. 

We’re positive you won’t be disappointed by these speakers, who will speak on the theme of ALCHEMY – the magical process of taking ordinary common elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary, of great value. Join us in welcoming this group of talented Torontonians to TEDxToronto 2012.

Attend TEDxToronto 2012 – Applications close September 17, 2012.

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