TEDxToronto Announces First Round of 2017 Speakers


For immediate release TORONTO (July 12, 2017) TEDxToronto is proud to present the first of three rounds of speaker announcements ahead of its conference on October 27, 2017, at Toronto’s Evergreen Brick Works. This first round of speakers provides insight into the rich diversity and variety of this year’s talent and topics.

The TEDxToronto 2017 conference theme is “Legacy.” Legacies shape our understanding of the past, how we live in the present, and our vision for the future. Legacies are formed not only by people, but also by companies, institutions and movements.

Each of the speakers selected are building lasting legacies for the future of technology, design, social acceptance, environmental stewardship, human rights, art, education and beyond. This carefully curated group of speakers is one that radiates passion and excitement in each of their chosen fields, breeding hope and innovation for our collective future.

“We could not be more excited about TEDxToronto’s 2017 roster of speakers,” said Jeff Lohnes, Programming Director for TEDxToronto, “They are all are innovators and forward thinkers who truly represent our city’s impressive community of visionaries and changemakers.”

Rev. Dr. Cheri DiNovo is a well-known LGBTQ activist and has been the Member of Provincial Parliament for Parkdale – High Park for the last 11 years. Cheri has passed more Private Member’s Bills than any other MPP in Ontario’s record, and has passed more pro-LGBTQ legislation than anyone in Canadian history.

Peter Sloly is the former Deputy Chief of Police for the City of Toronto. He is currently an Executive Director at Deloitte, specializing in cutting-edge cybersecurity and modernizing organizations for success in the digital age. Peter is a renowned and highly engaged Torontonian who will share his insight as the true leader in his field of cybersecurity.

Nastassia Subban is a longtime educator and course director at the Faculty of Education at York University. Subban has a strong passion for social justice, education and equity, and is a founding member of the not-for-profit organization Educators for Social Change.

Gimmy Chu is the founding CEO of Nanoleaf, a company focused on pushing the limits of smart lighting and revolutionizing how the world experiences light. Chu’s vision is to make green technology an appeal rather than a compromise through great functionality and smart design.

More than 1,000 delegates will attend the 9th annual conference—Canada’s largest independently organized TEDx event—that will bring 12 exceptional speakers to the TEDxToronto stage. The remaining speakers and ticketing information will be announced in the coming weeks.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TEDlike experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are selforganized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi OkonjoIweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TEDEd; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TEDstyle events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED or Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted.


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