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TEDxToronto Announces Its Final 2012 Speakers

TEDxToronto announces its final 2012 lineup

Sept. 13, 2012 TORONTO – Seventeen speakers will give the talks of their lives this October 26 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, including newly announced participants Steven Page, Jon Dwyer, Stéfan Danis and Angie Draskovic.

Steven Page: The singer, songwriter, and Canadian icon has made an indelible impression on our country's bustling music scene as the co-founder and former lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, a touring artist, and composer for film and theatre.

Jon Dwyer: The CEO of FlaxEnergy and a clean energy expert, his mission is to find new sources of clean energy to help reduce pollution in our cities and communities using emerging technology.

Stéfan Danis: With 25 years of experience in executive recruiting, he has completed extreme distance runs across the Gobi and Atacama deserts to raise funds for unemployed and distressed executives.

Angie Draskovic: The founder of  ZOË Alliance, which allows companies to “socially source” merchandise from villages  in developing communities around the world. 

“We’re thrilled to have put together an inspiring, thought provoking, and diverse line up of speakers for our fourth annual conference,” said Afshin Mousavian, co-chair of TEDxToronto. “We can’t wait to hear what all of our speakers have to say and to introduce our audience to ideas that are truly worth spreading.”

These speakers will appear on stage during a one-day conference on the theme of Alchemy. Other TEDxToronto speakers include celebrity chef Susur Lee, SlutWalk founders Heather Jarvis and Sonya Barnett and six-year-old Cassie Creighton, who developed the viral gaming app Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure with her dad.

To see the complete lineup of this year’s TEDxToronto speakers, or to apply to attend the conference, please visit

For interviews with TEDxToronto organizers or speakers contact:

Siri Agrell, TEDxToronto



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 TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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 self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 27 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.


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