TEDxToronto Announces More 2012 Speakers

August 17, 2012 TORONTO: One of the youngest TEDx speakers ever will take the stage in Toronto this October, along with a celebrity chef, an advocate for in vitro meat and The Woman Who Changed Her Brain.

TEDxToronto is thrilled to announce more speakers for the October 26 conference at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, where we will explore the theme of Alchemy.

Ryan and Cassandra Creighton: The father-daughter team behind Sissy’s Magical Ponycorn Adventure, an endearing video game that has charmed fans around the world. Just six years old, Cassie will be one of the youngest TEDx speakers to ever take the stage.

Barbara Arrowsmith-Young:  Described as “the Helen Keller of neuroplasticity” she developed brain exercises to lift the fog of her own learning disabilities, and then founded the Arrowsmith School, a program has been implemented in 40 schools around the world.

Isha Datar: The author of Canada’s only scientific investigation into cultured meat, her work has contributed to the development of Canada’s first in vitro meat lab at the University of Alberta. She is an advocate for the responsible use of science to contribute to food security.

Susur Lee: A culinary legend and Top Chef Master who began his career in the kitchen of Hong Kong’s Peninsula Hotel at the age of 16. Balancing the epicurean traditions of China with the classical techniques of French cuisine, he is known for a daring and original culinary aesthetic.

TEDxToronto will feature 18 speakers, including urbanist Shawn Micallef, SlutWalk founders Heather Jarvis and Sonya Barnett, cyber security expert Ronald Deibert and eHealth guru Dr. Joseph Cafazzo. More speakers will be announced in the weeks to come.

To learn more about the speakers, check out their videos at www.tedxtoronto.com our fancy new web site by the creative geniuses at Jet Cooper and The Working Group.

For interviews with TEDxToronto organizers or speakers contact:

Siri Agrell, TEDxToronto

416.877.0269 siri@tedxtoronto.com


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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.com. 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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