TEDxToronto Announces Speakers for 2013, Opens Delegate Applications

TORONTO (July 11, 2013)

TEDxToronto has made its choice. It has selected four speakers taking part in the 2013 conference being held on September 26th at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.

This year’s conference theme is “The Choices We Make” and each speaker embodies the power of choice. One is a mental health advocate, one is a clinical social worker, one is a leader in Canada’s aboriginal and business communities, and one is an expert in human behaviour and body language.

“The ability for our speakers to inspire change is first and foremost. These four speakers are already helping to do that in the community every day,” said Afshin Mousavian, Chair and co-organizer of TEDxToronto. “Each brings a unique perspective to the choices we make – the theme of this year’s conference – and we’re confident their talks will resonate with our conference delegates.”

This year’s speakers include:

Mark Henick: Mark is a mental health advocate. Informed by his direct experience with the health care system, Mark has authored commentaries on issues relating to mental health for major newspapers across Canada and the United States. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Philosophy, with a graduate degree in Child Development. At 22, he became the youngest person elected to president of a Canadian Mental Health Association provincial division. Currently, he is the youngest member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Gabrielle Scrimshaw: Gabrielle is a young professional with a passion to create social impact. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Gabrielle is a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. She has studied international business and policy in Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. Gabrielle became the youngest associate accepted into one of Canada's most competitive post-graduate finance programs. Recently Gabrielle co-founded a national not-for-profit organization for aboriginal professionals and was named the 2013 First Nations Youth Achiever by Indspire.

Deborah S. Berlin-Romalis: Debbie works as a clinical social worker in the Division of Haematology/Oncology, with the Stem Cell Transplant Program and the Paediatric Brain Tumour Program at Sick Kids Hospital. During her years of academic training at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto, she provided crisis intervention and counselling services to women and children at many group homes, women’s shelters, and halfway houses across Toronto. Debbie also facilitates groups for women at Sheena’s Place, a community agency providing support to those with eating disorders, and related issues.

Mark Bowden: Mark is an expert in human behaviour and body language. Mark gives keynote speeches worldwide on persuasive verbal and nonverbal language and communication structures to stand out, win trust and profit when you speak. Mark’s publications are bestselling Winning Body Language (McGraw Hill 2010); Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals (MH 2012); and Tame the Primitive Brain (Wiley 2013). Mark is also the creator of TRUTHPLANE™, a communication training company and unique methodology for anyone who has to communicate to an audience with impact.

More speakers will be announced later this month and in August.


Delegate Applications Open

Applications to become a TEDxToronto 2013 delegate are now being accepted (Click here to apply).
Conference organizers look for enthusiastic applicants who are committed to attending the event, and those who are eager to share knowledge beyond the conference itself. Delegates are selected based on a process that considers only the information provided on the application form. The deadline to apply to be a delegate is Sunday, August 4th at 11:59 p.m.

To learn more about the speakers and the conference, visit www.tedxtoronto.com.
Photos of the speakers are available upon request.


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At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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Contact Information

For interviews with TEDxToronto organizers or speakers:
Candi Jeronimo
Public Relations Manager, TEDxToronto

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