Thank You & First Four Talks From TEDxToronto 2014


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On October 2, 2014, seventeen of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and changemakers  joined together onstage at TEDxToronto to deliver powerful talks and performances that embodied our theme of “Relentless Pursuits”.

More than one thousand delegates shared in an unforgettable experience at Koerner Hall. We had more than one hundred attendees join us at CSI Annex for our Satellite viewing event, and thousands watched the live stream online.

With a surprise opening performance of Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, witty anecdotes provided by our conference host Drew Dudley,  Choir!Choir!Choir! leading us in a one thousand person singalong and Maylee Todd closing the show with her electrifying vocals and live band, TEDxToronto 2014 was positively unforgettable.

We are eternally grateful for the extraordinary contributions of our 2014 Partners, Sponsors, Supporters, Speakers, Performers and Volunteers – without whom, the conference wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you for your time, your contributions and your passion in helping us share ideas worth spreading.

We are so pleased to share with you the first round of talks from TEDxToronto 2014. We hope that these talks and others will encourage you to start conversations and relationships with other passionate thinkers in Toronto and beyond.


Rachel Parent: Why You Have the Right to Know What’s in Your Food 

At a time when environmental factors are contributing so significantly to the agriculture industry, many farmers and corporations are turning to the use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) and pesticides to sustain their crops. Fifteen-year-old activist Rachel Parent believes that the use of these chemicals is negatively affecting our health, and that consumers have a right to know when they’ve been used to modify ingredients in the food we’re buying on a daily basis. In her informative TEDxToronto talk, Rachel urges Canadian officials to make it mandatory for food manufacturers to list the use of GMOs in labelling, so we can make informed decisions as consumers.


Keith Vanderlinde: The Edge of the Universe From the Ends of the Earth 

From dark days to lethal frigid temperatures, one might wonder where lies the appeal of visiting the South Pole. Cosmologist Keith Vandelinde provides insight into such a journey, as he discusses the experience of living in this part of the world for six months in the pursuit of scientific discovery and tells us about the birth of the universe. In this TEDxToronto talk, Keith shares his stories and astonishing images of the South Pole and reminds us that our universe is only one of many — and that secrets to the past can often be found by examining the skies overhead.


Nav Bhatia: Changing Perceptions: From Sikh to Superfan

Toronto has been named the most multicultural city in the world, yet many of the immigrants to the city still encounter racism long after they’ve arrived. Nav Bhatia moved to Toronto in the 1984, and after overcoming significant prejudice and obstacles as a Sikh, today he boasts successful business enterprises and the coveted title of  “Superfan” of the Toronto Raptors. The message in Nav’s TEDxToronto talk is one of hope and inspiration, as he urges us all to use our passions to rise above discrimination to allows us to excel both as individuals and as a city.


Jamil Jivani: Racial Profiling Hurts Everyone, Including the Police

Police forces around the world have often been criticized for racial profiling and for acting with unnecessary force. After being a victim of racial profiling himself, activist Jami Jivani wanted to change the way that the police engage with local citizens. In his TEDxToronto talk, Jamil discusses the importance of mediating the relationship between the police and the public. Though there may be fundamental flaws in the system, Jamil believes that by developing a dialogues with police officials, we can initiate positive change.

We look forward to sharing additional talks from TEDxToronto 2014 with you in the coming weeks.

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