Previous Years

TEDxToronto 2016

On October 22, 2016, 1000 delegates, volunteers, speakers and performers gathered together at Koerner Hall to be inspired. The 2016 conference paid homage to our vibrant city and its communities. It focused on new ways in which we communicate, innovate and problem-solve through the theme, Symbols + Signals. Four performances, 12 speakers and two tech demos left the audience in awe as we explored topics including, rehabilitation science, female sexuality, the future of transportation and the meaning of names.

Watch the 2016 talks and performances.

TEDxToronto 2015

On October 22, 2015, TEDxToronto presented 14 big thinkers, three unbelievable performers and one captivating host, surrounding the thought-provoking theme: Thresholds. The 2015 conference marked several big “firsts” on the TEDx stage, including talks from a professional sex worker and an international hostage negotiator. It was as the most successful TEDxToronto conference to-date, reaching the #1 trending topic in Canada on Twitter, with a combined global audience of 6,000, both on-premise and online. Beyond conference day, TEDxToronto hosted inspiring partner events, such the Collaborator’s Breakfast and the Innovator’s Dinner, to further ignite Toronto’s “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

Watch the 2015 talks and performances here.

TEDxToronto 2014

On October 2, 2014, seventeen of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and change-makers joined together onstage at TEDxToronto to deliver powerful talks and performances that embodied the theme of “Relentless Pursuits”. More than one thousand delegates shared in an unforgettable experience at Koerner Hall, 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.

Watch the 2014 talks here.

TEDxToronto 2013

On September 26, 2013, more than 900 delegates attended the conference at the beautiful Royal Conservatory of Music. The speakers came from all corners of the city and spoke on a variety of topics related to the theme, The Choices We MakeMark Henick spoke about suicide and his personal battle, The father of wearables Dr. Steve Mann spoke about sousveillance and the decision to wear a camera for the last few decades, and Gabrielle Scrimshaw spoke about aboriginal youth in Canada and the need for us all to act now to make a difference in Canada’s future.

Check out the the other inspiring talks from our 2013 conference here.

TEDxToronto 2012

On October 26, 2012, over 1,200 attendees gathered at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts for TEDxToronto 2012. There, they hear from a diverse array of speakers on the theme of alchemy, the seemingly magical process of taking ordinary, common elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary of great value.

With a full day of talks and performances, TEDxToronto 2012 was an enormous success. The day began with a bang and the energy and intellectual alchemy continued late into the evening. Speakers were as diverse as singer-songwriter Steven Page, founder of SlutWalk Toronto, Sonya JF Barnett and Chairman and CEO of Flax Energy Jon Dwyer

In addition to our conference attendees, thousands of people participated in TEDxToronto viewing parties, and watched our talks online.

TEDxToronto 2011

More than 750 thinkers and dreamers, innovators and trendsetters gathered last September for TEDxToronto 2011. They took over the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning in downtown Toronto for a day of inspiration and ideas. The theme was REDEFINITION and speakers were challenged to upend the traditional frameworks that shape our communities, relationships and social and political structures.

Speakers included former Toronto mayor David Miller, Movember founder Adam Garone, and Ariel Garten, CEO and co-founder of InteraXon, a company that creates thought-controlled computing products and applications.

In addition to our conference attendees, thousands of people participated in TEDxToronto viewing parties, and watched our talks online.

TEDxToronto 2010

Held on Thursday September 30th, speakers included community organizer Dave Meslin, playwright trey anthony, and Neil Pasricha, author of The Book of Awesome. Organized around the theme of ‘A Call to Action’, 300 audience members filled CBC’s Glenn Gould Studio. More than 20,000 viewers in 100 countries tuned in to the live web cast, and TEDxToronto was the top trending topic on Twitter the day of the conference.

TEDxToronto 2009

TEDxToronto 2009 was held on Thursday, September 10th and featured speakers Don Tapscott, Peter MacLoed, Richard St. John, Tom Rand, Mathew Ingram, Charlotte Yates, Waawaate Fobister, Steven Woods, David Makepeace, D’bi Young, and Gavin Sheppard, who spoke on the theme, “What’s Next.”