We are excited to introduce the final group of TEDxToronto speakers at this year’s conference. These individuals push the boundaries in their fields and have each carved unique legacies for themselves and their communities.
Sculptor, Architect, Professor
Philip Beesley serves as the Director for the Living Architecture Systems Group and as a Director for Riverside Architectural Press. His Toronto-based practice, Philip Beesley Architect Inc., incorporates industrial design, digital prototyping, and mechatronics engineering. Collaborating with artists, scientists, and engineers has led to a diverse array of projects, working from haute couture collections including hybrid fabrics, to curiosity-based machine learning environments. Beesley has authored and edited sixteen books and proceedings. His work has been featured in various publications, including MIT’s Artifical Life, Vogue, and WIRED.
Creator and Star of CBC’s Workin’ Moms
Catherine Reitman is the Canadian-American creator, executive producer, writer, and star of CBC’s acclaimed original comedy series, Workin’ Moms. Known for her roles in Blackish and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Reitman was a member of Sunday Company at the influential Groundlings improv theatre and school in Los Angeles. Reitman has had roles in other high-profile film and television series including How I Met Your Mother, Real Wedding Crashers, I Love You Man, and Knocked Up. Reitman’s writing producing credits include VH1’s Miss You Much and the web series, Breakin’ it Down with Catherine Reitman.
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Ahmed Hussen is Canada’s Immigration Minister and Member of Parliament for the riding of York South-Weston. A lawyer and social activist, he has a proven track record of leadership and community empowerment. Born and raised in Somalia, Ahmed immigrated to Canada in 1993 where he settled in Regent Park and in 2002, co-founded the Regent Park Community Council, which helped secure a $500 million revitalization project for Regent Park. Ahmed also served as the National President of the Canadian Somali Congress – a Somali community organization that works with national and regional authorities to advocate on issues of importance to Canadians of Somali heritage. In 2004, the Toronto Star recognized him as one of ten individuals in Toronto making substantial contributions to their community.
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