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  • Rodolphe el-Khoury featured in TEDx Talks Editor’s Picks


    We’d like to congratulate TEDxToronto 2013 speaker Rodolphe el-Khoury for having his talk, “Designing for the Internet of Things”, selected as one of this week’s  TEDx Editor’s Picks!

    Rodolphe is the Director of Urban Design at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty and Partner in the design firm Khoury Levit Fong. He is the author of critically acclaimed books in architectural history and theory and has received international recognition for his design work including awards form the American Institute of Architects.  As co-director of RAD Lab, Rodolphe researches architectural applications for information technology aiming for enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and cities.

    TEDxToronto is deeply honoured to see yet another talk from our 2013 conference featured in the TEDxTalk’s Editor’s Picks. A few weeks ago, we learned that Mark Henick’s TEDxToronto talk “Why We Choose Suicide” had been selected in this same category.

    Congratulations once again to both Rodolphe and Mark!

  • Announcing our 2014 Conference Theme & Community Nominations


    It is not in the pursuit of happiness that we find fulfillment, it is in the happiness of pursuit.”

    - Denis Waitley

    We are driven by our pursuits. They are the ideas, goals and dreams in our lives that we commit to which are greater than ourselves, fuelled by a passion, dedication and the burning desire to achieve. Our relentless pursuits are what engage us and provide us with intense focus to improve the experience of tomorrow. They are the manifestation of our ideas in action and give us the uncompromising determination to venture into the unknown. Relentless pursuits feed our curiosity of the world, and present worthwhile challenges that bring meaning to our lives. This year’s TEDxToronto theme is a relentless pursuit of not just ideas worth spreading but ideas worth doing.

    Welcome to TEDxToronto 2014: Relentless Pursuits. 

    With this theme in mind, we’re currently looking for speakers, performers, and technology demonstrations to take the stage at our 2014 conference, to be held on October 2nd at Koerner Hall.

     If you are an inspired thinker who is relentlessly pursuing a passion or big idea, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for speakers, performers and demonstrators interested in sharing their idea with local and global communities. We welcome applicants across a breadth of disciplines including science, technology, business, the arts, politics and education. If you believe that you or someone you know would make a great addition to our roster, please apply today

    Applications to attend TEDxToronto 2014, as a member of our audience, will open in mid-July. In addition, we’re always looking for enthusiastic partners and volunteers. If you’d like to get involved to help support our 2014 conference, please send us a message.


  • Mark Henick featured in TEDx Talks Editor’s Picks

    MarkHenick2At TEDxToronto 2013, mental health advocate Mark Henick gave a candid and powerful talk entitled, ‘Why We Choose Suicide‘.

    We’re pleased to announce that Mark’s talk has been selected as one of the TEDx Talks Editor’s Picks for this week!

    TEDx Talks offers a vast library of talks filmed at independently organized TEDx events. It’s an excellent resource for those interested in learning about local discussions and ideas that are shared at TEDx events worldwide.

    We’re incredibly proud to see Mark featured here today. Congratulations, Mark!

  • Announcing our 2014 Leadership Team and Conference Date


    TEDxToronto is pleased to introduce our Leadership Team for 2014. This talented group of TEDx enthusiasts will work closely together and with their subcommittees to deliver our  6th annual TEDxToronto conference, taking place at The Royal Conservatory of Music on October 2, 2014. 

    Please join us in welcoming:

    Dan Jacob - TEDxToronto license holder and Co-Chair

    Melody Khodaverdian - Co-Chair

    Meredith Dees - Director of Programming

    Steph Brown - Director of Marketing

    Valerie Bruce - Director of Logistics

    Meagan Madill - Director of After Party

    Bernadette Le-Quang - Project Manager

    With the Leadership Team finalized, we are now accepting applications for subcommittee members who wish to join our Marketing, Programming, Logistics, Partnerships and After Party teams. If you’re interested in volunteering to help us deliver what promises to be our most exciting conference to date, please submit your application on or before April 20th, 2014

    Make sure you save October 2nd, 2014 to experience the magic of TEDxToronto!



  • Final Talks Released From TEDxToronto 2013

    We are thrilled to share with you three more illuminating talks and a notable performance from TEDxToronto 2013 – all talks from the event are now live on our site and can be viewed here.


    Darrell Bricker
    In the past 40 years, great global migrations have changed the demographic, socioeconomic and cultural landscapes of Canada. The Central and Eastern Canadian influences that once drove the politics of our country have changed. And the many Canadians who are unaware that this has happened are at risk of being left behind if they fail to recognize and respond to the new normal. Watch as Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs, uses research and statistics to help show how Canada is in flux, and how we must alter our perceptions about this shift.


    Gabrielle Scrimshaw
    Watch as Aboriginal young professional Gabrielle Scrimshaw discusses her personal journey, moving from the Hatchet Lake First Nation community in Northern Saskatchewan to Toronto, and the resultant challenges she struggled with and the hurdles she overcame. She discusses, at length, the issues that Aboriginal youth currently face, in Canada and elsewhere. She articulates how Aboriginal Canadian youth currently stand on a precipice, and that their fates may lie in either direction contingent on the action or inaction of Canadian citizens and government.


    Mark Bowden
    Within seconds of Mark Bowden walking on stage to close out the day’s Talks, he announced to the audience that they had already decided whether he was “friend or foe”. In his Talk, Mark argues that whether we’re aware of it or not, this kind of judgment is a direct result of the instantaneous evaluations of our primitive brains. Every day, our brain weighs the people we meet and places each person into one of four categories: friend, enemy, potential sexual partner, or indifferent. However, he argues one can employ specific behaviours to change another’s perceptions and in fact, challenges us to be “more inauthentic.”


    Wes “Maestro” Williams
    In course of this combination performance and Talk, Canada’s “Godfather of Hip Hop” gets over 900 hands waving in the air, including those of both teenagers and grandparents alike. Watch as Wes Williams AKA Maestro Fresh Wes discusses his continued journey as a musical artist whose songwriting has been very much inspired and defined by the city in which we live. He speaks to his lyrics as reflections of his values system, sticking to your vision, and music as a component of civic engagement. Moreover, listen to the audience react to the songs that, over the past 25 years, have become part of the soundtrack of our urban landscape.


    -The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee