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  • We’re Thrilled to Announce Our Second Round of Speakers

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    Every sport needs fans, and this year’s TEDxToronto conference has both a world-class athlete and a “superfan” on the roster.

    Olympic and World Champion Adam van Koeverden will discuss athletic drive at this year’s conference, while Raptors’ die-hard fan Nav Bhatia will weigh in on how his love of sport helps unite communities. Computer science professor David Fleet brings to life the possibility of machines who see and think, while photographer Colin Boyd Shafer encourages us to rethink the immigrant experience in Toronto through his viewfinder.

    These four speakers join Dr. Margot Taylor, Rachel Parent, and John Cruickshank, along with performers Choir! Choir! Choir!, who were announced earlier this summer.

    We are thrilled to introduce to you our second round of speakers for TEDxToronto 2014:

    Nav Bhatia
    Raptors Superfan

    David Fleet
    Professor, Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough

    Adam van Koeverden
    Olympic and World Champion, Sprint Kayaking


    Colin Boyd Shafer
    Photographer, Cosmopolis Toronto


    Hundreds of applications to attend the conference have already poured in from across the city, but there is still time to apply. Join us in person on October 2, 2014, at the Royal Conservatory of Music to see these inspiring speakers and others at our sixth annual conference.

    Apply here to be part of this incredible day. Please note that delegate applications will close on Thursday, September 4, at 11:59 p.m. And remember, delegates are selected based on a process that considers only the information provided on the application form, so make it count!

    We will soon be announcing additional speakers and performers, as well as exciting details about our official satellite live stream and after party.

    We look forward to sharing further news with you about TEDxToronto 2014, and we hope to see you there!

    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

  • Introducing the TEDxToronto Street Team



    In our sixth year, TEDxToronto has become the largest TEDx event in Canada. We’ve grown from a 120 person conference at Toronto’s Theatre Passe Muraille in 2009, to now welcoming 1,000 delegates to join us at the the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Koerner Hall for TEDxToronto 2014. Talks from our past conferences have garnered thousands of views worldwide, and a number of TEDxToronto talks have made it into the spotlight on TED.com. So we asked ourselves- how do we continue to spread the TED and TEDx message to an even greater number of Torontonians?

    Enter the TEDxToronto Street Team.

    The newly formed Street Team is tasked with introducing TED and TEDxToronto to new audiences across the city. Not only do we hope to encourage more people to apply to attend TEDxToronto as delegates, but we aim to inspire those who’ve perhaps never heard of TED to explore the vast library of TED and TEDx talks that exist online. If we can extend the reach and impact of ideas worth spreading in Toronto and beyond, the possibilities for positive change and innovation are endless.

    You’ll see the TEDxToronto Street Team at a number of events and festivals this summer. They’ll be handing out info cards and stickers, hanging posters and chatting with anyone and everyone about TEDxToronto. If you see the Street Team in your neighborhood, introduce yourself! They’re eager to meet TED and and TEDxToronto fans from all walks of life.

    Tomorrow evening, members of the Street Team will be onsite at Open Roof Festival as we proudly co-present the Oscar-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom. Join us as we watch the film and a musical performance under the stars at 99 Sudbury, and say hello to the Street Team who can answer any questions you may have about TEDxToronto. We hope to see you there!

    And don’t forget, applications to attend TEDxToronto 2014 on October 2nd are now open! Apply today and join us for an unforgettable day of transformative talks from some of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and changemakers.







  • TEDxToronto 2014 Announces First Round of Speakers and Delegate Applications Open


    In its sixth year, TEDxToronto continues to be a platform for the sharing of exceptional ideas. Our 2014 conference will feature 12 thought-provoking talks, 2 fascinating tech demos and 3 awe-inspiring performances from some of Toronto’s greatest thinkers and changemakers.

    We are thrilled to announce our first round of speakers and performers who will take the stage on October 2nd, 2014, at the Royal Conservatory of Music.

    One of our speakers is an esteemed newspaper publisher; one is a fifteen-year-old activist fighting for GMO labelling in Canada; one is a functional neuroimaging and diagnostic brain imaging specialist, and our first performers are a no-commitment choir that have become a city-wide phenomenon. They each have wide-reaching and real impact on individuals and communities in Toronto and beyond.

    We’d like to invite you to apply to take part in this unforgettable day as a member of our audience. Please join us on October 2 as our stellar lineup of speakers and performers explores the theme of ‘Relentless Pursuits,’ and share in a transformative experience with one thousand passionate Torontonians from a breadth of communities, organizations and backgrounds.

    Please note that delegate applications will close on Thursday, September 4, at 11:59 p.m.


    John Cruickshank
    Publisher, Toronto Star
    President, Star Media Group

    Rachel Parent
    Founder, Kids Right To Know

    Dr. Margot Taylor
    Director of Functional Neuroimaging, Diagnostic Imaging, Hospital for Sick Children



    Nobu Adilman and Daveed Goldman, Founders, Choir!Choir!Choir!


    We will soon be announcing additional speakers and performers, as well as exciting details about our official satellite live stream, viewing parties and after party.

    We look forward to sharing further news with you about TEDxToronto 2014, and we hope to see you there!

    The TEDxToronto Organizing Committee

  • 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.