What do you get when you bring together an urbanist, an expert on cyber espionage, an eHealth pioneer, and a couple of feminist groundbreakers? The first five speakers for TEDxToronto 2012, which will be held on Oct. 26 at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts.

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo, Lead for the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation, University Health Network 

A biomedical engineer who has spent his career observing healthcare delivery from the inside, Dr. Cafazzo works on ways to keep people out of the hospital by creating technologies that allow for self-care at home. Learn more.

Ronald J. Deibert, Director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and Citizen Lab

In addition to teaching political science at the University of Toronto, Dr. Deibert runs The Citizen Lab, an interdisciplinary research and development hothouse working at the intersection of the Internet, global security and human rights. Learn more. 

Heather Jarvis and Sonya JF Barnett, Co-founders of Slutwalk Toronto

Slutwalk began in early 2011 as a small idea to fight sexual violence by combatting victim-blaming, slut-shaming and sexual profiling. It has since spread around the world. Heather Jarvis is a queer, sex- and body-positive feminist dedicated to gender equality, sexual education and supporting marginalized communities. Sonya JF Barnett champions women’s sexual rights, and is also the founder of The Keyhole Sessions, which explores the marriage between sex and art. Learn more. 

Shawn Micallef, Urbanist

The author of Stroll: Psychogeographic Walking Tours of Toronto, and Full Frontal T.O., Mr. Micallef is a columnist at the Toronto Star and senior editor of Spacing magazine. He also co-founded [murmur], a documentary oral history project that records stories and memories told about specific geographic locations. Learn more. 

We’re positive you won’t be disappointed by these speakers, who will speak on the theme of ALCHEMY — the magical process of taking ordinary common elements, usually of little value, and combining them to make something extraordinary, of great value. Join us in welcoming this group of talented Torontonians to TEDxToronto 2012.