TEDxToronto announces lineup for 12th annual event

Sep 25 2020, 4:25 pm

TEDxToronto is back next month for the 12th annual event and have announced their first list of speakers for their fall portion.

The first half of the digital event series will be taking place on October 29 and November 26, featuring four interactive digital experiences with their new theme: Uncharted.

“The world today is something we’ve never experienced before—and these uncharted waters are making us ask some big questions,” said co-chairs Gillian Cameron and Kapil Khimdas.

“We are all asking, ‘How can we see the larger picture, find sources of hope, and balance our individual goals with what we owe to each other?’”

Below is the full list of speakers set to take part of the digital event this October:

Sara Mojtehedzadeh, Journalist (October 29th)

        The Toronto Star’s Work and Wealth reporter, writing on the changing workplace, including precarious work, labour issues, and workers’ compensation. Mojtehedzadeh’s work at the Star has been recognized by the Hillman Foundation prize for social justice-oriented investigative journalism and nominated for the Michener Award for public service journalism and several National Newspaper Awards.

Ran Goel, Founder, Fresh City (October 29th)

        Ran Goel is the Founder of Fresh City, which is a Toronto urban farm and organic retailer. Goel founded Fresh City in 2011 to create a better life through food, after changing his career focus as a Wall Street investment lawyer, according to the organizers. Goel has appeared on Dragon’s Den to pitch the Fresh City concept. He is passionate about the intersection of community, ecology, and our food system.

Jimmy Ba, Artificial Intelligence Expert (October 29th)

        Jimmy Ba is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Toronto. Ba, also a faculty member at Vector Institute, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIFAR) AI Chair program, was a recipient of Facebook Graduate Fellowship 2016 in machine learning. His research looks at developing novel deep learning algorithms, helping to advance our understanding of the human mind, intelligence, and computation, according to organizers.

Frances Donald, Global Chief Economist (October 29th)

        Frances Donald is Global Chief Economist for Manulife Investment Management and a financial and economic commentator. Donald has been called the “anti-dismal scientist” and uses her platform to make economics and finance relevant and entertaining, to all.

Hamza Haq, Actor (October 29th)

        Hamza Haq, the star of CTV’s “Transplant, is a Canadian Screen Award nominee, who has also been featured in shows such as “Designated Survivor” and “Quantico”. Haq uses his public platform to speak on issues important to him, including refugees’ rights, racial injustice, and fighting against stereotypes.


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For the November event, the list of speakers include:

Kofi Hope, Urban Changemaker (November 26th)

        Kofi Hope is the Co-Founder of Monumental, which is a new start-up, focusing on helping “organizations work towards an equitable recovery from COVID-19”, according to organizers. Hope is a Senior Fellow at the Wellesley Institute, an Adjunct Professor with the University of Toronto, and a Rhodes Scholar with a Doctorate in Politics from Oxford University who is also dedicated to community and youth advocacy. He has also been recognized as the winner of the Jane Jacobs Prize in 2017 and the following year, as a Rising Star in Toronto Life’s Power List.

Catherine Hernandez, Writer (November 26th)

        Catherine Hernandez is the Artistic Director of b current performing arts, and the award-winning author of Scarborough and Crosshairs. Scarborough, the novel, won the Jim Wong-Chu Award for the unpublished manuscript, was shortlisted for the Toronto Book Award, Edmund White Award for Debut Fiction, Evergreen Forest of Reading Award, Trillium Book Award and longlisted for Canada Reads. Hernandez’s work as an educator also “empowers artists who sit at various intersections of oppression to know their stories matter.”

Kamran Khan, Doctor and Founder (November 26th)

        Khan is the Founder and CEO of BlueDot, “a social enterprise dedicated to strengthening global readiness against dangerous epidemics by harnessing the vast potential of big data and information technologies,” according to TEDx. Khan is also a Professor of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Toronto, as well as a practicing infectious disease physician.

Amanda Munday, Founder, The Workaround (November 26th)

        Amanda Munday is the Founder and CEO of The Workaround, a parent-friendly workspace with childcare in Toronto. Munday is also the author of Day Nine: A Postpartum Depression Memoir. Named an Inspirational Speaker in Forbes Magazine, she has also had her work showcased by The Toronto Star, CP24 Breakfast, CBC, The Associated Press, Toronto Life and more. Munday has been also been awarded the Toronto Community Foundation Vital People Award for her work with women and technology and is an active advocate for universal childcare, according to TEDx.

Ticket sales are available online for $15 and $40 for the season pass which includes February 4 and March 4 dates.

The Speaker line up for 2021 has not been announced as of yet.


When: October 29 and November 26

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