August 03, 2012 09:23 ET

TEDxToronto Announces Five Speakers for 2012

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 3, 2012) - What do you get when you combine an urbanist, an eHealth guru, a cyber espionage expert and two groundbreaking feminist activists? ALCHEMY.

TEDxToronto is thrilled to announce the first five speakers for the Oct 26 conference at the Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, where we will explore the theme of Alchemy.

Heather Jarvis and Sonya Barnett: The co-founders of SlutWalk, a global protest against victim-blaming, which started in Toronto and quickly spread around the world. SlutWalks have been called "the most successful feminist action of the past 20 years."

Ron Deibert: Founder and Executive Director of Citizen Lab, and one of the world's foremost experts on cyber security and censorship. He was one of the authors of the Tracking Ghostnet report that documented an alleged cyber-espionage network affecting more than 1,200 computers in 103 countries.

Dr. Joseph Cafazzo: Head of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation at the University Health Network, he works on ways to keep people out of the hospital by creating technologies that allow for self-care at home.

Shawn Micallef: A leading thinker on cities, columnist for the Toronto Star and senior editor of Spacing magazine, the urbanist is also the author of Stroll: Psychographic Walking Tours of Toronto, as well as Full Frontal TO. He also co-founded [murmur], a location-based mobile phone documentary project.

"We couldn't be more excited for the array of high caliber speakers we've assembled this year. Their talks will challenge opinions, provoke action and create palpable impact for our local and global community," says Afshin Mousavian, Co-chair of TEDxToronto.

Four more speakers will be announced later this month, including one speaker nominated by the community. Interested participants can submit a delegate application beginning August 17.

To learn more about the speakers, check out their BizMedia produced videos at www.tedxtoronto.com, our new website by Jet Cooper and The Working Group.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 27 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Contact Information

  • For interviews with TEDxToronto organizers or speakers:
    Siri Agrell