July 18, 2011 08:00 ET

Toronto Gets Redefined With a Moustache, a Brain and a Father

TEDxToronto 2011 announces its first round of speakers for this year's event.

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 18, 2011) - Entering its third year, TEDxToronto announces today three of at least 12 speakers that will be participating in this year's event: Adam Garone, Co-founder and CEO of Movember, Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon and Brandon Hay, founder of the Black Daddies Club.

"We are excited to present speakers who are having such a massive impact on our communities," says Dan Jacob, Co-Chair for TEDxToronto. "TEDxToronto puts exceptional care in selecting the best speakers from all disciplines to bring ideas worth spreading to our attendees and thousands online."

Each speaker's work delivers real world examples of this year's TEDxToronto theme Redefinition. Dan Jacob says, "Definitions impose a frame on the world, shaping communities, social and political structures, our relationships, and ourselves. A changing definition can be the most powerful force on earth and a redefinition can change the world."

Adam Garone, Co-founder and CEO of Movember, the global charity event that raises awareness and funds for men's health issues- specifically prostate cancer- through the power of the moustache. Movember, the world's largest private funder of prostate cancer research, has engaged over a million participants to grow and support moustaches for the month of November, raising $178 million to date. A recipient of the Ernst and Young "Entrepreneur of the Year" award in 2008, Adam's vision is that the moustache and Movember will have the same global impact on cancers affecting men that the pink ribbon has for breast cancer.

Ariel Garten is the CEO and Co-founder of InteraXon, creates thought controlled computing products and applications. Her work converts the workings of the mind into tangible solutions. Referred to as the "Brain Guru", Toronto-based Arial and her team's remarkable technology allow people to engage with devices using thought alone. Ariel has also researched at the Krembil Neuroscience Institute studying hippocampal neurogenesis, displayed work at the Art Gallery of Ontario, been head designer at a fashion label, and opened Toronto Fashion Week. InteraXon's has been featured in hundred of articles in over 20 countries.

Brandon Hay, Founder for Black Daddies Club (BDC), started his organization when he realized that there was no existing group or organization with the mandate to help fathers in the black community learn how to be parents. Shortly after Brandon became a father at the age of 24, he began to patch up his relationship with his own dad. But the bonding was cut short when his father was murdered in 2003. Launching BDC was also a way to do something meaningful in honour of his late father. BDC strives to empower black fathers and fathers as responsible, involved and loving role modes, providing a source for new black fathers to learn from their older and more experienced counterparts in the community.

Videos of each of these three speakers discussing their work, their passions and how they're redefining Toronto can be found at tedxtoronto.com/speakers/.

This year's TEDxToronto event will take place at Koerner Hall in The TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning, in Toronto on September 23rd. Delegate applications for the event open today, and can be found at http://tedxtoronto.com/get-involved/. Nominations for speakers can also be made on the website, and will remain open until August 1, 2011.

To ensure inclusivity, TEDxToronto will be available live-streamed on the day of the event, at no charge, at http://www.TEDxToronto.com. As well, interested parties are encouraged to host independent TEDxToronto Satellite Series events, where groups of people can arrange live-streamed viewing parties. Details for the Satellite Series will be available in August.

The independently organized event, licensed by TED, brings together the city's foremost thought leaders, change makers, and everyday people from various disciplines. Past TEDxToronto speakers include Neil Pasricha, author for The Book of Awesome¸ Boonaa Mohammed, Poet, Dr. Catherine Zahn, President and CEO for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Gavin Sheppard, Founder of The Remix Project and TED Fellow. Speakers will be announced in the upcoming two months, leading up to the event.

About TED = Technology, Entertainment, Design

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 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.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration

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About TEDx = 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations).

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