About Dan


Dan Jacob is an experienced event producer, speaker coach and entrepreneur. He is currently CEO of the IDIA Group - a company specializing in event management and speaker development that aims to connect people to the ideas, people and things they should know about. He is the co-founder and event license holder for Canada's largest ideas conference, TEDxToronto; which in addition to a local audience of over 2000, has built an online viewership of over 30,000 in over 100 countries worldwide.

Jacob has overseen numerous events and sponsorship activations for major partners including the National Hockey League, the Canadian Football League and Toronto's Luminato Festival of Arts & Creativity. In addition, he has produced a number of events across Canada that have included the likes of Sir Richard Branson, marketing guru Seth Godin, Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh and New York Times best-selling author Robin Sharma.


English, Spanish

TED Conferences

TEDActive 2014, TEDActive 2012, TEDActive 2011

Areas of Expertise

TEDx, TEDx events production, Social Media & Social Networks, Experiential Marketing, Event Marketing, Business developement, sales, strategy, Event Production and Management, speaker coach, Sponsorship Consulting, Entrepreneur educator

Favorite talks

Comments & conversations

Dan Jacob
Posted about 2 years ago
ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese ... with ease!
I have been trying to find an effective method to learn and contextualize the Chinese characters in a meaningful and memorable way... this is the best method I've come across so far! Thanks ShaoLan! My fiancee's Chinese parents will soon be thanking you as well ;)
Dan Jacob
Posted over 4 years ago
Dave Meslin: The antidote to apathy
Hi Victoria The suitcase was part of our dynamic set design at TEDxToronto last year. We used 3-D projection mapping to digitally animate interesting objects (suitcase, typewriter, human bust, etc.) which helped make the set come to life! You can check out more of the videos at www.tedxtoronto.com/theatre Dan Jacob Co-Chair, TEDxToronto