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Theme: Inspiring Your Future

This event occurred on
November 27, 2010
10:00am - 5:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Toronto, ON

We gathered creative and innovative speakers from our community, including students, faculty and alumni from all fields and industries. At TEDxRyersonU, they inspired the diverse attendee populace and spread ideas that might very well have the ability to change our lives. The event showcased the talent that Ryerson has nurtured and produced, giving our diverse group of attendees a chance to expand their knowledge of developments in different areas beyond just their own.

Ted Rogers School of Management
55 Dundas Street West
Toronto, ON, M5G 2C3
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Peter Nowak

Peter Nowak has been a technology writer for over a decade. He is a journalism graduate from Ryerson University, and is finishing up his time with CBCnews.ca as a senior science and technology writer. He is also a published author of the thought provoking book, Sex, Bombs, and Burgers (2010), which is also the basis of his current blog.

Dr. Martin Antony

Dr. Martin M. Antony is Director of the Anxiety Research and Treatment Lab at Ryerson University and Immediate Past-President of the Canadian Psychological Association. His PhD is in clinical psychology from the University at Albany, State University of New York. In 1998, he founded the Anxiety Treatment and Research Centre at St. Joseph’s Healthcare in Hamilton, and in 2003 became Director of Research.

Dr. Hossein Rahnama

Dr. Hossein Rahnama is the Research and Innovation Lead at Ryerson's Digital Media Zone, and also the Research Director of the Ubiquitous Computing Group at Ryerson University, and an instructor for the Department of Computer Science. Hossein conducts research in he Ryerson DMZ on models and techniques regarding context-aware computing. The focus of his research team centres around mobile devices used to enhance interpersonal communications while conserving power and energy.

Kate Grisdale

Kate Grisdale is a fourth year student in the History Option of the Arts and Contemporary Studies program at Ryerson. Her accomplishments include working as a research assistant in History, serving as one of the primary organizers of Ryerson’s International Issues Discussion Series Kate also is the winner of the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS) Weller Memorial Essay Prize. This award presents this national award for the best undergraduate and graduate essays in intelligence, national security, defence, or law enforcement written by students at universities or by Canadians studying abroad.

Jeff Perrera

Jeff Perera is a student in Ryerson University’s School of Social Work who worked at the Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services office and currently works as a Facilitator at Ryerson’s Learning Success Centre. Recipient of numerous Social Work and Ryerson Community awards including the Marion Creery Student Leadership Award in 2010 for his Human rights and Equity work, Jeff has created and hosted dozens of events across the campus and city focused on anti-oppression, anti-racism and gender equity education and awareness.

Hecham Ghazal

Hecham Ghazal is a software entrepreneur who has started and worked for many Internet start-ups in the fields of search engine design, online advertising and video platforms. His entrepreneurial spirit led him to LeanIn, a medium for online video that integrates social networking and gaming with online video. Mr. Ghazal has been designing and building software for over ten years. His software and designing experience includes designing and creating large scale web applications, leading engineering teams, and building cloud based applications that handles hundreds of millions of page views. Hecham has a Computer Engineering degree from Ryerson University.

Abbey Fitzpatrick

Abbey Fitzpatrick is a Ryerson University student, completing her final year in Food and Nutrition. Despite her intense dedication to her academics, she is passionate about her roles as the President of her student council, the Assistant to the Chair of a Dietitians of Canada network, and most importantly, as a self-proclaimed foodie. Abbey is passionate about the social, cultural and emotional dimensions of food, and believes that sensitivity to these associations will enhance public health strategies. Upon graduation this Spring, Abbey is anticipating the completion of her first full-length cookbook, complete with fun nutrition and foodie facts, and her own personal stories.

Stephen Dunn

Stephen Dunn is an award winning fim student who is only in his third-year studying film at Ryerson University. The two award winning films include The Hall, dark comedy-drama about Martin Crimp, a young detective, whose fears of rejection manifest into a gigantic menacing owl that prevents him from finding true love and Swallowed, a film that travels deep into a woman’s mourning of her husband, who was swallowed by a whale. Dunn’s films have screened at the Cannes International Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival.

Shantae Johns

Shantae Johns is a fourth year student at Ryerson University, and is involved in the school community as the President of the United Black Students Association (UBSA). She has been a part of the UBSA for the four years of her education. She has a passion for our community, and this passion has grown and developed over the years to issues of social justice, equity, and community solidarity.

Buzz Hargrove

Buzz Hargrove was the national president of the CAW from 1992 to 2008, and known for his action-oriented leadership style. Buzz Hargrove has a great understanding of and commitment to the economic, social and political issues affecting working people and their families in Canada and around the world. He is a published author, and has been awarded Doctorates from Brock University, University of Windsor, Wilfred Laurier, and Ryerson University. He co-hosts BNN’s Buzz Cuts.

Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy has been president and vice-chancellor of Ryerson University since August 1, 2005. Levy has been a leader in the Ontario post-secondary sector for more than 30 years. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Innovation Institute of Ontario, and a member of the Board and the Advisory Council of the Toronto Region Research Alliance. His involvement in the community includes membership on the Board of Directors of Toronto East General Hospital, and the Honorary Board of Directors for the Greater Toronto Marketing Authority. He also serves on the Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Greater Toronto as chair of the Universities and Colleges Sector.

Andrea Belvedere

Andrea Belvedere is a recent Ryerson Alum whom completed a Bachelor of Commerce as a Marketing Major at the Ted Rogers School of Management. Andrea has worked extensively to grow and establish a student-run organization called Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) at Ryerson University. Leading SIFE Ryerson for two years as president, Andrea’s team directly impacted over 7,900 individuals, created over $20,000,000 in new economic opportunity, SIFE Ryerson’s presence was active in 15 countries.

Helen Henderson

Helen Henderson is a former Living reporter at the Star and is currently pursuing her degree in disability studies at Ryerson University. Helen has emceed the City of Toronto’s celebration of the United Nations’ Day for Persons with Disabilities a few years ago. But when asked “What inspires her future?”, she replied with: “The fact is I happen to think the future is boundless for a 64-year-old with MS who uses a wheelchair. We’ve got to ditch the stereotype of disability as tragedy and get rid of the idea of aging as a short cut to a dead end.”

David Brame

David Brame is a Professor of Fashion Illustration and Digital Illustration at Ryerson University. He has a passion for drawing, and tries to instill that same love into his students. David currently splits his time between a variety of projects that include sequential illustration, creating travel logs and sketch diaries, painting, and making sure his daughter thinks he is the coolest person in the world. David was the lead author of a study called: “Ain’t Nothing Comic About It! Educating Young Men about Testicular Cancer: A Resource Development Project”. From this study, two comic books were created with the objective to help educate young men about testicular cancer; the most common cancer in men aged 15 to 35, according to the Canadian Cancer Society

Reilly Dow

Reilly Dow is a second year student in the Early Childhood Education program at Ryerson and in her spare time, she is also graphic recorder, visual artist and educator. Reilly uses her abilities to listen and visually synthesize in her work as a graphic recorder. Her clients range from health care organizations, privately held businesses, educational institutions, and architectural firms to philanthropic organizations and non-profits. She is able to work in English, Spanish and French.

Ian Amirthananthan

Ian is a First year Bachelor of Commerce Student at Ryerson University and has been undergoing vocal training from Maestro David Varjabed for the past two and a half years. To complement the vocal training, Ian has been singing in the chorus of the Opera Bel Canto of South Simcoe for the same period. Ian is 18 years old and was born in Botswana. His parents are from Sri Lanka and are of Tamil descent. From childhood Ian was involved with music. He started his music career at the age of six, being part of the school choir and has performed for the first lady of Zimbabwe.

Organizing team


Toronto, Canada
  • Trung Ho
    Steering Committee
  • Michael Chu
    Steering Committee
  • Kelsey Malenchak
    Steering Committee
  • Edward Hobart
    External Relations
  • Melissa Zenarosa
    External Relations
  • Kailtin Minsky
  • Chris Gruggen
  • Winston Chow
  • Sanjeev Kugan
  • Nehal Kazim
    Online Marketing
  • Chrissy Bajcar
    Online Marketing
  • Sara Khalil
  • Harjas Dogra
  • Jelena Basic
  • Gabriella Goutam
  • Rafay Khan
  • Nabeel Ahmed