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Theme: Redefinition

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September 23, 2011
8:00am - 6:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Toronto, ON

Our 2011 conference theme is Redefinition: Definitions impose a frame on the world, shaping communities, social and political structures, our relationships, and ourselves. We rely on them, yet we struggle to break free of their limits. Forces all around us are shifting our definitions, and changing our realities — sometimes violently. A changing definition can be the most powerful force on Earth. A re-definition can change the world.

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George Roter

George Roter has been recognized as one of Canada’s leaders in the non-profit sector and believes that Canadians are passionate about driving social change. George co-founded Engineers Without Borders (EWB) as a movement of engineers driven to create meaningful and lasting opportunities for Africans by tackling the root causes of why poverty persists. EWB envisions a world where the next generation of Africans will have the same opportunities as Canadians today.

Carlyle Jansen

Carlyle Jansen, founder of Good For Her is an expert on modern day sexuality for everyone. She has facilitated 1,000+ workshops on sex and relationships for youth, older adults, for sex therapists and for those simply seeking more pleasure in their lives. Her matter-of-fact approach and comfort with sex quickly dispels nervousness & puts participants at ease. She has been featured on The Discovery Channel, Women’s Television Network, The Toronto Star, McLeans Magazine and The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Brian Goldman

Dr. Brian Goldman is an emergency room physician who has worked at Mount Sinai Hospital in downtown Toronto for more than 20 years. He is also a prominent medical journalist and the host of CBC Radio’s White Coat, Black Art. In Dr. Goldman’s first book, The Night Shift, published in 2010, he shares his experiences of working through the witching hours at Mount Sinai, as well as at the other hospitals where he has spent his long career.

Bilaal Rajen

Though young, Bilaal Rajan is a published author, motivational speaker, child activist, successful fundraiser, founder of a children’s school in Tanzania for HIV/AIDS orphans, UNICEF Canada’s child ambassador, and founder of Hands For Help organization and Bilaal Rajan foundation. Bilaal has always been motivated to help people in need, especially children, since he was 4 years old. Bilaal’s goal is to inspire a million kids in the next three years to take action and have kids helping kids.

Adam Garone

To date, over a million moustaches have been grown for Movember, raising more than $178 million to change the face of men’s health. In 2004, Adam and the other Founders established Movember as a not for profit entity and chose prostate cancer as the cause, so that men were given an opportunity to support a serious disease that affected them. Fast-forward to 2011 and the moustache has emerged as the global symbol for men’s health, with official campaigns in ten countries.

Ariel Garten

Ariel is the CEO and co-founder of InteraXon, which creates thought controlled computing products and applications. 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. Referred to as the “Brain Guru”, Ariel and her team’s work has been featured in hundreds of articles in over 20 countries.

Brandon Hay

In 2007, Brandon Hay founded Black Daddies Club (BDC) in response to the lack of forums and spaces for Black men to discuss parenting issues as well as issues facing the Black community as a whole. By developing support systems for black fathers, hosting events and discussions, and working with media, BDC strives to empower black fathers and provide positive images of black fathers as responsible, involved and loving role models.

David Miller

David Miller was elected Toronto’s 63rd mayor in 2003, and was re-elected in 2006. During this time, David’s mandate was to make Toronto a world-class city: one of prosperity, livability and opportunity. David is a leading advocate for the creation of sustainable urban economies. In addition to being a strong and forceful champion for the next generation of jobs through sustainability, he advises companies – and governments – on practical measures to make this happen.

Jeff Melanson

Jeff Melanson was appointed Executive Director of Canada’s National Ballet School in November 2006. Jeff Melanson is also a student in the Adult Ballet program at Canada’s National Ballet School, a member of YPO, a trustee with the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts (US) and has been an invited speaker at United Nations and UNESCO events. In November, 2010, Melanson was appointed special advisor on arts and culture to Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.

Ted Sargent

Ted Sargent is a Professor at the University of Toronto where he holds Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology. His work has been published in Nature, Science, Nature Nanotechnology, Nature Materials, and Nature Photonics. He is founder and CTO of InVisage Technologies. He is Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and is Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He is a KAUST Investigator.

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