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Theme: Think Forward

This event occurred on
November 20, 2011
10:00am - 6:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Toronto, ON

This year, we are back again with bigger ideas, but with the same goals—to connect Ryerson affiliates from all fields to share ideas, inspire, and collaborate. In the fall of 2011, the 2nd annual TEDxRyersonU conference will be hosting around 300 selected attendees, coming from not only all faculties and levels within Ryerson, but also from the Toronto community. With this year's event, we want our community to think about the future. It’s time to stop thinking within the confinements of old rules, and see the incredible results that can be accomplished by thinking with new discoveries and thinking without rules, or as we’d like call it: Think Forward.

Glenn Gould Studios
CBC Building, 250 Front Street West
Toronto, ON, M5V 3G5
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Dr. Alan Shepard

As provost and vice president academic he authored Ryerson’s current academic restructuring plan entitled “Shaping Our Future”, the success of which has led him to be reappointed to a second term set to begin in 2012. Before coming to Ryerson Dr. Shepard was the associ- ate vice-president academic at the University of Guelph. He speaks regularly on administrative issues facing universities and was the keynote speaker at the 2010 European University Association in Bologna, Italy. Dr. Shepard is also an award-winning educator. He received his PhD in English from the University of Virginia

Tony Burman

Tony Burman is currently a lecturer and chair of the Velma Rogers Graham Research endowment at the School of Journalism at Ryerson University, and formerly Al Jazeera’s head of strategy for The Americas (2010-2011), managing director from Al Jazeera English (2008-2010), and the former editor in chief of CBC News for nearly eight years where he was in charge of editorial content on radio, television and the internet.

Alex Fox

Alexandra Fox is in her 4th year in Fashion Communications at Ryerson. Originally from St. John’s, Newfound- land, Fox is an intrepid event planner, with a place in her heart for design and photography. Fox looks at the study of Fashion as more than the study of clothing – it’s the study of design. It’s the study of the processes that make certain items the be-all-end-all product, and the study of why people are attracted to and invest in certain products and services. Fox spent this past summer overseas in Ghana with Engineers Without Borders. She hopes to bring back her experience from this summer to promote a message that portrays Africa truthfully and positively.

Sheldon Levy

Sheldon Levy has been president and vice-chancellor of Ryerson University since August 1, 2005 and was recently reappointed for a second five-year term serving until July 31, 2015. His past experience includes leadership roles in the Ontario post- secondary sector for more than 30 years. He has served as vice- president, government and institutional relations, University of Toronto; vice-president, finance and strategy, University of Ontario Institute of Technology; vice-president, institutional affairs, York University; and president of Sheridan College, now the Sheridan College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

Ramona Pringle

Ramona Pringle is an enterprising interactive storyteller, earning accolades for her work across the multimedia landscape. She is currently developing a transmedia interview project, seeking a collaborative blueprint for living in the digital world, and is on the New Media faculty at Ryerson University. She has recently completed production on a pilot called The Real Lives of Avatars, chronicling the lives of online gamers and digital media citizens. As an Interactive Producer for Digital Nation, in the PBS FRONTLINE program, she developed the interactive portal called “Your Stories”, a forefront multimedia documentary project featuring user-generated content.

Adrian Bulzacki

Adrian Bulzacki is the founder of ARB Labs Inc. He is a PhD student at Ryerson University specializing in multimedia systems with a particular focus on Predictive Gesture Recognition and Augmented Reality. Adrian’s field of expertise is in Computer Software and Hardware, including Mobile Electronics, and Performance Computing. Adrian is also a Lab Supervisor for the Ryerson Multimedia Laboratory and was part of a small team which designed Ryerson’s Centre for Interactive Multimedia and Information Mining.

Jeremy Kinsman

Ambassador Jeremy Kinsman has been Ryerson University’s Distinguished Visiting Diplomat since 2010. During a 40 year career with the Canadian Foreign Service, he held numerous posts including: Ambassador in Moscow, Ambassador in Rome, High Commissioner in London, and Ambassador to the European Union in Brussels. Since his retirement from the Canadian Foreign Service in 2006, Ambassador Kinsman has become a highly sought after commentator on foreign affairs, making regular contributions to news outlets and journals such as CBC News, The Globe and Mail, the International Herald Tribune

Sean Wise

Sean Wise is a Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, where he teaches entrepreneurial perspectives to both MBAs and undergrads. He is the author of two books, the latest entitled “How to be a Business Superhero” and is the founder of VenCorps.com, an organization which seeks to revolutionize the business of seed investing in much the same way Wikipedia revolutionized the encyclopedia industry. He also holds an MBA, is a trained lawyer, a PhD candidate at the University of Glasgow, and serves as the online host and industry advisor for CBC’s business reality show, Dragons’ Den.

Dr. Mary Donahue

Dr. Mary Donohue is more than a rapidly advancing management analyst, she has been nominated to the Globe and Mail’s Top 40 Under 40, awarded Canada’s Centennial Achievement Medal, and is a regular guest contributor on Global TV’s Moneywise, City TV and CP24. Mary is also the founder of The National Mentoring Program. Her first book, E-Commerce Made Easy was a top seller in 2000. Mary is now a professor in Early Childhood Education at Ryerson. She has her Doctorate of Education and Leadership from Central Michigan University, where she recently completed a study on the effects of philanthropy on leaders.

Dr. Ivan Joseph

Dr. Ivan Joseph joined Ryerson Athletics and Recreation in July 2008 as the Director of Athletics. As a Director, he is responsible for strategy, leadership and management of the Department of Athletics and Recreation, which serves the entire university with 11 varsity teams, over 20 multi- tiered intramural leagues, several sports clubs and other extensive offerings. Before joining Ryerson, Joseph was Director of Soccer Operations, Head Men’s Soccer Coach and Assistant Professor, Health and Physical Education at Graceland University, a century-old liberal arts institution in Lamoni, Iowa. Born in Guyana, he grew up in Toronto where he was a nationally ranked high-school track and field athlete.

Gwen Elliot

Gwen Elliot is a recent graduate of Ryerson’s Radio and Television program. Upon graduating, Gwen found herself where many Millennials do: moving back home with the parents while trying to find that elusive ‘dream job.’ While trying to find it, she studied hundreds of successful people to find out how they started their big careers. And so Gwen’s obsession with what it takes to ‘start’ was born. She shares her research on a blog, which evolved into a website, and eventually a television show which she created and hosts on Rogers TV Toronto called, ‘Start Something Big!’

Dr. James Smith

James Andrew Smith received BSc and MSc degrees in Electrical Engineering at the University of Alberta in 1998 and 2001, respectively. In 2006 he completed a PhD in Mechanical Engineering at McGill University. From 2006 to 2008 he conducted research on legged systems with Andre Seyfarth at the University of Jena’s Lauflabor Locomotion Laboratory in Jena, Germany. In 2008, Dr. Smith joined Ryerson in 2010/11. His research interests inter- sect biomechanics and robotics fields and include orthosis design, analysis, and correction of pathological gaits, and legged robots.

Evgeny Tchebotarev

Evgeny believes everybody can share one common language: photography. That is the driving force behind the rapidly growing photo-sharing website he co-founded with Oleg Gutsol in 2009, six years after starting 500px as a community blog. In two years, 500px.com, has gained over 250,000 users and continues to grow with the potential, and for Evgeny, the goal, of surpassing photo-sharing behemoth Flickr. Yes, the finance major who graduated from Ryerson University in 2007 has made a career of photography. He believes that the goal of 500px is to connect the world’s best photographers and the best photos in order to create something new and inspiring.

Julie Rochefort

Julie Rochefort is a registered dietitian and recent graduate from Ryerson’s Masters of Health Science specializing in nutrition communication. Over the course of her graduate studies, Julie experienced a radical shift in her professional and personal views towards fatness such that her academic work gave way to a national advocacy campaign, Shift the focus away from weight. In April 2011, Julie’s submission to National Dialogue on Healthy Weights spearheaded by the Public Health Agency of Canada advocated for Canadian’s to consider an urgent need to shift our focus away from promoting weight loss to promoting health & body acceptance.

Josh Louie

Josh Louie is a third year student at Ryerson University pursuing a major in entrepreneurship and a minor in marketing. Louie’s experiences at Ryerson include helping SIFE Ryerson prepare for the ACE Nationals Competition where Ryerson was awarded 2nd place for the best Financial Literacy program in Canada. Louie’s involve- ment with SIFE Ryerson has also led him to speak to students of Parkdale Collegiate Institute, The Covenant House (homeless shelter), and Eva’s Place (emergency homeless shelter) covering a range of financial literary topics.

Organizing team


Toronto, Canada
  • Trung Ho
    Steering member
  • Kelsey Malenchak
    Steering member
  • Harjas Dogra
    Steering member