Corey Vidal is a Canadian full-time YouTuber living in Toronto, Ontario. He has been making videos on YouTube since 2006, and has over 65 million views on his channel. He is most recognized for his viral video “Star Wars A Capella (John Williams Is The Man)”, which has over 17 million views.
Corey is the founder and president of ApprenticeA Productions, one of the largest YouTube networks and production companies in Canada, spanning ten unique YouTube channels. ApprenticeA has worked with over a dozen Fortune 500 companies, including LucasArts, Intel, Toshiba, Sanyo, NBCUniversal, Coca-Cola, Google, and many more.
GWYNNE DYER has worked as a freelance journalist, columnist, broadcaster and lecturer on international affairs for more than 20 years, but he was originally trained as an historian. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.
Dyer’s recent books include “Ignorant Armies: Sliding into War in Iraq” (2003), “Future: Tense” (2005) and “The Mess They Made: The Middle East After Iraq” (2007), all of which were number one or number two on the Globe & Mail’s non-fiction best-seller list.
His new book “Climate Wars”, based on his recent CBC “Ideas” series of the same name, deals with the frightening geopolitical implications of large-scale climate change, and has just been published in Canada by Random House.
“Crawling from the Wreckage”, just published, traces the world’s halting emergence from the dark tunnel of the past decade, a time marked by exaggerated fears of terrorism, futile and unnecessary wars in the Middle East, neglect of climate change, and financial near-collapse.
Peter A. Singer
Peter A. Singer has dedicated the last decade to bringing science and innovation to tackle the health challenges of the world’s poorest people. He is well known around the world for his creative solutions to some of the most pressing global health problems.
Dr. Singer is Chief Executive Officer of Grand Challenges Canada and Director at the Sandra Rotman Centre (University Health Network and University of Toronto). He is also Professor of Medicine at University of Toronto, and the Foreign Secretary of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.
Dr. Singer chairs the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences’ new assessment on Canada’s Strategic Role in Global Health. He has advised the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the UN Secretary General’s office, the Government of Canada, Pepsico, BioVeda China Venture Capital Fund, and several African Governments on global health.
Dr. Singer was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011 for his contributions to health research and bioethics, and for his dedication to improving the health of people in developing countries. In 2007, Dr. Singer received the Michael Smith Prize as Canada’s Health Researcher of the Year in Population Health and Health Services. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences, the U.S. Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, and The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS).
Dr. Singer has published over 300 research articles, received over $50 million in research grants, and mentored hundreds of university students. He recently co-authored, along with Dr. Abdallah Daar, The Grandest Challenge: Taking Life-Saving Science from Lab to Village. He studied internal medicine at University of Toronto, medical ethics at University of Chicago, public health at Yale University, and management at Harvard Business School. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Dr. Heather Gilley, and his family, and has served his community as Board Chair of Branksome Hall, an acclaimed and internationally-minded school for girls.
Dr. David Jaffray is the head of Radiation Physics at The Princess Margaret, and is internationally recognized for his leadership in developing new and more precise approaches to radiation therapy that contribute to better outcomes for patients.
He has won each of the major prizes in the field of medical physics and has been identified as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. He is the founder of Techna, a new institute at University Health Network aimed at forging partnerships with industry and helping scientists take their discoveries to market.
Passionate about fusing art and social change from an early age, Ilona’s diverse experiences range from being a Canadian delegate to the United Nations at 17 years old to producing concerts across Canada. A life long social entrepreneur, in January 2004 Ilona co-founded Apathy is Boring, (www.apathyisboring.com) a national non-partisan charitable organization that uses art and technology to educate Canadian youth about democracy. As Apathy is Boring’s Executive Director she has been featured by the national media, worked with rock stars, and given thousands of youth the tools they need to get involved in their communities. Raised by socially engaged parents in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and Whitehorse, Yukon, Ilona currently lives in Montreal, Quebec.
Maureen Holloway is heard in Toronto as co-host of Derringer in the Morning on Classic Rock Q107, and across Canada as host of The Last Word, a commentary on the foibles of the famous, featured live every morning on Q104 Halifax, More 103.9 London, Power 97 and CJOB Winnipeg, Joe FM Edmonton, Q107 Calgary and Rock 101 Vancouver. On television, Maureen has hosted The Dish Show, the Comedy Network’s Gemini-nominated gabfest, and Flick, the Life Network’s movie review show, as well as regular features on CTV’s eNow and Canada A.M. Maureen is the recipient of the Canadian Association of Broadcaster’s Gold Ribbon Award for Humour. Diagnosed with breast cancer in 2005, Maureen is an outspoken advocate for women’s health issues, and proud to be associated with fundraising campaigns for St. Michael’s Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital and Women’s College Hospital. Maureen is in frequent demand as a lecturer and keynote speaker, where her topics encompass women, humour and wellness.
Will heads up a unique academic-NGO partnership , where he teaches law and science students how to research, prepare and present evidence that will result in precedent-setting legal victories. His mission is to help groom Canada’s next generation of environmental leaders so they can more strategically engage in environmental litigation and law reform debates. From Parliament Hill to the Supreme Court of Canada, Will practices law bilingually with a view to defending his clients’ right to a healthy environment. Whether it’s in relation to offshore oil drilling in the Arctic or the Gulf of St. Lawrence, protecting endangered species, monitoring enforcement or pursuing environmental tort claims, Will is in the middle of it all. He has litigated before all levels of court, most recently representing interveners in a Supreme Court case concerning contaminated site remediation in a bankruptcy and insolvency context.
Will is passionate about helping Canadians hold governments and politicians to account. With law students and web designers he created an easy-to-use collection of House of Commons debates about Canada’s environmental and natural resource issues, available online and updated weekly. Check out www.envirohansard.ca to find out what your Member of Parliament is saying.
Prior to joining Ecojustice, Will practiced law at a large Montreal firm and with the federal broadcasting and telecommunications regulator (CRTC). He has worked extensively on trade and environment issues, in both Canada and Mexico. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Will worked on Parliament Hill, both in the federal Environment Minister and the Prime Minister’s offices. Will did his undergraduate degree at McMaster University, his graduate studies in political science at UBC, and his civil and common law degrees at McGill University. He is called as a lawyer to the bars of both Ontario and Quebec. Currently, Will is a Member of the Barreau du Quebec’s Environmental Law committee. He has published numerous op-eds, articles and reports in academic and non-academic journals.
Will lives in Chelsea, Quebec, with his wife, two children and three dogs, and he dreams of opening a law practice that is situated in the stern of his canoe.
Alessandra Naccarato is the Chair of Spoken Word Canada, a writer, spoken word poet, interdisciplinary artist and community organizer. A two-time finalist in the Canadian National Slam and the Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, she was Toronto’s representative in the 2012 Women of the World Poetry Slam, and is the coach of the Toronto Poetry Slam Team. Nomadic by nature, she has performed in every major city in Canada, featured in festivals from New York to Argentina, found homes in Italy, Ghana, and Brazil and studied under artists from around the world. Profiled on the cover of the Montreal Mirror, Nightlife Magazine and FastForward Newspaper for her unique approaches to art and activism, Alessandra has run a community press, produced public art festivals, acted as the Artistic Director of Montreal’s Throw Poetry Collective, and worked with hundreds of youth across Toronto and Montreal.
Adil Dhalla is innovating how we learn about the world through My City Lives, a local video platform that he co-founded in 2009 and that now operates in over 170 cities globally. Belonging to one of the first graduating classes at The York School (Class of 2001), Adil went on to receive his undergraduate degree in History from Queen’s University and his MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University, although he admits to never being a “great student”. Always restless, Adil’s story is one filled with great risks and great adventures, such as when he worked on the Barack Obama campaign in Brooklyn or when he travelled to rural Tanzania to work for a technology-based non-governmental organization. It was while in Tanzania that Adil realized the potential for technology to disrupt the information space and his work has since led him to many successes including now working with publishers to change how we access the news. Adil has spoken at TEDxQueen’sUniversity about the future of online video and is constantly called upon to give talks about entrepreneurship, social innovation and his love for the ukulele.