RyersonU
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Theme: ACT

This event occurred on
November 25, 2012
10:00am - 6:00pm (UTC -5hrs)
Toronto, ON
Canada

TEDxRyersonU celebrates those who hve grasped an abstract idea and transformed it into a tangible reality. This year, we went beyond ideation, brainstorming and conceptualization. Our goal was to showcase those who have defied the odds and brought their ideas and dreams to life, with the help of passion and perspiration.

Mattamy Athletic Centre
60 Carlton Street
Toronto, ON, M5B 1J2
Canada
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Robert McKenzie

Robert McKenzie is a Ryerson alumnus (RTA ‘77). He has taught media production, delivered media storytelling seminars and served as producer/director for several broadcast, promotional and informational videos internationally and in North America for more than 35 years. As director of media for Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia, he was instrumental in transitioning their distance and hybrid learning systems from satellite to live and on-demand video streaming utilizing a “flipped” classroom model of blended learning. For the last three decades, he has been a media producer/manager with York University’s Instructional Technology as well as Learning Technology Services, working with faculty, students and staff to share their stories and ideas utilizing various media designs and techniques. He and his team of media producers at York are recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in honour of their media design achievements and significant contributions to Canada.

Robert Heydari

Rob Heydari wears many hats. He’s currently a production coordinator for RUtv at Ryerson’s RTA School of Media, as well as an associate producer-technician at the CBC. A native of Edmonton who moved to Toronto to be at the centre of Canadian media production, he completed his degree, with honours, in Radio and Television Arts in 2011, while also earning a Dennis Mock leadership award from Ryerson in that year. In his spare time (when he has some), Rob enjoys watching the grey-scale clips in infomercials where average people have trouble with normal household tasks. He’s hoping your puzzled reaction to that last sentence proves you were actually reading this biography.

Mitchell Kosny

Dr. Mitchell Kosny is an Associate Director and Professor of the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson University. Throughout the 1990’s, he has been active in many CIDA-sponsored efforts teaching strategic planning to senior level planners, community leaders, and politicians, and leading local government capacity building projects in Asia, Africa, and Europe. He is also involved with municipal issues and the political scene in Toronto, and has been President-Social Planning Council of Metropolitan Toronto; Member-Mayor’s Harbourfront Review Committee; Chair-City of Toronto Planning Advisory Committee; and recently served as Chair of the Toronto Community housing Corporation. He is currently a member of the Union Station Revitalization Public Advisory Group – Toronto.

Darrell Bowden

Darrell Bowden is an Educational Equity Advisor at Ryerson University’s Office of Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services, which aims at “fostering a collegial study and work milieu that is free of discrimination and harassment and one in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity.” He is currently serving as Vice-President of the Canadian Association for the Prevention of Discrimination and Harassment in Higher Education.

Andreas Souvaliotis

Andreas was the founder of Green Rewards, and later AIR MILES for Social Change, the world’s first national environmental and healthy lifestyle incentive programs. Andreas is also an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, and the chair of the national advisory committee on climate change for World Wildlife Foundation Canada.

George Smitherman

A former Ontario Deputy Premier, Minister of Energy and Minister of Health, George Smitherman served as the government’s leading spokesperson on many of the most contentious issues facing the province during his six year tenure as a senior cabinet minister. Since leaving office, he is much sought after for his advice and recognized as one of Canada’s leading public policy voices, having been active in public life as an elected official and senior advisor at the local, provincial and federal levels. His many accomplishments in the public arena include passage of Ontario’s Green Energy and Green Economy Act, internationally recognized as the leading piece of renewable energy legislation in North America. This legislation has been directly responsible for billions of dollars in new investment and thousands of green energy jobs in the province since 2008. He served as an advisor to the Ryerson administration in 2011, helping to support initiatives such as the Digital Media Zone and the Centre for Urban Energy.

Daryl D'Souza

Daryl D’Souza is the co-owner of the Toronto-based Lou Dawg’s restaurants, and a marketing instructor for the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University. As a Ryerson computer science alumni, he worked as an information technology professional in the health services field. Daryl completed a Masters of Business Administration and launched Lou Dawg’s shortly thereafter with a business partner to create a dining experience that resonated with their personality and student roots.

Vincent Hui

Vincent Hui is a highly regarded architecture professor at Ryerson University. His research interests include studying relationships between architecture and media, design communications and fabrication, and architectural pedagogy.

Arne Kislenko

Arne Kislenko is Associate Professor of History at Ryerson University and Adjunct Professor in the International Relations Program at Trinity College/the Munk School for International Studies at the University of Toronto. He has won numerous awards for his teaching, including the 3M National Teaching Fellowship (2011), Ryerson University’s first President’s Award for Teaching Excellence (2007), the inaugural Province of Ontario Leadership in Faculty Teaching (LIFT) Award (2007), and being named as an Honourary Member of the Golden Key Society (2006). In Fall 2005 he was named Ontario’s “Best Lecturer” by TV Ontario following its first “Academic Idol” contest.He appears regularly in the media commenting on current affairs, including U.S. foreign policy, national security, terrorism, immigration, and modern diplomatic history.

Sid Naidu

Siddhartha (Sid) Naidu is the Mentoring Officer & Campus Liaison for the Tri-Mentoring Program where he is currently leading projects around cultural & leadership development. As a proud alumnus, he has served the Ryerson University community from a number of different roles. He is someone who is constantly cultivating his passion in different subject areas & one who truly believes that the world begins where one’s comfort zone ends. Sid’s involvement began by founding the first urban cultured student group on campus 2005, which propelled him to being elected by students as the Vice President of Student Life for the Ryerson Students’ Union in 2007 & to the Board of Governors for Ryerson University in 2008. He was awarded the Dennis Mock Student Leadership Award in 2009 & was a key player in helping lead the Athletic Referendum that same year. More recently his experience has revolved around the growth of underserved communities and the impact that education has on allowing individuals to become the engaged citizens of today. This year he has focused on speaking to young audiences about his experiences aimed at building dialogue around creating legacies of change, by simply living to lead.

Namugenyi Kiwanuka

Nam Kiwanuka is a Columnist for the BBC’s Focus on Africa Magazine and a former VJ/Videographer for Canada’s Music Station, MuchMusic. She’s reported for ET Canada, CNN and has written for the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Jane Magazine and xojane.com. Nam was an Ambassador for MalariaBites.net, a Canadian Red Cross campaign and helped to raise $2 million for the program. She also created a TV show, which combated the negative stereotypes, and images that are often used to portray Africa. ‘This Is Africa’, celebrated the places and faces of Africa.

Tony Conte

Tony Conte and his cute Italian mama have been entertaining audiences across Canada for over 20 years. Despite his 20 years of holding leadership roles in higher education, Tony sometimes still feels like a lost, stressed out first year student. Over the course of his career, Tony has worked in Student Affairs, Human Rights and in Human Resources. He has worked at Western, Carleton, and McMaster before landing at Ryerson University in 2001. He now serves as the Director of the Office of the Vice Provost Students. On his own time, Tony travels across the country speaking on diversity, leadership and motivation. Whenever he can, he visits with his cute Italian parents who still don’t quite get what he does or why he doesn’t move back in to live with them!

Jolene Funk

Jolene Funk is a Biomedical Engineering student at Ryerson, and the Ontario Ambassador for the Canadian Federation of Engineering Students (CFES). Her work with CFES has taken her across the country and has given her a national perspective on lives of females in engineering. She was a speaker at the White Ribbon Campaign’s What Makes a Man 2012 event, and at the December 6th Memorial for the past 2 years.

Robert Heydari

Rob Heydari wears many hats. He’s currently a production coordinator for RUtv at Ryerson’s RTA School of Media, as well as an associate producer-technician at the CBC. A native of Edmonton who moved to Toronto to be at the centre of Canadian media production, he completed his degree, with honours, in Radio and Television Arts in 2011, while also earning a Dennis Mock leadership award from Ryerson in that year. In his spare time (when he has some), Rob enjoys watching the grey-scale clips in infomercials where average people have trouble with normal household tasks. He’s hoping your puzzled reaction to that last sentence proves you were actually reading this biography.

Organizing team

Parvinder
Sachdeva

Toronto, Canada
Organizer

Thomas
George

Toronto, Canada
Co-organizer
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    Productions & Logistics
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    Speaker Relations
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    Marketing