Professor Prabhat Jha has been a key figure in epidemiology and economics of global health for the past decade. He is the University of Toronto Endowed Professor in Disease Control at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and the founding Director of the Centre for Global Health Research at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. Professor Jha is a lead investigator of the Million Death Study in India, which quantifies the causes of premature mortality in over 1 million homes from 1997-2014. He served as Senior Scientist for the World Health Organization, where he co-led the work on health and poverty for the Commission on Macroeconomics and Health. Earlier, he headed the World Bank team responsible for developing control programs for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tobacco. Professor Jha holds an M.D. from the University of Manitoba and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, where he studied as a Canadian Rhodes Scholar.
David Naylor has been President of the University of Toronto since 2005. He earned his MD at Toronto in 1978, followed by a D Phil at Oxford where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Naylor completed clinical specialty training and joined the Department of Medicine of the University of Toronto in 1988. He was founding Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (1991-1998), before becoming Dean of Medicine and Vice Provost for Relations with Health Care Institutions of the University of Toronto (1999 – 2005). Naylor has co-authored approximately 300 scholarly publications, spanning social history, public policy, epidemiology and biostatistics, and health economics, as well as clinical and health services research in most fields of medicine. Among other honours, Naylor is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Foreign Associate Fellow of the US Institute of Medicine, and an Officer of the Order of Canada.
After graduating with a Master of Arts degree in English and Creative Writing, Julie Stoyka ended up in the last place she expected: writing copy for a technology trade publication. For the next 7 years, Julie worked on a variety of marketing and event management projects for technology clients such as Microsoft and Sympatico. When she decided to complete her teaching degree, she continued to work as a freelancer, shifting her focus to technology in education, and even working as a computer craft stylist. While these roles were diverse, what tied everything together was always her love for the written word.
Ten years later, Julie is a passionate educator who still believes in the power of the written word to succeed – in her English classroom and in life. As graduates are facing increasing competition when entering the job market, those students who can effectively communicate their ideas and desires will achieve success in their chosen disciplines – no matter where they start their careers.
David Morley is President and CEO of UNICEF Canada.
Mr. Morley’s extensive experience in international cooperation began when he volunteered with street children in Central America in the 1970s. Since then, he has worked in community development and humanitarian projects in the Congo, Zambia, Mozambique, Sierra Leone, Mexico, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Brazil.
Prior to his appointment to UNICEF Canada, Mr. Morley served as President and CEO of Save the Children Canada, and before that as Executive Director of the Canadian section of Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders. He has also served as the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship; on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation; as President of the Ontario Council for International Cooperation; as a mentor with the Trudeau Foundation and on the Board of Directors of the Brazilian-based Abrinq Foundation for the Rights of Children. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, and is on the Advisory Board of McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development.
David Morley's writing on international issues has appeared in newspapers across Canada and around the world. He is a frequent commentator on radio and television. His most recent book, Healing Our World: Inside Doctors Without Borders, was published in Canada, South Korea and the United States, where it won a number of awards.
Mitch Chuvalo is currently a physical education teacher at University of Toronto Schools. After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at the University of Guelph in 1982, he went on to achieve a Bachelor of Education at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Since then, he has taught English, special education, history and physical education at six secondary schools in Ontario. Throughout his teaching career, Mr. Chuvalo has been awarded the NFL/CFL High school coach of the year Award, Queen’s Jubilee Award in Education, and the Inaugural UTS Coach of the Year award.
Cydney Kim is a grade 12 student at the University of Toronto Schools. An avid debater and Model United Nations enthusiast, her academic interests include world issues and public policy. Having participated in diverse projects locally and abroad, she hopes to share insight into the vast opportunities for students with different academic interests.
George Radner is currently a Grade 11 student at University Toronto Schools. He is passionate about global issues, such as climate change and poverty, and plans on pursuing a career in international development as an adult. He has always enjoyed watching Ted talks in his free time, and is honoured to have the opportunity to give one himself. Apart from this, George loves baseball, classical music, and philosophy.
Divya Santhanam is a Grade 10 student at the University of Toronto Schools. She loves to read, write, volunteer, and of course to day dream in her spare time. Divya has received many notable awards, such as the Governor General’s Award for History, the Middleton Medal for Junior Public Speaking, and second place in the Tory Shield public speaking competition. She loves to participate in organizations in her school, and serves as a DECA executive at her school.
Ioana Burtea is a current grade 10 at University of Toronto Schools. She was born in Romania but immigrated to Canada at the age of four. Since an early age, she has had a passion for reading and languages. Since then, she has actively pursued her academic aspirations, participating in a variety of competitions.
Kristen Gracie, is a grade ten student at University of Toronto Schools. She was born in the U.S. but moved to Canada at an early age. At school she enjoys many extracurriculars from sports to music. She has always loved reading, and in turn she is involved in many book related activities.
Sonaar Luthra is the CEO/Co-Founder of Water Canary, a company seeking to transform the fight against waterborne illness and water-related emergencies with real-time water quality information. He is a TED Fellow and a graduate of NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He is fascinated by the ways inexpensive networked hardware can provide new forms of social change.