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Theme: Life as We Don't Know It

This event occurred on
November 16, 2013
9:00am - 12:45pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Toronto, ON

A student initiated, designed and executed exploration of imagination and what is possible in life.

Havergal College
1451 Avenue Road
Toronto, ON, M5N 2H9
Event type:
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Rob Shirkey

Rob Shirkey is a Canadian lawyer and founder of Our Horizon, a not-for-profit climate change organization based in Toronto that empowers people and communities across Canada to change the world. Rob's life goal is simple: when a kid asks him "What did you do to stop climate change?" he wants to be able to look that kid in the eye and honestly say he did everything he could.

Nicky Potter

Nicky Potter (Class of 1991) is the co-founder and executive director of Friends of NOAH Canada, an organization that supports NOAH in South Africa. Its mandate is to provide child protection and to support healthy child development for children in the townships around Durban and Johannesburg. She is also the co-owner of The Painted Lady, a bar at the Dundas/Ossington hub.

Jennifer Witterick

Jennifer Witterick is now the President of the Sky Investment Counsel, a Bay Street money manager. She came to Canada at age 8 from Taiwan speaking no English. Now, she is the self-published author of My Mother's Secret, a fictionalized account of the story of a mother and daughter.

James Rutka

Dr. James Rutka is a neurosurgeon at the Hospital for Sick Children in the Department of Surgery, Division of Neurosurgery. His laboratory interests lie in the molecular biology of human brain tumors - specifically in the determination of the mechanisms by which brain tumors grow and invade.

Ted Manziaris

Ted Manziaris is described as “the Greek who built an empire collecting garbage”. His current company, Turtle Island Recycling, provides all types of recycling options for places in Toronto. It is now even responsible for composting here at Havergal. Now at over 600 people, it is his entrepreneurial spirit that allowed him to start from a hot dog vendor, go into real estate, and eventually start his own company to help a community, our community

Mark Brender

Mark Brender is the Executive Director of Partners in Health Canada, which was founded in 1987 to deliver health care to the mountainous Central Plateau region of Haiti. Partners in Health's mission is "to bring the benefits of modern medical science to those most in need, and to serve as an antidote to despair", and over the years has spread to other regions of the world in addition to Haiti.

Maria Toorpakai

Mari Toorpakay is a professional squash player from Pakistan. She was born in South Waziristan, a tribal region in Pakistan's northwest, bordering Afghanistan, and grew up training and competing as a boy because girls were forbidden to participate in sports by the Islamic culture of the area. Though she was subjected to negative comments and threats, she was able to train in Toronto and is now ranked 54th in the world and was rewarded the Salaam Pakistan by the President of Pakistan in 2007.

David Helfand

David Helfand is currently the president of Quest University in Squamish, BC. Previously, he was a Professor of Astronomy at Columbia University for 35 years. Helfand is a creator of unique education through unique courses at Quest university, and leaves footprints of wonder and appreciation for different, current education in the spirit of learning.

Organizing team


  • Susanna Manziaris
  • Linda Manziaris
  • Michaila Landon-Brace
  • Taylor Wong
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Florence Chan
    Speaker Liaison
  • Olivia Townsend
    Technology Coordinator
  • Mawiyah Haq
    Technology Coordinator