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Theme: Sankofa

This event occurred on
June 20, 2014
8:30am - 4:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Toronto, ON

TEDxCrescentSchool is an all-day event featuring speakers inspired by the diverse meanings associated with the West African Akan word – Sankofa.

As we move into the future, our individual and global histories have many insights that will aid us as we face exponentially changing realities. It is therefore important that we return, go back, seek, and most importantly take, from our history that which will assist us in making the crucial decisions that are needed to move forward.

Join us at TEDxCrescentSchool, as our speakers present their thoughts, ideas and examples of how we can use experiences from our past as lessons for a successful future.

Crescent School
2365 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON, M2L 1A2
Event type:
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Evan Solomon

A two-time Gemini Award-winning broadcaster and journalist, Evan is the host of the number one cable news program in the country, CBC News Network’s Power and Politics with Evan Solomon

John Tory

John knows how to successfully lead, manage and obtain results from large, complex organizations.He is the former CEO of one of Canada’s largest publishing and broadcasting companies and the previous Commissioner and Chairman of the Canadian Football League. John is most recently known for being the host of Live Drive with John Tory and is a currently running to be the Mayor of Toronto.

R.H Thomson

R.H. Thomson is a Canadian actor and director and has worked for decades in Canada, the United States and the EU. He is currently producing The World Remembers, a multi-nation WWI centenary project that will take place in Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, Ireland, Turkey, Serbia, Belgium and other WWI nations.

Sami Jo Small

Sami Jo Smalls is a three time Olympian and five time world champion hockey player.Sami Jo has been a Right To Play Athlete Ambassador since 2006 and is actively involved raising awareness and funds to support Right To Play’s sport and play programs across Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and South America.

Susan Ormiston

Susan has reported for over 25 years and from over 25 different countries. She She’s been at the frontlines of history as world leaders fell, and royal babies were born; as soldiers battled the Taliban and as protestors fought austerity cuts. Susan spent a decade as an investigative correspondent for CTV’s W-Five and is now a guest host on CBC’s The National, CBC Radio’s The Current, and As It Happens , as well a guest on BBC Radio and TV news programs.

Dr. Ann E Lopez

Dr. Ann E. Lopez is the Academic Director of Initial Teacher Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She currently serves as a board member of the National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) and is the Regional Director for Region 8.

Cathy Mines-Britt

Cathy is the Founder and Director of Wellness at Reach Yoga, organizing and facilitating yoga, meditation, and corporate health programs across the GTA and beyond. Cathy gets us thinking about how Sankofa relates to the here and now moments in life. She spirals up from her ancestry all the way to the present moment and shares her thoughts on how each word we speak creates a history of its own and gives us the opportunity to go back and learn from it.

Eytan Millstone

Eytan Millstone is an award-winning spoken word artist, comedian and published writer. Eytan will bring his personal story and childhood to the stage to recognize and appreciate the lessons learned through the influential role modelling of his mother and father

Geoff Roberts

Geoff Roberts was appointed Headmaster of Crescent School in Toronto, Canada in 2000. He has enjoyed 36 years of experience as an educator of boys. Geoff has served on the Board of the Conference of Independent Schools as Chair of Heads of School, and served on the External Relations sub-committee.

Cheryl Charles

Cheryl is Co-Founder, President and CEO Emerita of the Children & Nature Network, a non-profit organization dedicated to building a worldwide movement to re-connect children and nature.Cheryl speaks about the growing disconnect between children and nature and the indicators of nature-deficit disorder.

Dr. Alex Russell

Dr. Alex Russell is a clinical psychologist who helps children develop resilience and their own personal relationship with school and achievement. At the heart of his message is that children learn by experiencing non-catastrophic, painful failure—and it is through the process of these failures that they mature into resilient, resourceful and emotionally balanced individuals.

Alex and Tyler Mifflin

Alex and Tyler Mifflin are the creators and hosts of the award winning travel-adventure documentary series, The Water Brothers. Over the past four years Alex and Tyler have travelled all around the globe, from the highest peak in Africa, to the the bottom of the Ocean, exploring some of the most important water challenges we face in the world today.

Michael Landsberg

One of the best-known personalities in Canadian broadcasting, Michael Landsberg has been with TSN since the network’s inception in 1984. Landsberg speaks publicly about his personal battle with depression and considers his ability to help reduce the stigma of mental illness as his most important professional calling.

Organizing team


Toronto, Canada
  • Keith Hebert
    Technical Director
  • Keith Hebert
    Technical Director