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Theme: The Choices We Make

This event occurred on
September 26, 2013
11:00am - 6:30pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Toronto, ON

This year, our programming will centre around the theme The Choices We Make. This year’s conference will be held at Koerner Hall at The Royal Conservatory of Music. This truly world-class facility is designed in the tradition of the classic “shoebox” venues of Europe. Its layered ribbon of wood forms a floating ceiling canopy, integrating an acoustic reflector, performance lighting, and technical bridges that provide a dramatic, yet intimate ambience. With excellent acoustics, amazing sightlines, and superb design, we are sure this year’s venue will help to make TEDxToronto 2013 an event to remember

TELUS Centre for Performance and Learning
273 Bloor Street West
Toronto, ON, M5S 1W2
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Steve Mann

Steve Mann, PhD, and a Professor at the University of Toronto, has been recognized as “the father of the wearable computer”. Mann was the inventor of the EyeBorg camera, named one of the 50 Best Inventions of the Year by TIME. The ideas from his recent book “CYBORG: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the Wearable Computer” inspired a motion picture film about his life said by P.O.V. to be Canada’s most important film of the year. He has been described as a modern-day Leonardo da Vinci and is also a sculptor and artist.

Joel MacCharles

Joel MacCharles is a home cook. His passion for food includes eating, cooking, growing, hunting, reading and writing about it. He is also passionate about studying and creating change for sustainability, small farmers and food security. He (with his partner Dana) has shared more than 1,700 articles and recipes on food-related topics (especially preserving food) through several online communities anchored by When not online, look for him at a Farmer’s Market, Community Function or chatting to a Chef or Farmer about preserving.

Steph Guthrie

Steph Guthrie is a feminist advocate and community manager whose work tackles the intersections of gender, culture and technology. Steph founded Women in Toronto Politics and is a faculty member and lifelong learner at Academy of the Impossible. Her comments have appeared in the Globe & Mail, the Toronto Star, the National Post, Metro News, CBC, Global News and FLARE Magazine. Steph holds a Master of Arts in Communication & Culture from York and Ryerson Universities

Darrell Bricker

Darrell Bricker is CEO, Ipsos Public Affairs, the world’s leading social research firm. Ipsos Public Affairs is part of Ipsos, the 2nd largest market research company in the world. Darrell has written 5 bestselling books. He also holds a Ph.D. from Carleton University, and an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Wilfrid Laurier University. Prior to joining Ipsos, Dr. Bricker was Director of Research for Canada’s Prime Minister. Darrell lives in Toronto with his wife Nina and daughter Emily.

Rodolphe el-Khoury

Rodolphe el‐Khoury is Director of Urban Design at the University of Toronto’s Daniels Faculty and Partner in the design firm Khoury Levit Fong. el-Khoury is the author of critically acclaimed books in architectural history and theory and has received international recognition for his design work including awards form the American Institute of Architects. As co-director of RAD Lab, el-Khoury researches architectural applications for information technology aiming for enhanced responsiveness and sustainability in buildings and cities.

Michael Stone

Michael Stone is a renown Buddhist teacher, Yoga teacher, psychotherapist and activist. He leads Centre of Gravity, a thriving community in downtown Toronto integrating spiritual practice with civic engagement. Michael teaches and lectures internationally on the integration of mindfulness meditation, psychology and social action. He lives with his partner and two sons in downtown Toronto.

Brendan Frey

Dr. Frey hunts for the genetic codes that determine the fates, sometimes good and sometimes bad, of the cells in our bodies. A world leader in introducing concepts and algorithms that reveal how our cells ‘read’ our DNA and that make reliable predictions for how our cells behave. Dr. Frey is a Professor at the University of Toronto and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research. He sits on the Technical Advisory Board of Microsoft Research India and his grad students contribute to knowledge transfer in companies big and small.

Ti-Anna Wang

Born in 1989, Ti-Anna was named to commemorate the victims of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. Soon after her 13th birthday, her father, Wang Bingzhang, a veteran democracy activist, was arrested and sentenced to life in prison in China for his role in political activism. Since then, she has spent much of her time and energy working for his freedom. This journey has taken her around the world in a process of discovery of the ideals her name embodies. She graduated McGill in East Asian Studies and recently spent a year studying Mandarin in Taipei.

Mark Henick

Mark Henick is a mental health advocate. Informed by his direct experience with this aspect of the health care system, Mark has authored commentaries on issues relating to mental health for major newspapers across Canada and the U.S. His undergraduate degree is in Psychology and Philosophy, with a graduate degree in Child Development. At 22, he served as the youngest President of a provincial Canadian Mental Health Association division in history. He is the youngest member of the board of directors for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Garbrielle Scrimshaw

Gabrielle Scrimshaw is a young professional with a passion to create social impact. Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Gabrielle is a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation. She has studied international business and policy in Australasia, Asia, the Americas and Europe. Gabrielle became the youngest Associate accepted into one of Canada’s most competitive post-graduate finance programs. Most recently Gabrielle co-founded a national not-for-profit for Aboriginal Professionals and was named the 2013 First Nations Youth Achiever by Indspire.

Deborah S. Berlin-Romalis

Debbie works as a clinical social worker in the Division of Haematology/Oncology, with the Stem Cell Transplant Program and the Paediatric Brain Tumour Program at SickKids. During her years of academic training at Ryerson University and UofT, she provided crisis intervention and counselling services to women and children at many group homes, women’s shelters, and halfway houses across Toronto. Debbie also facilitates groups for women at Sheena’s Place, a community agency providing support to those with eating disorders, and related issues.

Mark Bowden

Mark Bowden is an expert in human behavior and body language, and creator of TRUTHPLANE™, a communication training company and unique methodology for anyone who has to communicate to an audience with impact. Mark gives keynote speeches worldwide on persuasive verbal and nonverbal language and communication structures to stand out, win trust and profit when you speak. Mark’s publications are bestselling Winning Body Language (McGraw Hill 2010); Winning Body Language for Sales Professionals (MH 2012); and Tame the Primitive Brain (Wiley 2013)

Organizing team


Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Toronto, Canada
  • Kerry McKibbin
    Director of Marketing
  • Emma Brooks
    Director of Programming
  • Arati Sharma
    Director of Logistics
  • Melody Khodaverdian
    Director of Partnerships
  • Dumitru Onceanu
    Director of Community
  • Alison Hyodo
    Director of Community
  • Negin Sairafi
    Project Manager