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Theme: Origins

This event occurred on
November 13, 2016
11:00am - 5:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Toronto, Ontario

Embrace all beginnings...

Masonic Temple
888 Yonge St.
Toronto, Ontario, M4W2J2
Event type:
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Bryan Siu-Chong, Allen Tan, Joe Tillo

Friends since high school, Allen, Bryan, and Joe are the co-owners of Toronto’s first ever Asian fusion food truck, Me.n.u. Together they started a business from scratch, beginning as a small food pop-up that evolved into one of the most popular food truck brands in Toronto. In 2016, the trio partnered with global bubble tea franchise Chatime, to bring Hawaiian Poké to Toronto with their first brick and mortar restaurant called Pokito. Their motto? ‘It’s a me and you thing.’ They believe that the best way to achieve your dreams and do what you love is by learning how to work together with others.

Dr. Draw

Dr. Draw is widely known as a musician and a group that has the ability to immerse an audience into a euphoric trance without the use of words. Existing for over a decade, and releasing 5 albums and two EPs to date; Dr. Draw is still progressing forward transcending genres and producing energetic productions. Dr. Draw will be joined by a live electronic artist, aCote. Originally from Quebec, aCote has been working with Dr. Draw for the past 6 years. He's a talented producer/performer, who has taken electronic dance music into the cerebral plain.

Ausma Malik

Elected to the TDSB in 2014, Ausma Malik brings expertise and experience in education policy and community organizing to representing her vibrant downtown community. From serving on the Board of the Toronto Environmental Alliance, the city's only social justice environmental organization, to volunteering with young people in Toronto's high needs communities, to labour organizing and leading equity initiatives on Ontario campuses, Ausma is a committed life-long human rights and social justice activist.

Clare Morneau

A passionate advocate for girls’ education and refugee issues, Clare Morneau is a 17-year-old author and speaker who lives in Toronto with her father, Canada’s Finance Minister, Bill Morneau, mother, Nancy McCain, and siblings Henry, Edward and Grace Acan, who joined the family in 2010 from northern Uganda. Clare is compassionate, driven and committed to working for real change. As a student at Havergal College, she founded the Kakuma Toronto Girls Education Partnership. In the fall of 2016, she released her first book, Kakuma Girls. She completed a four-week internship at the Global Humanitarian Lab, a partner organization of the United Nations, in the summer of 2016 and has been named a Global Humanitarian Lab Youth Ambassador by the organization.

Daniel Tal

Daniel Tal is the co-founder of a non-profit events planning organization known as DUDEBOX. Daniel's decade-long work in social innovation has been fuelled by his optimism, work ethic and community collaboration. DUDEBOX has grown from a small group of good friends to a successful organization that has raised and donated over $140,000 to various local and international charities.

Jacob Morris

Jacob Morris is a Toronto-based mental health advocate, digital media producer, and founder of Run to Wellness: a cross-Canada running campaign and documentary aimed at ending the stigma attached to depression and anxiety. As someone who lives with both, he wanted to use his experience to make good. Through the Run to Wellness campaign, Jacob wants to document himself defeating a great challenge while breaking barriers - turning the typical victimizing narrative into something purely inspirational and positive. We’re all affected by mental illness, but he’s not going to let it stop him, or stop us, from doing something amazing.

Matt Zeiler

Matthew Zeiler is an artificial intelligence expert with a Ph.D. in machine learning from NYU. His groundbreaking research in visual recognition, alongside renowned machine learning pioneers Geoff Hinton and Yann LeCun, has propelled the image recognition industry from theory to real-world practice. As the founder of Clarifai, Matt is applying his award-winning research to create the best visual recognition solutions for businesses and developers to power the next generation of intelligent apps. Reach him @​MattZeiler​.

Melissa Sariffodeen

Melissa is the Co-Founder and CEO of Ladies Learning Code. She's a fierce advocate for providing women and youth the critical skills, confidence and opportunities they need to become passionate builders - not just consumers of technology and to thrive in our increasingly digital world. Since 2011, Ladies Learning Code has taught over 45,000 Canadians code through one of their programs and they're just getting started.

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Toronto, Canada


Toronto, Canada