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Theme: Making a Difference

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August 7, 2018
Toronto, Ontario

TEDxTrinityBellwoods August 7th, 2018, Metro Hall

Join us at our annual TEDxTrinityBellwoods conference as we explore this year’s theme: “Making a Difference”

TEDxTrinityBellwoods is a day of live TED talks and performances in the heart of Trinity Bellwoods community in Toronto with inspirational speakers in the field of science, leadership, social entrepreneurship, education, design and entertainment.

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Live talks from our community change-makers and great thinkers:
Tracy Schmitt – Unstoppable Tracy, Paralympian and Humanitarian

Martin Waxman - Author & Educator explores Digital Media and Artificial Intelligence

Sarah Boulton – Musician, Singer & Songwriter, and Mental Health Advocate

Scott Stratten - Professor, Author, reflects on "What Us Older People Mean When We Say Millennials"
Vicki Sauders - Enterpreneur, Award-Winning Mentor and Founder of Radical Generosity

Brian Crombie - Merchant Banker, Chair of Transit Alliance and CFO of Ottawa Senators

Claire Seaborn - Lawyer, Social Justice Advocate elaborates on "Changing System Built For Me"

Stephen Clarke - Enterpreneur, Former Professional Hockey Player and Founder of RTG Group

Ruby Latif - Reseracher and Founder of the Young Professional Women's Leadership Series

James Thuch Madhier - Forward-Thinking Disruptor, Social Innovator who challenges the world on the future of water

Art Viewing:
Ihor Polishchuk
Mustafa Cetin
Maria Antoniv
Roman Zuzuk

Memorable performances:
VIVA Trio classical crossover group
Susan Tsagkaris opera singer, soprano
Lunch and Refreshments served
Access to the Afterparty

August 7th will be a day when we push the frontiers of our knowledge and guide you through an evolving mesh of ideas and practices, a rich mix of citizens, scientists and culture and where you will make lifelong connections with fellow idea explorers.

Program of the Day

Three speakers and performers sets, food and beverages, networking, art viewing, inspiration and afterparty!

Seats are limited.
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Please inquire about group rate, students and seniours discounts and if you find the price high talk to us about your situation

Metro Hall
55 John St
Main Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6
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Brian Crombie

Principal Crombie Capital, CFO and DBA and Speaker on Social Capital
Brian Crombie runs his own merchant bank specializing is strategy consulting, finance, due diligence and M&A. Brian is currently CFO of the Ottawa Senators NHL Hockey Team, a start-up pharmaceutical company Santius LifeScience and an entertainment company Steel Rail Entertainment. Brian works with clients in alternative energy, high tech, Pharma, sports and many other industries. He is the President of Mississauga Arts Council, former Founder and co-chair of the Mississauga Western GTA Summits and is the Chair of a GTA advocacy organization, Transit Alliance. Brian is a visiting lecturer at the DeGroote School of Business EMBA on Corporate Finance and at the Directors College. Brian is a frequent speaker on Social Capital Community and the Power of CO as well as on Cluster Development and Transit. He has an HBA from Ivey, an MBA from Harvard and is completing a DBA from ISM Paris with the topic: The Role of Social Capital in Innovative Economic Clusters in Times of Financial Duress.

Claire Seaborn

Lawyer and Social Justice Advocate
Claire Seaborn is a lawyer and social justice advocate based in Toronto. As an associate at McCarthy Tétrault LLP, Claire’s practice is focused on commercial, public law and regulatory litigation. Over the past six years, Claire has been a champion for the rights of unpaid interns in Canada, at the United Nations and around the world. Claire is a founder of the Canadian Intern Association and the Global Intern Coalition, organizations that aim to improve workplace rights for interns and end the cycle of privilege that allows unpaid internships to persist across numerous professions and industries. Claire has frequently appeared and been cited in national and international media discussing interns’ rights, including for the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, CTV, CBC, Canadian Press, Radio France, MacLean’s and Huffington Post.

James Thuch Madhier

Founder of the Rainmaker Enterprise
James Thuch Madhier is an entrepreneur, Founder & Executive Director of the Rainmaker Enterprise, an innovative organization implementing sustainable and decentralized water systems for a healthy, peaceful, and regenerative planet. James’ resilience & forward-thinking mindset powered him through war & forced displacement. Having started his first business at age 10, James brings the same ingenuity today to developing systemic and innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges, including the water crisis and climate change. James works from the high-level, advising global leaders and as a current board member of the Humanitarian Grand Challenge, to the grassroots, sparking intergenerational leadership and systemic change.

Lavender Morantz

Success and Wealth Strategist
Lavender Morantz is a leading Success and Wealth Strategist specializing in teaching people how to create financial freedom. She is also a serial entrepreneur, founder of SwankPad, Freedom Junkie, co-founder of Wealthy Moms Club, a business and lifestyle coach, mentor, international speaker, published author, Certified Nutrition and Wellness Specialist and a very proud mama of 2.Lavender’s vision is to empower others globally to take inspired action and create the life of their dreams today. She specializes in creating simple strategies for massive success, true financial independence and total JOY. Lavender’s mission is to help people create the freedom, purpose and joy that they desire in their lives through leadership, coaching and a simple and proven system for unmatched success.

Marnie Grundman

Runaway and Homeless Youth Advocate
Runaway | Homeless Youth Advocate and Expert Marnie Grundman is the author of MISSING: A True Story of a Childhood Lost. A child who belonged to no one, missing at the tender age of 13, she spent years living on the streets where she experienced the worst of humanity first-hand. What began as a story of healing led to one of triumph, of the power of the human spirit, of one woman's surthrival against all odds. Marnie has since become an advocate for the missing, working to change the perception of runaway children so they might finally get the help they desperately need. Her compelling book, engaging talks, and insightful articles have become a shining light to the lost and the struggling. Marnie guides and teaches how not to live their damage, how to heal and overcome, how to rise up and reclaim a life of happiness.

Martin Waxman

Professor and Author
Martin Waxman, APR, leads digital and social media training and workshops, is a communications strategist and teaches digital strategy. He's the co-founder of three PR agencies, president of a consultancy, Martin Waxman Communications, and has worked in the industry for 25+ years. He’s a LinkedIn Learning and author, one of the hosts of the Inside PR podcast, a past-chair of PRSA Counselors Academy, and a past-president of CPRS Toronto. Martin developed a Certificate in Digital Strategy and Communications Management for the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies and teaches several courses there. He’s a social media and PR professor at Seneca College and regularly speaks at conferences across North America. Martin has published two books of fiction, an ebook on multimedia storytelling, and is currently completing his Master in Communications Management from McMaster University.

Sarah Boulton

Singer, Songwriter and Mental Health Advocate
Sarah Boulton is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Niagara. She was booked for her first gig at the age of 13 and, over the last decade, she has built a full-time career as a performing artist. Although Southern Ontario has been seeing the most of her so far, she has also performed in Barbados at Holder’s Season Festival 2015. Since 2015 she has been writing and recording material for her first studio album with award-winning producer, Tim Abraham, at downtown Toronto’s Soleil Sound and The Hive. She has also worked with several other incredible writers and producers in Toronto and LA. As an artist, who has struggled with anxiety for the majority of her life, she has become driven to become an advocate for mental health, and through her music career, hopes to help end the stigma attached to mental illness.

Scott Stratten

Scott Stratten has co-written five best-selling business books and was formerly a music industry marketer, National Sales Training Manager, and a Professor at Sheridan College. He ran one of the most successful viral video agencies in the world for nearly a decade before solely focusing on speaking at events for companies like Walmart, Pepsi, Adobe, IBM, Microsoft, Cirque du Soleil and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Stephen Clarke

Founder and CEO of RTG Group
Stephen Clarke is the Founder & CEO of RTG Group, a Global Social Enterprise & Creative Agency focusing on helping companies to exceed performance goals while truly Making a Difference in the World. Through Innovative and Strategic initiatives RTG is able to work together with their Clients to Change Culture and develop CSR Programs centered around Feeding the Hungry. RTG Group is also involved in building a Homeless Shelter in Downtown Toronto, a Women's Shelter in Houston, Texas and Partnering with several Charities and Non-Profits to Make A Difference and GIVE BACK. With impressive home-runs in MacLean Hunter, Southam, Foster Advertising and Saatchi & Saatchi both in Canada and internationally, Stephen Clarke has proven experience in executive leadership, sales, and marketing. He is a Former Professional Hockey Player, Author, Speaker and passionate advocate for Young Entrepreneurs.

Sultan Akif

Chief Library Builder
Sultan is an accomplished social entrepreneur, professional who has traveled to more than 70 countries and has worked around the world. He is the founder of Experience Your Life Expo, one of the largest youth empowerment and employment events in Canada, which focuses on connecting youth with opportunities to change the world. Sultan is also the founder of Library in a Week, an organization dedicated to illuminating the lives of some of the poorest children on the planet with the goal of building 100 libraries. Both of these organizations are ranked among the top social enterprises in Canada and have received various awards. Prior to becoming a social entrepreneur, Sultan worked in the corporate world for 17 years in various roles such as Worldwide Solutions Director, Practice Manager, and Chief Architect for companies like Microsoft and IBM. Sultan believes in living with purpose and uses every speaking opportunity to not just motivate but mobilize people to connect with their purpose.

Tracy Schmitt

Paralympic Champion and Humanitarian
Unstoppable Tracy is Paralympic Champion and Humanitarian. Success depends on perseverance. As an award winning Leader in business and in sport she is now earned the title #1 International Speaker, honoured Humanitarian, authority Advocate, decorated Athlete, who delivers the Lim[b]itless Secret! With humor and motivation, you can crush your obstacles and soar to the top! She is the winner of the 2017 Robert W. Jackson Award [Founder of the Canadian Paralympics], 2017 Ontario Premier Awards, 2017 C-SASIL Lifetime Achievement Award and 2018 Women of Essence Global Award Nominee and as seen on CBC, City TV, Global News, NBC, FOX and globally around the world!

Vicki Saunders

Entrepreneur and Founder of SheEO
Vicki Saunders is an entrepreneur, award-winning mentor, advisor to the next generation of change makers and leading advocate for entrepreneurship as a way of creating positive transformation in the world. Vicki is Founder of SheEO and #radical generosity a global initiative to radically transform how we support finance and celebrate female entrepreneurs. Vicki has co-founded and run ventures in Europe, Toronto and Silicon Valley and taken a company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Vicki has recently named as 1 of 30 “World – Changing Women Conscious Business” by Conscious Company Magazine and one of the 100 most influential leaders of 2015 from “EBW – Empowering A Billion Women”. In 2001, Vicki was selected as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum.

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