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Theme: Showing Up

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December 4, 2018
Toronto, Ontario

Join us at our annual TEDxTrinityBellwoodsWomen conference December 4th, 2018, Metro Hall, Rotunda as we explore this year’s theme: “Showing Up"

TEDxTrinityBellwoods is a day of live TED talks and performances at the Metro Hall, Rotunda in Toronto with inspirational speakers in the field of science, leadership, social entrepreneurship, education, design and entertainment.

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Simulcast from TEDWomen2018, Palm Springs, CA

Live Talks from Our Community Change-Makers and Great Thinkers:

Olutoyin Oyelade - Investor, Entrepreneur and Researcher explores "What's Wrong with Women"

Heather Mae Cavanagh - Corporate Professional turned Coach and Mindset Trainer highlights the importance of "A Culture of Sharing - Even in Corporate"

Jessica Santonato - Joy Alchemist and Entrepreneur reflects on "Dear Husband, Thank You for Trying to Kill Me"

Dena Jackson - Comedian and Yoga Expert shares that "90% of Yoga is Off the Mat"

Cynthia Thurlow - Nurse Practitioner, Functional Nutritionist, Hormonal Health Expert encourages us to "Embrace Vitality and Hope"

Kirsten Siggins - Curiosity Nerd, Communication Ambassador and Author shares "Lessons learned from a 3-Year Old"

Maja Jovanovic - Sociologist, Scholar and Author, discusses "How apologies are killing your confidence"

Adeola D. Olubamiji - Biomedical Engineer and Scientist shares the benefits of 3D Printing for Osteoarthritis


Susan Tsagkaris - opera singer, drama soprano

Find Your Fierce - dance and fitness

Dance Alchemists - Energy in Motion

Art Viewing:

Zoey Zoric, Catherine Mills, Irene Sirko, Janet f Potter

After Party

December 4th 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.

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Metro Hall
55 John St
Main Floor
Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3C6
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Adeola D. Olubamiji

Additive Manufacturing Engineer
Dr. Adeola Olubamiji is an expert in Digital Manufacturing specializing in Metal and Plastic 3D Printing. She is the first black person to obtain a PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of Saskatchewan, the Founder of STEMHub Foundation, Canada and currently a Senior Additive Manufacturing Engineer.

Cynthia Thurlow

Nurse Practitioner, Functional Nutritionist and Hormonal Health Expert
Western medicine trained nurse practitioner who has over 20 years of clinical experience in emergency medicine and cardiology. Cynthia is also a functionally trained nutritionist with specialty training in female hormonal health. She currently support women in a 1:1 format through thee the 6-week program of Wholistic Blueprint. Proud mother of two children.

Dena Jackson

Stand Up comedian
Dena is a Toronto based comedian, writer and host of the Ego Podcast on iTunes and Soundcloud. She writes for CBC Comedy and the Beaverton and her stand-up has been featured at the Just for Laughs 42 Festival, the SheDot Festival, Gilda's Laughfest, the Dark Comedy Festival and regularly on Sirius XM Radio. Dena also teaches yoga and meditation. She completed her 200 hour teacher training at Kashish Yoga School in Goa, India and relies on her public speaking abilities to educate others on the benefits of meditation and mindfulness practices.

Heather Mae Cavanagh

Corporate Profgessional turned Coach and Mindset Trainer
Heather is a communications and change management professional. An accomplished 25+ year track record spans advertising, finance and marketing industries. Heather has a Masters in Leadership, specialized in coaching & change management. She is also a trained Success Ambassador with Wealthy Woman Warrior. A high-energy, overachieving, 'people-person', she has parlayed her vast personal and professional experience into a successful coaching business, Heather is a natural leader, passionate about the outcomes of collaborative work while continually seeking that glorious state of balance amongst work, motherhood, challenge and happiness.

Jessica Santonato

Joy Alchemist, Entrepreneur and Author
Based in Toronto, Canada, Jessica Santonato helps people detox the negativity in their life so that they can live with joy. Through her A.L.I.G.N.M.E.N.T.S.™ Model she helps entrepreneurs create their next level of wealth and success.She is an award-winning author and in her latest memoir “Joy Is Your Only Job”, she shares her journey of living a criminal lifestyle, gang rape, attempted suicide and domestic violence before the age of 30, to her rise in conscious leadership and philanthropy by the age of 35. Recognized for her leadership abilities, she was one of three people chosen by an American personal development company to help more than a thousand entrepreneurs from across all continents with their communication and effectiveness. She is also the co-founder of Syndicate 33, a social enterprise that provides a mindset and practical leadership program to young adults in emerging economies to make an impact in their communities.

Kirsten Siggins

Communication Ambassador and Co-Founder, Institute of Curiosity and Author
I believe communicating with others should never be hard. After 10 years working in the Entertainment Industry and coaching professional clients, I had an “ AHA” moment; we all struggle with communication skills and it holds us back personally and professionally. It’s my mission to make it simple for people to communicate effectively, even in conflict. Together with my mother, Kathy Taberner, we founded the Institute Of Curiosity offering workplace communication training for executives, teams and professionals, as well as home training for parents & teens. We teach effective communication skills that are expected of you personally & professionally and are never taught. In our book 'The Power Of Curiosity’ we share a unique framework that helps you stay calm, confident and connected in every conversation, even in conflict.

Maja Jovanovic

Sociologist and Apology-hater.
Professor Maja is a sociologist, author, and regular guest expert on CTV’s The Social. She is an apology-hater, confidence-builder and recovering make-up addict. She also hates the word humble. To deal with the lack of confidence, abundance of perfectionism, and incessant apologies she witnessed daily, Prof. Maja authored two books (“Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing…and other career mistakes women make” and “Hey Ladies, Stop Apologizing, THE WORKBOOK”.) Professor Maja runs a leadership organization that trains women to improve their confidence, communication, and mindset. Maja also speaks to women of all ages on topics such as: confidence, self-promotion, perfectionism, mindset, time-management, and body positivity. Professor Maja holds a PhD in sociology from McMaster University where she also teaches. Recently, Maja was nominated for the YWCA’s 2017 Woman of Distinction Award, in the category of Education and Mentorship for her commitment to the development of young women.

Olutoyin Oyelade

Entrepreneur, Investment Manager and Author
Olutoyin Oyelade is the Founder @InVcap, an Investment management firm. InVcap is Lead Investor at SplashWorld- Waterpark, Nigeria—reputed to be the first Waterpark in West Africa; and EntrepreneursPoint, a co-working Centre in Canada. Olutoyin has 24 years cognate experience in the financial sector starting from former Intercontinental Bank, where she rose to the position of Group Treasurer. In the non-profit sector, Olutoyin serves social impact organizations including Casa Foundation, Canada, where she is President and Convener of Friends of Africa- an economic summit; and with African Expert Network, a Washington DC Investment advisory group. Olutoyin has a Doctorate degree in Management, University of Maryland, University College. She graduated from Wharton’s advanced management, IMD Lausanne’s business marketing, and Lagos Business School's Senior Management Programs. She is author of Advancing Beyond the Ceiling.

Organizing team


Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Natasha Kvitka