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TEDxToronto 2020/21 is a series of evening events! Come join us for our thoughtfully curated digital experiences featuring critical ideas and powerful speakers - all from the comfort of your home. Let’s explore Uncharted together!
PART 1 | Understanding where we are
Gillian’s research focuses on how we can design innovative legal and regulatory systems for AI and other complex global technologies. She is the Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society at the University of Toronto, a faculty affiliate at the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence, and a senior policy advisor at OpenAI.
Ryan is working to revitalize Kanien’kéha (Mohawk language). He is an instructor and curriculum developer at Onkwawén:na Kentyóhkwa, an immersion school for adults, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Centre for Indigenous Studies at the University of Toronto.
Using a multidisciplinary approach located at the nexus of urban design and social equity, Jay helps mitigate growing divides in cities across North America. Her city-building projects specialize in public space design and policy, forgotten densities, mobility equity, gender-responsive design, inclusive public engagement and healing fraught sites.
Hamza is the star of the most watched Canadian series this year, “Transplant”, where he plays a Syrian doctor trying to make a new life for his family in Canada. His own family moved from Pakistan to Canada via Saudi Arabia, and as an actor, Hamza’s passion is storytelling that lifts up real voices, including those of refugees and immigrants.
As the Toronto Star’s Work and Wealth reporter, Sara covers the changing workplace, shining a spotlight on precarious work, migrant workers, the gig economy and labour rights. Sara’s journalism has put a human face on unfair workplace practices and has helped bring the interests of workers to the forefront of mainstream media coverage.
A former Wall Street investment lawyer on a mission to build a better world through food, Ran Goel founded Fresh City Farms in 2011. From an urban farm to a widespread delivery business and eight organic grocery stores, Ran is passionate about connecting people directly to the source of their food, and is a driving force for using better food practises to create stronger communities and healthier environments.
Kofi is a social entrepreneur on a mission to create a fairer city. As the founder and former Executive Director of the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals, Kofi built an organization dedicated to addressing the economic and social barriers affecting black youth. As the co-founder of Monumental, Kofi is now focused on helping institutions and organizations work towards an equitable economic recovery.
In her debut novel, Scarborough, Catherine tells the incredible story of a neighbourhood that refuses to fall apart in the face of poverty and crime. A writer and theatre practitioner, Catherine’s latest novel, Crosshairs, paints a vision of a dystopian society and explores the universal desire to thrive - all against the backdrop of Toronto.
Kamran founded BlueDot to build an early warning system for outbreaks of infectious diseases. BlueDot has gone on to predict the spread of Ebola, Zika, and identified and wrote the world’s first peer-reviewed study of COVID-19. A practicing infectious diseases physician, Kamran’s mission is to strengthen global readiness against dangerous epidemics through the development of sophisticated data technology.
PART 2 | Discovering our connections
PART 3 | EXPLORING NEW TERRITORY
Actor & Comedian
A two-time Canadian Screen Award winner, Paul plays Appa on the hit TV show “Kim’s Convenience”.
Researcher & Health Equity Champion
The Vice-President of the Black Health Alliance, Lydia-Joi is passionate about bringing awareness to issues of health inequity and promoting personalized patient care.
Clean Energy Innovator
The director of a $57M research program, Phil’s mission is to help Canada achieve net-zero GHG emissions through developing new decarbonization technologies.
PART 4 | SHIFTING OUR COURSE
Author & Placemaker
Using a multidisciplinary approach located at the nexus of urban design and social equity, Jay helps mitigate growing divides in cities across North America.
Mohawk Language Learner and Teacher
Ryan is working to revitalize Kanien’kéha (Mohawk language) through instructing students at an adult immersion school, and as an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto.
Professor of Law & Strategic Management
An expert on the legal and regulatory systems that govern AI and other complex global technologies, Gillian is the Director of the Schwartz Reisman Institute for Technology and Society at UofT.
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