We live in a time of groundbreaking discovery, growth, and exploration. Driven by enduring curiosity, we are constantly shifting perspectives and pushing boundaries to create new paradigms. These emerging ideas redefine established beliefs and reveal previously unseen complexities in our everyday lives. Inspiration is hidden all around us, on the brink of emergence, waiting to be unearthed.

To emerge is to arrive, but also to begin.



8am-5pm   MARCH 21ST, 2020
St Lawrence Centre for the ArtS
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Cylita Guy

on using cities to develop the next generation of conservationists

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Elisha Lim

on how social media platforms exploit personal identities and data for corporate profitability

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Phil De Luna

on what it will take to transition to a sustainable low-carbon future and how we can get there

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Michelle Silver

on redefining our understanding of time and aging in the twenty first century

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Matt Young

on studying the beginning of the universe from the edge of the world

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Elisha Lim

on how social media platforms exploit personal identities and data for corporate profitability

Elisha Lim is a queer and transgender story-teller and graphic novelist, whose book 100 Crushes was published by Koyama Press and nominated for a Lambda. Lim has created award winning claymation films, solo and group exhibits, curatorial projects and founded the annual anti-racist Montreal art festival "Qouleur." Lim holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University and is currently writing a PhD at U of T on race and social media.

Phil De Luna

on what it will take to transition to a sustainable low-carbon future and how we can get there

Phil De Luna is a world-leading expert in carbon conversion technologies, artificial photosynthesis, clean energy materials, and machine learning for materials discovery. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Toronto, and was listed in the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 (Energy). He currently serves as the Program Director, Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program at the National Research Council of Canada.

Michelle Silver

on changing our perceptions of time and aging in the twenty first century

Michelle Silver is an Associate Professor of Gerontology at the University of Toronto. Her research examines how perceptions about aging interact with social institutions like retirement, our own health information seeking, and our exercise habits.

Cylita Guy

on using cities to develop the next generation of conservationists

Cylita Guy completed her PhD at the University of Toronto where she used machine learning and fieldwork to study bats and their viruses. Concurrently, as an analyst at the CBC she generated insights about the behaviour of Canadians interacting with digital news and worked to help others foster their own sense of curiosity about the natural world as a science communicator. Cylita is currently an Insight Data Science Fellow and is working on her first children's book for Annick Press.

Elisha Lim

on how social media platforms exploit personal identities and data for corporate profitability

Elisha Lim is a queer and transgender story-teller and graphic novelist, whose book 100 Crushes was published by Koyama Press and nominated for a Lambda. Lim has created award winning claymation films, solo and group exhibits, curatorial projects and founded the annual anti-racist Montreal art festival "Qouleur." Lim holds a Masters of Fine Arts in Criticism and Curatorial Practice at OCAD University and is currently writing a PhD at U of T on race and social media.

PHIL DE LUNa

on what it will take to transition to a sustainable low-carbon future and how we can get there

Phil De Luna is a world-leading expert in carbon conversion technologies, artificial photosynthesis, clean energy materials, and machine learning for materials discovery. He holds a Ph.D. in Materials Science from the University of Toronto, and was listed in the 2019 Forbes Top 30 Under 30 (Energy). He currently serves as the Program Director, Materials for Clean Fuels Challenge Program at the National Research Council of Canada.

MICHELLE SILVER

on redefining our understanding of time and aging in the twenty first century

Michelle Silver is an Associate Professor of Gerontology at the University of Toronto. Her research examines how perceptions about aging interact with social institutions like retirement, our own health information seeking, and our exercise habits.

MATT YOUNg

on studying the beginning of the universe from the edge of the world

Matt Young is a PhD candidate in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He has travelled to the South Pole each year since 2017 to help install and upgrade the 3rd generation camera on the South Pole Telescope, as well as research the origin and growth of structure throughout our universe.