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.





Notice
Event postponed
Dear TEDxUofT Community/Attendees,

With the rapidly changing COVID-19 situation, we regret to inform you that we will be postponing our TEDxUofT Emerge conference at this point in time to a date later in this calendar year. We apologize for the late notice, and are grateful for your patience as we have navigated this difficult decision. We will be emailing all current ticket holders with information regarding ticket reimbursement. Thank you for your understanding. If you have any questions, feel free to contact hello@tedxuoft.com.

Sincerely,
TEDxUofT 2020 Executive Team
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SPEAKERS

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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Derek Denis

on the meaning and function of slang in our linguistically diverse city

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Laura Rosella

on exploring the broader determinants of health through big data analysis

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Rasmus Larsen

on redefining the methods used for diagnosing criminal psychopathy in our legal system

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Nadia Fazal

on the power of the arts to decolonize narratives that shape perceptions about the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

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Victoria Nolan

on being world class

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David Wosnick

on dealing with chronic pain and using opioid medication

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Alexandra McCalla

on getting in touch with innovation to build highways in the sky

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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.

Rasmus Larsen

on redefining the methods used for diagnosing criminal psychopathy in our legal system

Rasmus Rosenberg Larsen has been with the University of Toronto Mississauga since July 2017, where he lectures in the Forensic Science Program. His main research interests are in forensic practices and the mental health sciences, exploring various issues pertaining to ethical guidelines, theoretical validation, and data annotation methods.

Laura Rosella

on exploring the broader determinants of health through big data analysis

Laura Rosella, PhD, MHSc, is the Principal Investigator and Scientific Director of the Population Health Analytics Lab. Her research interests include population health, population-based risk tools to support public health planning and public health policy. Notably, Dr. Rosella was recently awarded the Brian MacMahon Early Career Epidemiology Award by the Society for Epidemiologic Research and was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40.

Derek Denis

on the meaning and function of slang in our linguistically diverse city

Derek Denis is an assistant professor of linguistics in the Department of Language Studies at the University of Toronto Mississauga. His research looks at the past, present and future of Canadian English and the various influences on linguistic innovation among young people.

Victoria Nolan

on being world class

Victoria Nolan is gold-medallist rower, Paralympian, and former teacher.
When Victoria was faced with the moral dilemma of having a child or going blind she decided it was more important for her son to have a sibling than to save her sight. He got a little sister, and his mom went blind.“If I could live my life again with sight, I wouldn’t choose it.”Victoria describes how challenges are opportunities and how a simple change in how you “look” at things can turn your life around.

David Wosnick

on dealing with chronic pain and using opioid medication

David Wosnick is amongst thousands of chronic pain patients who have been left empty-handed in managing chronic pain. While the stigma surrounding opioids continues to inflate, Wosnick has made it his mission to educate others about what you think you know about prescription opioid medication. In breaking the mould, Wosnick sets out to show that like many others to himself, he is not your average drug user.

Nadia Fazal

on the power of the arts to decolonize narratives that shape perceptions about the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo

Nadia Fazal is a PhD Candidate in Social and Behavioural Health Sciences at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, and is part of the Collaborative Doctoral Program in Global Health, at the University of Toronto. Her PhD research is based in Goma, Democratic Republic of Congo, a context where she has lived and worked for a large part of the last ten years. Her work in Goma is grounded in the field of global health promotion and explores the role of the arts in decolonizing approaches and discourses that can strengthen community action for health.

Alexandra McCalla

on getting in touch with innovation to build highways in the sky

A super star senior consultant turned co-founder, Alexandra McCalla has been successful working with Fortune 500 companies and startups alike. Upon graduating from the University of Toronto with a high distinction degree in Economics and Film, she moved into corporate consulting, rising in Capgemini’s business advisory and technology innovation practice to become one of the firm’s youngest Senior Consultants globally. Alexandra is now a Co-Founder of AirMatrix, a drone infrastructure company that “builds highways in the skies” for the drone usage revolution – currently working with the Canadian government and other entities. She was recently awarded the Communitech Fierce Founders $100k prize and has been featured on Women in Drones.

PERFORMERS

More performers are to come soon!
Mahmood Magic

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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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Mahmood Magic

Mahmood Magic are two brothers, twins to be specific, that have been performing magic professionally in Toronto for over a decade. Being self-taught, Aaqib and Saqib have fostered a unique, intimate style to their performance. Mahmood Magic have performed for corporate clients ranging from renowned law firms like Henein Hutchison LLP, nation-wide companies like Canadian Tire, to various tech businesses. They have been asked to perform for charitable causes like Operation Smile, Muscular Dystrophy Canada, and TEDx. The Mahmood brothers have also been performing at private events like weddings, bridal showers, and birthday celebrations in Toronto and the GTA. They bring their diverse experience to the stage and with it, twin-inspired humor to capture the crowd.