S p e a k e r s

Farah Nasser   Farah is an award-winning journalist and anchor on  Global News . She has been covering relevant and significant stories for nearly two decades and now brings a personal yet widely relatable story to the TEDxDonMills stage. Farah will challenge us to think differently through the lens of pluralism and the power of gaining knowledge about others.

Farah Nasser

Farah is an award-winning journalist and anchor on Global News. She has been covering relevant and significant stories for nearly two decades and now brings a personal yet widely relatable story to the TEDxDonMills stage. Farah will challenge us to think differently through the lens of pluralism and the power of gaining knowledge about others.

Mandy Rennehan   Mandy, the  Blue-Collar CEO™ , is refreshing and (respectfully) uncensored. She is a top entrepreneur and recipient of numerous awards including the Toronto Region Board of Trade Business Leader of the Year, Growth 500 Excellence in Innovation,  WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women  – Hall of Fame and  Top 25 Woman of Influence . She brings a fresh perspective to designing for tomorrow, challenging current perceptions of the future.

Mandy Rennehan

Mandy, the Blue-Collar CEO™, is refreshing and (respectfully) uncensored. She is a top entrepreneur and recipient of numerous awards including the Toronto Region Board of Trade Business Leader of the Year, Growth 500 Excellence in Innovation, WXN Top 100 Most Powerful Women – Hall of Fame and Top 25 Woman of Influence. She brings a fresh perspective to designing for tomorrow, challenging current perceptions of the future.

Nouman Ashraf   Nouman is an Assistant Professor at  Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto  and has held a variety of impactful roles such as the Director of the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office at University of Toronto. His accomplishments include extending the Rotman School's imprint in the area of Not for Profit and Public Sector organizational governance and leadership. Nouman lives in the Don Mills community and is committed to its continued growth and success. His talk will dive deep into one of his passions and research areas that is widely relatable and important to organizations and communities today.

Nouman Ashraf

Nouman is an Assistant Professor at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and has held a variety of impactful roles such as the Director of the Anti-Racism and Cultural Diversity Office at University of Toronto. His accomplishments include extending the Rotman School's imprint in the area of Not for Profit and Public Sector organizational governance and leadership. Nouman lives in the Don Mills community and is committed to its continued growth and success. His talk will dive deep into one of his passions and research areas that is widely relatable and important to organizations and communities today.

 
Alan Smithson   Alan is a virtual and augmented reality expert, author, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, investor, inventor and proud dad. He is the CEO of  MetaVRse  a VR/AR company. Alan's personal mission is, “To inspire and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs to think and act in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way”. His talk will reshape how you achieve success in a mind-blowing way.

Alan Smithson

Alan is a virtual and augmented reality expert, author, inspirational speaker, entrepreneur, investor, inventor and proud dad. He is the CEO of MetaVRse a VR/AR company. Alan's personal mission is, “To inspire and educate the next generation of entrepreneurs to think and act in a socially, environmentally and economically responsible way”. His talk will reshape how you achieve success in a mind-blowing way.

Ayaan Esmail   Ayaan is a 14-year-old genomics and nanotechnology enthusiast, as well as a young cancer researcher and pharmacogeneticist. He is a  The Knowledge Society (TKS)  Innovator with a passion for and an unwavering dedication to the advancement of research in the field of medicine and its intersection with technology. His talk is impactful to the community and our future and will inspire and educate.

Ayaan Esmail

Ayaan is a 14-year-old genomics and nanotechnology enthusiast, as well as a young cancer researcher and pharmacogeneticist. He is a The Knowledge Society (TKS) Innovator with a passion for and an unwavering dedication to the advancement of research in the field of medicine and its intersection with technology. His talk is impactful to the community and our future and will inspire and educate.

Lawrence Eta   Lawrence is the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the  City of Toronto , a non-profit board member, and an immigrant to Canada after living in four other countries across three continents. He has a compelling perspective on redefining what community means to all of us.

Lawrence Eta

Lawrence is the Deputy Chief Information Officer at the City of Toronto, a non-profit board member, and an immigrant to Canada after living in four other countries across three continents. He has a compelling perspective on redefining what community means to all of us.

 
Caroline Riseboro   Caroline is the President and CEO of  Plan International Canada  and  Canada’s Most Powerful Woman Top 100 Award Winner 2017 & 2018 . She has been an active community member and a member of several non-profit boards. As the youngest person to ever lead a major Canadian charity, Caroline is a passionate advocate for gender equality and is recognized for her commitment to tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues. Her talk will feature a relevant topic for today both locally and globally.

Caroline Riseboro

Caroline is the President and CEO of Plan International Canada and Canada’s Most Powerful Woman Top 100 Award Winner 2017 & 2018. She has been an active community member and a member of several non-profit boards. As the youngest person to ever lead a major Canadian charity, Caroline is a passionate advocate for gender equality and is recognized for her commitment to tackling some of the world’s most pressing issues. Her talk will feature a relevant topic for today both locally and globally.

Adam Nanjee   Adam is an avid technologist, futurist, innovator and presently Managing Director for Canada at Microsoft for Startups. As an executive and leader at various technology startups and Fortune 500 companies, Adam founded and built Canada's first dedicated financial technology and innovations startup vertical at  MaRS Discovery District . Adam has traveled the globe scouting the top cities, talent pools and companies who will lead in innovation, and has been involved in government innovation missions around the world, including Hong Kong, Brazil, Israel, London and Portugal. Although Adam is a prominent speaker at tech conferences, his TedXDonMills talk will be like none he has done before, exploring a topic of personal passion and global importance.

Adam Nanjee

Adam is an avid technologist, futurist, innovator and presently Managing Director for Canada at Microsoft for Startups. As an executive and leader at various technology startups and Fortune 500 companies, Adam founded and built Canada's first dedicated financial technology and innovations startup vertical at MaRS Discovery District. Adam has traveled the globe scouting the top cities, talent pools and companies who will lead in innovation, and has been involved in government innovation missions around the world, including Hong Kong, Brazil, Israel, London and Portugal. Although Adam is a prominent speaker at tech conferences, his TedXDonMills talk will be like none he has done before, exploring a topic of personal passion and global importance.

Lieutenant-Colonel Alastair Luft   Alastair is a 20-year veteran of the  Canadian Armed Forces  and author of  The Battle Within , a novel about a Canadian soldier struggling to come to terms with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Over the course of his military career, which includes nearly 3 years of service in Afghanistan, Alastair gained first-hand experience with violence, hardship, and resilience, and these ideas have formed the foundation of his creative work. Alastair’s talk will challenge us to reconsider what it means to be a warrior.

Lieutenant-Colonel Alastair Luft

Alastair is a 20-year veteran of the Canadian Armed Forces and author of The Battle Within, a novel about a Canadian soldier struggling to come to terms with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Over the course of his military career, which includes nearly 3 years of service in Afghanistan, Alastair gained first-hand experience with violence, hardship, and resilience, and these ideas have formed the foundation of his creative work. Alastair’s talk will challenge us to reconsider what it means to be a warrior.

 
Kehkashan Basu   Kehkashan is an 18-year-old Founder President of global youth sustainability organisation,  Green Hope Foundation , which engages and empowers children and youth using education for sustainable development as a transformative tool. Her work on children's rights, gender equality, environmental conservation and sustainability has directly impacted over 15,000 children and youth across 20 countries. She is the recipient of  2016 International Children's Peace Prize  and a United Nations Human Rights Champion, as well as one of  Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence  and  Toronto's Top 8 Women Changemakers . Kehkeshan's talk will push you to act on an important topic facing our global community.

Kehkashan Basu

Kehkashan is an 18-year-old Founder President of global youth sustainability organisation, Green Hope Foundation, which engages and empowers children and youth using education for sustainable development as a transformative tool. Her work on children's rights, gender equality, environmental conservation and sustainability has directly impacted over 15,000 children and youth across 20 countries. She is the recipient of 2016 International Children's Peace Prize and a United Nations Human Rights Champion, as well as one of Canada's Top 25 Women of Influence and Toronto's Top 8 Women Changemakers. Kehkeshan's talk will push you to act on an important topic facing our global community.

Navid Nathoo   Navid is the co-founder of  The Knowledge Society (TKS) , a human accelerator that aims to develop the potential of young innovators to successfully impact tomorrow’s world by exposing them to problem-solving across varying disciplines of technology. He has also been a founder and CEO of a cloud security company and been involved in leading start-up organizations and accelerators. He will bring you a topic that will have you thinking about humans and education in a whole new way.

Navid Nathoo

Navid is the co-founder of The Knowledge Society (TKS), a human accelerator that aims to develop the potential of young innovators to successfully impact tomorrow’s world by exposing them to problem-solving across varying disciplines of technology. He has also been a founder and CEO of a cloud security company and been involved in leading start-up organizations and accelerators. He will bring you a topic that will have you thinking about humans and education in a whole new way.

Paula Kwan   Paula is the Director of Civic Innovation at the  City of Toronto  with grant funding from  Bloomberg Philanthropies . Prior to her role in public service, Paula’s experience provided her with a front row seat to innovation in Toronto and Silicon Valley with a number of successful startups in the software industry. Now, at the intersection of civic innovation and public service, and a global dialogue on Smart Cities, her talk will bring a different perspective to this topic of growing importance in designing tomorrow.

Paula Kwan

Paula is the Director of Civic Innovation at the City of Toronto with grant funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies. Prior to her role in public service, Paula’s experience provided her with a front row seat to innovation in Toronto and Silicon Valley with a number of successful startups in the software industry. Now, at the intersection of civic innovation and public service, and a global dialogue on Smart Cities, her talk will bring a different perspective to this topic of growing importance in designing tomorrow.