T E A M

Sameer Ali    Chair & Head Curator   Sameer is the founder and chair of TEDxDonMills. He is a Partner at TransformationLoop, where he consults clients on leadership, innovation, and change management. Sameer is passionate about developing mindsets, creating a space for changemakers to share their ideas, and increasing community engagement. He will be attending TEDWomen 2018 and hopes to help make TEDxDonMills a catalyst for change.

Sameer Ali

Chair & Head Curator

Sameer is the founder and chair of TEDxDonMills. He is a Partner at TransformationLoop, where he consults clients on leadership, innovation, and change management. Sameer is passionate about developing mindsets, creating a space for changemakers to share their ideas, and increasing community engagement. He will be attending TEDWomen 2018 and hopes to help make TEDxDonMills a catalyst for change.

Erika Pedersen-Lorenzen    Co-Executive Lead, Conference Design   Erika has been passionate about TED and TEDx since her university days, where she planned multiple TEDxRyersonU conferences and Salons. The experience opened up her career options; she followed her love of event planning to Lighthouse Labs, where she is currently Head of Events. Being part of TEDxDonMills is an exciting opportunity to return her efforts to the importance of ideas worth spreading, and help create an exceptional event experience for this diverse community to enjoy.

Erika Pedersen-Lorenzen

Co-Executive Lead, Conference Design

Erika has been passionate about TED and TEDx since her university days, where she planned multiple TEDxRyersonU conferences and Salons. The experience opened up her career options; she followed her love of event planning to Lighthouse Labs, where she is currently Head of Events. Being part of TEDxDonMills is an exciting opportunity to return her efforts to the importance of ideas worth spreading, and help create an exceptional event experience for this diverse community to enjoy.

Sheri Blades    Speaker Development Manager   Sheri is the Speaker Development Manager for TEDxDonMills. She was inspired to join the TEDxDonMills team because she wanted to help nurture diverse voices that will help to challenge and inspire community. She currently works in financial services in leadership development and organizational effectiveness. She is passionate about travel, coaching and getting lost in a good novel.

Sheri Blades

Speaker Development Manager

Sheri is the Speaker Development Manager for TEDxDonMills. She was inspired to join the TEDxDonMills team because she wanted to help nurture diverse voices that will help to challenge and inspire community. She currently works in financial services in leadership development and organizational effectiveness. She is passionate about travel, coaching and getting lost in a good novel.

 
Hafiz Kanji    Executive Director of Partnerships   Hafiz Kanji is the Executive Director of Partnerships for TEDxDonMills. Outside of TEDx, he is an entrepreneur working with cutting edge technology and a mentor to multiple startups in the Toronto ecosystem. Hafiz loves to spend his time reading and learning about new technology, its implications to society, and volunteering within the community.

Hafiz Kanji

Executive Director of Partnerships

Hafiz Kanji is the Executive Director of Partnerships for TEDxDonMills. Outside of TEDx, he is an entrepreneur working with cutting edge technology and a mentor to multiple startups in the Toronto ecosystem. Hafiz loves to spend his time reading and learning about new technology, its implications to society, and volunteering within the community.

Mobeen Lalani    Co-Executive Lead, Conference Design   Mobeen Lalani is an undergraduate student who has been a part of the TED community for many years, as a delegate/associate for TEDxToronto, TEDxUofT, and TEDxUTSC to being the executive lead for the 6th TEDxUTSC conference. His academic interests include, molecular sciences, medical anthro., and health policy. Don Mills has been his home as a child and now being a part of this team, he hopes to engage the community through collective leadership and effective collaboration!

Mobeen Lalani

Co-Executive Lead, Conference Design

Mobeen Lalani is an undergraduate student who has been a part of the TED community for many years, as a delegate/associate for TEDxToronto, TEDxUofT, and TEDxUTSC to being the executive lead for the 6th TEDxUTSC conference. His academic interests include, molecular sciences, medical anthro., and health policy. Don Mills has been his home as a child and now being a part of this team, he hopes to engage the community through collective leadership and effective collaboration!

Noureen Ali    Co-Executive Lead, Program Design   Noureen is the co-Executive Lead for Program Design for TEDxDonMills. Noureen is a Senior Manager, HR Business Partner at TD Bank Group and sits on the Board of Directors at Flemingdon Community Health Centre. Bringing to life her passion for innovation, sharing knowledge and connecting people, she will be co-designing and curating an unforgettable experience for you all!

Noureen Ali

Co-Executive Lead, Program Design

Noureen is the co-Executive Lead for Program Design for TEDxDonMills. Noureen is a Senior Manager, HR Business Partner at TD Bank Group and sits on the Board of Directors at Flemingdon Community Health Centre. Bringing to life her passion for innovation, sharing knowledge and connecting people, she will be co-designing and curating an unforgettable experience for you all!

 
Naomi Litowitz    Director of Strategy and Planning, Marketing   Naomi has been a curious soul her whole life; she works as a Communications Strategist, playing in the marketing/advertising/media worlds. She joined the TEDxDonMills team to be part of bringing communities together, and to take an active role in helping shape what her future, and her childrens’ futures, will look like.

Naomi Litowitz

Director of Strategy and Planning, Marketing

Naomi has been a curious soul her whole life; she works as a Communications Strategist, playing in the marketing/advertising/media worlds. She joined the TEDxDonMills team to be part of bringing communities together, and to take an active role in helping shape what her future, and her childrens’ futures, will look like.

Rahim Rahim    Director of Branding   Rahim is passionate about helping people and making a difference. He is currently working as the Lead for Healthcare Professional Marketing at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, dedicated to finding creative solutions to help make patient’s lives better. He joined TEDxDonMills because of how TEDx represents a unique platform to shape the future today.

Rahim Rahim

Director of Branding

Rahim is passionate about helping people and making a difference. He is currently working as the Lead for Healthcare Professional Marketing at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, dedicated to finding creative solutions to help make patient’s lives better. He joined TEDxDonMills because of how TEDx represents a unique platform to shape the future today.

Tiffany Perez    Project Control Officer   Tiffany is the Project Control Officer of TEDxDonMills and has been an avid TED fan for long. She is currently working as a Marketing Researcher and is passionate about volunteering, photography, baking, meaningful relationships and sharing.

Tiffany Perez

Project Control Officer

Tiffany is the Project Control Officer of TEDxDonMills and has been an avid TED fan for long. She is currently working as a Marketing Researcher and is passionate about volunteering, photography, baking, meaningful relationships and sharing.

 
Jason Chong    Project Manager   Jason Chong is the Project Manager for TEDxDonMills and is leading the delivery of the overall project. His background is in the HR Transformation space where he helps organizations drive new processes through technology enablement. He was inspired to join TEDxDonMills to be part of a platform in a diverse and growing community that will inspire others to take action.

Jason Chong

Project Manager

Jason Chong is the Project Manager for TEDxDonMills and is leading the delivery of the overall project. His background is in the HR Transformation space where he helps organizations drive new processes through technology enablement. He was inspired to join TEDxDonMills to be part of a platform in a diverse and growing community that will inspire others to take action.

Jordan Beresford    Social Media and Content Manager   With a background in digital marketing, graphic design and social media, Jordan leads the strategy and execution for all things social media for TEDxDonMills. In her full-time job, she’s on the Talent Marketing team at Scotiabank and is the Owner of a bespoke social stationery company Edelweiss Studio + Stationery. In her “spare, spare time” she can be found with her Australian Shepherd Miller on hikes or snuggling and loves reading or watching true-crime documentaries.

Jordan Beresford

Social Media and Content Manager

With a background in digital marketing, graphic design and social media, Jordan leads the strategy and execution for all things social media for TEDxDonMills. In her full-time job, she’s on the Talent Marketing team at Scotiabank and is the Owner of a bespoke social stationery company Edelweiss Studio + Stationery. In her “spare, spare time” she can be found with her Australian Shepherd Miller on hikes or snuggling and loves reading or watching true-crime documentaries.

Amyna Kanji    Director of Arts   A mental health professional by day, Amyna is passionate about creating environments for meaningful dialogue. As a dancer, she uses her art as a means of storytelling and values the connections fostered through artistic expression. Amyna spends her free time travelling and indulging in the arts and culture scenes of the destinations that she visits.

Amyna Kanji

Director of Arts

A mental health professional by day, Amyna is passionate about creating environments for meaningful dialogue. As a dancer, she uses her art as a means of storytelling and values the connections fostered through artistic expression. Amyna spends her free time travelling and indulging in the arts and culture scenes of the destinations that she visits.

 
Ivy Chen    Digital Campaign Manager   Ivy is an energetic and bubbly character who loves meeting new people. Creating meaningful relationships is her passion and it definitely makes sense to why she’s in HR. When she’s not laughing or chatting, she loves watching anything Marvel related and will never say no to a Raptors game.

Ivy Chen

Digital Campaign Manager

Ivy is an energetic and bubbly character who loves meeting new people. Creating meaningful relationships is her passion and it definitely makes sense to why she’s in HR. When she’s not laughing or chatting, she loves watching anything Marvel related and will never say no to a Raptors game.

Alykhan Suleman    Director of Community Engagement   Alykhan currently manages Social Services Network for York Region as their Executive Director, where he oversees staff and volunteers to empower, support and encourage seniors to live an independent and enriched life through programs, services and advocacy work. Alykhan has joined the TEDxDonMills team as the Director for Community Engagement because he feels strongly that the TEDx platform is a great vehicle to encourage collaboration by stimulating the sharing of ideas, shaping of minds to promote meaningful change over time.

Alykhan Suleman

Director of Community Engagement

Alykhan currently manages Social Services Network for York Region as their Executive Director, where he oversees staff and volunteers to empower, support and encourage seniors to live an independent and enriched life through programs, services and advocacy work. Alykhan has joined the TEDxDonMills team as the Director for Community Engagement because he feels strongly that the TEDx platform is a great vehicle to encourage collaboration by stimulating the sharing of ideas, shaping of minds to promote meaningful change over time.

Jessica Stephens    Co-Executive Lead, Marketing   A former marketing professional turned digital entrepreneur, Jessica has become an advocate for selfcare and wellness. She has a passion for helping others transform their lives and empowering them to live their purpose. Jessica loves traveling and her happy places is being at the beach and out at sea sailing or scuba diving.

Jessica Stephens

Co-Executive Lead, Marketing

A former marketing professional turned digital entrepreneur, Jessica has become an advocate for selfcare and wellness. She has a passion for helping others transform their lives and empowering them to live their purpose. Jessica loves traveling and her happy places is being at the beach and out at sea sailing or scuba diving.

 
Jessie Wang    Program Team Coordinator   Jessie Wang works at TD Bank as an inspiring Product Owner. She has a strong belief in " Don't quit because things are getting harder", which empowers her to keep learning and volunteering to the people and the world around her. Besides her professional time, she is an ambassador for non-for-profits, a volunteer for Women's Initiatives and a social communication manager for a technology start-up.

Jessie Wang

Program Team Coordinator

Jessie Wang works at TD Bank as an inspiring Product Owner. She has a strong belief in " Don't quit because things are getting harder", which empowers her to keep learning and volunteering to the people and the world around her. Besides her professional time, she is an ambassador for non-for-profits, a volunteer for Women's Initiatives and a social communication manager for a technology start-up.

Alykhan Haji    Co-Executive Lead, Program Design   Alykhan has worked in both the not-for-profit and corporate worlds, most recently with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. He joined the team as he has lived in the Don Mills area for many years and has seen first-hand the diverse and dynamic community that continues to shape its future. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, music and the ups and downs of being a Toronto sports fan.

Alykhan Haji

Co-Executive Lead, Program Design

Alykhan has worked in both the not-for-profit and corporate worlds, most recently with the Institute for Canadian Citizenship. He joined the team as he has lived in the Don Mills area for many years and has seen first-hand the diverse and dynamic community that continues to shape its future. In his free time, he enjoys travelling, music and the ups and downs of being a Toronto sports fan.

Larysa Iarovenko    Director of Conference Design   Larysa has a passion for project development and cultural diplomacy. During her career, she has organized multiple public events in Canada, the UK, Ukraine and Russia. As a resident of the Don Mills neighbourhood, Larysa truly believes that TEDxDonMills will become a platform for sharing ideas and shaping the future of the community.

Larysa Iarovenko

Director of Conference Design

Larysa has a passion for project development and cultural diplomacy. During her career, she has organized multiple public events in Canada, the UK, Ukraine and Russia. As a resident of the Don Mills neighbourhood, Larysa truly believes that TEDxDonMills will become a platform for sharing ideas and shaping the future of the community.

 
Hina Mithani    Director of Catering   Hina Mithani is the Director of Catering for TedxDonMills. She has a passion for food and in her free time, she’s always looking for new festivals or restaurants to attend. The idea of TEDxDonMills to her means freedom and innovation. It allows individuals to express their ideas, beliefs and research and share it with the world.

Hina Mithani

Director of Catering

Hina Mithani is the Director of Catering for TedxDonMills. She has a passion for food and in her free time, she’s always looking for new festivals or restaurants to attend. The idea of TEDxDonMills to her means freedom and innovation. It allows individuals to express their ideas, beliefs and research and share it with the world.

Fiona Mascarenhas    Director of Creative and Content   Fiona is passionate about building brands on social media through engaging and creative content. She has worked for big brands like RBC, Scotiabank, and now, TEDxDonMills, to create authentic content and run end-to-end social media marketing campaigns. As the Creative and Content Director, she joined TEDxDonMills to inspire the community through design and bring people together to share ideas.

Fiona Mascarenhas

Director of Creative and Content

Fiona is passionate about building brands on social media through engaging and creative content. She has worked for big brands like RBC, Scotiabank, and now, TEDxDonMills, to create authentic content and run end-to-end social media marketing campaigns. As the Creative and Content Director, she joined TEDxDonMills to inspire the community through design and bring people together to share ideas.

Julie Cripps    Marketing Manager   Julie, originally from Calgary, Alberta is an experienced Marketing Manager who is consistently inspired by transforming concepts to completion. Throughout her career, she has been captivated by providing engaging and thought-provoking experiences by fusing creative juices and strategic approaches.

Julie Cripps

Marketing Manager

Julie, originally from Calgary, Alberta is an experienced Marketing Manager who is consistently inspired by transforming concepts to completion. Throughout her career, she has been captivated by providing engaging and thought-provoking experiences by fusing creative juices and strategic approaches.

 
Zunash Ashiq Ali    Graphic Designer   Zunash is an advertising and graphic design professional and enjoys crafting creative solutions for businesses of all sizes. She holds a Bachelor of Fashion Design, Masters of Fashion Management and a Post Grad in Advertising and Graphic Design. At TEDxDonMills, she is part of the Marketing team and develops compelling visual designs for print and web.

Zunash Ashiq Ali

Graphic Designer

Zunash is an advertising and graphic design professional and enjoys crafting creative solutions for businesses of all sizes. She holds a Bachelor of Fashion Design, Masters of Fashion Management and a Post Grad in Advertising and Graphic Design. At TEDxDonMills, she is part of the Marketing team and develops compelling visual designs for print and web.

Neha Lalani    Program Design Manager   Neha is the Program Design Manager at TEDxDonMills. She is currently a Senior Rewards Consultant at Korn Ferry, a global HR consulting firm, where she assists organizations with rewards solutions and achieving gender pay equity. She currently leads a team of young professionals to organize various community service initiatives. Causes Neha cares about include education, diversity, and equal opportunity.

Neha Lalani

Program Design Manager

Neha is the Program Design Manager at TEDxDonMills. She is currently a Senior Rewards Consultant at Korn Ferry, a global HR consulting firm, where she assists organizations with rewards solutions and achieving gender pay equity. She currently leads a team of young professionals to organize various community service initiatives. Causes Neha cares about include education, diversity, and equal opportunity.

Danish Karmally    Manager of Partnerships   By day, Danish is a Junior Policy Analyst at Krantzberg Great Lakes Consulting, focused on saving the Great Lakes from toxic chemicals. If he isn’t trying to save the Great Lakes, you can find him volunteering, exploring the city and reading. He’s extremely excited to be part of his first TEDx event and is thrilled at the opportunity to contribute to the event as a Manager of Partnerships.

Danish Karmally

Manager of Partnerships

By day, Danish is a Junior Policy Analyst at Krantzberg Great Lakes Consulting, focused on saving the Great Lakes from toxic chemicals. If he isn’t trying to save the Great Lakes, you can find him volunteering, exploring the city and reading. He’s extremely excited to be part of his first TEDx event and is thrilled at the opportunity to contribute to the event as a Manager of Partnerships.