TEDxToronto 2011

TEDxToronto, or #TEDxToronto as it is hashtagged on Twitter, hits the Telus Centre for Performance and Learning on September 23rd, and banking on the considerable following already amassed since TEDx – a program created by TED to allow local, self-organized events to bring people together to share a TED-like experience – was introduced, this year stands to be another amazing showcase of some of the greatest minds of our time. TEDxTO recently announced the 2011 speakers for the day of inspiration and ideation, and we couldn’t be more excited by this year’s lineup of cultural impactors who will speaking on the theme of Redefinition.

Former Toronto Mayor David Miller (@iamdavidmiller) headlines this year’s conference, and will join other notable names as Bilaal Rajen (@makingchange; a children’s rights activist and founder of Hands for Help), Ted Sargent (professor and Canada Research Chair in Nanotechnology at the University of Toronto), Dr. Brian Goldman (@WCBADoctorBrian; author of The Night Shift and an emergency room physician at Mount Sinai Hospital), Carlyle Jansen (founder of Good For Her), George Roter (@geroter; CEO and co-founder of Engineers Without Borders Canada), Jeff Melanson (@JeffMelanson; executive director and co-CEO of Canada’s National Ballet School), Adam Garone (@adamgarone; CEO and co-founder of Movember), Ariel Garton (@InteraXon; CEO of InteraXon), and Brandon Hay (@BlkDaddiesClub; founder of Black Daddies Club). To learn more about this year’s speakers, watch the videos here.

Though TEDxToronto is still just over a month away, if you want access to attend this phenomenal forum, you must apply to attend by August 19th. There’s relatively limited space, so obviously not everyone who applies will be given a spot (take a look at the application form here, TEDxTO wants to make sure attendees are passionate and will help stimulate a collective discussion and fuel the dialogue.) The good news is TEDxToronto is streamed live, and if you’re on Twitter, the experience is just as significant if you’re watching from your laptop because, and we probably don’t have to tell you this, it seems everyone is online during the talks, tweeting up a storm and sending out quotes of the best sound bites.

TEDxToronto will be a notable day worth connecting online or off. Will you be joining the discussion?