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General Thinkers | Canada | 27

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Niki Dun

Founder + Director | Design For Development | TEDxEastVan

Vancouver, Canada

Improving quality of life and building community through collaborative design is what I’ve been drawn to so far. My work in social design began with founding Design For Development (DFD), a registered charity that aims to reduce poverty and save lives by designing and producing solutions to basic-needs issues faced by underserved and low resource  … [see more]

Robert D. Austin

Professor | Ivey Business School

London, Canada

Researcher, teacher, experienced manager at major multinational corporations (automotive and technology companies) and educational institutions (dean of a business school, CEO of executive education foundation); experienced C-Level consultant to many multinational companies; for more than a decade , faculty chair and faculty member in executive education programs at Harvard Business School; author of several books  … [see more]

"Travel Deeper."

Jill Greenwood

Director, AFAR Experiences | AFAR

Vancouver, Canada

I curate and produce AFAR Experiences, an immersive travel event series that takes readers of AFAR Magazine to worldwide destinations and introduces them to the remarkable local people who are doing incredible things. We provide unprecedented access to fascinating people, places and projects, and strive to inspire and enable our attendees to connect and engage  … [see more]

Gretchen McCulloch

Internet Linguist

Montreal, Canada

I write about linguistics for a general audience. I'm currently writing a book about internet language and the future of English for Riverhead (Penguin). I was the Resident Linguist at The Toast, where I wrote about linguistics of the doge meme, Benedict Cumberbatch names, and more. I've also written pop linguistics for Slate and Mental  … [see more]

"investing in the present through paying attention and growing collective interest"

Tammy Meyer

Advocate | the Commons

Vancouver, Canada

I am deeply concerned about the state of the world, and am inspired to connect and share with others who are working towards the 'common good'. Through generative, authentic and thoughtful conversations 'for the record', I am motivated to better understand the conditions that give rise to our challenges, and create spaces for people to  … [see more]

"Design is about problem solving with people at the heart of it."

Vincent Zhang

Student | ArtCenter College of Design

Vancouver, Canada

My biggest inspiration in life are my parents, and the most important lesson they taught me is how to be adaptable. It is an innate ability that lies dormant in all of us and for me, I had to learn how to do it very quickly as I moved around along with my parents as  … [see more]

"Aspire to Live to Inspire"

Dylan Wilks

Cofounder, Creative Director | TEDxVictoria, Magnetic Minds

Victoria, Canada

I always wanted to make the world a better place, but it wasn't until I was at the end of my 20s and broke my back at work that I found out how. Since then, I've been back to school, graduated with numerous scholarships and honours, co-founded two nonprofit organizations, and launched a new career  … [see more]

"Confidence is what you have before you understand the problem"

Louis-Jacques Darveau

Publisher, Strategic Advisor | The Alpine Review

Montréal, Canada

I am a multidisciplinary strategic advisor whose client-facing work focuses on new ventures, innovation opportunities, product development and marketing. I have wide-ranging experience working with clients in Canada, the US and Europe, delivering solutions designed to boost performance. My interests include issues related to complexity, turbulence, good governance and good society. Most recently I have  … [see more]

"The trouble with normal is it only gets worse"

Tara Hunt

Director, Audience Development | Totem

Toronto, Canada

It's tough to really describe my work as I've always made it up as I go along. I've been called a pioneer of social media marketing (Fast Company/Entrepreneur Mag), but I don't think of it as 'social media marketing' - I think of it as the natural evolution of what the customers want. I would  … [see more]

"Social dislocation and creative trouble."

Rashed Aqrabawi

Admissions Advisor | THNK - School of Creative Leadership

Vancouver, Canada

THNK falls into my larger mission to work at the intersection of public, social, and commercial sectors in a way that leads to more efficient and nuanced results on social initiatives. I help in connecting different creative leaders from these industries to each other, so as to create an environment where cross-pollination can grow into  … [see more]

"Create impact, add value, build social legacy and share lessons learned."

Sylvia Grace Borda

Maker, thinker, innovator

Vancouver, Canada

I have worked in a wide range of roles from Senior Lecturer in the Applied Arts to lead Graphic User Interface producer and designer for Canadian Heritage (CHIN) to environmental sustainability. I am working on several scalable projects to address food rights and housing access in Canada and Europe. My work has been exhibited and  … [see more]

"Acting to enable the possibility for human and other life to flourish"

Antony Upward

Sustainability Business Architect | Edward James Consulting Ltd.

Toronto, Canada

Our world is full. Some of this is good but much is bad. Business is a big part of both. How can we use scientific knowledge to help business make things better? My vision is that business becomes a key enabler for the possibility for human and other life to flourish on this planet forever  … [see more]

"Every school needs an International School Peace Garden for Peace Education and Sustainability."

Julia Morton-Marr

President/CEO | IHTEC

Mississauga, Canada

I am a music consultant; teacher, educational curriculum consultant and innovator; consultant in integrated studies; speaker; writer; editor; geographer, academic and system scientist. I have been teaching for a total of 46 years and use technology to train teachers and students. My major work is on 'Prevention Education' on the global issues the could have  … [see more]

Daniel Engelberg

Solutions for complex problems | Consultant

Montreal, Canada

I help people and organizations address challenging problems in design, innovation, and corporate and social change. In this broad frame, my background in cognitive psychology and UX design brings valuable contributions to methodology and solutions. Hard problems are an opportunity for me to support deep changes in how people and organizations think and act --  … [see more]

"Trust me, this will take time but there is order here, very faint, very human."

Patrick Pittman

Editor | The Alpine Review

Toronto, Canada

Magazines! Print media! Broadcast! I make words and print them and speak them and broadcast them and mash them. I am co-editor at the much loved The Alpine Review, a gorgeous, Montreal-based annual-ish compendium of ideas that has quietly built up a strong following amongst influential thinkers around the globe. I am also executive editor  … [see more]

"Solve better problems"

Jess McMullin

Consultant and Coach | Centre for Citizen Experience

Edmonton, Canada

I started in user experience design in 1996. After founding my own consultancy, growing to 15 staff, working with Fortune 500 and Silicon Valley clients, and competing against the best in the business I was successful...and burned out. I realized that I needed to focus on more meaningful work. I left my firm to pursue  … [see more]

"create value, not stuff"

Martin Ryan

Senior Innovation Consultant | Doblin

Toronto, Canada

I am an innovation strategist, design researcher and experience architect. I believe in and practice the art & science of building human-centric businesses, brands and experiences that add genuine value and meaning to peoples’ lives. ?? To accomplish this I wield a diverse set of tools derived from the worlds of Design Thinking, Marketing &  … [see more]

"Be the person your dog thinks you are."

Michael Cayley

Founder | Cdling Capital Services Inc.

Toronto, Canada

I have created Social Capital Value Add, a valuation method linking social media & social capital to corporate value. Cdling (pronounced "seedling") is a global community of innovators where reputations are established to build trust where that was previously not possible, across gaps in geography, expertise and capital pools. … [see more]

Dustin Johnston-Jewell

Innovation Strategist | Idea Couture

Toronto, Canada

BSc. Honours Microbiology, University of Guelph Master of Management of Innovation, University of Toronto Master of Design in Strategic Foresight and Innovation, OCADU … [see more]

"Question the underlying assumption."

Michel Neray

Chief Differentiation Officer | momondays

Toronto, ON, Canada

I am kind of an interesting guy. In 1995, I founded Portfolios Online which was the world's first online searchable directory of creative professionals. In 2012, I created momondays, a monthly event of 'real people, real stories, real inspiration'. momondays is now in over 12 cities in North America. For my ‘day job’, I am  … [see more]

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from Nature"

Karl Schroeder

Science Fiction Writer, Foresight Strategist | Idea Couture

Toronto, Canada

I write science fiction, having published ten novels to date. I am also a working foresight analyst, currently Senior Foresight Strategist at Idea Couture. The ideas everybody else is starting to talk about today--the internet of things, microtransaction economics, rights to natural systems--appear in my novels of 13-15 years ago. … [see more]

Stuart Candy

Director, Situation Lab | OCAD University

Toronto, Canada

I am a futurist on a mission to bring foresight to life, producing participatory, guerrilla and experiential futures interventions to pattern a wiser and more vital culture. We need new stories as well as new ways to tell them - I'm interested in both. I'm often sought out for input on unusual design initiatives. Variously  … [see more]

Brandon Velestuk

Creative Director | Metalab

Victoria, Canada

I've been a designer for the better part of 10 years. I joined Metalab, an interface design agency as Creative Director in 2010, after a long stint of freelance Creative Direction in publishing, branding and events. … [see more]

"enjoy the moment"

Tiiu Poldma

Full Professor | Université de Montréal

Montreal, Canada

I am an academic researcher and currently the Vice Dean of Graduate Studies in the Faculty of Environmental Design at the University of Montreal. I am also the author of "Taking up Space: Exploring the Design Process" and editor of "Meanings of Designed Spaces" which has articles and interviews with over 40 design thinkers and  … [see more]

"The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing."

Katherine McCartney

Director, Operations | TED Conferences LLC

Vancouver, Canada

I am the Director, Operations and Executive Producer of TED Conferences. I have produced all of TED's main conferences since 2002 - over 30+ Previously, I ran the European Division for Tourism British Columbia's marketing division for over 11 years. Isadore Sharpe [CEO Four Seasons Hotels] taught me a great deal about customer service and  … [see more]

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