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TED community believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. TEDxVaughan will be a half day, seminar on Sep 23, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with speakers from the most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
Shawn Brixey, Dean of the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Designat York University, is a creative artist, researcher and inventor working at the interface of art, science and technology. He is known for pioneering complex experimental media artworks that synthesize physics, astronomy, cosmology, biology and advanced computing.
Anita M. McGahan is a Professor at the University of Toronto, where she is on the faculties of the Rotman School of Management, the Munk School of Global Affairs, and the Physiology Department of the Medical School. McGahan’s credits include three books and over 100 articles, case studies, notes and other published material on competitive advantage, industry evolution, and financial performance. Her current research emphasizes entrepreneurship in the public interest and innovative collaboration between public and private organizations. McGahan has been recognized as a master teacher for her dedication to the success of junior faculty and for her leadership in course development.
Andriy Samokhvalov is a psychiatrist and scientist at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and a co-lead on the DA VINCI project aiming to provide effective evidence-based treatment for depression and alcohol use disorder at multiple locations across Ontario. He will talk about the complexity of the relationship between these two common and disabling medical conditions. He will describe the challenges the patients suffering from concurrent depression and alcohol dependence are facing when trying to receive help through current healthcare system and outline the approach to full utilization of the potential of new and existing treatments.
For more than 20 years,Vladimir Bronnikov has been studying the logic game CTOR (Cellular Torus). He is the founder of a company which studies Collective Intelligence with the use of games. He has a PhD in the field of Computer Science (Pattern Recognition for Robotics).The rules of the game CTOR allow us to measure different properties of thinking. The game process allows us to measure the logical and intuitive thinking, as well as the visual-spatial ability, of a single player and of a group of players, and to study the team's Collective Intuition.
Ric Phillips is Canada’s first Communication Coach and helps anyone communicate with simplicity, clarity and confidence. He is the creator of 3V Communications™, a communication coaching and training company that uses a holistic system to synchronize and sharpen interpersonal and professional communication skills. Ric is also a co-founder, program advisor and instructor with YEDI (York Entrepreneurship Development Institute) and the executive director of the NCCA (Nat’l Communication Coaching Assoc. of Canada).
As an author of several ebooks and articles, Ric is an expert in communications, public speaking techniques and body language analysis, frequently called upon by the media to provide pundit opinion and advice on business people, politicians and celebrities.
Human heart muscle cannot regenerate by itself. It is impossible to sample a small portion of human heart and make more beating cells out of it to treat patients suffering from heart disease. This limitation also impacts pharmaceutical industry, which does not have suitable human heart tissues for testing of drug safety and efficacy. Dr. Radisic willpresent recent advances in the fields of stem cells and tissue engineering that enable growth of a fully functional human heart tissue. These advances could revolutionize drug discovery process and treatment of patients with heart disease. Dr. Milica Radisic is Professor at the University of Toronto and Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering. She obtained B.Eng. from McMaster University in 1999, and Ph.D. form the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2004. She is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.Her research findings were presented in over 120 research papers, reviews and book chapters with h-index of 44 and over 6500 citations. She is a co-founder of a start-up company TARA Biosystems focused on the use of engineered tissues in drug development.
Pop singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and romantic — Clara Venice is Canada’s Theremin Prodigy. Clara is one of the only people in the world who plays the Theremin as a proper instrument, which adds an emotional and haunting diversity to her music.