Ideas will ricochet at York University during the fifth annual TEDxYorkU conference March 28.
Featuring a full day of inspiring talks and performances, TEDxYorkU will occupy the Tribute Communities Recital Hall Stage in the Accolade East Building on the Keele campus. Each of the presenters and performers will explore this year’s theme “Ricochet”. TEDxYorkU starts at 10:30am and will continue to 4pm.
Some of the featured speakers include:
Markus Giesler is a Canadian economist and marketing professor at the Schulich School of Business. He specializes in the study of markets as social systems and researches how ideas and things such as products, services, experiences, technologies, brands, and intellectual property acquire value over time. He is interested in technology consumption, moral consumption, and the role of multiple stakeholders in the market creation process. Before doing his PhD in marketing, Giesler spent 10 years operating his own record label and recording business in Germany. In 2014, he was named “one of the most outstanding business school professors under 40 in the world.” He is recognized as one of Fortune‘s rising professors in business and is one of Wired’s best recognized experts in high-technology consumption. Giesler was named one of the world’s top 40 business professors under 40 by Poets & Quants.
Talisha Ramsaroop came to Canada with her mother when she was just two-years-old. Ramsaroop is the recipient of the 2014 Lincoln M Alexander award for her work as a mentor for students battling racial stereotypes in Toronto’s urban core. She is a community advocate and leader who is actively involved and committed to bettering her community in any way possible. She has participated in NOISE for social change, FYI creating equitable spaces, Grassroots Youth Collaborative and Act for Youth. Ramsaroop earned the community award for her ongoing work to provide a voice to urban youth in Toronto who are struggling to overcome the barriers put in their way by racial discrimination. A graduate student at York University, Ramsaroop mentors urban youth to break down the barriers caused by racial stereotypes, complete high school and look ahead to post-secondary education opportunities.
Paula Todd is an award-winning investigative journalist, digital media professor, lawyer and the author of three best-selling non-fiction books. She’s a well-known social media analyst and broadcaster who’s written, hosted and reported for Canada’s largest media outlets, including the Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The National Post, CBC, TVO and CTV. Todd’s latest book, Extreme Mean: Trolls, Bullies and Predators Online (M&S/ Random House), is an in-depth look at the surprisingly varied reasons kids, youth and adults use the Internet to humiliate, harass, bully and sexually extort friends, colleagues and strangers — and how we can help end the abuse. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Non-Fiction.Todd was the first Canadian journalist to break news in an e-book when she tracked down notorious serial killer, Karla Homolka, in Guadeloupe. She details her in-person interview with the killer in Finding Karla (Kindle Single/CWG).A Quiet Courage: Inspiring Stories from All of Us (Dundurn Press), takes an international look at how harrowing experiences create personal power. Todd teaches broadcast and digital journalism at Seneca@York in Toronto, and chairs the Digital Issues Committee of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression, where she sits on the Board. She holds an LL.B. (JD) from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a BA in English Literature from York University. She is called to the Bar of Ontario and is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada. She got her start in journalism as the editor of York University’s Excalibur, where she proudly led the successful campaign for independent funding of the student press.
More information about the many other TEDxYorkU speakers will be posted on the event’s Facebook page.