ideaCity 2009

  • June 17-19, 2009
  • Toronto

The 10th annual ideaCity conference.

Speakers

Jacob Abrahamse

Child soprano

Chris Adams

Online media cross collaborator

Ryan Adams

Machine learning researcher

William Alsop

Architect
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Dreaming about Toronto: Will Alsop is one of the most prominent UK architects. Locally, he is best known for designing the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art.

Dreaming about Toronto: Will Alsop is one of the most prominent UK architects. Locally, he is best known for designing the Sharp Centre for Design at the Ontario College of Art.

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Siwan Anderson

Missing women investigator

Colin Angus

Adventurer and author

Laura Archer

Nurse, Doctors Without Borders
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Kidnapped in Darfur: After working as a nurse for Médecins Sans Frontières, Laura spent twelve months painting portraits of some of the individuals she worked with in Africa.

Kidnapped in Darfur: After working as a nurse for Médecins Sans Frontières, Laura spent twelve months painting portraits of some of the individuals she worked with in Africa.

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Maude Barlow

Senior water advisor, United Nations
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The end of water?: Maude Barlow is the Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly and the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

The end of water?: Maude Barlow is the Senior Advisor on Water to the President of the United Nations General Assembly and the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians.

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David Ben

Actor, writer, performer, producer and creative consultant

Marika Bournaki

Pianist

Bowfire

Virtuoso string ensemble

Ronnie Burkett

Marionette puppet master

Scott Cassell

Wildlife filmmaker and underwater explorer

Irwin Cotler

Human rights expert

Marcel Danesi

Pop culture semiotician

Wade Davis

Explorer-in-Residence, National Geographic
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Endangered cultures: Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society.

Endangered cultures: Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society.

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Sara de Freitas

Director of Research, Serious Games Institute

Delhi 2 Dublin

Bhangra Celtic fusion group
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A unique musical experience: Blending east and west, electronic and acoustic, mainstream and underground, Delhi 2 Dublin takes listeners on a wild and borderless trip with their global sounds.

A unique musical experience: Blending east and west, electronic and acoustic, mainstream and underground, Delhi 2 Dublin takes listeners on a wild and borderless trip with their global sounds.

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David Gallo

Ocean explorer, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

John Geiger

Author and explorer

Benjamin Gulak

Founder and chairman, BPG Motors

Alexandra Hall

Eureka airship innovator

David Hanson

Founder and designer, Hanson Robotics

Tom Harpur

Spiritual author, journalist and TV host
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Religious history: short on fact: Tom Harpur has been a compelling spiritual leader within Canada and is the author of the national bestseller, The Pagan Christ.

Religious history: short on fact: Tom Harpur has been a compelling spiritual leader within Canada and is the author of the national bestseller, The Pagan Christ.

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John Harris

Sir David Alliance Professor of Bioethics, University of Manchester School of Law

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

Chairman, Waterkeeper Alliance

Les Klein

Architectural innovator

Pascal Lee

Haughton-Mars Project Lead, NASA

Lighthouse

Rock band

Hod Lipson

Roboticist

Richard MacDonald

Dignified death advocate
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Dying with dignity: Richard MacDonald has traveled widely presenting his philosophy about the right to choose the location, the manner and the time of ones own death.

Dying with dignity: Richard MacDonald has traveled widely presenting his philosophy about the right to choose the location, the manner and the time of ones own death.

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Preston Manning

Former opposition leader
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Fixing parliament

Fixing parliament

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Jaymie Matthews

Professor, Astronomy & Astrophysics, University of British Columbia

Rick Miller

Performance artist
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Bigger than Jesus: Rick Miller is not only an architect, actor, and musician, but as the Artistic Director of WYRD Productions, he has also created and performed the play MacHomer.

Bigger than Jesus: Rick Miller is not only an architect, actor, and musician, but as the Artistic Director of WYRD Productions, he has also created and performed the play MacHomer.

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Jerry X. Mitrovica

Sea-levels geophysicist

Terry Mosher

Political cartoonist (under the name of Aislin)
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Aislin gets political: AISLIN is the name of Terry Mosher’s elder daughter and the nom de plume that he has used for over thirty-five years as the political cartoonist for The Gazette in Montreal.

Aislin gets political: AISLIN is the name of Terry Mosher’s elder daughter and the nom de plume that he has used for over thirty-five years as the political cartoonist for The Gazette in Montreal.

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John Peterson Myers

Founder, CEO & Chief Scientist, Environmental Health Sciences

Albert Nerenberg

Laughologist
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A Laughing Epidemic: Albert Nerenberg is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and Laughologist for CBC radio.

A Laughing Epidemic: Albert Nerenberg is an award-winning filmmaker, journalist and Laughologist for CBC radio.

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Barth Netterfield

Astrophysicist
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The birth of a star: Barth Netterfield is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Toronto and his research focuses on the construction and use of balloon borne telescopes.

The birth of a star: Barth Netterfield is a professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Toronto and his research focuses on the construction and use of balloon borne telescopes.

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Stephen Pautler

Assistant Professor, Division of Urologic Surgery, St. Joseph's Hospital

Josef Penninger

Genetics investigator

Michelle Rainey

Medicinal cannabis advocate

John Ralston Saul

Political essayist
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A state of many nations

A state of many nations

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Philip Rosedale

Founder, Second Life
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Building a Second Life

Building a Second Life

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Candace Savage

Author and bee naturalist

Mark Showalter

Planetary astronomer, SETI

Eric Siblin

Writer, journalist and filmmaker

Rob Stewart

Director, filmmaker and photographer
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Fighting for sharks: Director and documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart spent four years traveling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation's magazines. His film, Sharkwater, broke documentary box office records in Canada and the US.

Fighting for sharks: Director and documentary filmmaker Rob Stewart spent four years traveling the world as chief photographer for the Canadian Wildlife Federation's magazines. His film, Sharkwater, broke documentary box office records in Canada and the US.

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Jacob Sullum

Newspaper columnist and author

Ali Velshi

Chief Business Correspondent, CNN
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The news of business

The news of business

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Ronald Weinland

Author

Eric Yam

Designer of Asten space settlement

Ray Zahab

Endurance runner and adventurer

Randi Zuckerberg

Director of Market Development, Facebook
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Randi Zuckerberg, Director of Market Development, manages marketing initiatives at Facebook where she has led the company's U.S. election and international politics strategy.

Randi Zuckerberg, Director of Market Development, manages marketing initiatives at Facebook where she has led the company's U.S. election and international politics strategy.

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ideaCity 2009 is part of the ideaCity series of events.

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