The ninth edition of TEDxYouth@Toronto will be hosted at the Ontario Science Centre. The event follows the TED format, featuring a line-up of innovative and inspiring speakers and performers.

The event also features carefully chosen TED videos and interactive activities to fully engage the GTA’s brightest youth. The day incorporates networking sessions during and after the event to encourage participants, organizers, and presenters explore, share, and grow “ideas worth spreading.” The live audience will be made up of high school students from all over the city. All on-stage content will also be also be streamed live for audiences both local and global.

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  • be exposed to innovative thinking and thought-provoking dialogue in a unique program that promises to spark meaningful discussions

  • engage with some of Canada’s transformative thought leaders who will challenge your thinking in new ways; some past speakers include: Olympic gold medalists Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, MP and former astronaut Marc Garneau, Master Chef Canada winner Eric Chong, entrepreneur Arlene Dickinson, amongst many others


  • share experiences, information, and form life-long friendships with other high school students in the GTA




TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes.

Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with a simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their desires to action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.


TEDx (x = independently organized event)

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, live speakers and TED videos combine to spark discussion and connection in an intimate setting. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program and attendance is capped as per TED regulations, but individual TEDx events are self-organized by members of the community.