Sonya JF Barnett
Sex Educator, Award-Winning Filmmaker and Co-Founder of SlutWalkTO
Sonya JF Barnett, known for being a champion of women’s sexual rights, has worked to create a safe and welcoming community for people to experience the juncture between sex, education, and art. She continues to promote sex positivity and confront stereotypes about sexuality, gender, sexwork and eroticism. A certified sex educator, she feels most at home teaching people of any age about sex beyond simple biology.
Dr. Carin Bondar
Biologist & Television Personality
Dr. Carin Bondar is a biologist, writer, presenter and a true science geek. She specialises in animal population ecology, with an extended focus on their sexual behaviours. Dr. Bondar’s award winning shows along with her unique style and candour allow us fans to feel exceptionally tame in our own perversions when compared to the shocking behaviour of animals in the natural world. You can currently see her on Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science and Stephen Hawking’s Brave New World. Her independent web series Wild Sex has amassed over 50 million views and she presented on this topic at TED Global 2013 in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Founder of Notable.ca
Julian is the founder of Notable.ca, the first online publication exclusively created for millennials. Notable began as a true “bootstrapped start-up” but with perseverance, belief, and dedication has grown into one of the most recognized online brands and authorities in the country. Julian is outspoken about inspiring those around him to live a notable life – one full of personal growth, professional development, and unique experiences.
Founder & CEO of Freshii
Matthew Corrin is well on his way to building a billion dollar business. While working in New York City for fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, a young Matthew Corrin noted the lack of well branded fresh food businesses. At 23 years old, Matthew set out to create a restaurant brand that would help people all over the world live healthier and longer lives with fast food that is convenient and affordable. Enter Freshii: the brand is now growing at a faster pace than Starbucks. He was one of the Dragons’ on CBC’s spin off show – Next Gen Den (Season 1), he took on the Undercover Boss Challenge, has shared the stage with Richard Branson, and earns rave reviews for his presentations.
Founder of TalentEgg.ca
Lauren Friese is one of Canada’s leading digital entrepreneurs, and a voice for the millennial generation. She is the founder of TalentEgg.ca, the website used by 4 million students and recent graduates every year to find jobs and navigate the tough transition from university to working life. From this, Lauren has developed a deep understanding of millennials, and what it takes to engage them. Lauren also understands and embodies entrepreneurial drive; from her own post-university experience, she recognized a gap in the market for online career resources, and forged ahead to build a business that is now the definitive leader in its category in Canada. Lauren has been named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, and was one of FuEL’s Top 20 Under 30.
Canadian Mental Health Advocate
Informed by his direct experience with stigma and the mental health care system as an adolescent, Mark dedicated his life from an early age to opening minds and creating change. He has served as the youngest President of a provincial Canadian Mental Health Association division in history. He is currently the youngest ever board member for the Mental Health Commission of Canada. Mark has authored commentaries on issues relating to mental health for major newspapers across Canada and the U.S. He continues to use his personal experience to provide insight into mental illness, and his TEDx Talk is the highest viewed of the 2013 Toronto conference- with over 500,000 views.