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.
Founder of Notable.ca
Julian Brass founded Notable.ca (Notable.ca) the first online publication exclusively created for upwardly mobile, Generation X and Generation Y Canadians. With millions of monthly visitors and over 100,000 members, today Notable is the national authority on all things related to the lives of young, driven, professionals.
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.
Champion for Accessibility & Inclusion
Starting with his Man in Motion Would Tour (the first ever global circumnavigation by wheelchair), Rick and his team at the Rick Hansen Foundation have worked passionately to find solutions for a more inclusive and accessible world. Over the last 30+ years, they have raised nearly $300 million in investments for individuals, families, and workplaces to remove physical, social, economic and attitudinal barriers so everyone can actively participate and make a meaningful contribution in their community.
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.