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Set to bring together local audience members representing all sectors of the city and nation, favourite TED talks, sections of the live TEDWomen webcast this incredible event will feature the following five live speakers.



Andrea Hogue Reynolds

“I think we all have a responsibility towards our communities, and that we can all make real change in the world – we just need to be able to believe it to see it.”

A woman, a feminist, a parent, and a partner; Andrea is also an amateur baker, a slow runner, and an eternal student. Andrea hopes to bring positive energy, fodder for authentic conversations between folks, and to lend her enthusiasm to these important conversations to receive some wonderful inspiration in return. Andrea loves the idea of having a space for woman identified folks and those who love them to talk about issues and ideas that are real to them.

Inspired by her headstrong, determined, funny and bright daughters Leah and Charlotte to have faith in herself and in others, just as they do.



Sarika Mathur

“It’s 2015. It has to change. And I want to play a part in that.”

A Grade 11 student at Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario,  Sarika is an avid debater, studies classical piano, and has a keen interest in all things science – especially astrophysics, cryogenics, and chemistry. She brings to TEDxTheGlebeWomen the unique and passionate perspective of a student at an all-girls school, and of a young and full-of-spirit feminist. She believes that all social change can begin with a single discussion, and it was that and her love of debate that sparked an interest in public speaking.

One of her biggest inspirations is Italian particle physicist, Fabiola Gianotti. Fabiola is a powerful force in the STEM world, and models exactly what women in STEM are capable of.



Pamela Henry

“I come from a different place – not as a survivor, but as a victor.”

Pamela Henry came to Canada in 2000 with an aspiration and a dedication to walk her journey with her family. With the infectious combination of environment and space for movement that encapsulated the forward momentum of her career, she has lived in Canada ever since. Thus led to her setting up in private practice, using creativity within the scope of her insight and skills she established her diverse roles as consultant and facilitator to encapsulate her ever-evolving engagement. Her zest for life, her passion for humanity has grown and formulated itself into ever-reaching roles in the communities of North America.

One of her biggest inspirations is the late Maya Angelou, her guiding spirit through the history of women of colour.



Manjit Basi

“There is no doubt that the world would be a better place if women could feel their power and live their potential.”

An entrepreneur at heart, a passionate woman who has learned her skills quickly and with grace, Manjit is a dynamic professional with 26 years of diverse business and community building experience. Manjit supports businesses and not for profits in aligning values, people and vision. Manjit believes our values at work, at home, and in community can be synchronized so people can be inspired, motivated, and productive for themselves and the world. The complexity issues our communities face can only be solved through deep multi-sector collaboration. People working together in the spirit of curiosity and generosity can create powerful and sustainable change.



Peggy Taillon

“We can’t let gender fall off the table because we made some gains in the 50s and 60s.”

A courageous and powerful voice who exemplifies a belief that when we are moving in unison, with shared purpose, nothing is insurmountable. A passionate advocate for equality and social justice, a dynamic and compelling public speaker, Peggy brings this passion to her many philanthropic pursuits leading two charities and two private companies all grounded in giving back and doing good. She pushes boundaries and believes deeply that inequality is not a natural state and that we can build strong resilient nations and a better world for those who come after us. Peggy is a proud Canadian who believes we can create a strong, resilient and caring nation that values the well-being and contributions of all of its citizens.



Mailyne Briggs

A full-time single Mompreneur of one with an arts-based social enterprise called Dream Love Grow, Mailyne (aka Mai) is our special surprise! What started off as a passion project in 2007, has now become a full-time business where Mailyne performs Love Projects and helps others to give back to the community and charitable causes through her creative services. A self-taught, multidisciplinary, visual artist born in the Philippines, adopted at age 4 and raised in Canada, Mailyne has been creating since her childhood but began painting as a form of self-expression and a way to overcome trauma and depression from child abuse.