Chosen by Canadian Lawyer as one of the 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada, and selected by Women of Influence as one of the 2012 Diversity Champions, Lorne Sossin is a Professor and Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School at York University.
His teaching interests span administrative and constitutional law, the regulation of professions, civil litigation, public policy, and the judicial process; he also holds doctorates from the University of Toronto in Political Science, and Colombia University in Law.
The author of numerous books, Dean Sossin has also served in a variety of leadership positions including Research Director for the Law Society of Upper Canada, board member of the National Judicial Institute, the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice, the Law Commission of Ontario, as well as the Ontario Health Professions Appeal and Review Board and Health Services Appeal and Review Board.
Chris has been the Director, Transportation and Master Planning at York University Development Corporation for the last nine years where he focused his energies on several transformative initiatives to entrench York University as a “city builder” in the northwest quadrant of the GTA – including new secondary and master plans for the campus, the subway extension, and a new athletics stadium for the 2015 Pan American Games.
He holds a degree in Urban Studies from Carleton University, and has 25 years of experience in municipal planning and private sector land development. Chris has been a planner for the City’s of Markham, Mississauga, and Pickering, and held positions with both TDL Group Ltd. and Smart Centres, before joining YUDC.
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Toronto city councillor Mike Layton kicks back prior to his talk rehearsal in the Glendon Theatre.
At York, she is a performing classical violist, a design student, and a former managing editor of the Excalibur. She is grateful to her professors for putting up with her addiction to interdisciplinary learning.
Melonie Fullick is a Ph.D. student researching in post-secondary education, policy and governance in the Faculty of Education at York University. She previously earned a BA in Communication Studies (2006) and an MA in Linguistics (2007). Her many interests include communication, knowledge, history, politics, science and technology, public relations, and teaching; she also enjoys “building bridges” between theory and practice, research and public communication.
Alastair Woods is the current Vice President of Campaigns and Advocacy for the York Federation of Students, representing over 50,000 full- and part-time undergraduate students at York University. In his time at York, Alastair has served on Senate, the YFS Board of Directors and as External Coordinator for Trans, Bi, Lesbians, Gays and Allies at York (TBLGAY).
Tansi! Nina Wapaskwa Iskwew akwa Muhigan Iskwew. Nina Ininew Iskwew.
Hello! My name is Whitebear Woman, Wolf Woman and Megan. I am an-out-of-territory Cree woman from Kinosao Sipi Cree Nation. I’m committed to not only celebrating my Aboriginal identity, but I’m also passionate about raising awareness of the challenges that various Aboriginal communities are confronted by. I’m invested in tackling the colonial structures that directly and indirectly perpetuate violence against Aboriginal women.
Years of working with youth in wilderness therapy, urban school, hospital, and residential treatment settings fuelled Samantha’s passion for improving children’s mental health. Currently a Vanier Scholar and third year Doctoral Candidate in the Clinical-Developmental Psychology program at York University, she also holds a Masters Degree in mental health and education from Harvard University, and maintains an interest in standing at interdisciplinary cross-roads with the hopes of fostering more integrated approaches to mental health promotion for youth.
Jeremy Laurin is the President and CEO of ventureLAB — York Region’s Premier Regional Innovation Centre and member organization of the Ontario Network of Excellence (ONE). Previously, Jeremy was a technology entrepreneur having founded his first of three IT firms in Kingston, ON in 1995.
An associate professor in the School of Kinesiology and Health Science at York, Dr. Sergio has has studied the neural control of movement since 1988. After completing her undergraduate degree at McGill in physiology, she completed her Ph.D there in psychology.
Her research examines the effects of age, sex, neurological disease, head injury, and experience (elite versus non-elite athletes) on the brain’s control of complex movement. Dr. Sergio works with a wide range of adult populations, including NHL draft prospects and Alzheimer’s disease patients, using behavioural and brain imaging techniques. She is also a Research Scientist at Southlake Regional Health Centre, part of the York Lions Sport Medicine team, and is the director of York University’s Neuroscience Graduate program.
We’re thrilled to announce the fourth of our confirmed speakers for TEDxYorkU 2012 : York’s VP Academic, Patrick Monahan
Patrick J. Monahan was appointed Vice-President Academic & Provost of York University on July 1, 2009; he previously served as Dean of Osgoode Hall Law School and has been a faculty member since 1982. An award-winning academic and author who is widely regarded as one of Canada’s leading constitutional experts, his career has been combined with activities in both private practice and public law settings, including serving as Senior Policy Advisor to the Attorney General, and to federal and provincial governments regarding economic, constitutional and international trade matters.
Professor Monahan continues to be deeply committed to teaching, pedagogy and student learning. Under his deanship, Osgoode Hall successfully implemented a number of fundamental, including the introduction of the Osgoode Public Interest Requirement
, which requires each law student to complete 40 hours of unpaid legal work in the public interest as a condition of graduation.
We’re happy to announce the third of our confirmed speakers for TEDxYorkU 2012 : Dr. Barbara Crow, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Dr. Crow’s current research interests relate to the social, cultural, political and economic implications of digital technologies. Her most recent project focuses on senior citizens and mobile technologies.
We’re excited to announce the second of our confirmed speakers for TEDxYorkU 2012 : Councillor Mike Layton
Toronto City Councillor, Ward 19 Trinity-Spadina. York MES Graduate.
Before being elected to serve as one of Toronto’s youngest Councillors, Mike worked for political change from the other side of the table as an environmental leader and community organizer with Environmental Defence, one of Canada’s leading environmental groups. While there, he championed a variety of successful initiatives including the Green Energy and Green Economy Act, green building standards, water conservation and source water protection.
We’re honoured to announce the first of our confirmed speakers for TEDxYorkU 2012 : Dr. Mamdouh Shoukri.
Dr. Shoukri was appointed the President and Vice-Chancellor of York University on July 1st, 2007, having come from McMaster University where he had been Vice-President Research & International Affairs since 2001; prior to that, Chair of Mechanical Engineering and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering.