An Evening Of Inspiration at Toronto's Top Ten Event Sparks Momentum For Change
On Thursday, November 9, the Bluma Appel Theatre (27 Front St. W) housed 10 renowned changemakers for an evening of inspiration at the Top Ten Event. The evening's speakers challenged and inspired audiences with their talks, inspiring them to "boycott what they thought".
The power-packed lineup included an eclectic mix of speakers from a variety of backgrounds including entertainment, humanitarianism and disruptive journalism. Each one addressing a timely and important topic.
Audiences were treated to stimulating presentations by Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author Jane Fonda on the hot topic of climate change; JUNO Award-winning musician, founding member of The Barenaked Ladies and host of TV's The Illegal Eater, Steven Page challenged the audience to redefine the definition of success; Gemini Award-winner, legendary Canadian comic and actor Mary Walsh spoke about feminism and gender inequality; and radicalized Jihadist turned CSIS Infiltrator Mubin Shaikh pushed audiences to suspend their thoughts on terrorism and Islam.
Decorated athlete, humanitarian and four-way amputee Tracy Schmitt shared her thoughts on going for the impossible; Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Charles Officer spoke to how changing the relationship with your senses could change the world; love coach for celebrity entrepreneurs Annie Lalla inspired guests with the real reason why love is hard; Doctor turned comedian Bassem Youssef pushed audiences to think about the importance of satire; digital media expert, disruptive journalist Jesse Brown spoke to the balance between disruption and destruction; broadcaster, advocate, pop culture philosopher Jesse Wented share his thougths on the relationship with Indigenous Canadians and conciliation. A complete selection of speaker images can be found here.
The evening empowered and educated guests while supporting a Future Possibilities for Kids. The Toronto-based organization seeks to inspire and empower children between the ages of nine and 12 from underserved Canadian communities, to become forward-thinking leaders. Last year's event raised $25,000 for the organization and its programming.
About Stuart Knight:
Stuart Knight is an entrepreneur, actor, entertainer, writer and producer. He graduated from the School of Business and Economics at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since establishing his company, Knight has written, produced and starred in shows that have been seen by more than one million people across North America. Each year, he travels the country giving inspirational speeches and workshops, and has helped companies such as Coca Cola, Citi and Kraft. Knight has shared the stage with such notable names as Pamela Wallin, Robin Sharma and Jenny McCarthy. For more information, visit www.stuartknight.com.
About Future Possibilities for Kids:
Future Possibilities for Kids (PFK) is a Toronto-based organization that aims to inspire and empower children between the ages of nine and 12 from underserved Canadian communities to practice possibility thinking and to become forward-thinking leaders. Since 2001, more than 3000 children and adults have participated in FPK's one-of-a-kind community leadership and life skills development programs in Toronto and the GTA, Ontario. For more information, visit www.fpcanada.org.