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Hello Toronto friends. We are taking a little break this month as schedules of our speakers (and the back up speakers) had to change unexpectedly.

In the meantime we will be releasing videos of some of the most popular lectures of the past few months starting with this thoughtful presentation by Underline Studio.

We are really excited with our 2013 lineup of speakers and have some special events and treats planned for you along the way. Keep in touch on Facebook, Twitter and via the email list (right here on the left column).

Enjoy the talk and send us your speaker nominations on facebook!

Date: Friday April 26
Time: Doors open + Coffee 8:30am / Lecture 9:00am / Event ends 10:00am
Location: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

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Zahra Ebrahim


Zahra Ebrahim is the Founder and Principal of the design think tank and creative agency, archiTEXT. Born in Kenya, raised in Vancouver, and educated at McGill University in Montreal, she started archiTEXT at 22 years old as a place to bring together diverse groups to tackle the intersections of architecture and design with social change, to explore the impact of design and creativity on systems change, and to engage the public in a discourse of design and design thinking as a mechanism for creative problem solving.

At 24, Zahra was invited to teach at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD) in the Think Tank program, getting the next generation of designers asking complex questions of themselves and the world around them. Zahra spent two years serving as Innovator in Residence at Canada’s National Design Museum, the Design Exchange. In recent years she has become increasingly committed to exploring the space where design, creativity, and play engage with systems change, sparking initiatives that create conversation and activate innovation.

Her work has been featured in Luminato, Come Up To My Room, Nuit Blanche, Toronto Design Offsite, TEDxTalks, as well as on CBC, The Globe and Mail, and the Toronto Star. She has been the recipient of several innovation and entrepreneurship awards internationally, most recently as one of the Global Knowledge Partnership’s Top 100 Young Global Social Entrepreneurs.



More than a hotel,The Gladstone is a social and cultural incubator facilitating sustainable and accessible ways of experiencing art, culture, community, and local cuisine. We host over 100 arts-related events each and every month!



Konrad Group is a leader in cutting edge mobile, web, and social application development. As an integrated team of specialists, they provide strategy, architecture, design, and development for some of the greatest brands and agencies in the world.

Date: Friday March 15
Time: Doors open + Coffee 8:30am / Lecture 9:00am / Event ends 10:00am
Location: Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West, Toronto

This event is free. Online registration starts on Monday March 11 at 9:00am. To receive a reminder follow @Toronto_CM and subscribe to our email list on the left.
Eventbrite - CreativeMornings 16 with Spencer Wynn

Spencer Wynnimage
Spencer Wynn is currently the Deputy Art Director for the Toronto Star newspaper and has more than 28 years of editorial and corporate design experience.

He has been recognized nationally and internationally with awards of excellence in news, corporate and magazine design. He is called upon to lecture and evaluate graduating student work for colleges and high schools. In addition to design, Spencer has traveled extensively on assignment to shoot and write for the Star and a variety of freelance clients. He has been published in the Toronto Star, various travel sites and blogs, and the New York Times.

Spencer’s many visual interests and skill-sets contribute seamlessly into his design work and his sensibility as one of Canada’s leading designers.



More than a hotel,The Gladstone is a social and cultural incubator facilitating sustainable and accessible ways of experiencing art, culture, community, and local cuisine. We host over 100 arts-related events each and every month!


Blurb is a company and a community that believes passionately in the joy of books – reading them, making them, sharing them, and selling them. We’re photographers, designers, and book-lovers too – obsessed with quality and sticklers about top-notch binding, gorgeous paper, and professional printing.

In a nutshell, Vitamin T was created to exclusively meet the unique needs of ad agencies, mid-sized companies and digital creatives. We spend our time connecting the best creatives in the industry and we’d love to connect with you at the Creative Mornings event!

Nora Young is the host and the creator of Spark, CBC Radio’s national radio show and podcast about technology and culture.

In this eloquent lecture she explores topics of virtual self, privacy, cyber activism and open data.

We are please to announced this special two-hour event with two of most articulate and revered contemporary creators. We are thankful to our friends at HermanMiller who made this possible. Date: Thursday February 28
Time: Doors open + Coffee 8:30am / Lecture 9:00am / Event ends 10:30am
Location: HermanMiller, 462 Wellington Street West, 4th floor Toronto
This event is free. Online registration starts on Monday February 25. cmto15.eventbrite.com

About the speakers

Steve Frykholm
Steve was Herman Miller’s first internal graphic designer. An employee for 42 years, he has been largely responsible for Herman Miller’s image and graphic identity, posters, annual reports and other collateral literature. Steve received Herman Miller’s highest recognition for an employee in 1986, The Carl F. Frost Award. In 2007, he received an AIGA Fellow, and in 2010 he received the AIGA Medal, the highest recognition from AIGA. He’s recognized as an annual report legend in Graphis and an American design icon in the 50th Anniversary Issue of Communication Arts.

Clark Malcolm
Clark has worked for Herman Miller since 1983 on almost every kind of communication project. He is author, co–author or editor of 16 books on leadership, management, design and architecture. The most memorable are five books with Max De Pree and one with Bill Stumpf. Clark has served on teams in marketing, R&D, HR, and corporate communications.

Attendees will have the opportunity to explore HermanMiller’s elegant space and flip through books, magazine and other publications.