Ani Koulian is a Public Policy Consultant. Previously, she was a Senior Policy Advisor to the Ontario Provincial Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. She holds a Specialized Honours Degree in Environmental Studies from York University and an MSc in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford.

Brad Josling is a music industry veteran currently acting as VP Sales for Hip Digital Media Inc. which executes digital music promotions for brands. Brad is also the co-founder of an exclusive music and digital summit called Transmission, held annually in Vancouver.

Charmian Love is a Canadian based in London, England, working for Volans, a company that is dedicated to social and environmental innovation. Previously, she was a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. Her project work has included the organization of the 2007 Social Entrepreneurship Summit and the coordination of the selection process for the Schwab Foundation’s Canadian “Social Entrepreneur of the Year” award. Prior to BCG, Charmian spent time in strategic roles with Business for the Arts (formerly the Council for Business and the Arts in Canada) and The MaRS Centre’s Social Innovation Generation initiative.

Colette Jane Stone Brown possesses degrees in sociology and teaching, the latter of which she was fortunate enough to obtain inWollongong, Australia. She has taught at elementary schools in the Toronto area, where she has been closely involved with school administration, education design, as well as arts and music productions of various shapes and sizes.

David Brown has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto and is currently working towards his MBA from the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. He has professional experience in client services for a major financial institution, as well as ice cream retail distribution (scooper), and swimming pool mechanics/artistry (poolboy). David is passionate about innovative marketing strategy, music, and moving quickly through space and slowly through time.

Deb Matthews was elected to the Ontario Legislature in 2003, where she served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Community and Social Services. Deb was re-elected in 2007 and, in addition to serving as the MPP for London North Centre, is the Minister of Children and Youth Services and the Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues. She is also the Chair of the Cabinet Committee on Poverty Reduction. About the second Toronto ideaXchange, centred around the themes of architecture and poverty, she has said:“It’s important to look at these issues from a variety of perspectives. I congratulate Treehouse and archiTEXT for hosting events like this. They’ll bring us closer to implementing innovative solutions to problems such as systemic poverty.” For more on Deb Matthews, click here.

Jen Parks has an Honours BA in English from the University of Toronto and a post-graduate certificate in Publishing from Centennial College. Jen works at textbook publishing giant Pearson Canada, previously in the production editorial department (all things grammar and project management!) and currently in the media development department (building cool but pedagogically sound content for online courses). An avid reader, surprisingly good poker player, and passionate organizer, Jen lives in the ‘burbs with her hubby and two cats.

John Evans is the chairman of the MaRS Discovery District where we held the first Toronto Idea Exchange. He is also the chairman of Torstar, and was the founding dean of the McMaster Faculty of Medicine. To kick off the Toronto Idea Exchange, Dr. Evans spoke on the need for innovative thinking in the health and technology sectors. For more on Dr. Evans click here.

John Martz is an illustrator. He is involved in various aspects of the illustration and cartooning community through groups like the National Cartoonists Society, and is the editor of the illustration and cartooning blog Drawn!.

Lucas Robinson works with CIDA‘s Afghanistan Task Force. He has travelled extensively throughout Africa, North America, Europe, and Asia for work, study and pleasure. He holds a Masters degree from George Washington University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto.

Mirella Amato is the founder of, and Canada's First Master Cicerone. Specializing in Ontario and Québec brews, Mirella has made the promotion of craft beer her full-time job. She shares her knowledge and enthusiasm through freelance work with a focus on public speaking and education, conducting guided beer tasting sessions and seminars. Mirella is a certified beer judge, and a board member for the Canadian Amateur Brewers Association.

Peter Wills is interested in boats, books, and computers. He provides technology guidance and development for a diverse range of organisations in the private and non-profit sectors. He also helps sailors find the right nautical books and charts at what is probably one of the best nautical bookstores in Toronto.

Tim Brodhead is the President of the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, and a leader in the burgeoning field of social entrepreneurship. He closed our first Toronto Idea exchange with a talk on the power of collaborative decision-making and the importance of embracing new ideas and the face of change.