Judges 2014

Key-Note Speaker: Mark Kingwell

jenkinsMark Kingwell is an award-winning Professor of Philosophy at the University of Toronto and a contributing editor of Harper’s Magazine. He is author or co-author of seventeen books of political, cultural and aesthetic theory, including the bestsellers Better Living (1998), The World We Want (2000), Concrete Reveries (2008), and Glenn Gould (2009). In addition to many scholarly articles, his writing has appeared in more than 40 mainstream publications, including Harper’s, the New York Times, the New York Post, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Utne Reader, BookForum, The Walrus, Toronto Life, the Toronto Star, and Queen’s Quarterly; he is also a former columnist for Adbusters, the National Post, and the Globe and Mail. Kingwell’s most recent book is a collection of essays on politics, Unruly Voices (2012). In order to secure financing for their continued indulgence, Kingwell has also written about his various hobbies, including fly fishing, music, mystery stories, baseball, and cocktails.

Judge Rafiq Rokerya, FCGA

Honorable Rafiq Rokerya was an Audit Manager of Canada Revenue Agency, a Federal Agency that administers tax for the Government of Canada. He has served the City of Mississauga as Vice Chair of the Appeal Tribunal and a member of the Compliance Audit Committee for the Peel District School Board. He was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012 and the Fellowship Designation FCGA by the Certified General Accountants of Canada, in recognition of his commitment to the community and to his profession.

Isha Datar

Isha 5x7 8385 copy Isha is the Executive Director of New Harvest, the non-profit organization advancing cell cultured meat. She is a published author on the topic of cultured meat and Isha’s work has contributed to the development of Canada’s first in vitro meat lab at the University of Alberta. Isha is an experienced speaker and point-of-contact in Canada and abroad on the topics of cultured meat and the use of technology to address food sustainability.

Erik J. Bracciodieta


Erik J. Bracciodieta is a Master of Biotechnology student at the University of Toronto. He is currently an intern at a health economics consulting firm where he helps to assess the cost effectiveness of proposed innovations in healthcare. He has published in a range of topics from molecular biology, science history and the effect of the built environment on community health. He looks forward to seeing the amazing talent U of T has to offer in the Three Minute Thesis competition.

Jessica Prince

052148dJessica Prince is a litigator at Polley Faith LLP, a litigation law firm in Toronto, where she practices commercial and civil litigation, as well as criminal defence. An active competitive debater in university, she was crowned the top speaker at the 2007 World Universities Debating Championship, and this past fall, she coached speakers at the 2013 TEDxToronto conference. The daughter of a university professor, Jessica truly appreciates those who can communicate their complex research in an accessible and concise manner.

Charles Theriault

charles thibCharles is a Toronto based transfer pricing partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers Asscoaites, the leader of the National transfer pricing practice. Prior to joining PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1997, Charles had a successful 16-year career with Revenue Canada as a senior international tax auditor, reviewing and negotiating advance pricing agreements and resolving double taxation cases with Canada’s treaty partners. In addition, he was a valued member of the International Tax Directorate in Ottawa. Charles has been recognized for his work and advice on transfer pricing in the International Tax Review – World Tax 2010 directory.

Neil Buddel

DSC_0100Neil Buddel has a BSc (with majors in biology and music) from McMaster, an MEd from the University of Alberta (in Educational Policy Studies), and is months away from defending his PhD in Education, where he is exploring social class and how it shapes stories of university experiences for first-generation students.  Neil has worked in Student Affairs at various universities (primarily in residence education) for over 12 years and currently works as the Assistant Director Career Education at the University of Toronto’s Career Centre.

Angela Esterhammer

VicReport_photo by BabakAngela Esterhammer is Principal of Victoria College and Professor of English at the University of Toronto. Her most recent books are Romanticism and Improvisation, 1750-1850 and the edited volume Spheres of Action: Speech and Performance in Romantic Culture. Her current research examines improvisational performance, print culture, fiction, and media during the early nineteenth century. Dr. Esterhammer previously held a Chair in English Literature at the University of Zurich and visiting professorships in Berlin and Munich, and she has had extensive involvement in the organization of international conferences, workshops, and research forums.