Guest judges

Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown

Co-creators of AsapSCIENCE

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AsapSCIENCE, created by Mitchell Moffit and Greg Brown, is an educational series aimed at making science accessible for everyone! The show takes the underpinnings of biology, chemistry, physics, and other sciences and applies them to everyday life through quirky and relatable examples that will appeal to both science nerds and those who couldn’t quite ace chemistry. Answering questions like, Which Came First, The Chicken or the Egg? and How Much Sleep Do You Actually Need? helped AsapSCIENCE amass a YouTube following of over 6 million subscribers and nearly 700 million views.

Kirsty Duncan

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan MP

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Minister of Science
Represents the riding of Etobicoke North

Kirsty Duncan was an Associate Professor of Health Studies at the University of Toronto and the former Research Director for the AIC Institute of Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management. A renowned international speaker, she has lectured for such organizations as the National Geographic Society, the Government of Japan, and the Young Presidents' Organization.

She sat on the Advisory Board for Pandemic Flu for the Conference Board of Canada, and the University of Toronto, and has helped organizations throughout Canada and the United States prepare for a possible flu pandemic. She sat on the boards of the Indigenous Cooperative on the Environment, the Scottish Studies Foundation, the St. Andrew's Society of Toronto, and the Toronto Foundation for School Success.

Ms. Duncan is passionate about helping build resilient communities and taking action on climate change. She has helped provide food, shelter and education to Toronto's youth, and served on the Nobel Prize-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

Ms. Duncan holds a doctorate in geography from the University of Edinburgh.

Maatalii Okalik

President of National Inuit Youth Council

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At just 27 years old, Maatalii Okalik is a political advocate and has even been called the voice of the next generation. In her role as President of the National Inuit Youth Council, Okalik promotes and practices Inuit languages, cultures, suicide prevention, education, empowerment, and reconciliation. She represents Inuit youth in Canada from the Inuvialuit, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut regions and acts as the spokesperson for the Council. She is building awareness and understanding of the circumstances of Inuit youth locally, nationally, and internationally. She has spoken at Canada’s Parliament addressing the Senate Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, at United Nations forums including COP22 in Morocco, and actively engaging Inuit youth and global citizens online on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. Maatalii is soon to complete her degree in Human Rights and Political Science with a Minor in Aboriginal Studies, from Carleton University. In addition to her volunteer role with the National Inuit Youth Council, she works full time with the Government of Nunavut, as the Chief of Protocol with the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs. She has held many leadership positions within the Government of Nunavut and in different organizations, including at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, Students on Ice and serving as the President of the Ottawa Inuit Children’s Centre.

Sophie Diao

Google Doodler

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Sophie Diao has been Doodling for Google for the past 3.5 years. She graduated from the California Institute of the Arts in 2013 with a degree in Character Animation.
Jason Botkin

Co-founder of En Masse

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A graduate from the Alberta College of Art and Design in 1997 (with honors), Botkin has been involved in the creation of over 200 murals internationally since 2009, while exhibiting in solo and group exhibitions throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. His body of work includes the co-creation and ongoing direction of the EN MASSE project; a multi-artist, collaborative drawing project that explores the creation of highly spontaneous, large-scale collaborative black and white drawings and public installations. The project’s mandate is designed to explore what happens when artists from diverse forms work together, and begin to shape and build new and ever-expanding communities, collective vision, shared creativity, and the forging of powerful alliances through the act of creating something larger than any one of us could accomplish by ourselves.

Stephan Jost

Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)

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Stephan Jost is the Michael and Sonja Koerner Director, and CEO of the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO).

Before joining the AGO, Mr. Jost was Director of the Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA) for five years, where he worked toward a goal of making the Museum a welcoming and accessible place for a more diverse audience to experience great art.

Prior to that appointment, Mr. Jost was the Director of the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, the Director of the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, California, and held several curatorial positions at the Allen Memorial Art Museum of Oberlin College in Ohio. He also worked at the esteemed international auction house, Sotheby’s, as part of the marketing department that coordinated the production of auction catalogues.

Born in Michigan, Mr. Jost holds a BA in art history from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an MA in art history, specializing in the history of photography, from the University of Texas at Austin.