Richard Dawkins Leads List of Speakers at ideaCity 07 -June 20, 21 and 23-

    (xx)Speaking in Toronto for the First Time in 28 Years!(xx)

    TORONTO, April 10 /CNW/ - Internationally renowned scientist and
evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins has joined ideaCity's elite roster of
speakers for ideaCity 07. Speaking in Toronto for the fist time since 1979,
Dawkins will address the issues inherent in his bestselling book, The God
    ideaCity, also known as 'Canada's Premiere Meeting of the Minds', is an
eclectic gathering of artists, adventurers, authors, designers, entertainers,
musicians, scientists and technologists. Fifty of the planet's brightest minds
descend upon Toronto to speak to a discerning and thoughtful audience of 500
influential folks each June. Audience members are also treated to 3 legendary
parties (one each night) and prizes from ideaCity's generous sponsors. Prizes
this year include an all-expense paid trip to the Dominican Republic and a
selection of state-of the art technological toys.
    Produced and hosted by media innovator Moses Znaimer, past speakers
include Conrad Black, Barbara Gowdy, Deepa Mehta, Douglas Coupland, Pamela
Wallin, Pete Seeger, Robert Kennedy Jr., John Ralston Saul, Daniel Libeskind,
Clayton Ruby, Romeo Dallaire and the late Peter Jennings.

    Richard Dawkins, Charles Simonyi Professor of the Public Understanding of
Science at the University of Oxford and the author of nine books such as The
Selfish Gene, The Ancestor's Tale and The God Delusion joins an impressive and
eclectic roster that includes:

    Ingrid Mattson: how did a young woman, born Catholic and raised in Canada
get to be the President of the Islamic Society of North America (NISA)? Ingrid
Mattson, the administrative leader of NISA and Professor of Islamic Studies
and Christian Muslim relations at Hartford Seminary will fill you in on her
journey to and through Islam.

    Alexander Bock: has pioneered a unique way of propelling the human body.
Similar to the comic book dream of being able to 'leap tall buildings in a
single bound', Power Skip boots attach to the feet and create a bionic calf
extension that allows one to mimic the effects of jumping on a trampoline with
each step.

    Anousheh Ansari: on September 18, 2006, Anousheh Ansari captured
headlines around the world as the first female private space explorer. She
also earned a place in history as the fourth private explorer to visit space
and the first astronaut of Iranian descent.

    David Schurig: has not every child or hormonally driven adolescent dreamt
of owning a magical cloth that would render them invisible? David Schurig is
designing Invisibility Cloaks and other devices using mathematical and
scientific principles and implementing them in metamaterials, or materials
using synthetic substances with both positive and negative properties.

    Helen Grenier: cofounder and Chairman of iRobot, Ms. Greiner envisioned
robots as the basis for an entirely new class of products that would improve
life by taking on dangerous and undesirable tasks. Greiner's vision has been
brought to life by products such as the iRobot Roomba(R) Vacuuming Robot,
which has sold more than 1.5 million units to consumers throughout the world,
and the iRobot PackBot(R) tactical mobile robot, which is helping to save
soldiers' lives in Iraq and Afghanistan.

    Joseph M. Rosen, MD: with all the current advances in plastic surgery and
body transformation, what will the human form look like in 50 years? Dr.
Rosen, former Stanford and MIT plastic surgery specialist is currently
researching the addition of wings to the human body and will address these
issues and offer clues as to the reality of humans ever being able to fly.

    Ron O'Dor: Blackberries for fish? Census of Marine Life (COML) Senior
Scientist, Ron Odor just received $45 million from the Canada Foundation for
Innovation to build the global Ocean Tracking Network. The OTN will spread
Canadian technology around the world that will revolutionize the way fish are
tracked and oceans are managed.

    Jane Juska: taught English in California for more than forty years-in
high school, in college, and in prison. With the publication of her first
book, A Round-Heeled Woman: My Late-Life Adventures in Sex and Romance, Juska
became a spokesperson for the romantically active senior set, and she appears
frequently before book groups and women's groups.

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    ideaCity is opening its doors to select press for the first time! For
images, interview requests, press passes to the conference, or any additional
information, please contact: Karen Dubin, ideaCity Manager, (416) 591-7400 x
2475 or

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