MaRS has long been a hub for internationally acclaimed speakers, from Walter Isaacson to Al Gore. The Global Leaders series is designed to inspire, educate and engage Toronto’s top leaders and thinkers by featuring globally recognized entrepreneurs, authors and decision-makers. Events will be moderated by some of Canada’s best voices, including high-profile members of the media.

Upcoming Speakers

Eric Weiner, best-selling author of The Geography of Genius

February 2, 2016 // 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
MaRS Centre (Auditorium), 101 College St., Toronto, ON

Does Toronto have what it takes to spark real greatness? Author Eric Weiner explores how creative genius is tied to place and time—not just to genetics and sweat. So ideas and inventions by the likes of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Sigmund Freud didn’t happen in isolation, they were profoundly affected by where and when their creators lived.

From ancient Athens to Silicon Valley, Weiner examines “genius clusters”—cities that have produced breakthroughs that have changed our world.

The long-time foreign correspondent for National Public Radio and winner of both the Borders Original Voices Award and the Angel Award, Eric Weiner will give the inaugural Global Leaders lecture on Tuesday, February 2 at MaRS, moderated by Anna Maria Tremonti, host of CBC’s The Current.

So join us to hear why innovation doesn’t just happen. Here’s a sneak preview of where genius really comes from, click here. #Placematters