Tuesday, January 1, 2002

George Dvorsky, co-founder and President of the Toronto Transhumanist Association

Canada's leading futurist, activist and award winning blogger, George has written and spoken extensively about the impacts of cutting-edge science and technology.

He is the Director of Operations for Commune Media, an advertising and marketing firm that specializes in marketing science. George has more than 10 years' experience in media, arts and communications. With relationships forged across several continents, he has managed international accounts for leading brands.

In addition to his work with Commune, George serves on the Board of Directors for the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and has served on the Board of Directors for the World Transhumanist Association.

George has been interviewed by such publications as The Guardian, the BBC, Radio Free Europe, and Beliefnet. He made an appearance on the CBC's The Hour and has been profiled in NOW and This Magazine.

Articles about George

No Death, Please, I'm Bionic: Cyborg-Obsessed Transhumanists Push Bioethical Limits While Fending Off Foes From All Sides in Now Magazine.

The Great Byte Hope in Next Magazine.

The Right to Human Enhancement: And also uplifting animals and the rapture of the nerds in Reason Online.

Humanizing Animals: Is it wrong to make intelligent animal slaves? in Reason Online.

Contact

Email George.

Blog: Sentient Developments.

Justin Trottier, acting Executive Director of the Toronto Transhumanist Association

A graduate of Engineering Science (nanoengineering option) from the University of Toronto, Trottier is a long-time organizer and activist whose passion for science and technology has led him to transhumanism and the TTA.

He is the founder and executive director of the Centre for Inquiry Ontario, Canada's first venue promoting reason, science, free inquiry and secular humanism, through which he has had television appearances on CBC, CTS, OMNI, CH and CityTV, as well as dozens of radio appearances and coverage in campus, metropolitan and national newspapers, including The Globe and Mail, the National Post, the Ottawa Citizen and the Toronto Star.

Mr. Trottier is a contributor to Humanist Perspective and Free Inquiry magazines and is on the editorial board of the Canadian Freethinker.

Additionally, as a long-time space sciences and engineering enthusiast, he is External Director of the Canadian Space Society and Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Space Gazette.

Objectives and Activities

The Toronto Transhumanist Association is currently in the process of finalizing its objectives and activities. Below are the working drafts.

Objectives
  • To facilitate interaction, communication and discussion among Transhumanists living in the Greater Toronto Area.
  • To promote Transhumanism within the GTA.
  • To help Transhumanists in the GTA increase their knowledge and wisdom through the arrangement of such things as events and guest speakers.
  • To provide a focal point for anyone in the GTA interested in learning more about Transhumanism.
  • To assist people living in the GTA in adapting to, understanding and applying advanced technologies.
  • To create a powerful, rational, pro-technology voice for effecting positive change.
  • To help put into practice the principles of the World Transhumanist Association.
  • To follow the treatment of Transhumanist issues at the municipal, provincial and federal level and report back to the greater Transhumanist community.
Activities
  • Facilitation of online forums and discussion groups.
  • Facilitation of in-person discussion groups.
  • Scheduling of regular meetings.
  • Biannual publication of a membership list.
  • Scheduling of social functions.
  • Scheduling of motivation, positive-thinking and brainstorming sessions.
  • Creation and maintenance of a TTA Website.
  • Publication of a TTA newsletter.
  • Scheduling of special events.
  • Communicating with Transhumanist organizations around the world.