June 2015

Ted Danson: Save the Oceans, Feed the World

11:45am-1:30pm | One King West Hotel - 1 King Street West, Toronto

“Why is the beach closed, dad?” This innocent question from his young daughter started Ted Danson on a more than two-decade journey of learning and commitment to save the oceans. Proper management of our oceans can restore ocean health, improve the quality of human life, and strengthen Canada’s economy. Canada has proven examples of recovery. If we are to meet the challenge of feeding the world sustainably, and reap the economic benefits, there are leadership roles to be played by government, by communities and by the business community.Join him as he describes what he has learned about the dire state of the oceans, the surprises along the way and how Canada and the business community currently have an unprecedented opportunity to help feed the world sustainably.

Member Pricing:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $801 +HST

Guest Pricing:
Individual: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

*Formal remarks at 12 p.m., lunch to follow*

Ted Danson: Save the Oceans, Feed the World

Ted Danson

Board of Directors, Oceana
Award Winning Actor

Ted Danson

To most, Ted Danson is known for TV and movie acting roles, but for those in the conservation movement, he is much more famous for his work as a passionate ocean advocate and Oceana spokesman.

The son of an archaeologist and anthropologist, Ted grew up understanding that cultures leave an imprint on the Earth and that some legacies are indelible, for better or for worse.

Despite growing up in landlocked Flagstaff, Arizona, Ted grew an affinity for the water through years of routine pilgrimages to visit family in California. His call to action came years later, during his tenure as Sam Malone on “Cheers,” when living in Santa Monica he saw a sign at the beach reading, “Water polluted, no swimming.”

“Trying to explain that to my kid was hard,” he remembers, “It got me questioning a lot of things.”

Shortly thereafter, Ted met environmental lawyer Bob Sulnick and become involved in a movement to prevent digging for oil wells in Santa Monica. Buoyed up by the victory, Danson accelerated his involvement by helping create the American Oceans Campaign in 1987, which eventually became Oceana in 2001.

In the last two decades, Ted’s stellar acting career has been complimented by his staunch ocean advocacy, appearing in public service announcements, appealing to donors and testifying to the government on the condition of our oceans. He currently sits on Oceana’s Board of Directors where he and his wife, actress Mary Steenburgen, continue to fight on our oceans’ behalf.

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