Farley Flex

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, March 31, 2011 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event Type: 
Mac Campbell Lecture Series

A humanitarian, a mentor and a social activist, Farley Flex is perhaps best known as a judge on the most watched Canadian television show in history, Canadian Idol. Farley is an emphatic speaker with a passion to discover, develop and promote the intrinsic talents of young people across the country. Canadian Idol is simply the most high-profile venture in his crusade to help better the lives of people, especially youth, through a variety of innovative social programmes.

Farley was recently named a National Ambassador for Unicef, appointed to the special advisory council to the League of Human Rights, and awarded his second Bob Marley Community Role Model award, for his work in education. He is currently developing a youth social responsibility initiative and an online youth mentorship platform. He is also a partner in the Recess initiative, a social and organizational network platform, working in partnership with school boards and community organizations worldwide. Close to his heart, Farley has also done extensive work motivating youth in First Nations and other marginalized communities.

Donning his entrepreneurial hat, Farley is the president and CEO of Plasma Management and Productions, has managed multiplatinum artists such as rap pioneer Maestro Fresh Wes, and was the founding music director and former VP of business development at FLOW 93.5, Canada’s first urban radio station. He also sits on the boards of BravoFACT, ParticipACTION and the Rotman School of Business ICM Challenge. He has had two high school scholarships named in his honour, and was a member of Toronto’s advisory panel on Community Safety.