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2018 Theme: MAKING WAVES
TEDxUW is back for another year, with another set of individuals to showcase for an audience of 700 delegates! For 2018, an amazing line-up of “wave-making” speakers are being brought to the TEDxUW stage, in line with the chosen theme for this year, Making Waves. Making Waves stems from TEDxUW’s focus for this year, in wanting to shine the spotlight on individuals that have gone one step beyond coming up with a great idea, they’ve actively engaged to make their idea into a reality.
We call them the wave-makers.
Tina Chan is currently a Masters of Science candidate at the University of Waterloo’s (UW) School of Public Health and Health Systems. Her areas of interest include computer based mental health solutions as well as peer to peer support. During her undergraduate career also at the UW’s Applied Health Sciences faculty, she developed the concept of a first aid kit for mental health, based off the coping skills she had to learn to be successful in academics.
The idea has blossomed into a self-sustaining business (Panic, Anxiety, & Stress Support inc.), and is the alum of two UW incubators: St. Paul’s GreenHouse and Velocity Garage. PASS inc. has sold over 15 000 products to date all across North America.
Meghan Muldoon is an Assistant Professor with Arizona State University at their recently established tourism college, HAITC, a joint venture between ASU and Hainan University, in Hainan, China. She teaches sustainable tourism as well as the cultural, social, environmental, and economic impacts of tourism development. Her research is focused on the areas of tourism and poverty, the postcolonial nature of tourism, and how we are all changed through our encounters with Others. Meghan recently completed her doctorate in the Department of Recreation and Leisure Studies at the University of Waterloo.
Andrea Hardy, a registered dietitian and Canada’s Gut Health Expert, is on a mission to communicate credible scientific evidence about gut health and digestive disorders. She shares her message with clients and colleagues in a way that is easy to consume and inspires sustainable action.
Andrea likes to say her goal is to get people to take nutrition a little less seriously – which may come as a surprise coming from a dietitian. Through humour, she injects fun into her science-based media messages. After all, poop jokes aren’t her favourite kinda jokes, but they are a solid #2.
Dillon is an 18 year old social entrepreneur, public speaker, and Co-Founder of environmental venture, PickWaste, as well as 1 of the Top 25 Environmentalists in Canada under 25. He is currently studying at the University of Waterloo, Majoring in Finance and Accounting, and minoring in environmental studies.
His message is to empower youth to unleash their potential to make a change in society by committing to small consistent actions! Dillon has a huge passion for innovation and sustainability and he believes that it is the future of this world.
Harleen, the CEO of Ground. Ground uses crowdsourced verification and patented AI tech to provide full-picture verified news. She is an ex- NASA space engineer and has had several notable jobs including COO of a Series-C funded mobile app company that she grew to 25 million users, building and launching 5 satellites, and becoming the first-ever female and youngest VP of Rolls-Royce.
Navid Nathoo is the Founder of the Knowledge Society (TKS), a human accelerator that aims to develop the potential of young innovators to successfully impact tomorrow’s world by exposing them to problem solving in different disciplines of technology such as Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing, Nanotechnology, and Genetic Engineering. TKS Innovators are 13-17 years old and have spoken at some of the world's largest conferences, are supported by companies like Microsoft and Google, and are working in areas including Brain-Machine Interfaces, Quantum Computing, Artificial Intelligence, Augmented Reality, and Genetic Engineering.
Prior to his role at TKS, Navid was the founder and CEO of Airpost, a leading cloud security company based in Silicon Valley which was acquired by Box (NYSE: BOX) in early 2015. Post-acquisition, Navid led product for multiple groups at Box, which included overseeing product technologies in machine learning, big data, and advanced security.
Zhe Tang is a former University of Waterloo student who has ventured into the world of entrepreneurship, and now looks to redefining the way Blockchain ventures raise capital for their disruptive innovations. Zhe is currently working on his third venture “BlitzCrypto” which he started from his Velocity dorm room.
Ben Thompson completed his BSc and PhD in the Department of Experimental Psychology, University of Sussex, UK. He then completed postdoctoral fellowships in the Department of Psychology, UCLA, USA and the Department of Ophthalmology, McGill University. Prior to joining us at Waterloo, Dr. Thompson was an Associate Professor in Optometry and Vision Science at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.
Dr. Thompson’s research is concerned with human visual cortex development and plasticity, particularly in promoting plasticity to improve outcomes for patients with brain-based visual disorders. This has led to an interest in amblyopia, and to the development of two new and highly promising approaches to treatment.
Stuart (Stu) Saunders is the founder and owner of Youth Leadership Camps Canada (YLCC) a summer camp that works with close to 200,000 youth across Canada and around the world each year. Stu has grown YLCC beyond a summer camp. In 1999 he took over the Ontario Student Leadership Conference (OSLC) and expanded it from 600 delegates to become the largest multi-day leadership conference in Canada with more than 2300 participants.
He also started the only ever national student leadership magazine “The Canadian Spirit”, created a media division (YLCC Media) that has created 2 powerful documentaries that were screened in Cineplex theaters across Canada, and started the Canadian Youth Speakers Bureau (CYSB). Since 1991 he has travelled North America and Europe speaking to students as well as many corporations. He has worked with 2 million young people worldwide and was recently named among the top 30 leadership facilitators in the world.
Chris Cummins has been speaking professionally for 11 years. He has trained over 15,000 business owners, and physically presented in over 300 offices across the country. Chris has entertained audiences across North America, training entrepreneurs, executives and sales professionals to take their business and their lives to the next level.
Chris has worked as a promotional speaker for Tony Robbins event "Unleash The Power Within" and spent three years with Real Estate Trainer and Coach Richard Robbins (no relation to Tony). A naturally gifted speaker, Chris has learned how to hold audiences in the palm of his hand from the first moment he takes the microphone.
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