Matt Youens

Human Resources Advisor, Syncrude Canada Ltd.
Fort Mcmurray, Canada

About Matt




TED Conference

TEDActive 2013

Areas of Expertise

Performance management, Digital communications, Human Resource Management (HRM), Employee Relations , Public Speaking

I'm passionate about

Three words: leadership, communication and community.

People don't know I'm good at

Accents. I seem to have a good "ear" for accents, and when travelling, I find myself slipping in to the local brogue.

My TED story

In 2006, I followed my wife to a remote northern Alberta community I had never heard of - and it turned out to be the second best decision of my life (behind marrying my wife --> insert wife eye-roll here).

I was born in Calgary, AB, but spent my childhood years in Australia and Indonesia. In Australia I learned to walkabout and poke interesting holes with sticks (looking for spiders or snakes). In Indonesia I learned what it was like to live in a gated community surrounded by extreme poverty. Living in Canada, I’ve learned how lucky we truly are and believe we have a greater responsibility to make this world a better place.

I’m a 100% Optimist most days - some days days my glass is only half-full, I must admit - and I agree with Peter Diamandis in that abundance is our future. We’re living in an amazing time and I think we can handle the challenges ahead of us if we are able to work together and approach our problems creatively. TEDxFortMcMurray helps set this path.

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