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Theme: Vision

This event occurred on
November 23, 2013
1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Ottawa, ON


What is TEDx?
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxUOttawa, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUOttawa event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

Alumni Auditorium
85 University Private
Ottawa, ON, K1N 8Z4
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Paul Leduc

Paul Leduc is a graduate of the University of Ottawa (Social Sciences/Sociology) and of Cambrian College (Paramedic Program). He is presently completing a second undergraduate degree in Health Sciences at the University of Ottawa. Paul currently works for a local charitable organization known as LiveWorkPlay, where his primary role is to support individuals with intellectual disabilities in the workforce. As a survivor of childhood sexual abuse, Paul advocates strongly for the healing of others. He has spoken at several conferences and in the media describing his path to healing. Paul is the co-founder of The Canadian Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, a charitable organization focused on raising public awareness and providing financial and community support to male survivors of sexual abuse.

Jenepher Lennox Terrion

Jenepher Lennox Terrion is Associate Professor in the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She received her Ph.D. in Communication from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Lennox Terrion is the winner of many teaching awards, including the University of Ottawa’s Award for Excellence in Education and Faculty of Arts Distinguished Teaching Award and a Capital Educator’s Award. She is passionate about teaching and has demonstrated creativity in the design and delivery of both undergraduate and graduate communication courses over the past two decades. Dr. Lennox Terrion was recently named a University of Ottawa Chair of University Teaching. In this role, she is conducting a multi-year study of excellence in the large class. Her research seeks to assess the degree to which highly rated professors of large classes demonstrate teacher immediacy—the verbal and nonverbal communication used by professors to build connection with students—and to catalogue how they do it. Her research will produce guidelines for teaching large classes focused specifically on building teacher immediacy and, ultimately, positive classroom relationships. Dr. Lennox Terrion is interested in the experiences of vulnerable populations and much of her work connects research with community organizations serving those in need. Her research focuses on evaluating the impacts of a range of programs, including student support services, addiction recovery programs, family support programs, mentoring programs, training programs and leadership development programs. She is particularly interested in the role of support services in the academic success and engagement of vulnerable populations, including at-risk students, people recovering from substance abuse and students suffering from mental illness. Dr. Lennox Terrion has also published widely on a range of multidisciplinary topics in international peer reviewed journals, including peer mentoring (with articles in the following journals: Mentoring & Tutoring; International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring; Journal of College Student Retention; Studies in Higher Education ); addiction and smoking cessation (articles published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse and the Journal of Smoking Cessation); family support (with publications in Youth and Society and the European Journal of Social Work); seniors and social capital (in Social Theory & Health and Gestion) and leadership development (with articles in the Journal of Management Development; Mountainrise; and Human Relations).

Tuan Nguyen

Tuan Nguyen is a philanthropist and what he calls himself, an accidental entrepreneur. He is the president of Health Genie Group, a group of companies focused on helping the health of small and medium health businesses. He is also the executive director of the Seekers Centre for Integrative Medicine - a clinic where medical doctors offer the best of east and west medicine to help those with chronic pain. Lastly, Tuan is a partner at Uniforge Inc, a marketing firm focused on strategic planning and creative development for organizations in government, travel and tourism, and conference planning. However, he believes that his passion in the community has the main contributor to his professional success. Over the last 20 years, Tuan has dedicated his life to volunteerism. His balanced approach that leverages his academic and experience in accounting with a respectful and spiritual approach to life has helped him develop projects and raise over $10,000,000 for various charities across the country. He has received many prestigious recognition including United Way Community Builder Award, Top Forty Under 40, Dean Philo Award, CTV Amazing Person Award, and his named is engraved on the Wall of Inspiration at Ottawa City Hall. He speaks across the country on topics of volunteerism, leadership, entrepreneurship, and motivation.

Aaron Cayer

Born and raised right here in Ottawa, Aaron has been skateboarding here for almost 15 years, Several years ago he noticed a need for a voice for the skateboarders. To fill this need over the at three years he has started up a community based skateboard brand called Antique. Located at 9 Florence Antique has become the home for skateboarders in Ottawa. Focusing on building a strong community, building brands that are owned and operated by skateboarders and serving coffee and tea to get people jacked to go skate. After opening up the skate shop Aaron co-founded a non-profit called Ottawa Community Skateboard Association. Between the two organizations he works to better the local community and improve skateboard parks and programming in Ottawa.

Josée Richard

Josée is a short skirt, mad butch who is a dedicated cyclist, knitter, and cat lover. Ze is the Community Relations Coordinator of the Women’s Resource Center at the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa. (SFUO) There, ze organizes around reproductive and sexual health, and ending gender based violence, gets to talk to students about the WRC`s work and working with volunteers. In zir off time, ze is passionate about queer and trans* justice, radical mental health, and learning how to build an intercommunity care. Josée is graduating with a Women Studies and Social Work BA, and is looking forward to working with queer youth. Ze thrives off the constant process of learning and unlearning.

Ghasan Doudak

Dr. Ghasan Doudak, Ph.D, P.Eng. is an Assistant Professor of structural engineering at the University of Ottawa. His area of expertise includes multi-scale understanding of how complete structural systems function, encompassing issues like how complete buildings respond to effects of wind storms, ground shaking during earthquakes, or other actions like impacts and blasts. He is a member of the CSA O86 Technical Committee on Engineering Design in Wood, CSA s850 Technical Committee on Blast Resistant Buildings, and the Truss Plate Institute (TPI, USA). Dr. Doudak is also an active member of the NSERC Strategic Network on Innovative Wood Products and Building Systems (NEWBuildS). His research contribution, through collaboration with Canadian as well as international researchers, is in establishing solutions to meet specific performance requirements for mid-rise wood and hybrid buildings. Dr. Doudak has established strong affiliations to complementary research groups at national and international levels. National collaborations include projects with researchers from the University of New Brunswick, Concordia, McGill and Manitoba. International collaborations include projects with the Technical University of Denmark, Penn State in the USA, and ETH-Zurich in Switzerland. Prior to joining the Engineering Faculty, Dr. Doudak held the position of Manager, Wood and Structural Standards at the Canadian Wood Council, where he was actively involved in work related to the development of building Codes and standards, developing tools for designers, and communicating to key audiences including government agencies, building designers and researchers. Dr. Doudak received his Master of Science degree from the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Following his graduation, he worked as a structural engineer where he designed commercial and residential buildings. In 2001, Dr. Doudak was awarded a fellowship from the Danish Research Agency for a 3-year research program in Civil Engineering at McGill University. His PhD research was aimed at determining the load paths in wood light frame buildings under various stages of construction using a holistic design approach. Based on his valuable contribution to the field of wood engineering, Dr. Doudak was awarded the Forest Products Laboratory Young Engineer Award, 2008. This award is intended to encourage young (40 years of age or younger) engineers, researchers, or scientists with “promising potential for significant contribution to the field”.

Irvin Waller

Irvin Waller is an influential author, professor and popular public speaker. His personal drama as a victim of crime changed his Cambridge University dream from nuclear physics to the science of stopping crime and helping victims. His fight against failing, cruel and expensive crime policies - from the ¨19th century¨ - have inspired him, and so, many smart politicians to harness what is proven to work for the 21sr century to actually reduce violence and meet the needs of victims of violence. He was a senior public servant in charge of the research and policy for Canada to abolish the death penalty and reform gun control. He has worked as a member of national task forces in Canada, the USA and in South Africa for the Mandela government. He has advised the governments of more than 40 other countries on ways to stop violent crime and respect rights of crime victims. He has won awards in the USA and internationally for his work to develop a magna carta for victims, when the UN General Assembly resolved in 1985 to implement the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power. This influences innovations for victims across the world, including recent developments in Japan and Mexico as well as the International Criminal Court. He was recognized as one of the pioneers of the victim rights movement in the USA and served as President of the World Society of Victimology. He is currently President of the International Organization for Victim Assistance (in special consultative status with ECOSOC). His work to stop violence – the ultimate victim right - has won him recognition across the world, particularly from his role as the founding executive director of the International Centre for Prevention of Crime, affiliated with the UN. In Canada, he is a proud member of a network of major municipalities committed to harnessing evidence to make their cities safer. If Canada has a national parole board at the end of the process, it should have a national crime reduction board to stop violence before the process. His recent book - Smarter Crime Control: A Guide to Safer Futures for Citizens, Communities and Politicians – makes a trilogy with Less Law, More Order: The Truth about Reducing Crime (available in 5 languages), Rights for Victims of Crime: Rebalancing Justice (recently released in Spanish). The books use today´s science to enable politicians and citizens to shift policy from costly wars on crime to smart investments in people and our safety.

Mariam Al-Shammari

Mariam Al-Shammari is a Masters student at the University of Ottawa Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. She also completed her Undergraduate studies at the University of Ottawa, double majoring in Communications and French Studies. Mariam is a spoken word poet and has oft used this medium as a way to express her views on social injustices and the world around her. Mariam has been involved in positive mental health and mental health advocacy since she was 14 years old, and has successfully aided the implementation of a Youth Advisory Committee for mental health within the Ottawa-Gatineau region. Her interest in stigmatized populations does not end there, however. Mariam has also taken a keen interest in stateless citizens. Her family is native to Kuwait’s lands, before Kuwait’s colonization and separation from Iraq. Having been born and raised in Canada, the politics of the Middle East were vague at best to her, however, over time she came to understand that certain communities of people are not only discriminated against but lack the right to exercise rights in certain regions – from Myanmar (Burma), Kuwait along with many Gulf states, Sulu Sea nations and unfortunately, many more. Having heritage in Kuwait, her focus has been centred there more than anywhere else. She will seek to explain the root of this problem and where we are today alongside the realities that strike the Burmese population today and why the situation is strikingly different despite the similarities.

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