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This event occurred on
November 23, 2013
9:30am - 5:30pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Guelph, ON

This year's TEDxGuelphU theme was "Inside Out." Through this theme we explored the development of an idea from its humble beginnings in the mind of an individual, to its manifestation as a potentially life-changing concept or object. We hosted a total of nine speakers in three sessions who covered a range of topics from the importance of a culture of storytelling to re-thinking the way calculus is taught in Canadian universities and everything in between. This year’s speaker’s line-up included a number of professors and students, some current and some former, of the University of Guelph as well as some speakers from out of town.

TEDxGulephU is a student-run event held at the University of Guelph focused on bringing together the city’s most fascinating dreamers, thinkers and doers in a TED-like day of ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. We are committed to delivering high-quality events for students and community members of all disciplines with fascinating speakers, inspiring activities and diverse attendees. Providing a platform for innovation, creativity and inspiration we aim to leave participants of TEDxGuelphU enriched and motivated to pursue and cultivate their ideas.

University of Guelph
50 Stone Road East
Guelph, ON, N1G 2W1
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Gard Otis

Professor and entomologist at the University of Guelph with the School of Environmental Science, Dr. Otis is recognized as a global authority on honey bees. At TEDxGuelphU, Dr. Otis' talk explored the current challenges faced by North American honey bee populations and how we can mitigate the problem and subsequently improve the health of Agriculture.

Arpana Chakravarty

Ms. Chakravarty is a graduate of the University of Guelph having recently completed her Master’s Degree in Political Science. She described to the TEDxGuelphU audience her Master’s research on the societal impacts of the industrialization of India over the past decade and provided a window on the consequences of rapid economic development and the struggles of those who get left behind.

Daniel Ashlock

Dr. Ashlock is a professor at the University of Guelph in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. His 23-years in post-secondary education has given him cause to question many of the long-held teaching practices university mathematics education. In his TEDxGuelphU talk, Dr. Ashlock explored the relevance of calculus education in Canadian Universities and suggests a re-think of the way calculus is taught.

Danica Evering

Danica Evering is a new member of the team at Musagetes, a Guelph-based not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the arts more central in our lives. In her TEDxGuelphU talk, Danica spoke to the importance of storytelling in our modern lives and how stories are needed to keep culture alive on both a societal and individual scale.

Paul Wartman

A Master’s student at the University of Guelph, Paul Wartman has long been interested in developing solutions to the problems faced by our current agricultural system. This interest drove him to start Many Rivers Permaculture, an organization working to create a healthy, environmentally-protective and politically-engaged, food-loving community. At TEDxGuelphU, Paul spoke about his organization and the importance of thinking critically about where we get our food.

Brendan Myers

Brendan Myers is the published author of thirteen fiction and non-fiction works, and is a professor of philosophy at CEGEP Heritage College in Gatineau, Quebec. At TEDxGuelphU Myers spoke to the audience about our common experience of loneliness and how it is an important part of being human. He argues that loneliness is not always a negative thing, but in fact informs the way we live in a very positive way.

Katharin Harkins

Katharin Harkins is the current Executive Director of The Donkey Sanctuary of Canada, an organization that provides a home for neglected mules and hinnies. Ms. Harkins described to the TEDxGuelphU audience how she fell in love with donkeys and what we can all gain from positive interactions with these historically misunderstood animals.

David Waltner-Toews

As the founding president of Veterinarians Without Borders Canada and the Network for Ecosystem Sustainability and Health, David Waltner-Toews is recognized as a driving force in Canadian animal and environmental science. In his TEDxGuelphU talk Dr. Waltner-Toews explored the changing paradigm of communication in science and the need for a common language among all scientific disciplines.

Mark Whale

A classically trained violinist and professor at the University of Toronto and Humber College, Dr. Whale guided the TEDxGuelphU audience through an exploration of the basis for individual musical preference and what makes ‘good’ music good.

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Guelph, Ontario, Canada