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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.