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Theme: Igniting the Spark

This event occurred on
February 6, 2014
7:00pm - 10:00pm AST
(UTC -4hrs)
Fredericton, NB

The second TEDxUNB is focused on demonstrating passionate people who have experienced or researched amazing things. The goal of our TEDxUNB event this year is to create a spark for the listeners of these talks to drive them to action or to ultimately change their understanding of a concept they thought they understood. The 7 speakers we are proud to host will be officially announced on January 23rd.

Wu Conference Centre
6 Duffie Drive
Fredericton, NB
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Greg Hemmings

Greg Hemmings is a storyteller who believes in the power of film to change the world. In over 15 years as a filmmaker, Greg has made everything from snappy sports series to lush lifestyle programming, but his passion projects are documentaries with a social conscience that move audiences to take a position – and maybe even action. Film has broadened his own perspective. Hemmings House, the film and TV production company Greg has built in Saint John, New Brunswick, has sold its productions in more than 60 countries, while Greg and his crews have chased great stories from far afield, from the Arctic and the Americas, to Africa and Asia. While Greg’s curiosity is global, wherever he is, his interest is local, in the particular issues, people, and ideas that make each place unique. Whether he is producing a feature about a group of activists trying to save an old theatre in his hometown, or making a film about a revolutionary music program for poor kids in Venezuela, his conviction is the same, that film is the ultimate medium to convey the width and breadth of the human experience – and make it better. Greg lives in Saint John, where he is a father of two girls, a husband, a musician, a snowboarder, and a standup paddle surfer who loves to start his day on the Bay of Fundy, where the cold water clears his head, and the epic tides inspire him to look outward and think big.

Gene Fowler

Drawing since he could hold a pencil and raised by entrepreneur parents. Gene Fowler has built everything in his life around colour, shapes and laughter. A graduate from NBCC Miramichi's inaugural class, Fowler spent just 8 months in the animation industry before feeling the drive to start his own studio in 1999. Over the past 15 years he has employed hundreds of artists and has produced over 20,000,000 in productions in Atlantic Canada, bringing life to more characters and stories than he can count. Following the very public closing of his last studio in 2009, Gene took a deep breath and focused on starting over once again. He thought of ways to slow down his fast paced schedule and look deeper into the more important aspects of family, business and art. This led to even more difficult but positive changes in his personal and professional life. Fowler comes to TEDx to share his personal experiences, entrepreneurial lessons and unwavering conviction to live a creative life on his terms.

Christy Clarke

Christy Clarke is a horsewoman, an education facilitator, and author. Her passion and professional research focus is cultivating emotional agility, authentic relationships, and conscious leadership in partnership with horses. Her work partners with horses to help people overcome fears and self-doubts, to become compassionate and effective leaders of their own lives. She completed her undergraduate degree from St. Thomas University with Honours in Interdisciplinary Studies and a second Major in History. From the research and experiences in this degree, Christy compiled and published the book, What If? Contemplations of an Undergrad. This work incorporates her academic studies as well as her personal ontologies and experiences about life, learning, and of course - horses. Christy was awarded one of the most prestigious scholarships in Canada from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to pursue a Master's degree at the University of New Brunswick, to continue her study of animals. Currently, she is completing a PhD program at the University of New Brunswick, researching how horses have been used in education and therapy programs around the world and through history. Christy’s research focuses on what wisdom and insights people might learn about life, and about themselves, by changing the way we think about and engage with non-human animals. In addition to her academic training, and decades of personal experience with horses, Christy has completed extensive training as a facilitator of Equine Facilitated Experiential Learning (EFEL). She is a sensitive and empathic leader, with a great capacity to inspire.

Jan Wong

Jan Wong is an award-winning Canadian journalist whose latest bestseller, Out of the Blue: a Memoir of Workplace Depression, Recovery, Redemption and, Yes, Happiness, was self-published in 2012. A graduate of McGill University, Beijing University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, she has worked for the Montreal Gazette, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and the Globe and Mail, for whom she covered the 1989 massacre in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. A third-generation Montrealer, in 1972 Jan became the first Canadian to study in China during the Cultural Revolution. Her first book, Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now, was named one of Time magazine’s top ten books of 1996, and remains banned in China. Jan currently divides her time between Toronto and Fredericton, where she is a professor of journalism at St. Thomas University. She is also a columnist for Toronto Life magazine and for the Halifax Chronicle Herald, one of Canada’s last independent, family-owned newspapers.

Corey Poirier

Corey Poirier is an award winning speaker (having presented to upwards of 100,000 attendees since 2002), multiple time award winning sales executive, host of the Conversations with PASSION Radio Show and the newer WOW Podcast; which features the likes of Chicken Soup’s Jack Canfield and Dr. David Suzuki. As an entertainer who has performed stand-up comedy on more than 700 occasions, music in venues for 17 years, and brought 5 shows to Fringe Festivals, Corey is also the Founder / Publisher of one of Atlantic Canadian's Premier Business Publications, a 5 time acclaimed 'and best-selling' author (Conversations With book series), founder of a media company that now includes audio, video and print media and an interviewer who has personally interviewed more than 2500 of the world’s high achievers, and as a speaker, he has shared the bill with the likes of Deepak Chopra and General Rick Hillier.

Dr. Levi Hargrove

Levi Hargrove, PhD, graduated from the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Canada. The focus of his research was on developing a clinically robust neural-controlled robotic arm prosthesis. The neural control system developed by Dr. Hargrove has been incorporated into the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago’s Bionic Arm which is currently undergoing clinical trials. Immediately upon his graduation, he was recruited to direct the Neural Engineering for Prosthetics and Orthotics Laboratory at the Rehabilitation Institution of Chicago’s prestigious Center for Bionic Medicine. Since joining the Center for Bionic Medicine, Dr. Hargrove has focused his research on developing a neural-controlled robotic leg prosthesis. This project, which also incorporates targeted muscle reinnervation is being sponsored by the Department of Defense who recognize that their wounded warriors are in desperate need of better prosthetic legs. The outcomes of this project will also provide dramatic improvements in prosthetic leg control for civilians suffering from lower limb amputations. Although a young researcher, Dr. Hargrove has authored over 45 peer-reviewed research articles in top academic journals and conferences. He has also authored three textbook chapters and acts as an associate editor for IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. His research group has received significant media attention resulting in articles published in National Geographic Magazine, Wired Magazine, Engadget, Popular Mechanics, Discover Magazine, O – the Oprah magazine in addition to many daily newspapers. Dr. Hargrove also has an Assistant Professor appointment in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, is a member of the IEEE society, the International Society of Electromyography and Kinesiology, and is a registered Professional Engineer.

Dr. Ryan Hamilton

Ryan holds a PhD from the University of New Brunswick in Sport Psychology and has also earned a Master's degree in sport and exercise science and a bachelor's degree (honours) in psychology. Dr. Hamilton is an assistant professor in the department of Psychology at the University of New Brunswick and is a recent recipient of the Arts Faculty Teaching Excellence Award. Ryan has been consulting with athletes since 2000 at the university, provincial, national and international level. Ryan is the lead sport psychologist with the Canadian Sport Centre in New Brunswick, works extensively with the UNB Varsity Reds programs and has attended the last three Canada Games with Team New Brunswick. Ryan has consulted with athletes from more than 30 different sports including non-traditional sports such as lawn bowling and wrestling as well as mainstream North American sports like football and hockey - where he has consulted at the NHL level. Ryan conducts research and consults with high performance athletes, people trying to create lifestyle changes,cancer survivors, and corporations. Beyond work, Ryan is a husband and father, was a varsity cross country runner at the University of New Brunswick and currently runs marathons including last years Boston Marathon.

Organizing team

  • Alex Walsh
    Director of Multimedia
  • Heather Lord
    Director of Marketing and PR