x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Sharing Our Potential

This event occurred on
March 30, 2012
9:00am - 2:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Fort McMurray, AB

Our TEDx event is all about our region, and is designed to help spread the word about life (challenges, opportunities and solutions) in a fast-paced, northern community. We will be running the inaugural TEDxFortMcMurray event with the theme of of "Sharing Our Potential" - a series of lectures about the challenges and successes we face as Wood Buffalo continues it’s expansion.

Our region's first annual TEDx will take place on March 30, 2012.

Suncor Energy Center for the Performing Arts
230 Powder Drive
Fort McMurray, AB, T9K 0W8
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Speakers may not be confirmed. Check event website for more information.

Malik Badar Aman

On Chasing Dreams | Malik immigrated to Canada in 2004 from Pakistan and graduated from McMaster University with an Honours degree in Economics in 2008. He is currently the President and CEO of Malik Media, one of the most innovative and fastest- growing Website Design and Marketing Firms in North America.

Anas Eljamal

Controlling Instincts | With a long history of innovation in the areas of Technology and Education, Anas Eljamal refers to himself now as a “Learning Artist”. He has a passion for exploiting technology to entice individual and organizational learning. He has worked in multicultural environments and traveled half the globe to uncover common patterns within the diversity of cultures. This has enabled him to develop innovative learning approaches customizing teaching for the sake of individualized learning. Presently, Anas is experimenting with the emerging Connected Knowledge learning techniques that he believes will be the learning model of the next generation.

Sheldon Germain

Pathway to Potential - A New Understanding | Sheldon, a Regional Councilor and Vice-Principal at Holy Trinity High School, is raising his own children in the same home in Fort McMurray where he spent his childhood. He was the Chair of the Northern Classic outdoor hockey game and currently sits on the MacDonald Island Board of Directors. He was named one of Fort McMurray’s “Top 40 under 40” by Connect Newspaper and has been awarded he Keyano College Huskies’ Ambassador of the Year.

David Sabine

Rethinking Education | David Sabine is known by his colleagues as an Educator, an Agile Coach, a Musician, and a Technologist. His work has focused on team dynamics, agile business methodology, media, art, music, software, innovative modes of learning and the intersection of all those things..

Julie Funk

Loving Fort McMurray | Julie Funk is a dancer, actor, choreographer, director and yoga teacher who has traveled the world, but still thinks of Fort McMurray as home. She left her home to study dance in Edmonton before moving to New York to train and perform for nine years. Since then she has traveled and worked around the world, but continues to return to the city of her childhood. Whether through her art or in her physical practice, Julie Funk is fascinated by all aspects of movement, freedom, self-discovery and expression. “The velocity and heartbeat found in the pavement of New York city is the same as the pulse of the pavement in Fort McMurray” – both are cities of adventure, of discovery and of the future.

Russell Thomas

Social Media Timeline | A first term regional councillor, long- time community leader and director of marketing & communications at Keyano College, Russell Thomas has been an intrepid explorer of the social media universe for the past five years. He is a fierce advocate of Wood Buffalo and uses his various channels to build a better understanding of the big spirit that defines our region. Through his Middle Age Bulge blog, Russell offers an authentic perspective of life in the north that has resulted in over 400 posts in just over two years. Married to Heather with two sons, Dylan and Ben, Russell enjoys fishing, reading, painting and acting.

Mark Elliott

Life in a Learning Community - Learning, Unlearning and Relearning Fort McMurray | Mark is an Instructional Designer in the Learning Innovation Division at Keyano College. He is currently in the final stages of a doctorate in Leadership, Education, and Technology. Originally from Ontario, Mark spent every summer of his university years planting trees in southern Alberta. In 2002, Mark lived in Fort Chipewyan and taught adult education; he then moved to Fort McMurray in 2006. Mark is also a published poet and photographer who enjoys spending time with his wife and two children.

Kevin Scoble

Waste as Resource | Director of the Environmental Services Department at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Kevin Scoble is a Professional Engineer with over 18 years of environmental engineering and operations experience in municipal environmental services, hazardous waste treatment and disposal, conventional oil and gas and in the oil sands. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University.

Reinalie Jorolan

Uncompromising Commitment to Self, Motherhood and Community | Reinalie Jorolan, a project manager for Nonprofit Sector Link Wood Buffalo, came to Fort McMurray from the Philippines in June of 2004 through the live-in caregiver program. Her experience as a live-in caregiver inspired her to create the award winning nonprofit organization, Foreign WINGSE Resource Centre, to encourage live-in caregivers to be supportive of one another and become empowered and community minded future Canadian citizens.

Maria Fustic

Reaching The Summit | Maria Fustic is a 14-year-old, grade nine student at École McTavish Jr. Highschool. She has lived in Fort McMurray since the age of three and enjoys living in such a great community. Travel, art, and enjoying the great outdoors are a few of Maria’s passions. Last summer at the age of 13 Maria decided to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa and the highest free- standing mountain on Earth.

Tim Reid

Third Down Leadership | Tim Reid is a team-focused leader that brings an entrepreneurial and innovative approach to the recreation industry. Tim’s professionalism, dedication to customer service, and passion for developing industry leaders has allowed him to foster the growth of two premium recreation facilities in Canada. Tim currently acts as Chief Operating Officer at MacDonald Island Park, Canada’s largest community recreational huband home to the $181 million Suncor Community Leisure Centre. Tim led the commissioning and opening of this premier facility and the recruitment of over 300 employees that form the dynamic “Mi Team,” while supporting the community by sitting on the Board of Directors at Fort McMurray Tourism and Leadership Wood Buffalo.

Organizing team


Fort Mcmurray, Canada
  • Jude Groves
    Organizing Committee / Speaker Selection Committee
  • Michelle Landsiedel
    Organizing Committee Member
  • Karen Puga
    Organizing Committee / Speaker Selection Committee
  • Gaurav Gupta
    Organizing Committee / Speaker Selection Committee
  • Ken Chapman
    Organizing Committee / Speaker Selection Committee
  • Loraine Humphrey
    Organizing Committee
  • Anas Eljamal
    Speaker Selection Committee
  • Renee Summers
    Organizing Committee