StCatharines

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St. Catharines, ON, Canada
October 13th, 2012

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Mystic Jack's,
231 St. Paul St. West,
St. Catharines, On. L2S 2E3
noon to midnight
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TED Talks Shown

Jennifer Pahlka - Coding a better government

Pam Warhurst - How we can eat our landscapes

Confirmed Speakers

  • Camille Rutherford
    Dr. Camille Rutherford is an Associate Professor of Education at Brock University. As a former classroom teacher and university administrator, her work with teacher candidates, teachers, adult educators and educational leaders explores the use of technology to enhance teaching & learning and transform leadership.
  • Liz Palmieri
    In October of 2000, Liz was hired as the first Executive Director of the Niagara Community Foundation and has worked with an outstanding group of volunteers and staff to grow that organization from its initial two $100,000 gifts to one which has granted in excess of $4.2 million and raised more than $20 million in endowment funds. Since moving to Niagara in 1977 to open The Bookworks, Liz has become a passionate advocate for all that is wonderful about her community. She has worked or volunteered since 1983 with not-for-profit organizations in the cultural, social services and education sectors, including the Trillium Foundation, Niagara Artists' Centre, St. Catharines YWCA, Carousel Players, Chorus Niagara and the Niagara College Foundation. Liz is currently volunteering with three diverse organizations. She is the Past- President of the Rotary Club of St. Catharines, the Past-President of Chorus Niagara and is one of the first Directors of the Greater Niagara Chamber of Commerce. On a personal level, her small claim to fame is that she was a part of the Chorus Niagara flash mob that took place in November 2010 at the Seaway Mall in Welland. To date, more than 38 ½ million people around the world have seen the YouTube video of this event.
  • Melissa Hellwig
    Melissa Hellwig has a Masters of Environmental Management and has been a Niagara-based sustainability communicator since 2005. After spending 10 years over on the dark side working for the coal mining industry, she had a major life-altering experience, and subsequently had a family, moved continents and took to local and organic food in a big way. She has worked fly-in-fly-out as a geologist in the Australian desert, and more recently took to the witness box to prevent those same international clients from destroying 4,000-year-old aboriginal artifacts. Melissa loves to speak. She was recently trained by Al Gore's Climate Leadership organization in San Francisco and she is available for presentations. Previous speaking engagements have included the Canadian Green Building Council and the Ontario Environmental Network. Locally, she has been involved with the Niagara Sustainability Initiative, Commonplace Eco-Village, and more recently worked on a sustainability project for the City of St Catharines.
  • Trevor Twining
    Trevor is a freelance web developer and team lead currently living in St. Catharines. He's worked remotely on projects with global visibility like Amnesty International, First Lady Michelle Obama and George H. W. Bush. He specializes in building highly productive distributed teams, and teaching freelancing independents how to build effective careers that allow them control of their own destinies. Trevor is helping build the local technology and creative independent community in Niagara. He's the coordinator for Coworking Niagara, participates in Software Niagara, and also presents at or organizes at a host of others. Born and raised in St. Catharines, Trevor continues to live here with his wife Heather and three children, Daniel (10), Erin, (8) and Nathan (4).
  • Wes Prankard
    "Hi, I'm Wes Prankard and." For Wes, the journey began January 2010 when his dad returned from a trip to Attawapiskat. Over dinner, he shared stories and pictures of people living in third-world conditions. The fact that his dad didn't leave Ontario to witness these living conditions was unfathomable to Wes, who immediately set out to do something. Camping out for 24 hours during March break in 2010, Wes raised $6000.00 and 12,000 pounds of food and clothing to assist the people of Attawapiskat. What followed was a trip to meet the community, when Wes realized that there were no playgrounds there. Wes contrasted that to the 55 playgrounds in his home town and he wondered how that was fair. A $25,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project was the start of Northern Starfish; an organization dedicated to bringing equality to First Nation Kids in the area of Education, Health and Play. His mission is to build a playground in every northern community in Canada that doesn't have one, and he accomplished the first step this summer in Attawapiskat. Wes's media and speaking credits would be admirable for someone three or four times his age. One of his favorite things is speaking to groups of any age - challenging, inspiring and encouraging them to make a difference. There is a quote he likes to use from Helen Keller: "I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do every thing, I will not refuse to do something that I can do."
  • Adrian Petry
    Adrian Petry is the Public Programmer at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre where he shares the history of the City of St. Catharines with residents and visitors to encourage connections between the public and the heritage in their community. As an award winning natural and cultural heritage interpreter, Adrian has been described as a “creative and passionate historian and interpreter.” Adrian spent the past seven years as a Natural Heritage Education interpreter with Ontario Parks. Adrian joined the team at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre in June of 2012. Adrian has committed himself to sharing history with others by connecting the past with the experiences and emotions of people in the present. The interests that are closest to his heart are the study of the industrial, urban and social histories of the Rideau and Welland Canals, 1840-1910. Adrian is a graduate of the history program at Brock University and the graduate public history program at Western University.
  • Kurt Anders Richardson
    Kurt Anders Richardson is an expert is in religious philosophy and comparative monotheism; particularly among the Abrahamic faiths. He received his doctorate at the University of Basel, Switzerland and is a member of the faculties of theology of McMaster University and of the Trinity College, University of Toronto. He is a co-founder of two research groups in the American Academy of Religion: Society for Scriptural Reasoning and Comparative Theology. Professor Richardson is an invited scholar at universities and conferences around the world dealing with the connection between religious faith and the promotion of civil society. His numerous publications center upon the contemporary interpretation and reception of scriptures in religious and cultural life, philosophical anthropology, and religious ethics. His current research is in the areas of Comparative Messianism and Christian theology
  • Trevor Twining
    Trevor is a freelance web developer and team lead currently living in St. Catharines. He's worked remotely on projects with global visibility like Amnesty International, First Lady Michelle Obama and George H. W. Bush. He specializes in building highly productive distributed teams, and teaching freelancing independents how to build effective careers that allow them control of their own destinies. Trevor is helping build the local technology and creative independent community in Niagara. He's the coordinator for Coworking Niagara, participates in Software Niagara, and also presents at or organizes at a host of others. Born and raised in St. Catharines, Trevor continues to live here with his wife Heather and three children, Daniel (10), Erin, (8) and Nathan (4).
  • Tiffany Mayer
    Tiffany Mayer is a journalist with more than 10 years of experience writing for daily newspapers, magazines and online publications. Born and raised in Kitchener, she arrived in Niagara by way of Edmonton, Regina, Kenora, Toronto and Simcoe, and has developed a deep affinity for all this region has to offer and the potential it holds in the seven years she has called Niagara home. When she's not writing for her pay cheque, she's blogging about Niagara food and farming at eatingniagara.com, organizing canning swaps or harvesting unwanted tree fruit for local social organizations with the non-profit she started in 2009, The Garden of Eating - Niagara. Whatever she's doing, she tries to do it sustainably and to engage as many people as possible.
  • Stephen Fischer
    Stephen Fischer is the Executive Director of the Welland Recreational Canal Corporation (WRCC), a post held since 2006. Stephen is a Welland native, returning to his hometown after earning his Honours Degree in Business from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario in 1992. Before arriving at the WRCC, Stephen enjoyed over a decade of entrepreneurial success in the hospitality industry. He has served as Director of Tourism of Welland and as Chair of the Niagara Food Festival. Since his tenure with the WRCC, Stephen has expanded the WRCC portfolio, and his own, to include: the post of Executive Director of the Welland International Flatwater Centre (WIFC); Creative Director of IlluminAqua ~ The Waterway’s Arts & Culture Series; and Director of “Art on Water” a cultural installation in Niagara’s reign as Cultural Capital of Canada. Stephen and the WRCC has seen the successful awarding of the inaugural 2012 World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships; 2013 ICF Canoe Sprint Junior & U23 World Championships; canoe, kayak & open water swimming venues for the 2015 Pan American Games; and the landing the 2015 World Dragon Boat Racing Championship. Stephen resides in Welland with his wife, Tracey, and daughter, Stephanie. An active community member and supporter, Stephen sits in an advisory capacity on boards and agencies throughout the region including the Niagara Regional Pan American Games Steering Committee.

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TEDx StCatharines
327 Ontario Street
St. Catharines, ON, L2R 5L3
Canada
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Kris Vrcek
St Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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Peter Brown
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Stan Pride
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Gary Smith
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Chris Reid
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