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Theme: Creative Communities

This event occurred on
March 3, 2013
1:00pm - 5:30pm NST
(UTC -3.5hrs)
St. John's, NL

The whispers of thousands of years of human history caress the shores of our province. They drift across the land, tracing footpaths, and now streets, that speak of the stories of creativity and innovation that have shaped our history. From solving problems through invention to managing social change through collaboration, we have seen creative communities through the ages.

While the province and its inhabitants have changed over the centuries, the constants that have shaped the unique culture and resilience of its people remain the same…the strong sense of community and the creativity necessary to survive and thrive in an unyielding environment.

The province is once more undergoing a transformation and recognizing its place in the world as a cultural and economic leader. TEDxFortTownshend 2013 is seeking the most creative ideas to build our communities.

As this transformation unfolds, newfound opportunities and challenges arise that call for a spirit of creativity, collaboration, and dialogue…and we hope you will join the conversation.

Johnson Geo Centre
175 Signal Hill Road
St. John's, NL, A1A 1B2
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Eren Bayazitoglu

Refusing to eat his dinner without the accompaniment of a radio, Eren Bayazitoglu grew up under the hands of various international music instructors, after which he decided to launch his music entertainment - Music Is You. Eren's music earned him 5 MusicNL Nominations and with a list of respectable clients under his belt such as The Telegram, MUN, and now, TedXForthtownshend, he offers unique live music entertainment for weddings, corporate events, and private parties.

Ivan Emke

Ivan Emke was born and raised, along with a variety of mixed livestock, on a farm in Bruce County, Ontario, sandwiched between the mighty Lake Huron and the pristine Georgian Bay. He comes from an extended family of farmers who focused on pure bred livestock, and has fond memories of skipping school to exhibit sheep and cattle at Fall Fairs throughout Central and South-western Ontario. It was almost as good as being in a circus. After these honest beginnings, he went on to study at several Universities -- Ohio State, Windsor and Carleton. He received degrees in Anthropology, Communication, Public Relations and, finally, Sociology (with a focus on Cultural Studies). For many years, he has taught in a Social and Cultural Studies program at Grenfell Campus of Memorial University. He has also enjoyed several administrative appointments. Currently, he is the Facilitator for Internationalization for Grenfell. In terms of research, Ivan spends a lot of time pondering rural communities, both in Canada and elsewhere. He also researches local media, including community radio in both Canada and around the world. And (in a whole different area of study) he studies the effects of our modern funeral industry on our rituals around death and remembrance. His children, Jonah (19) and Eva (16) continually remind him that he knows nothing, and is not about to learn anything worthwhile anytime soon.

Darren Newton

Darren Newton is neither particularly creative nor very social. He is, however, enthusiastically curious, unabashedly inquisitive, and an astute spectator of the human experience. Driven by a need to ". . . just understand everything", Darren has spent most of his life sitting quietly in the corner watching others. The birth of the Internet granted Darren the ability to satisfy both his fondness for technology and his desire to watch the world from the solitude and comfort of his own home. As an early adopter of internet based social media (e.g. YouTube, Facebook, BlogTV, Twitter, Omegle, Tumblr, etc.); Darren soon began to question how our use of the Internet was affecting us. Chasing the answers throughout the World Wide Web, Darren covertly engaged in discussions, debates, and dialogues with hundreds of netizens, including some of the earliest content creators, vloggers, and soon to be Internet celebrities. His endless pursuit has led to Darren's current ideas about the wellspring of human creativity, our need for community, and the ways in which the Internet has changed, and is continuing to change, what it means to be human.

Beth Peddle

Beth Peddle is a learner and a teacher. For almost a decade, she has been learning about global social justice issues and how to best educate and engage others on such issues. Most recently, she has been greatly involved with RADHOC Youth Leadership program and has launched Learn&Lead NL, an initiative supporting progressive education and leadership. As a Bachelor of Education student, Beth has loved exploring learning in a new context, developing her understanding of learning on both practical and theoretical levels. At TedX FortTownshend, Beth is looking forward to exploring the relationship between school and community, and the potential that bond has to foster engagement in, and a love of, learning.

Judy D

Mover, shaker, motivator of all things Salsa in St. John's! She's known to throw business cards to total strangers in store line-ups & to passers-by on the street. She's been a tireless Salsa Dance promoter since first becoming addicted in 2006. Since creating her facebook group Salsa in St. John's in 2008, Judy D has helped the group grow from 35 members to a 500+ member multicultural group! Judy is a bit of a facebook junkie, and not only for salsa -- she loves finding and sharing worthwhile community events. This often leads her to volunteer with extra groups, like TEDxFortTownshend...she just can't help getting enthusiastic about groups that promote helpful ideas! Judy was born and raised a Newfoundlander and so far she's been a Red Cross volunteer & instructor, telemarketer, & insurance agent; she dabbles in graphic design and painting, & currently works as a full-time RN in her spare time. How did a Newfoundlander get caught up in Salsa Dancing and manage to make it into a happening community? Listen to her speak at TEDxFortTownshend 2013 -- Creative Communities and she'll reveal all!

Mary MacDonald

Mary MacDonald is an artist, critic, arts administrator and independent curator currently residing in St. John's, NL. Mary graduated from Mount Allison University (BFA 2006) and continued her practical education through Zwicker's Gallery (Halifax) and the Owens Art Gallery (Sackville). She recently completed her MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice at OCAD University and an internship at C Magazine in Toronto. Her most recent project, the W(here) Festival was a performative exploration of rural artistic practices in Pictou County, NS. Mary is currently the Director of Eastern Edge Gallery, Newfoundland and Labrador's only artist-run centre dedicated to the presentation and discussion of contemporary visual art where she helps to facilitate the presentation of exhibitions, events and community programming. Mary's personal research interests include temporary and ephemeral exhibition structures, collaboration with non-arts communities, and artists working within rural communities and contexts.

Dave Lane

Dave Lane graduated from Memorial University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Bachelor of Computer Science and is Development Partner at Dc Design House, a fast-paced, "design and digital" marketing and promotion firm. As chair of Happy City St. John's, Dave is leading a group of dedicated volunteers in an effort to encourage and enhance, by example, public engagement at a municipal level. The group's endeavours range from unique twists on public meeting formats to intensive social media dialogues to networking and think-tanking with community and business groups. Dave serves on the boards of Downtown St. John's and the Newfoundland Historic Trust, the St. John's Clean & Beautiful's "Take Pride Take Action" committee, represents Dc Design House on the St. John's Board of Trade, and sings in two successful choral groups, Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE) and Innismara Vocal Ensemble

Neil Dawe

Neil is the President of Tract Consulting Inc., a company focused on providing professional planning and design services to municipalities. He is also the Managing Partner of VIRDIS Place Branding and Design. Neil has over 30 years experience in place making, planning, design, management, and project implementation. His educational background includes a diploma in Forest Resources Technology, a bachelor's degree in Environmental Planning and Design, and a master's degree in Landscape Architecture. He has a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University. Neil has been a leader in sustainable community planning and design, and in the application of place branding to NL communities. Neil is the Past-President of the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects (CSLA) and a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow.

Organizing team


St. John`s, Canada
  • Shawn Sieiro
  • Greg Knott
    Community Outreach and Partnerships Coordinator
  • Teeba Alsafar
    Volunteer Coordinator
  • Brittany Tibbo
    Venue Coordinator