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Theme: Shift in Thought

This event occurred on
June 8, 2013
8:30am - 5:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Fort McMurray, AB

Last year saw 11 amazing, local speakers cross the TEDxFortMcMurray stage presenting the talk of their lives – are you ready for what 2013 will bring?

TEDxFortMcMurray 2013 will focus on the theme “Shift in Thought”. Whether it’s changing your perceptions, changing your thought process, the way you give and receive information or the way you aspire to change the world, TEDxFortMcMurray promises to deliver we welcome any interpretation of the theme.

Suncor Energy Center for the Performing Arts
230 Powder Drive
Fort McMurray, AB, T9K 0W8
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Jenny Berube

Change Me / Change Everything: Jenny Berube, like many in Fort McMurray, was born elsewhere and lives here by choice. She’s been a teacher, a raiser and trainer of horses and dogs, a franchise owner, computer analyst, accountant, community volunteer, all the while viewing life as a splendid adventure enriched by trying new things. Current loves include her husband of 41 years, her 2 children, exploring our planet, (especially underwater), public speaking and her business mission as a financial success coach. She is also a writer and a lover of all manner of creative works. And a fan of TEDx!

Claude Giroux

Performing Arts: Currently Managing and Artistic Director of The Kay Meek Centre in West Vancouver, as well as Artistic Director of Keyano Theatre Company in Fort McMurray Alberta, Claude has worked in theatres for over 15 seasons. Claude is also a playwright/adaptor and has written three recently produced adaptations of A Christmas Carol, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. Claude brings incredible passion for all performing and visual arts, a significant understanding for developing and growing cultural awareness in a community and energy to boot!

Theresa Wells

Scared to Live: A proud eleven-year resident of Fort McMurray, Theresa Wells is a mother, writer, blogger, and lover of unusual shoes. She writes incessantly and about virtually any topic (and for anyone who will give her the chance). Occasionally accused of being a bon vivant she tends to laugh too long, speak too loudly, and live her life without apology, condition, or reservation.

Alanna Bottrell

The Sign: A Bothersome Thing: Alanna was about twelve years old when she got her first public relations assignment. Her cousin, Lisa, paid her $10 to craft a delicately worded message that would prompt her bridal shower guests to bring gifts of cash rather than tea towels and blenders. In hindsight, Alanna should have negotiated a cut of the profits. Today, Alanna works full time in Marketing and Communications. A native of Hamilton, Ontario, Alanna is a community volunteer and regular contributor to local publications.

Kevin McNiff

Sustainable Community: A native Ontarian, born to Irish immigrants – Kevin moved west after visiting a friend for a week at Lake Louise in the Canadian Rockies and decided to stay – for 14 years! It was here that he realized he wanted to become an EMT after taking care of his first patient at the fire department where he volunteered. During this time, Kevin became a jack of all trades. He tried his hand at grounds keeping with Chateau Lake Louise, worked construction at the ski hill, bar tended, and taught first aide in the community as well. After years of basic level EMT medical training, Kevin was recruited by the Fort McMurray Fire Department, who offered to enroll him in a two-year course in exchange of two years of service as a paramedic. He agreed. His two-year plan in Fort McMurray included moving back to the mountains. That was almost nine years ago. He has risen to the rank of medical lieutenant and fire lieutenant and has been a member of the fire department’s honour guard for almost five years. He still loves to teach and has taught medical courses at Keyano College.

Brent Hughes

The Perpetual Change. Brent Hughes graduated college and moved to Japan to work in the Japanese automotive industry. Spending over 9 years in the historic city of Hiroshima, Brent was immersed in the Japanese culture and became a leader in Japanese lean manufacturing concepts. In 2007, Brent returned to his favorite place on earth, Alberta, to bring his Japanese knowledge to the energy industry. Brent is fascinated by ideas. The ideas that make things better. Ideas that get you that much closer to perfection. It is Brent’s premise that all of the tools the Japanese use to continuously have the best products on earth is because of a constant drive for perfection combined with the ability to implement ideas. Brent calls it “Idea Revenue” and maintains it is every leader’s job to maximize ROI – Return On Ideas.

Katie Long

Sisterhood. Katie long is from Thunder Bay Ontario. She studied business- Human Resources at Confederation College and is now a Family Support worker. At 20 years old she has big dreams and plans to travel as much as possible.

Dave Martin

When You Have No House, Build a Home: Canadian citizen since ’86, Dave’s family moved to Alberta from England when many collieries, steel works, and potash mines were shut. He currently lives, works (as a teacher), writes and plays in Fort McMurray, Alberta. Dave is currently working on learning the art of recording and is collaborating with musicians from Fort McMurray and Edmonton. Dave is pro-active when it comes to his development and self-improvement as a musician and as a citizen of this planet. Dave enjoys: teaching ukulele; Music Mondays; performing live; listening to people’s stories; writing songs; helping youth and local charities meet their goals; promoting and co-hosting open stages; participating in ‘Songwriters in the Round’; showing off his horrible English teeth and is a fan of “do-it-your-self’ anything. Dave’s favourite Sesame Street Character is ‘the Count’.

Amie Dawe

Wide Angle Pro-Activity: Amie is an emerging young professional, who has a passion for organization and inspiration. An engineer by trade, Amie is naturally compelled to problem-solve and strive for improvement. She is a profound believer in people as our greatest resource, and is incredibly excited to share her idea on how all of us, as individuals, community members, business owners, and global citizens, can enhance our perspectives to ultimately improve our futures. Amie has been a part of the Fort McMurray community for just over 2 years, and works as a Municipal Engineer with the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. From her broad experiences of growing up in Malaysia, studying in Vancouver, Canada, and working in Sydney, Australia, Amie brings a fresh perspective on how we can create and maximize our opportunities.

Lucie Buase

InTER-CoNNecTion: Lucie grew up in the small theatre town of Stratford Ontario. She has always been drawn to the arts and spent much of her spare time painting and drawing as a form of self-expression. Her education experience has included English and Spanish Literature as well as Visual Art and Design. Travel, outdoor adventure and the natural environment have been the main inspiration for her artwork while living in the Rocky Mountains. She has developed an experiential art program called Creative Ascent, which she has been teaching since 2010. Currently she is working as an Artist-Educator with a program called Learning Through the Arts in Fort McMurray.

Lianne Lefsrud

Ugly Duckling or Golden Goose: Knowledge to Succeed in a Changing Dialog: Lianne Lefsrud is interested in how language shapes our conceptions of technology, energy, the environment and their regulation. She created her own interdisciplinary Masters in Environmental Engineering & Sociology and she is now finishing her PhD in Business Strategy at the University of Alberta. Lianne’s first management article Science or Science Fiction was featured in Forbes and has been read 17,000 times in its first five months. Her dissertation Golden Goose or Ugly Duckling? examines how we infuse the oil sands with value beyond its technical requirements. She is a former regulator (Assistant Director Professional Practice, APEGA), locomotive engineer & conductor (CN Rail), blaster (PCL Construction, nickname ‘Cordite’), and bronco breaker (Alberta Farm Girl).

Organizing team


Fort Mcmurray, Canada
  • Michelle Landsiedel
    Media / Project Management
  • Loraine Humphrey
    Facilities / Logistics
  • Renee Summers
  • Jude Groves
  • Karen Puga
    Sustainability / Presenter Curation
  • Rolando Inzunza
    Presenter Selection / Curation
  • Jeanette Bancarz
  • Stephen Gartner
    Audio Visual / Set
  • Zayal Berube
    Volunteer Coordinator