Theme: CREATive Social Change
Ottawa, ON, Canada
May 22nd, 2013
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About this event
CREATive Social Change. It is about imagination and the way we think and act. As a skill, creativity can be developed and fostered to help us think in new ways, imagine innovative solutions and see creative alternatives. Creativity is a human impulse that seeks and deserves expression. At TEDxRideauCanal 2013, we will explore what is creativity, how to apply creativity to improve problem solving and decision-making, and how it can help us discover purpose and help us engage in meaningful expression in our society. We will explore how ‘we’ (humanity) have created and used creativity for various aspects of social change.
Alexandra Badzak is the Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Ottawa Art Gallery where she has been leading the charge on a major gallery expansion project in the downtown core. Prior to joining the OAG as Director, Alexandra Badzak worked for ten years at the Mendel Art Gallery. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree and a Masters of Adult and Continuing Education with a focus on informal learning in a gallery context. More recently, during her her tenure as the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum’s first Executive Director, the Diefenbunker significantly increased self-generated and grant revenue, launched a series of bilingual programs and also developed a following through social networking. She is currently a member of CAMDO (the Canadian Art Museum Director’s Organization) and was one of the 13 member Arts and Heritage Steering Committee charged with renewing the City of Ottawa’s 20/20 cultural plan. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa.
Mr. Linton has been the founder, CEO and Board member of a range of enterprises. Mr. Linton is a member of the Board of Clearford Industries Inc., and Thermal Energy International, TSX-V listed companies. Mr. Linton is also a participant in SC Stormont Corporation. Mr. Linton was the General Manager and Re-Founder of ComputerLand.ca, President and Co-Founder of webHancer Corp., and part of the establishing team, responsible for various activities at CrossKeys Systems Corporation and began his post-university employment at Newbridge Networks. Mr. Linton currently sits as Canada’s representative on the World Bank’s Water Sanitation Program Advisory Council as well as sitting on the Cleantech Advisory Board for Foreign Affairs Canada. Mr. Linton is the past Chairman of the Ottawa Community Loan Foundation (micro credit organization), past-Board Member of Sitebrand Corporation, past-Board Member and Treasurer of Canada World Youth, past Board of Governor for Carleton University, past- President of the Nepean Skating Club and past-President of the Carleton University Students Association. Mr. Linton has significant and recent experience with the introduction of both CrossKeys and Clearford to the Asia Pacific region. Mr. Linton has established regular engagement with the World Bank and Asia Development Bank while focused on markets in India, Philippines, China, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan. Mr. Linton lead CrossKeys and Clearford’s entry into the China market and in 2009 Clearford was awarded by the Canada-China Business Council for their market entry strategy. Mr. Linton was part of the leadership team for the Nasdaq/TSX IPO at CrossKeys Systems Corporation. As CEO/Sr. Management, Mr. Linton has been responsible for the acquisition and/or disposition of $100,000,000+ in business assets. Mr. Linton currently resides in Ottawa, resided briefly in Sri Lanka and has been active in 30 countries in pursuit of business.
David Rhynas is a Professional Engineer with extensive experience planning and managing the development of computer-based communication systems. He is an engaging presenter and has worked with a cross section of private and public sector clients in North America and overseas. His academic background includes degrees in systems design and electrical engineering. He is a long-term member of the David Suzuki Foundation. David is a volunteer with Climate Reality Canada whose mission is to raise awareness about the climate crisis and work towards potential solutions. He became inspired after reading Al Gore’s book Our Choice and attending a training session by Mr. Gore. There are a number of initiatives our society could readily undertake that make sense in their own right and would contribute to a more sustainable world. Prior volunteer activities include 5-year Board member and President of the Ottawa Tennis and Lawn Bowling Club, the largest tennis facility in Canada with 18 clay courts. David also demonstrated a huge commitment to junior development by brining the Tennis Canada U14 Outdoor Nationals to Ottawa for three years (2002-2004), acting as Tournament Chair.
Jess grew up in a small, rural community-oriented town. From a young age, she developed an intense passion for community development and youth engagement. She was often found spending her spare time volunteering for numerous organizations and spearheading campaigns for causes, from human rights and disability, to the environment. It was during a trip to Nicaragua in 2007 that Jess discovered her interests for international development. These combined interests and passions were what led her to become involved in Recrear. Since Magnify in 2011, Jess has been actively involved in: membership and youth engagement, finance and legality, as well as assisting in building partnerships and networks between Recrear and local institutions. Currently, she is attending Carleton University studying Directed Interdisciplinary Studies. In this program she is studying the essence of how environmental and social movements happen and the ways in which to implement positive change in these areas.
Jeff Mosher is a Designer, Project Manager and Sustainable Design Consultant currently working for HDR Architecture Associates, Inc. in Ottawa, Ontario. Jeff has great deal of interest in design as concept, and is passionate about the capacity of design to empower and transform communities. He is a strong advocate of the “think globally, act locally” mantra, a member of the Canada Green Building Council (Ottawa Chapter) and a co-founder of Permaculture Ottawa. Jeff as a keep interest in sustainable and “deep green” design and works to push the ideas at vanguard of the movement. Jeff is a graduate of Fanshawe College with honours, in the Architectural Technology program. He has been a LEED Accredited professional since 2007 and Evidence Based Design (EDAC) accredited since 2010.