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Theme: The Unexpected

This event occurred on
November 30, 2013
9:00am - 4:00pm AST
(UTC -4hrs)
Halifax, NS

In the spirit of Ideas Worth Spreading, TEDxHalifaxWestHigh plans to bring together some of the greatest minds on the East Coast to share their mind-opening, powerful and inspiring Ideas and Perspectives with us all.

Bella Rose Arts Centre
283 Thomas Raddall Drive
Halifax, NS, B3M 4H4
Event type:
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Tapajyoti Das

Tapajyoti Das (Tukan) is the co-founder and CEO of LeadSift, where he is the hustler, hacker and dreamer. Prior to LeadSift he was the Lead Programmer at WebActionHero and a Research Engineer at Genieknows. He is currently completing his Masters in computer science from Dalhousie. University. Outside of work, he likes to play cricket, soccer and watch The Daily Show with Jon Stewart!

David Fainstein

David has a passion for learning about people who think differently. He has worked as a counselor, behavioural intervationalist, and educator is various settings across Canada. As well, David has an interdisciplinary interest in computer science and has worked at the Centre of Austis Research, Technology, and Education as an iOS developer. Combining multiple passions, he recently taught math and computer programming at the Mosaic Learning Society, a distributed learning society program in Victoria, BC. David offers lectures and workshops to students, coaches, parents, and youth workers on the positive impact that can be made on neurodiverse populations. He draws a great deal of inspiration from his brother, who is on the Autism Spectrum. His brother has accomplished more than anyone initially thought possible and continues to surpass expectations. Currently, David is in graduate school at Mount Saint Vincent University studying to be a school psychologist.

Habiba Cooper Diallo

Habiba, originally from Toronto and currently living in Halifax, first became interested in women’s health particularly obstetric fistula, as a pre-teen. In 2008, she was moved by a news article about Anafghat Ayouba of Niger, who developed the condition as a pre-teen herself, after being in labour for four painful days. After a trip to Africa in March 2012, Cooper Diallo founded Women’s Health Organization International (WHOI) and started to file for its legal status. Its primary goal is to encourage women of the African Diaspora to take health care matters into their own hands. She has recently been awarded Top 20 Under 20 for her efforts and leadership.

Natalie Oldfield

Known as a passionate and energetic speaker, Natalie has presented to audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia. Natalie has worked in communications, marketing, and business development in multinational companies for 20 years. She coaches and facilitates workshops and training sessions. Natalie has also been a part time faculty member at Mount Saint Vincent University in the Communications and Public Relations department, and a part time faculty member in the School of Business at the Nova Scotia Community College. She is a graduate of the University of New Brunswick (Bachelor of Arts), Mount Saint Vincent University (Bachelor of Public Relations), the Dupree College of Management, Georgia Institute of Technology (Certificate in Management), and is a candidate for the Masters in Arts in Communications.

Blair Ryan

Blair Ryan doesn’t play by the rules. He has committed his professional life to creating change. This was certainly not been the path of least resistance, but through his work he has raised millions of dollars for charities and for-profit endeavors alike. His one proviso is that an organization must do something that really matters. In 2010, Blair founded the Empathy Factory with his wife, Stefanie. The Empathy Factory is social enterprise with the mission to instill a sense of empathy and a philanthropic spirit in Canada’s youth. He teaches youth how to turn their passion for helping into projects and social enterprises that create positive change. More recently, Blair has launched an eHealth startup, The Rounds. The Rounds is a professional network exclusively for physicians which allows them to crowd-source solutions to difficult medical problems, and in-turn deliver better care. Serving as the company’s chief executive, Blair has plans to use the knowledge exchanged and collected in The Rounds to dramatically and forever change the way healthcare is delivered worldwide. Blair is in relentless pursuit of meaningful ideas and is always interested in meeting the people with the resolve and passion to bring those ideas to life.

Bruce Gorman

Mr. Bruce A. Gorman is Director, Central Library and Regional Services at Halifax Public Libraries in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He is currently focused on the new Halifax Central Library opening in the fall of 2014. Mr. Gorman graduated from Syracuse University in New York with a Master’s Degree in Information Management. He has numerous published articles including ones on social exclusion and the digital divide. Mr. Gorman is active in the community and has been on numerous boards. Current he is sits on the Board of Directors of the Capital District Health Authority where he influences health care across the Halifax Regional Municipality and beyond. Previously he was Chair of the Association of Information Technology Professional of Nova Scotia. He is also a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Jeff Dahn

Jeff Dahn is recognized as one of the pioneering developers of the lithium-ion battery that is now used worldwide in laptop computers and cell-phones. Dahn’s recent work has concentrated on the application of Combinatorial Materials Science methods to battery and fuel cell materials problems. He is the author of over 500 refereed journal papers and co-inventor of 58 inventions with patents issued or filed. Jeff Dahn was born in Bridgeport, Conn. in 1957 and emigrated with his family to Nova Scotia, Canada in 1970. He obtained his B.Sc. in Physics from Dalhousie University (1978) and his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in 1982. Dahn then worked at the National Research Council of Canada (82-85) and at Moli Energy Limited (85-90) before taking up a faculty position in the Physics Department at Simon Fraser University in 1990. He returned to Dalhousie University in 1996.

Bill Carr

Bill Carr is known as a multi-medium artist, an actor, humorist, writer and motivational speaker. For over twenty-five years, Bill has been making people laugh at what’s trivial while helping them think deeply about what counts. Bill helps people see their world in new and exciting ways. Bill’s unique blend of humour and insight inspires laughter and consideration; offering his audience a fresh perspective on what they face everyday. Bill researches and studies his audience and takes on the themes of their event, helping everyone focus on those things that truly matter. His humour is always directed straight to the point of the event in order to help achieve the outcomes the organizers are working so hard to achieve. Bill is a community activist and is a cofounder of a new company called ARC: The Atlantic Restorative Company, which works to integrate restorative practices into every aspect of family, business and community. As Bill says, “It’s all a matter of Justice, empathy and peace.”

Connor MacLeod

Connor MacLeod has been a percussionist since he was nine, picking up the sticks a full 3 years after starting to nag his apprehensive parents for a drum kit. By the time he was ten he wanted to drag his kit to the Halifax waterfront to make a few dollars busking. Knowing this wasn’t really practical he invented his portable drum kit, a chair, a couple of buckets, a cooking pot (his mother was to never get back), and a few odds and ends he threw together. Four years later he is still providing summertime musical entertainment on the waterfront with his unique brand of intricate rhythms.

Eric Martin

Eric Martin was born in Dartmouth, NS. He is a 17 year old acoustic singer/songwriter that performs a soulful mix of genres that are sure to open your ears. He has gained a following after releasing his “Light Of Day” extended play with help of award winning producer Dennis Field,

Mo Kenney

She may be only 23, but Mo Kenney is far from being a novice songwriter. She began writing in her early teens, and by the age of 14, she’d already done some recording in a small studio in Bedford, Nova Scotia. Since the release of her debut recording in September 2012, Mo Kenney has played the prestigious Iceland Airwaves, The Great Escape, and Green Man Festival; won the 2013 SOCAN Songwriting Prize; was nominated for a CBC Radio 3 Bucky Award and an ECMA for Rising Star Recording of the Year; and made the iTunes Best Singer Songwriters 2012 list.

Organizing team


Halifax, Canada


Hailfax, Canada
  • Erin Cluett