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Theme: Imaginative, Inspirational, Insightful

This event occurred on
May 8, 2014
9:00am - 3:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Oshawa, ON

On May 8th, 2014 100 of the most outstanding student leaders within our school board will come together for our second ever TEDx event. Our students will listen to dynamic speakers who will challenge the way they see the world and themselves. These speakers will help our students tto become reflective and creative thinkers, self-directed, responsible, life long learners and collaborative contributors to our world, thus, making it a better place for us all to live.

Durham Catholic District School Board Office
650 Rossland Rd W
Oshawa, ON, L1J 7C4
Event type:
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Linda Lundström

Born and raised in Red Lake, a remote gold mining town in Northwestern Ontario, seems an unlikely beginning to the story of a fashion designer, who in her career has reached the pinnacle of success for her innovative approach to creating clothing for Authentic Women. With a resourcefulness and common sense approach to both Fashion and business Linda Lundström has been a creative force in Canada for over 3 decades. With the heart and soul of an artist, creating more than 100 collections, Lundström is respected for her originality and determination to produce her designs in Canada. Building a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Toronto, she is a leader in embracing CAD/CAM technologies and Lean Manufacturing processes necessary to compete internationally. Today, Lundstrom shares business and life lessons with audiences and clients. After selling her company and brand in 2008, Lundstrom has also returned to designing with the ‘L’ collection which she presents at consumer shows and PopUpShops. Lundstrom is an advocate for First Nations, motivating her to create the Kiishik Fund, which creates awareness and respect for Native culture and traditions. This fund receives a portion of all honoraria received from speaking engagements to support educational programs in the Red Lake District.

Miroslav Lorvic

Miroslav Lovric is a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at McMaster University. His areas of research interest include differential geometry, mathematical modeling in biology and medicine and mathematics education. Miroslav received his B.Sc. degree from University of Zagreb, Croatia, and M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Ohio State University. Miroslav has given numerous public lectures on a wide variety of topics that link mathematics to everyday life, art, architecture and other areas of human endeavour. He has worked at universities in Canada, U.S., England and New Zealand. Miroslav is a co-leader of an international project whose aim to develop efficient strategies for dealing with issues in the transition between secondary and tertiary education in mathematics. As well, he is involved in a project of developing useful and creative ways of using media to enhance learning and appreciation of mathematics. Besides publishing in his research areas, Miroslav has written textbooks on vector calculus and mathematics for life sciences, which have been used in universities across North America and Europe. In between the lines, his books convey a very important message: the more mathematics we know, the better equipped we are to understand a wide range of phenomena, problems and situations that are a part of our daily lives: environment issues, human population dynamics, climate change, dynamics of the spread of infectious diseases, and growth of cancer, to mention a few. Miroslav has received numerous awards for his efforts in teaching and mathematics education at McMaster University, as well as at provincial and national levels. In 2001, he was awarded the National 3M Teaching Fellowship Award, and in 2010 he received the Adrien Pouliot Award from Canadian Mathematical Society, in recognition of his significant contributions to mathematics education in Canada.

Patrick Hall

Associate Professor Physics & Astronomy Department York University Pat Hall is an astronomer and Associate Professor in York University's Department of Physics and Astronomy. Born in California to Canadian parents, he double-majored in Physics and Astronomy at U. C. Berkeley and obtained a doctorate in astronomy at U. Arizona (even if it took 7.5 years). He then studied galaxies as a postdoctoral fellow at U. Toronto and quasars as a joint postdoc at Princeton and the Universidad Catolica de Chile before joining the faculty at York. He splits his time between research on quasars (and anything else astronomical that catches his fancy), teaching astronomy, and outreach.

The Brothers Dubé

Starting in 2006, Quinn, Jan, and Liam began their musical journey at the tender ages of six, eight, and ten years old when their Mother developed cancer. Determined to lift her spirits, the boys began covering her favourite songs and sharing them on YouTube. After succumbing to her illness in 2008, the boys began busking on the streets of their hometown of Ottawa, inspiring people with their heartfelt story and jaw-dropping musical talent. The brothers quickly grabbed the label as “Canada’s Youngest Rock Band.” Soon becoming known as “The Buskers of Ottawa Bluesfest,” in 2010, Grammy Award-Winning Arcade Fire was so blown away by the Brothers Dubé’s talent they ran to share the “Sidewalk Stage” for a few tunes – a magic moment indeed! Since those humble beginnings, the Brothers Dubé, now ages 12, 14 and 16, have grown to produce and perform full-scale rock shows, drawing crowds in the thousands to their “mega-busking” street performances. They have since shifted their musical focus from classic rock to alternative rock, which is now the basis of their debut album. With album in hand, the Brothers Dubé went on to play some of North America’s largest music festivals including Bluesfest, Osheaga, and the Montreal Pop Festival. Their music has also been featured on award-winning Canadian television shows like Degrassi. The Brothers Dubé are committed philanthropists and social activists and, through their performances, have raised over $150,000 for causes close to their hearts, most notably orphans in Haiti. The brothers feel a close connection with Haitian orphans as they are also children who have lost a parent. While visiting Haiti in 2012, they captured this connection in the documentary titled A Day in the Life to raise awareness about what orphans are faced with on a daily basis. Today their goal is to encourage kids to change the world through their creativity and passion. In turn, the brothers developed Artivist’s Can Shine, a multimedia workshop they deliver to schools to inspire young people to become activists, or Art-ivists. These three young, but accomplished, musicians have received numerous accolades and awards for community and charitable service. Some of their proudest accomplishments were receiving the 2011 United Way Community Builder of the Year Award, the Heart of Gold Award, a commendation from the Prime Minister of Canada, and a nomination for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and Governor General’s Award.

Kate Drummond

After years of balancing elementary school teaching with her passion for acting, Kate left the classroom behind to pursue her acting career full-time. Kate’s love for acting grew rapidly while on many stages in Ottawa, and the onset of her successful film career followed shortly thereafter. In 2008, she was cast in The Kate Logan Affair, working alongside Alexis Bledel of The Gilmore Girls, and directed by TIFF Winner, Noel Mitrani. From there, she filmed TV features; Incendo’s No Surrender, starring Mena Suvari, Lifetime’s The Perfect Teacher, starring David Charvet of Melrose Place and Metal Tornado, featuring Lou Diamond Phillips. She was also featured in the comedic realm in Wingman, a Comedy Network pilot, and a series lead in the webisodic, Sweet Tarts Takeaway, that was featured on CBC Television. Kate has also appeared in numerous US and Canadian National commercial campaigns such as Nissan, Bengay, Bell Fibe TV, Halls Vitamin Drops, McCain’s Redskins, Revera and Catelli Smart Pasta. She also lends her voice to the Nestle Good Start 2014 Campaign. Kate is also highly recognized for her performance-capture role of Anna Grimsdottir (Grim) in Splinter Cell Blacklist, Ubisoft’s most recent instalment of its internationally acclaimed video game series. Kate is happiest when she is finding new ways to master her craft. Even with Bachelor degrees in Kinesiology and Education under her belt, she remains a dedicated, lifelong student constantly seeking opportunities to learn new skills and collaborate with other artists. She is also an active volunteer in her community and abroad. She was partnered with Gamers for Sandy Hook, a charity which raised money for the PTA of Sandy Hook Elementary School and has recently teamed up with the OSPCA for their National Cupcake Day fundraiser which raises money for SPCA’s and Humane Societies across Canada. She is also the creator and host of a non-profit, charity cooking series, A Jock’s Guide, which donates 100% of proceeds going towards her charity of choice, KidSport Ontario. A Jock’s Guide has recently featured on Daytime Ottawa and Daytime Toronto

Shaun Boothe

Shaun Boothe wants to motivate youth to live the life they dream of living. His desire to inspire is why the "Live Your Legacy" speaker series has become his life's focus. His award winning talent as a hip hop artist gives him the ability to deliver a message to young people in a way that captivates their attention, and triggers their imaginations. His critically acclaimed "Bio Series" productions tell the stories of cultural icons through song, and provide Shaun with the perfect tool to turn conventional education on it's head. His striking skills as an orator make his presence in the room unwavering, and secure his audience's focus whether he's addressing a small class of students, or a full auditorium. Live Your Legacy combines Shaun Boothe's abilities into an outstanding and unique presentation. He speaks on topics concerning our culture at home, and those abroad that we so often turn a blind eye to. He performs his biographies, educating his audience on the lives our heroes lived, the struggles and challenges they had to face, and speaks on how we can learn from these great people and the sacrifices they made. He makes it clear that we all have greatness in us, and inspires us to believe it.

Nolan Toscano

St. Mary Student

Amy Mather

St. Mary Student

Sabrina Iacobucci

St. Mary Student

Organizing team


Oshawa On, Canada
  • John Stanesic
  • Catherine McDavid
    Artistic Director
  • Vivian Riva
    On-Site Management
  • Andrea Zimmer
    Student Coordinator
  • Brian Chen
  • Joel Pisani
  • Chris Cuddy
    Administrative Liason