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Theme: Perspectives on Risk

This event occurred on
March 13, 2018
Montréal, Quebec

The goal of TEDxMontrealSalon is to bring together the effervescent TEDxMontreal community several times a year to exchange ideas, foster friendships and kickstart collaborations.

Under the theme Perspectives on Risk, the lineup will include Mylène Paquette, the first person from the Americas to successfully undertake a solo crossing of the North Atlantic Ocean in a rowboat. Her adventurous story of extraordinary athleticism will inspire you to see and set goals differently.

Aren Bezdjian, the second speaker, is a PhD candidate in Experimental Surgery at McGill University. He will share groundbreaking techniques to recover hearing through vibrations of your bones. Have you ever thought what it would be like to lose a sense? We often rely on our eyes, but imagine a world without a sound. Aren's talk will broaden your horizons on the progress of science and the wonders of the human body.

Embark on this evening adventure and learn how to succeed by managing risk in even the most audacious projects in your life.

Centre Phi
407 Rue Saint-Pierre
Montréal, Quebec, H2Y 2M3
Event type:
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Aren Bezdjian

PHD candidate, McGill - Division of Experimental Surgery
Aren Bezdjian is a PhD candidate in the department of Experimental Surgery at the faculty of Medicine of McGill University. His current work is focused on rehabilitating hearing impaired individulas through bone conduction hearing implants. He has been the recipient of the Fonds de Recherche du Québec en Santé training awards for his Master’s and Doctoral studies. In 2017, the provincial funding agency recognized him as being amongst the most promising doctoral student-scientists in Quebec. At the age of 28, he has authored 24 peer-reviewed scientific papers published in leading journals in Otorhinolaryngology, Molecular Sciences, Oncology, and Plastic Surgery.

Mylène Paquette

Speaker, TV columnist, Broadcaster
Mylène Paquette made history when she became the first person from Americas to row the North Atlantic Ocean. A human adventure that goes beyond a simple feat of athleticism. Mylène Paquette is a Montrealer in the thirties. She worked with sick children at the Sainte-Justine Hospital for more than nine years. After discovering navigation, Mylène decided to become a sailor and soon discovered the international discipline of ocean rowing. Mylène immediately fell in love with this unique, innovative sport. In 2009, Mylène went to train in England and took a course of sailing and in emergency survival at sea. After that, she perfected her navigation training at the École de Navigation de la Société de sauvetage du Québec. Mylene chose to take action after a life-changing conversation with a seriously ill child. Not later, she decide to become the first person from the American continent to row solo across the North Atlantic. She accomplish this dream in 2013.

Organizing team


Montreal, QC, Canada


  • Alida Esmail
  • Christian Porowski
  • Marie Chabanon
  • Patrick Healey