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This event occurred on
October 4, 2018
Halifax, Nova Scotia

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

MuliPurpose Room
166 Bedford Hwy
Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3M 2J6
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Alfred Burgesson Marjorie Willison

Marjorie Willison is an advocate for aging well, transitioning from local gardening guru to fighting ageist attitudes, debunking myths, and celebrating the many contributions of older adults to our communities, our society, and our economy. She has a background in occupational therapy and public health which provides a strong foundation to inform and encourage a better quality of life regardless of age, income, or ability. Alfred Burgesson is a young catalyst interested and active in a space of innovation that brings people together to build greater connection, and share knowledge. He participated in the 2018 Active Citizens Youth Innovation Summit - hosted by the UN and the British Council, on Parliament Hill, Ottawa. He is active in city building through projects and initiatives with youth.

Amélie Lemieux

Dr. Amélie Lemieux is an Assistant Professor of Literacies at Mount Saint Vincent University, Nova Scotia where she researches digital literacy practices in plural settings. She and colleagues have completed a French translation of a book on cognition and aging, one of the first of its kind to bring post-Piagetian theory to Francophone research initiatives. Dr. Lemieux received a Lieutenant-Governor's Medal Recipient (Quebec) to recognize academic excellence and community engagement, and has received federal funding to investigate digital literacy practices and meaning-making processes.

Catherine Martin

TEDxMSVU speaker Catherine Martin is a member of the Millbrook First Nation, Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is an independent international award winning film producer and director, a writer, facilitator, communications consultant, community activist, teacher, drummer, and the first Mi’kmaw filmmaker from Canada’s Atlantic region. Catherine Martin was the 14th Nancy’s Chair in Women’s Studies at Mount Saint Vincent University.

Danny Graham

Danny Graham co-founded and leads a personal development retreat at Windhorse Farm in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is the CEO of Engage Nova Scotia, an NGO inviting members of society to consider what success looks like for them, and to be more collaborative, inclusive and adaptive to change. He was a Chief Negotiator in Aboriginal rights negotiations, spearheaded numerous start-up social innovations and has worked to advance justice reforms that better reflect the needs of communities, victims and offenders in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America.

Glen Hougan

Glen Hougan is an Associate Professor in design at NSCAD (Nova Scotia College of Art and Design) University and is involved with Bluezone Design, a design studio focusing on designing for an aging population. Glen’s current research focuses on the issues of designing for dignity and ageism in design. His work in these areas has been covered in the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Gordon Michael

Gordon Michael is with Business and Community Engagement, College of Continuing Education, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. Gordon has experience in the area of lifelong learning at the local, provincial, national and international levels. He has provided leadership in program development for a range of mature learners and has provided many professional development opportunities linking lifelong learning to social and economic development, for senior level administrators within government, business, community and not for profit organizations.

John Hamblin

John Hamblin has held several senior executive director positions throughout his career and since retiring has put his skills and knowledge to work. His interest in start ups, evolved into not only assisting start ups and entrepreneurs in Nova Scotia but also promoting “Seniorpreneurship” and the tremendous value mature workers can provide. In 2014 John founded Startup Canada’s Halifax community as part of the Startup Canada organization. In 2015, he was the recipient of the Atlantic Canada Senior Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In addition, John founded the Halifax chapter of Aging2.0, a Silicon Valley based organization geared to the application of technology to assist seniors in all aspects of their life.

Keri-Leigh Cassidy

TEDxMSVU speaker Dr. Keri-Leigh Cassidy is a Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Academic Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Program, Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia. She is a national leader in late life psychotherapy, the author of a manualized Enhanced CBT Group Therapy program, and lecturer on Late Life Psychotherapies for the Canadian Association of Geriatric Psychiatry National Review Courses and Updates. Dr. Cassidy is also the founder of a national non-profit, the Fountain of Health Initiative for Optimal Aging.

Linda Carvery

Linda Carvery is Founding President of the award-winning Nova Scotia Mass Choir. She embarked on a solo career in 2000 and has received numerous recognitions for her musical accomplishments. Linda served as the Citizenship Judge for the Atlantic Region, is on the Board of Directors of Northwoodcare (Halifax) and engaged in her family, her church and her community in many different ways. Linda received an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Saint Mary’s University for her contributions to the music community and her concern for the well-being of others.

Simon d'Entremont

Simon d’Entremont has held the portfolio of Nova Scotia’s Deputy Minister of Seniors since 2015, a department committed to ensuring the inclusion, well-being and independence of seniors in the province of Nova Scotia by facilitating the development of policies and programs for seniors across government. Prior to this appointment, he worked in the federal government holding several regional portfolios related to health, communications and economic development.

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Halifax Ns, Canada