John Janzen started life as a lonely farm boy, but these days he works as the Community Education Coordinator for Siloam Mission and speaks all over the province to thousands of students, and works with schools, universities, and community groups spreading the message that the answer to homelessness is stronger communities – characterized by people who understand that the world starts to change when we connect our lives to people who are not like us. At TEDxWinnipeg on June 13 John will speak to us about “two types of poverty” and how we can use personal connections and empathy to solve it.
Diane Roussin is a passionate community leader committed to the pursuit of pimadaziwin (the good life) for all families and children. Her in-depth knowledge of Indigenous issues and solutions flow directly from her strong sense of identity and worldview. A proud member of Skownan First Nation, Diane is currently the Project Director of the Winnipeg Boldness Project, an ambitious social innovation initiative seeking to create large-scale systems change for children and families in the Point Douglas neighbourhood. She’ll speak to us about pimatsiwin, Indigenous wisdom, world views and perspectives naturally cultivate innovation, which offers universal solutions that can enable all of us to thrive at TEDxWinnipeg on June 13.
David Falk (MA C.Med) has been a Partner in the firm Facilitated Solutions since 2003. He is a seasoned consultant and conflict management specialist who has been assisting organizations prevent, manage and resolve conflicts since 1990. He specializes in building personal and team resilience, workplace mediation, group facilitation, group needs assessments, polarity (change) management, conflict resolution training, leadership coaching, team renewal sessions, and executive team development. At TEDxWinnipeg on June 13th David will show us how the same strategy used for escaping a rip current can be used to save your relationships as well as your life.
Miyoung Suh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences at the University of Manitoba, and trained as a Clinical Dietitian in the areas of gastroenterology, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. She believes that quantity and quality dietary choices affect the health of our communities, and since 2016 she has been involved in a smart vertical farm project in Manitoba’s Opaskwayak Cree Nation reserve, which grows vegetables using computer-assisted hydroponic technologies originally developed in South Korea. She’ll be sharing how smart hydroponic vertical farming in northern communities across Canada and beyond can provide remote communities with fresh, healthy dietary options on their dinner tables at TEDxWinnipeg on June 13, 2018.
Dr. Tracey Bone, MSW, Ph.D., RSW is a passionate educator, researcher, mentor and advocate. An Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, she is creative and dedicated to providing an optimal experience for both her students and research participants. On TEDxWinnipeg on June 13 Tracey will explore how conversations about abuses of power and sexual harassment have shifted, and how feminism can move the world by promoting more conversations, more movement, and most importantly, more space to accept, without feeling threatened.
Amy Krahn was raised on an acreage in rural Manitoba. Ever since she realized that one had to work for a living, she started planning her entry into the crafts market, creating lines of products from a young age. Amy is fully committed to her woodworking business, and will discuss the primal aesthetic of the wooden spoon and how it it creates a connection to nature and to our history at TEDxWinnipeg on June 13. We caught up with Amy to pick her brain with a few questions before the big day:
Carolyn O. Klassen has completed a Master of Arts degree in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling in Fresno, California and holds a degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of Manitoba. Carolyn’s works with men and women as individuals, couples and families in a counseling setting and is a certified facilitator in The Daring Way™, a curriculum developed out of the research of Dr. Brené Brown. Her TEDxWinnipeg talk will focus on how we can draw lessons about interconnectedness from sequoia trees and their root systems. We caught up with her to ask her a few questions before the big day on June 13, 2018:
Gord Parke is a technology entrepreneur from Winnipeg, Manitoba. After graduating from Engineering Science at the University of Toronto in 2009, he immediately partnered with a few former classmates and jumped into the nascent iPhone app development world. He and his team have also partnered with local startups, including TrapTap, which appeared on Dragon’s Den and was Winnipeg’s highest-earning Kickstarter project. At TEDxWinnipeg on June 13 Gord will discuss blockchain technology and how the underlying blockchain can be used for many things besides digital currencies.
Alastair Clarke manages Clarke Immigration Law, a boutique law firm where he and his staff assist with all types of immigration and refugee cases; they currently have more than 250 open files. Alistair is driven to ensure that each case is handled fairly and that every person has the chance to live in peace and security, and will help us imagine a world without borders at TEDxWinnipeg on June 13. We caught up with him to ask a few questions before the big day:
Sparsh Agrawal is a grade 9 student. He is an innovator, debater, scientist, mathematician and a hockey fan. When he was in the sixth grade he developed his first iPhone app called “The Mind Reader”, and he’s always had a love for technology. Sparsh will discuss how algorithms developed by studying nature’s techniques show exciting results in areas like financial portfolio management at TEDxWinnipeg on June 13.