Opinion Column

Career and College: TEDx Talk at Algonquin College Waterfront Campus Nov. 12

Jamie Bramburger

By Jamie Bramburger, Special to The Daily Observer

Ted Talks is one of the most powerful brands in the world. It has inspired millions of people to share great ideas through the spoken word, primarily in short but pointed talks intended to stimulate collaboration.

As a non-profit organization, TED has evolved to include independently organized TEDx events that allow communities to make great ideas accessible and to spark conversation. For the first time, a TEDx event is coming to Pembroke through the efforts of Algonquin College’s entrepreneurship initiative.

On Saturday, Nov. 12 the college will present TEDx Pembroke with seven dynamic speakers taking the stage. They will include the Chief Paramedic and Director of Emergency Services for Renfrew County, Mike Nolan and the Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, Mark Lesinski.

Under the theme of “dream big,” Lesinski will explore the potential opportunities that could come from the development of small modular nuclear reactors. Nolan will focus his presentation on innovative leadership in preventative ambulatory care for older adults.

Mitch Kurylowicz is the founder and driving force behind Project Jenga, a non-profit organization working to promote and fundraise for gender equality in Kenya. He will talk about how luck influences our lives and how we need to make our own luck.

Craig Gauther is a self-proclaimed “geek” who has tried many things from filmmaking to writing books. The Pembroke native will focus his talk on finding your keys to success.

Dr. Duncan Stewart is the director general of Canada’s National Research Council. His talk will be on the importance of entrepreneurship and innovation, particularly in rural regions. Two students from Algonquin’s Environmental Technician programs will also speak, Aarika Charlebois and Emily Krutzelmann, both sharing personal journeys to success.

During the event some popular TED Talks will also be shown. The event runs from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. with a few tickets still remaining. The cost is approximately $35 and includes a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage and desserts.

Bringing a TEDx event to the college is an exciting initiative. It complements the college’s successful speaker series and also supports its efforts to inspire its students, faculty and the general public to embrace entrepreneurialism and innovative thinking. Through the sharing of great ideas and dreaming big, we can all help our region be more prosperous.

Jamie Bramburger is the manager of community and student affairs at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus. Jamie can be reached at brambuj@algonquincollege.com or at 613-735-4700 ext. 2756.

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