Speakers

TEDxManitoba is about ideas worth spreading, and it’s the speakers who will bring those ideas to life on February 9th, 2012. We are honoured to have 15 dynamic, passionate people take to the stage for our second TEDxManitoba event. Whether you are one of the lucky 100 in person guests on February 9th or one of thousands joining us online through our live stream, we’re sure you’ll be intrigued and inspired by the amazing line-up.


Aisha Alfa

Aisha Alfa is a comedian, motivational speaker, life coach, actor and host of various live and filmed events.

“I wear many hats,” says Aisha. “That’s hard with hair like mine!”

After a life of soccer and world travel, she decided to come home to Winnipeg to start her business Alfa Life Coaching and truly mould a fulfilling life.

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Grant BarkmanGrant Barkman

Grant Barkman is a seasoned traveler who has lived in Europe, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

He owns DecisionWorks, a consulting firm dedicated to turning vision into action through effective consensus-based decision-making.

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Kale BonhamKale Bonham

Kale Bonham is an Ojibway woman and member of the Manitoba, Swan Lake First Nation who grew up in the North End of Winnipeg. As a youth care worker, teacher candidate and artist, she has been blazing trails in North End  Winnipeg’s Selkirk Avenue community through art, education, and the Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO) anti-gang program. Her peers describe Kale as a very good mentor with lots of ideas to bring to the table. University of Manitoba Faculty of Education instructor Pauline Broderick says, “Kale is a gifted artist. Her work speaks to issues of social justice and inspires us to engage in making the world a better place for all. She is a fearless explorer of possibilities.”

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Hazel Borys

The Managing Principal of PlaceMakers, Hazel is an electrical engineer with an MBA. She organizes the SmartCode Workshop and [email protected] webinar education series.

Hazel guides governments through zoning reform to allow walkable, mixed-use, compact, sustainable places to develop. She helps developers build under form-based codes.

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Michael Redhead Champagne

Michael Redhead Champagne, aka North End MC, describes himself as “a 24-year-old Cree guy.” Hailing from Shamattawa, Michael was born and raised in the North End of Winnipeg. By night, Michael organizes AYO! (Aboriginal Youth Opportunities)—a youth-led anti-gang organization committed to breaking stereotypes and creating opportunities in the community. MC is also active in the community serving on several boards and committees, including North End Community Renewal Corporation, Mount Carmel Clinic, United Way of Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Relations Council, and the 595 Prevention Teem Peer Secretariat.

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Linda Cureton

Linda is the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of NASA. She directs the planning and implementation of enterprise IT systems to support NASA’s mission to improve cost effectiveness and service quality.

Well-known as a strong leader and innovator, Linda writes a very popular blog for NASA. She wrote The Leadership Muse, an educational and inspirational book that outlines lessons for today’s heroic leadership journey.

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TJ Dawe

TJ Dawe writes, performs, directs, and creates new theatre pieces. Based in Vancouver, he’s been touring theatre and comedy festivals in Canada and the US for thirteen years, with no signs of slowing down.

He has six published plays and a humour book. He perpetually juggles a dozen or so new projects, and blogs a lot at beamsandstruts.com—a magazine for hungry brains and thirsty souls.

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Wilma Derksen

Since her daughter Candace was abducted and murdered in 1984, Wilma Derksen has influenced victims, offenders and the community by telling her story. She’s also had an impact by facilitating the support group for survivors of homicide, organizing dialogue between victims and inmates in prison, conducting training, giving lectures, participating in panel discussions, presenting her insights to the justice system, and addressing victims’ needs at restorative justice conferences throughout Canada and the United States.

Wilma Derksen is the author of Have you seen Candace? and Confronting the Horror: the Aftermath of Violence.

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Matt Henderson

Matt Henderson teaches history, law, and economics. He’s keenly interested in social justice and inquiry-based teaching.

Matt is passionate about inspiring young people to synthesize prior knowledge with the collective knowledge they create in learning communities.

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Gem Newman

Gem founded the Winnipeg Skeptics, a community organization that promotes science and critical thinking in Manitoba.

He graduated with distinction from the University of Manitoba with a B.Sc. in Computer Science, specializing in artificial intelligence.

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Robert L. Peters

Raised and schooled in Germany, Switzerland and England, Robert L. Peters is a humanist and lifelong environmentalist.

He is active internationally as a design consultant, strategist, policy advisor, writer, juror, lecturer, and expert speaker.

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Robert J. Sawyer

Robert J. Sawyer is one of only eight writers ever to have won all three of the world’s top awards for best science-fiction novel of the year: the Hugo Award (which he won for Hominids), the Nebula Award (for The Terminal Experiment), and the John W. Campbell Memorial Award (for Mindscan). The ABC TV series FlashForward was based on his novel of the same name. His 21st novel, Triggers, comes out in April 2012.

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Getty Stewart

Getty Stewart is a mom, gardener, writer, professional home economist, educator, speaker, entrepreneur, and volunteer. She believes in taking action to build the kind of world we want to live in. She’s an energetic learner, educator and go-getter who is always involved in some sort of endeavour to appreciate and strengthen family, community or nature.

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Brad Tyler-West

Brad is an expert in human systems management, in celebrating diversity, and practicing inclusion. His approaches transcend cultural and racial diversity to encompass all forms of inclusion, including intergenerational workforces, LGBTTQ employees, and conscious entrepreneurs. Brad has worked with both the private and public sector across North America and the Pacific Rim. He was recognized as the Asia Pacific Entrepreneur of the Year from the Asper Centre.

Building on his earlier experiences as a champion debater and professionally trained actor, Brad represented Canada in the 2004 International Championships of Public Speaking.

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David Zinger

Author, counsellor, and social media enthusiast David Zinger is a prolific writer with over 2000 blog posts to his credit, holds a Master’s Degree in Education. He founded the Employee Engagement Network.

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