TEDxAshburyCollege 2017: Exploring our Boundaries

Join us on Wednesday, November 22 in the Ashbury Theatre for the bilingual 2017 TEDxAshburyCollege event. TEDxAshburyCollege is an independently-organized TEDx event featuring unique TED-style talks where individuals, both Ashbury students/faculty and members of the broader community, deliver nine to 18 minute speeches on interesting ideas revolving around this year’s theme of “Exploring our Boundaries”.

Refreshments will be served in the Teron Foyer from 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Wednesday, November 22
Ashbury College Theatre
Session I: 2:00 – 3:15 p.m. 
Session II: 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Free admission with charitable donation to the Ottawa Food Bank!

TEDxAshburyCollege 2017 is hoping to gather donations for the Ottawa Food Bank. As such, a bin will be placed by the entrance to the theatre to accept donations of non-perishable food items. Cash donations to the Food Bank will also be accepted. Please consider donating!

Session I Speakers

  • Dr. Libby Boulianne – Exploring the Edges of the Visible Universe
  • Jennifer Xu – No Bouderies are Permanent
  • Ben Baxter – Nod of Encouragement
    Ben Baxter is a Grade 7 student at Ashbury College. He has been interested in theatre all his life, and describes it as his greatest passion. He took a chance and attended a theatre camp in New York, and his theatrical life was changed forever. He is using this experience as a basis for an inspiring speech.
  • Alyssa Chow – Multiracial Identity; Stereotypes and Misconceptions
    Alyssa Chow is a Grade 11 student at Ashbury College. She believes in social advocacy and is very active in her community. She was recognized with Ottawa’s 2016 Youth Philanthropy Award for her work with the YMCA in supporting their Strong Kids Campaign.
  • Brianna Nasrallah – Hate Crimes in Society
    Brianna Nasrallah is a dedicated Grade 11 student from Ashbury College, originally from Lebanon. She has seen, personally and on social media, an increase of prejudice leading to hate crimes. She wants to bring attention to this issue in the hopes of helping to raise awareness.
  • Viet Nguyen – The Future of AI
    Viet Nguyen is in Grade 12 at Ashbury College. He is currently a New House Co-Captain, and pursues leadership opportunities inside and outside of school. He enjoys learning about mathematics and especially their applications in machine learning, and is participating in TEDxAshburyCollege this year to touch base on the current state-of-the-art and newly emerging technology of ‘chat bots’.


Session II Speakers

  • Dr. Erin Keeley – What if you didn’t have to wait to get a specialist’s advice?
    Dr. Keely is an endocrinologist at the Ottawa Hospital and Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She has published over 100 papers, edited two books and received research grants from CIHR, Diabetes Canada and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
  • Sekou Kaba – Protect your Dreams
    Sekou is a 2016 Olympian, Motivational Speaker, Mentor and Kindness Advocate. Having a long history of overcoming obstacles, Sekou shares his tools of looking beyond barriers to accomplish lifelong goals.
  • Willy Manzi – Choosing Love over Blood
    Willy Manzi is the Founder and Executive Director of Heroes of Peace, a global NGO that that builds durable solutions for social and economic reconciliation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Canada.
  • Haashim Farooq – Our Reliance on Electricity
    Haashim Farooq is a student in his second year at Ashbury College. While he was born in Toronto, Canada, he lived in lived in Bahrain for the first 12 years of his life. He is extremely proud to have the opportunity to speak at TEDxAshburyCollege.
  • Didier Peries (French Language Speech) – Le marteau sans maître ou comment explorer nos limites dans les arts
    Didier Périès est né en 1971 à Toulouse. Il a géré un temps sa propre entreprise de formation de formateurs tout en continuant de faire ce qu’il sait faire le mieux : enseigner. Il s’implique également dans sa communauté. Il écrit de la poésie et des récits ; son troisième roman de la série Mystères à Natagamau est à paraître en 2018.
  • Adele Chen – The Science behind Resolutions
    Adele Chen is 14 years old and currently in Grade 9 at Ashbury College. At school, she is part of the Robotics club, Debate and Speech club, and she wants to try out for the volleyball team.
  • Laura Husak – Food Security
    Laura Husak works at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in Ottawa where she supports research that is improving food security for smallholder farmers in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Please contact TEDxAshburyCollege@gmail.com if you have any questions about the event!

Ashbury College

362 Mariposa Avenue, Ottawa
Ontario, Canada, K1M 0T3
Phone: +1 (613) 749-5954 | Fax: (613) 749-9724