Welcome to TEDxMoncton: Thoughtful Truth

Over the next few hours, prepare to hear a range of talks from remarkable speakers. They are researchers, authors, teachers, entrepreneurs, and visionaries. They will take you on an emotional and intellectual journey. Each of our speakers have been carefully selected from a large pool of applicants to ensure that you experience a night to remember. We are humbled by the amount of speaker submissions this year which made the selection of speakers very difficult.  In alignment with our objective to focus on ideas, we made our choices and are excited to present to you this year's line-up. 

In the spirit of TED, our speakers have been challenged to give the “talk of their lives” in 18 minutes or less. There are no keynotes, no podiums, no panels, and no Q&A. You will see a combination of videos and live speakers arranged to spark deep discussion and connection with the audience. This interaction is just as important as presentations by speakers on stage. We encourage you to actively participate during the intermission and after the event to allow great ideas and solutions to emerge.

Our organizing committee has been hard at work since winter to bring this event to life. We faced our share of challenges, but have been nothing short of amazed by the sense of community and support that Greater Moncton has to offer. Tonight, we will celebrate the best and brightest of our city and share ideas.

We’re glad you chose to be a part of this incredible event.  

The TEDxMoncton team



2017 Program at a Glance

6:30 PM Doors Open  
7:00 PM TED Video: TEDx Introduction  
7:02 PM Opening Remarks Hélène Eusanio-Goguen
7:07 PM Talk The Death of Persuasion Justin Ryan
7:23 PM 
Talk  Our Kids Need the World: Why Current Events Should Flow Through the School Day
Adam McKim
7:35 PM Talk Darwin and the Millennials Yves Doucet
7:42 PM  Talk  Mentoring’s Broken: Here’s How to Hack It! Roxanne Reeves
7:52 PM Talk  #BeccaToldMeTo: How a young woman's bucket list turned into a kindness movement Becca Schofield
8:02 PM Intermission  
8:30 PM Talk World war 3: My PTSD and me. Trev Bungay
8:42 PM Talk From Stump to Stack Mathieu Leblanc
8:57 PM Talk Talk Dirty to Me: How to Remove Sexual Taboo Trish Dalley
9:05 PM Talk Augmented Reality, Science Fiction is Now Science Fact Ryan Groom
9:15 PM Talk Willing for Positive Change David Alston
9:30 PM Closing Remarks  
9:35 PM Reception  

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This year's speakers

Adam Mckim

Adam McKim is a Canadian Law and World Issues teacher at Saint John High School. During his one year education leave from the classroom, he is working and learning directly with organizations that develop global citizens, including multiple bodies of the United Nations as they work with the Global Goals Educator Task Force he co-founded. Adam is also the part-time editor of What in the World?, a current events publication for students across Canada. His passion for global education stems from a 2010 class project that morphed into a fifty school network linking learners from North America and Uganda via Skype. Adam is married, has a ten-year-old daughter and identical twin girls that just turned eight. He enjoys playing with his family and/or dog, dates at Cineplex, and Netflix nights.  

Our Kids Need the World: Why Current Events Should Flow Through the School Day
Students rightly spend an incredible amount of time learning about fictional or past events, but little to no time learning about the basic realities of the present. The consequences are catastrophic, while the benefits of infusing current events and issues across the curriculum are extraordinary. My TEDx Talk will call for a revolution in how we develop our citizens.



Becca Schofield

Rebecca Schofield is a 17 year old from Riverview. On February 9th 2015 at the age of 15 she was diagnosed with a brain tumor it was removed the next day. Over the next two years she received 30 radiation treatments to the head and spine and 48 weeks of chemo therapy. All follow up MRIs showed no new growth until December of 2016 when two new inoperable tumors were found. She was given 3 months to a year to live she took this news with her usual strength and courage, asking people to think less about how her life was cut short but more about how wicked awesome her time left will be. She started a bucket list and one of the main things on her list was to ask people to do an act of kindness in her name and use #BeccaToldMeTo. This movement has taken on a life of it's own and has gone worldwide. She has been recognized on the local, provincial and federal level for her kindness movement.

#BeccaToldMeTo: How a young woman's bucket list turned into a kindness movement
Becca turned her terminal diagnosis into something special for her community. At the top of her bucket list is the wish for others to perform random acts of kindness. Becca explains how these acts can contribute towards safer communities and can improve health and happiness.

David Alston

David is a repeat tech and marketing startup entrepreneur, the Chief Entrepreneur in Residence for the New Brunswick Government, cofounder of Brilliant Labs, volunteer advisor to NB's Strategic Program Review, KIRA Award's Industry Champion for 2015, a Forbes top 50 CMO in social media, co-winner of a 2014 EY Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Atlantic Canada, 2015 winner of Entrepreneur of the Year and co-winner of Enterprise Promotion for the Atlantic Region from Startup Canada, an advisor to many startups in the Atlantic region, Radian6's former CMO, Salesforce.com's former Marketing Cloud Chief Adoption Officer and currently the Chief Innovation Officer at Introhive. David is the co-chair of LivingSJ, a movement to support and create a path for all those living in poverty in his home city, a member of BCAPI and is a board member with his regional United Way. David has been involved recently with two social impact documentaries, Code Kids, which followed the journey to get coding back in the classroom, and The Millennial Dream, a documentary questioning whether the values of “The American Dream” have now been replaced by those more aligned with the passions of the Millennial generation. David is also a mentor at NomadicMentors.com and you can connect with him on Twitter @davidalston.

Willing for Positive Change
Many of our communities face challenges and often traditional government approaches are not sufficiently tackling them. There is a movement afoot for more citizens to lead this change but many don’t know where to begin. They often face roadblocks or are held back by common misconceptions. David Alston shares new innovative approaches, that he’s seen work first hand, greying the line between citizen and civil service.

Justin Ryan

Justin Ryan is the Public Relations Officer for MAGMA (the Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area).

Raised and educated in Australia and working for six years in Japan, he combines a background ranging from law, education and finance through to serving as Professor of Cultural Diversity in the Workplace at Crandall University. 

Drawing on these experiences gained while living on three continents allows him to bring a fresh and unique perspective to share through his cross-cultural skills workshops and multicultural entertainment events.

Through this he aims to help create a local society and workforce that is ready and able to help newcomers integrate successfully and become welcome, contributing, thriving members of their new community. 

The Death of Persuasion
So many solutions actually exist despite the fact that there are experts with the capacity to solve them. The underlying cause seems not to be a lack of knowledge or even will, but the rapidly-deteriorating ability of experts to sway public opinion, and with that, public policy, into creating the solution. The talk therefore examines the causes, and therefore the possible solutions, to this death of persuasion.



Mathieu Leblanc

In 2007, Mathieu Leblanc read a report that said the Acadian forest is going extinct. This moved him into action: he moved back to New Brunswick to start ACFOR - a sustainable forestry management company - in the midst of the worst forestry crisis in history! Ten years later, the story and impact of ACFOR keep growing like the forest its meant to protect. Mathieu is excited to share this story at TEDx Moncton.

Using restorative forestry and wood energy to balance the Economy and Ecology
Many rural communities today are facing multiple challenges like high unemployment rates, declining population and unstable energy prices. What if we could find solutions that would help reverse these trends and that would find a balance between the Economy and Ecology? Mathieu LeBlanc is addressing these challenges with his innovative approach by combining restorative forestry with wood energy.


Dr. Roxanne B. Reeves

A thought leader in her field, Dr. Reeves’ research is award-winning. She is one of less than 15 scholars whose research has been recognized by the International Mentoring Association. According to IMA President, “Dr. Reeves has been recognized with our highest award for the strength of her research and work on both corporate work-place mentoring for high-potential employees and also for her research on mentorship and newcomer immigrant entrepreneurs.” 

A sought after voice and mentor strategist, Roxanne works with growth-oriented organizations and individuals to figure out what’s next and how to get there. Her mission is to help organizations recruit, train and retain the best possible people. Utilizing mentorship as a catalyst for change, she helps people find their zone of genius and remain there. An inspiring author, speaker and consultant, her energy is contagious, her stories are priceless, and she has a passion for living life full throttle giving her a depth of perspective that is real and authentic.

Passionate about life-long learning, Dr. Reeves lecturers in the Department of Leadership Studies at UNB (RC).  She is a Ph.D., a former LHTNB Fellow and MITACS Doctoral Fellowship recipient.
When asked about Dr. Reeves, Emilie Chiasson replied, “When reflecting on my personal and professional exchanges with Dr. Roxanne Reeves, I cannot stifle the smile that appears on my face. She is brilliant. She is fierce. She is tireless. And she is fun…”


Mentoring is Broken: Here’s How to Hack It!
Who have your greatest mentors been? When you look at remarkable or successful individuals, and I don’t mean just monetarily, the one thing you’ll find they have in common in mentorship. It is a vitally important ingredient for leaders, doers and life-long learners. Yet, forty percent of millennials are without a mentor. We are failing the next generation. I am eager to share with you how together we can change this. Where could you be with the right mentors?




Ryan Groom

Ryan has over 29 years in the information technology sector. Ryan's core background is in software development and information security.
His previous company, CyberSecure, won the 2004 Microsoft Canada Impact Award for Excellence in Security Solutions for the work done with the Toronto Police Department.

The company was acquired in 2004. Ryan has two books published on application development, one has been translated into Korean. Ryan also co-holds U.S. Patent 7,506,163.
In 2015 Trekk.it Corporation under Ryan's direction became a member of Microsoft's Cloud Society for cloud innovation.

In Ryan’s spare time he produces a show called Trekkit for Bell Aliant TV1 where he gets office workers into the great outdoors and has visited Iceland,
Norway and the Highlands of Scotland to film for the show.

Ryan now devotes most his energy on Kognitiv Spark to help augmented everyone’s reality.


Augmented Reality, Science Fiction is Now Science Fact
Augmented Reality is the ultimate in merging the physical world and the digital world. This futuristic technology is now making what we see in the movie reality today.


Trev Bungay

Trev was born in Twillingate Newfoundland raised east coast fishing village named LaScie. Directly upon graduation from high school Trev commenced studies in Criminology at Academy Canada in Corner Brook, Newfoundland. Trev’s long time interest in the Canadian Forces prevailed however, and he opted to focus his attention on this profession of-choice and soon enrolled and relocated to Oromocto, New Brunswick.

Trev served 17 years in the infantry completing an impressive 7 missions in Bosnia, Haiti & Africa, and 4 tours to Afghanistan. Leading groups of 8-10 troops in combat, per mission, and upwards of 40 troops for 6 months, as a mobile force. Trev formally retired from the military in 2014 with PTSD and after countless hardships struggling with the illness he decided to take his health and recovery into his own hands. After a long battle he overcame adversary and found healing in healing, helping fellow soldiers with PTSD and Chronic Pain using medical cannabis and full wellness plans;

Trev is ambitious and extremely focused. His investment in the military, and more specifically working with those suffering from PTSD, has led him to his position as co-founder and Vice President of Trauma Healing Centers Inc - clinics which assist veterans and first responders dealing with PTSD and Chronic Pain. Trev’s role within THC will cater directly to his passion for helping those suffering from PTSD. Trev now on the frontlines in a very different form.

Trev is also an author, publishing his first children’s book called “Where My Daddy Works” and an avid sports enthusiast. He both personally plays, and also volunteers his time coaching local minor hockey, and minor baseball teams for children ages 4-6, including his own 8 yr old son, Aiden. In any remaining free time, Trev also loves to workout, and immensely enjoys travelling.

World War Me: My PTSD.
Trev Bungay has served 7 tours in the Canadian forces, including 4 in Afghanistan. He will discuss his personal struggle to overcome the aftermath of war and PTSD, as well as his mission as co founder and VP of Trauma Healing Centers Inc, which seeks to help veterans, first responders, and anyone suffering from PTSD.


Trish Daley

Trish Daley B'Ed, ECE has been a certified educator since 2000. A true Maritimer, she was born in NS, took her degrees in PEI, and most recently has been working in NB. Her experience in the education system and working in the adult sexual health realm has impressed upon her the importance of open and honest communication.

Trish's passion is to help people live more open fulfilling lives by addressing the lack of communication about essential issues in our lives. Too often we worry too much about how others will react and not enough about being honest and vulnerable about our wants, needs, and desires.


Talk Dirty to Me: Connection through Communication
"Talk Dirty to Me" is a reflection on the taboo nature of the truthful and frank discussions needed for healthy happy relationships in both the sexual and platonic realms.

Yves Doucet

Yves is a serial entrepreneur and innovator based in Dieppe, NB, Canada. Currently, Yves serves as CEO & Co-Founder of Dovico, a leading project timesheet software company with clients in 80+ countries. His passion for ingenuity and helping people began early on and it has stayed with him. Both driven and integrity-focused, he is on a mission to always do business with values and to empower others to do the same. At Dovico he measures Thank Yous from clients, and aims to build a healthy office environment for his team of creative professionals through excercise, healthy food and consistent motivation. 

Darwin and the Millennials
The truth about Millennials is not that they are entitled, lazy and ungrateful; they are a product of our creation. The truth is, it is not them that has to change. It is us who has to evolve.


What is TED? 

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, and has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. 

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

What is TEDx, x=independently organized event?

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, TEDTalk videos and live speakers combine to spark a 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.

Quick facts about TEDxMoncton:

  • Our inaugural TEDxMoncton event was held in 2013 at théâtre l'Escaouette. The event sold out in less than four hours and received superb reviews from speakers and attendees alike.
  • TED sent us a license and a toolkit of guidelines. This event is thus independently organized without their supervision or financial assistance. Hence, we have applied for and have received generous funding from local companies.
  • Our goal is to make TEDxMoncton an annual event.