Welcome to TEDxMoncton: Illuminated 

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. 

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, share ideas and collectively become more “Illuminated”.

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

The TEDxMoncton team

2016 Program at a Glance

6:30 PM Doors Open Tim Melanson
7:00 PM Opening Remarks Hélène Eusanio-Goguen
  Hyper Collective Art Project (Take 2) Reg Noël
  TED Video: TEDx Introduction Chris Anderson
Talk  The Case for Immigration
David Campbell
  Talk  What I learnt from 700 interviews in three years Ian Chew
  Talk  We Are Not Alone Jeff Nagle
  Talk  Creating a Nature Habit Dawn Leblanc
  TED Video   
  Talk The art of creating inspired culture.     Lisa Griffin and Matthew Kingsley Williston
8:20 PM INTERMISSION Tim Melanson & Kyler Melanson
  Music Mondays Come Alive! Tim Melanson & Kyler Melanson
  Talk  Innovation – Setting the Record Straight Jake Arsenault
  Talk Exploring the inner inbox Nick Breau
  TED Video   
9:20 PM Talk What could you start? Derek Martin
9:32 PM Talk The powerful impact of buying local Levi Lawrence
9:50 PM Closing Remarks Hélène Eusanio

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.

TedxMoncton2016 speakers

TEDxMoncton would like to thank our engaging and passionate speakers for sharing their ideas with our audience tonight.
We would also like to thank Dawn ARNOLD for introducing our talented lineup of speakers.

David Campbell

David is the Chief Economist for the New Brunswick Jobs Board. In this role, he helps shape economic and economic development-related policies and supports government-wide initiatives meant to accelerate economic growth. Previously, David was President of Jupia Consultants Inc., an economic development consulting firm based in Moncton, New Brunswick that boasted more than 70 clients across Canada. He has also been a Research Fellow with the Canadian Institute for Research on Public Policy and Public Administration (CIRPPPA) at the Université de Moncton. Before taking the job as Chief Economist, he was a long time columnist with the New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal and also wrote extensively for other publications such as Progress magazine and the Globe & Mail’s Economy Lab.

David holds an undergraduate degree in Finance and a Master of Business Administration from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. He has also completed programs from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, the University of Waterloo in Ontario and the University of New Brunswick.

TALK The Case for Immigration

Addressing the shrinking workforce in New Brunswick through immigration New Brunswick’s workforce – the number of people either working or looking for work - is now in structural decline for the first time in history. Between February 2015 and February 2016, the workforce declined by 9,300 people. The population under the age of 45 in New Brunswick has declined by nearly 90,000 since 2000. This is now the biggest barrier to economic growth moving forward. Attracting immigrant workers will be critical to getting New Brunswick’s economy growing again.

Jake Arsenault

As serial entrepreneur, Jake likes to create and then "see things happen”. At heart, he really just wants to “disrupt” something. He is currently Entrepreneur in residence at the University of New Brunswick, founder of Inversa Systems Ltd and co-founder of Black Arcs Inc. He has a long-term interest in practicing innovation as a craft.

Talk Innovation – Setting the Record Straight

Innovation is a popular word, but often misunderstood. It is more important than what people think, and much harder to execute. Learn core tips and tools to help you make innovation happen.

Levi Lawrence

Levi Lawrence, founder of Real Food Connections, is a cook at heart, a passionate entrepreneur and a total self confessed food geek. With 8 years in the food and beverage industry as well as an undergraduate business degree from the UNB, he has been working to transform our local food industry in NB since 2010. Real Food Connections is currently a local food grocery business representing over 175 small and medium scale food producers in Southern NB and the Maritime provinces. They have a grocery store in both Saint John and Fredericton, operate a collaborate shared commercial kitchen, a web store for all of Southern NB and offer wholesale distribution to other retailers, restaurants and institutions.

Talk The powerful impact of buying local

A realistic optimist in a pessimistic world discusses the positive economic, social and environmental impacts of buying local, when such practices make most sense and illustrative examples from both recent history and current events.

Ian Chew

I make introductions to empower relationships, and nurture talents to empower individuals.

Currently consultant at Empact, a firm specializing in entrepreneurship programs and events, notably Empact Showcase at the White House, US Chamber of Commerce and United Nations. Before that, I was the director of product development at Thriving Talents, a HR training firm with clients from SMEs to Fortune 100s (Microsoft, Intel). For the work I do, I've been mentioned in TIME, Forbes, Inc., Entrepreneur, and Business Insider, as well as featured in Canadian Geographic, CBC, and Global TV News Maritimes.

Talk What I learnt from 700 interviews in three years

Over the last three years through his various projects, Ian has had over 700 interviews with people from all walks of life, from TIME 30 Under 30 entrepreneurs to homeless people on the streets. As an international student in Canada, he believes that stories not just change how we see each other, but how we solve problems together.

Nick Breau

Nick Breau is a computer hacker turned people hacker and author of #ThePowerOfJoy. After playing a key role engineering software in a tech company acquired for over 300 million, Nick stepped away from the keyboard to work on something different; people. He’s combined his software debugging skills with over a decade of studying consciousness, human behavior and healing to help clients all over the world reprogram their reality and shift beyond their biggest struggles.

Talk Exploring the inner inbox

Nick, a computer science graduate, spends most of his days doing troubleshooting and reprogramming work for clients all over the world. Nick however, doesn’t deal with source code or computers; he troubleshoots and reprograms people. In this short talk you’ll learn how the programs running inside of us impact everything from finances and relationships to happiness, health and inner peace.

Dawn Suzette Smith

Dawn Suzette Smith is a writer, photographer, naturalist, and mother who is passionate about helping connect families with nature. She is a Californian living moments away from the ocean in beautiful Nova Scotia. She has co-authored the book, “Whatever the Weather: Science Experiments and Art Activities that Explore the Wonders of Weather” and blogs at http://mudpuddlestometeors.com/.

Talk Creating a Nature Habit

Nature connection is an important component to being human and creating a relationship with a place and the greater world. With more kids, and adults, spending time indoors it is more important than ever to get outside and engaged with our natural world. Dawn will share seven ways to make connecting with nature a part of everyday life.

Matthew Kingsley Williston and Lisa Griffin

Lisa J. Griffin, Executive Director
A Community Development Hack now living in Moncton Canada. As a project junkie, she has been turning ideas into community movements around the world for over 15 years. She checks her emails after a morning yoga session, and 
expands her capacity for dreaming throughout the day. She can speak 4 languages including Japanese. Lisa studied IDS 
at Dalhousie University and ESD at Murdoch University in Australia. Living on a boat taught her that change is the only 
thing that remains constant. She has a robotic hand from Japan, a fake tooth from Australia, and a yoga teaching 
certification from India. Her spirit animal is the Otter, her Chinese zodiac the year of the monkey, and she is an Aquarius. 
Lisa is constantly looking at walls and sees the city as a blank canvas for art and culture. She likes coffee and people who invite her to have one to talk about cool ideas. 

Matthew K. Williston, Creative Director
Matthew returned to Moncton in 2012 to bring culture and art to his birthplace after being based in Montreal,while travelling and working the world, since 1999. VJ, DJ, actor, performer, and event organizer, Matthew is well versed in 
cutting-edge media arts and projection mapping. He continues to push the borders of contemporary and visual arts, 
bringing with him 20+ years experience in event planning, art and subculture. “Creating spaces which create community” is Williston’s main drive in this endeavor, along with need to live in a creative ,colorful and  inspiring city.

Talk Inspire Brain

The art of creating inspired culture.

Jeff Nagle

Born in Miramichi, NB, I moved to the Moncton area 20 years ago to attend NBCC Moncton. Met my wife here and settled down in Riverview. I am a walking enthusiast as the simple act of going for a quick 5k jaunt resets my mind. Last year I set out to change my mindset to being more present by blogging. My blog theroamingmind.com has become a life tool and enables me to reflect. It has also been a surprisingly good help to others. Recently, I have taken up volunteering my Sunday’s at The Humanity Project to prepare and serve lunch to those less fortunate in our community.

Talk We Are Not Alone

Child sexual abuse is real, there are more victims suffering in silence than you may think. My talk will quickly outline my experience with suffering in silence to becoming a survivor by opening up and will bring a call to action by speaking out and bringing awareness to the numbers.

Derek W Martin

Chief conductor @Tuba, president of Downtown Moncton, TV host, entrepreneur, super Dad and fishermen. From co-founding and growing a retail business for over a decade and creating nationally recognized events to taking part in Seth Godin’s inaugural altMBA program, Derek has a passion for creativity and a desire to create change in his constant pursuit of possibility.

Talk What could you start

We have all started something but at times we decided not to. In some instances we know why and sometimes we don’t. Derek challenges how we could rethink the way we start, what if there was another perspective, a different option to consider that may inspire us to start something new.

Artists and Musicians

Reg Noël

Originally from the Acadian peninsula, Reg Noël has lived in the Moncton region since the age of 10. On February 26, 2004, after a series of "lucky" events, he was advised that he had creative capabilities that, until that moment, he had not applied.

Since then, he has produced nearly 400 works. And through his many collective art projects, he had the chance to work with more than 20000 people.

Hyper Collective Art Project (Take 2)

Tonight, we'll be creating a "Hyper Collective Art Project". In the space of a few minutes, in attendance will play an important part in tonight's project.

Tim and Kyler Melanson

Tim and Kyler are a recently formed father and son music duo. Tim plays guitar while they both sing. Kyler is 8 years old and both of his parents are musicians so he has been around music since he was born.

Tim also performs with a band called The Random Guyz and runs several open mic nights in the Moncton area.

Since their recent inception, the duo has already been booked for a couple of performances!

Music Mondays Come Alive!

How this duo came about is a heart-warming story about goal setting that is sure to inspire others.


TEDxMoncton is exceptionally grateful for the generous and continuous support provided by our partners. Our partners play an integral role in making TEDxMoncton a success.

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Thank you to our gracious advisors who provided this year’s speakers with support refining their ideas and providing tips on engaging with the audience via both speaker presence and visual aids.


A very special thank you to our awesome team of volunteers.

Mathieu BASQUE

Organizing Committee

Trisha DALEY
Stephanie NELSON
Saundra MORIN