TEDxMoncton is thrilled to announce its official line-up of speakers for this year’s conference, Illuminated. Nine amazing speakers will take the stage and introduce our audience to remarkable ideas that are truly worth spreading. Also on the agenda are performers that will nicely complete the 2016 TEDxMoncton program.

“This year’s speakers were selected to share their ideas and to help us become more “Illuminated”. We polled the community to identify what were the most current and important subjects to help us move forward and that’s how we curated the event. On April 16th, Moncton will become Illuminated!” states Hélène Eusanio, Executive Director. Our speakers are from all around the Maritimes and will be sharing ideas from the effects of urban sprawl to immigration, and leadership to overcoming adversity.


TedxMoncton2016 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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/.

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.

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.

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.