Introducing TEDxKanata Speaker Scott Brison

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Scott Brison is happiest when thinking ahead, driving change and breaking boundaries.

Dazzled by digital as an investment banker during the dot.com boom, Scott was befuddled as Paul Martin’s Public Works minister when asked to approve unnecessarily complex, multi-million-dollar government IT projects that seemed unrelated to user needs.

A decade later, named Treasury Board President by the Honourable Justin Trudeau in 2015, he was disappointed by how little had changed in the murky world of government IT planning and procurement.

There’s got to be a better way.

Scott Brison leads the Government of Canada Service Strategy, strategic IT/IM policy, drives the government’s focus on results, ensures the efficient functioning of the federal government through government expenditure management, and is the employer of the Public Service. He’s not a technologist, but has championed a more robust Government of Canada CIO and creation of the new Canadian Digital Service, while promoting a Public Service ethos of experimentation.

“Democratic government legitimacy. Is there an app for that?” Mr. Brison’s take on RE:DESIGN will focus on Digital Disruption. Ever wonder why your government can’t deliver the same level of service in renewing your passport as Amazon offers you in buying a book? Join the discussion on March 1st at TEDxKanata 2018, and be sure to follow Mr. Brison on Twitter.

Meet TEDxKanata Speaker Jim Provost

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Jim Provost spends his days predicting the future at Lixar IT. As the Lead Data Scientist, Machine Learning, Jim understands the multifaceted landscape of Deep Learning technology, distributed LAMP applications, SharePoint farms and managing an agile development team.

He is a self-proclaimed math nerd who specializes in areas like data sciences, software development and business analysis, to name just a few. Jim’s background and experience spans across a spectrum of business areas, like product and project management, testing cycles, overseeing large-application architectures, as well as SEO and online marketing.

A veteran of start-ups, non-profits, and large enterprises, Jim is happiest when things just work like they’re supposed to. “I’m lucky to have a ridiculously cool job and work with amazing people” is Jim’s take on his career status quo. Jim holds a M.Sc, Computer Sciences from Queen’s University and a B.Eng, in Software Engineering from McMaster University.

Connect with Jim on Twitter and join us on March 1st at TEDxKanata 2018 to find out how he will interpret our theme RE:DESIGN.

Meet TEDxKanata Speaker Mark Sutcliffe

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Mark Sutcliffe is an award-winning broadcaster, columnist, author, blogger, podcaster, entrepreneur, volunteer, community activist, and runner who has played a leadership role in several distinct fields throughout his 30-year career.

He is the host of Ottawa Today, a daily four-hour talk show on 1310 NEWS and Rogers TV. He has also contributed columns to the National Post, the Globe and Mail, and other newspapers. Mark has been a regular presence on CPAC, Canada’s Parliamentary channel, for almost 10 years and currently hosts the daily podcast CPAC Today in Politics.

Mark has founded several media properties and written four books: Why I Run, Canada’s Magnificent Marathon, the children’s book Big Joe and the Return of Football, and most recently, Long Road to Boston.

What will Mark make of our theme RE:DESIGN? Follow him on Twitter and be sure to join us on March 1st for TEDxKanata 2018!

Meet TEDxKanata Speaker Catherine Cano

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Catherine Cano, President and General Manager of the Cable Public Affairs Channel, has more than 20 years of executive leadership experience in broadcasting across all platforms, in Canada, the United States, and internationally.

Among her many awards and distinctions are two Geminis and the Michener Prize, one of Canadian journalism’s most distinguished honours. In November 2017, Catherine was honoured as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful by the Women’s Executive Network – an honour she also received in 2012. In 2017, Catherine was honoured with the highly regarded Women in Communications & Technology Innovator of the Year Award.

A strong advocate of news and media literacy, how will Catherine interpret the theme RE:DESIGN? Follow her on Twitter and be sure to join us on March 1st for TEDxKanata 2018!

Meet TEDxKanata Speaker Jay Gosselin

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“Create a life that feels good on the inside, not one that just looks good on the outside.” Jay Gosselin, the founder of MentorU and the Discover Year Program is striving for significance.

Jay uses his own non-traditional career path to demonstrate how action, openness, and authenticity are foundational principles when building a purposeful career and life. Jay has travelled to 51 countries, held 19 different jobs, and lived in 7 Canadian cities. His greatest lessons have come through dozens of job rejections, being cut from competitive sports teams, and an abandoned wedding engagement. The combination of insights Jay has gathered from meeting over 13,000 students, conducting research in psychology and education, and his own experiences, enable him to create meaningful programming for young adults striving to build purposeful lives.

To pursue his passion for helping others reach their potential, Jay returned to school at the age of 30, and is currently completing a Master’s degree in educational counselling in his spare time.

Follow Jay on Twitter to learn more about his initiatives, and don’t miss his take on our theme RE:DESIGN at TEDxKanata on March 1st!

Let’s talk “Airplanes and Avocados” with Emily De Sousa

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Let’s talk “Airplanes and Avocados” with Emily De Sousa, a 22-year-old environmental activist and passionate ocean lover.

Emily is the founder and owner of the sustainable travel blog “Airplanes and Avocados” which discusses sustainable travel options and marine conservation issues. Her academic focus is within environmental policy and governance, working towards better regulation of our oceans – specifically the high seas – to combat pollution, overfishing, and other illegal practices putting our oceans at risk.

When Emily is not studying, she spends her time traveling around the globe, especially ecotourism destinations, and capturing plastic pollution in coastal communities.

Learn more about “Airplanes and Avocados” as well as Emily’s latest campaign “Tap In” by following her on Twitter. What does RE:DESIGN mean for Emily? Find out at TEDxKanata on March 1st, 2018!

Meet 2018 Speaker Scott Bulbrook

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Meet Scott Bulbrook, a technical innovator and co-founder of DA-Integrated.

Scott is recognized as a knowledgeable businessman with a deep understanding of start-up, semiconductor, and small businesses. He is a coach, mentor, family man, philanthropist, musician, inventor, and sports enthusiast. He is known for his straightforward and honest communication style, as well as his love of innovation and his result-oriented attitude.

A successful entrepreneur and an internationally recognized maven in the semiconductor industry, Scott holds a B.A.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University and has over 30 years experience in the semiconductor industry.

Curious to find out how Scott is interpreting our theme RE:DESIGN? Join us on March 1st for TEDxKanata 2018!

From federal government employee to beekeeper? Meet the Bee Gal!

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Marianne Gee worked as a Ph.D. epidemiologist and science policy advisor for the federal government before finding her true calling as a beekeeper. After discovering a colony of honeybees in the wall of their home, Marianne and her husband Matt cofounded Gees Bees Honey Company, which brings beehives to rooftops and backyards across Ottawa. Today they care for more than 200 beehives around the city and are revitalizing an urban farm for local organic food production.

Follow Marianne on Twitter to “bee” in the know about Gees Bees latest adventures, and don’t miss her take on our theme RE:DESIGN on the TEDxKanata stage on March 1st!

Introducing Andrew Pelling

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He’s not your conventional hacker. Dr. Andrew Pelling, a biohacker and experimentalist scientist, uses low-cost, open source materials to create technologies of the future –including his team’s current work of growing human cells in apples and living skin on LEGOs.

Cross-appointed to the University of Ottawa’s biology and physics departments, Dr. Pelling directs the Laboratory for Biophysical Manipulation. The laboratory is an innovative convergence of scientists, artists and engineers who combine their disciplines to create new insights into scientific approaches.

Dr. Pelling has studied around the world, earning a PhD from the University of California, Los Angeles and was a senior research fellow at the London Centre for Nanotechnology. His work is published in several patents, books and publications.

His appearance on the TEDxKanata stage will mark Dr. Pelling’s third time delivering a TED talk. In 2012, he spoke about the manipulation of cellular behaviours at TEDxUOttawa and Dr. Pelling is one of only two Canadians to join this year’s impressive roster of 21 international TED fellows.

Dr. Pelling shares his lab’s innovative work through @pellinglab and at www.pellinglab.net.

Andrew is the last, but certainly not least, of eight speakers to be announced for TEDxKanata 2016! Take a look at our blog to learn about the rest of the Breaking Barriers speakers.

Introducing Justina McCaffrey Antonia

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From Toronto to New York, Justina designs reside in fashion capitals around the world. Her bridal and couture gowns have been enjoyed by the likes of Laureen Harper and former ballerina Karen Kain.

She outfitted Kate Hudson in a custom gown when her character married Richard Gere in the 2000 romantic comedy Dr. T & the Women. Her dresses are sold in Kleinfeld, the bridal shop of Say Yes to Dress, and One Tree Hill’s Bethany Joy Lenz married in one of Justina’s gowns.

Outside of bridal wear, her other creations have garnered international acclaim. She designed a tutu for the National Ballet of Canada and advised Knock out!, a lingerie line based out of Asheville, North Carolina.

Justina’s personal career highlight occurred when she designed a pluvial cope, a long and ornamental cape, for Pope John Paul II. The garment is currently archived in the Vatican.

She recently opened Justina Atelier in Gatineau, a bridal and evening wear store dedicated to walking clients through the design experience and giving them the royal treatment.

Last October, Justina joined Ottawa Life Magazine as a fashion columnist and her first piece came out in January.

Take a look at Justina’s designs at http://www.justinabridal.ca or follow her on Twitter @justinabridal.