11:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Our popular TED-style Talks are back! Called Spark!, these mini-presentations on diverse topics take place during the lunch on Day 2. You will have the opportunity to hear four unique speakers each give a 10-minute talk that will “spark” you to think differently about your work.
How do we meaningfully engage and empower youth from low-income and marginalized communities in STEM learning? What is the role of mentorship, access and equity here? Informal, community-based educational opportunities are shifting expectations within various communities and garnering positive impact. Dr Eugenia Duodu share her experience and work in this area.
Eugenia Duodu holds a PhD in Chemistry from University of Toronto and is CEO of Visions of Science Network for Learning. She leads a team whose focus is to provide engaging programs and opportunities for youth who are traditionally under-represented in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Her goal is to help make a long-lasting positive impact through STEM and in-turn allow youth to unlock their potential.
We see a moment in history emerging in Canada with the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, with individuals, communities, organizations and institutions taking action. As fast as a reconciliation movement has began to take shape across the country, a counter-movement, a reconciliation industry, is also emerging. What’s at stake?
Jessica Bolduc is the Executive Director of the 4Rs Youth Movement, a collaboration of 14 national organizations who are working with Indigenous and non-Indigenous young people who are coming together to cultivate understanding and action in support of a reconciled future. Jessica is Anishinaabe-French from Sault Ste Marie, ON, Batchewana First Nation, and has lived in Northern Ontario her whole life.
A lot of Syrians thought it was the end when they lost everything they have during the war. But the truth is, starting from zero gave them even more. His vision is to enable refugees to play an active and productive role, thus changing their status from helplessness to independence. His message: try hard to make the world a better place if someone gave you a chance.
Ahmad Edilbi is a social entrepreneur, Ashoka Fellow and the founder of Dubarah – a global network that bridges Syrian refugees’ problems with solutions. In 2012, Edilbi created a new model of volunteering that encourages refugees to help each other. In three years, this model helped more than 3 million refugees in 15 countries, with support from 180,000 volunteers.
Apprising the complexity of self, this talk presents brief anecdotes of three business executives, tasked to re-imagine their future self following a strengths-based assessment. By integrating their stressors with strengths, vulnerabilities with values, and risks with resources, these busy executives reshape their business and personal priorities. Hear their insights on this journey.
Dr Tayyab Rashid is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Toronto Scarborough. Dr Rashid completed his clinical training at the University of Pennsylvania where he worked with Dr Martin Seligman, the founding father of positive psychology and one of the leading experts in optimism and well-being. Dr Rashid has also worked as a school psychologist and at the Values in Action Institute.
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