Speaker announcement – October 24, 2016:

Michael Nolan, TEDxPembroke SpeakerTEDxPembroke is pleased to announce that Michael Nolan, Director of Emergency Services and Chief of the Paramedic Service for the County of Renfrew, will be a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDxPembroke on November 12, 2016.

Chief Nolan has served as a Paramedic, Critical Care Flight Paramedic, Professor, Deputy Chief of the Ottawa Paramedic Service, Director of Emergency Management for the City of Ottawa, President of the Paramedic Chiefs of Canada and as Chairman of KidActive, a not for profit organization that supports healthy childhood development. He has received the Ontario Association of Paramedic Chiefs Leadership Award, The Paramedic Chiefs of Canada Leadership Award, The Governor General of Canada Exemplary Service Medal and the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for outstanding contribution to Canada. Chief Nolan currently serves as the Director of Emergency Services and Chief of the Paramedic Service for the County of Renfrew.


Duncan Stewart, TEDxPembroke SpeakerTEDxPembroke is pleased to announce that Dr. Duncan Stewart, General Manager and Director General of Canada’s National Research Council (NRC) Security and Disruptive Technologies, will be a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDxPembroke on November 12, 2016.

Dr. Duncan Stewart heads a longer-range, low technology-readiness-level research team that pushes the frontier of science and the frontier of technology simultaneously to create DARPA-like outcomes on relevant Canadian problems.

Before joining NRC in 2008, Stewart worked for a decade at Hewlett-Packard (HP) Laboratories in Palo Alto, California, in the advanced technology Information and Quantum Systems Laboratory. His research focused on nanoscale computing devices and systems, from basic science to applied nanotechnology, usually working on DARPA-sponsored programs and missions. At HP he authored more than 40 patents and published more than 35 scientific papers on nanoscale electronics and materials. In 2008, he co-authored a series of papers reporting the discovery of the fourth fundamental ‘memristor’ circuit element. This work has led to a new field of research and technology development worldwide in memristive materials and devices for computing.

Dr. Stewart holds a BASc in Engineering Physics from the University of Toronto and a PhD in Applied Physics from Stanford University.


Craig Gauthier, TEDxPembrokeTEDxPembroke is pleased to announce that Craig Gauthier, “Creative Geek”, will be a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDxPembroke on November 12, 2016.

His Twitter profile says “nothing ordinary”, which is probably the best way to describe Craig Gauthier. A self-professed “creative geek”, wears many hats as an entrepreneur, consultant, filmmaker, author and speaker. Craig entered the dot com era with his first tech start-up EworldIT. After a few lean, but profitable years Craig decided to exit just as the Internet bubble burst in 2000. He quickly found his passion for leadership and teaching when he accepted a position as a professor in the School of Advanced Technology in Ottawa, Canada. During his five-year tenure, Craig won multiple awards for teaching and program development including the Most Outstanding Teacher award nominated by his students and peers. In 2017, Craig will be travelling across Canada in 150 days producing and hosting a new series called Show Me Canada – Where the World Lives celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday. He will also be releasing his forthcoming book WiFi vs Water: Finding Humanity in a Digital World early next year.


Speaker announcement – October 23, 2016:

Mitch Kurylowicz, TEDxPembroke SpeakerTEDxPembroke is pleased to announce that Mitch Kurylowicz, founder and driving force of Project Jenga, will be a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDxPembroke on November 12, 2016.

Mitch Kurylowicz’s Project Jenga, a non-profit working to raise funds and awareness for gender equality in Kenya has to date directly raised over $750,000 towards a boys’ secondary school in rural Kenya. For the last five years, Project Jenga has hosted events across Canada with former speakers including Queen Noor of Jordan, Martin Luther King III, Martin Sheen, Marc and Craig Kielburger and many others. Mitch also serves on the Board of Directors of international charity and organization, WE (formerly Free The Children).

Mitch has given over thirty keynote addresses including a TEDx talk, and has appeared in the Globe & Mail, and on CBC and CTV. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the Governor General’s Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteering, and the Mandela Legacy Award for ‘Hope, Power and Success’ as presented by the Mandela Family.

Now a student at the University of Toronto, Mitch is completing a political science specialist program in his second year.


Aarika Charlebois, TEDxPembroke Speaker

TEDxPembroke is pleased to announce that Aarika Charlebois, Algonquin College, Environmental Technician student, will be a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDxPembroke on November 12, 2016.

Aarika Charlebois is currently a Level 3 student in the Environmental Technician program at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke, and has previously acquired a Bachelor of Science with a Major in Geology and a Minor in Biology at the Univeristy of Ottawa, along with a certificate in Environmental Studies from Algonquin College, Ottawa Campus. With her passion for learning and self-motivation, Aarika has developed a strong work ethic and sees value in taking every opportunity that comes her way. Her studious reputation and diligence had landed her a position at the College this past summer, working as a Field Technician in Applied Research and Innovation. During her experience, Aarika was able to apply her scientific background to help maintain the ongoing Muskrat Watershed Water Quality Monitoring Network, and implemented best management practices within the agricultural community of Renfrew County. Despite the regular chaos of student life, Aarika enjoys grounding herself by going on self-guided nature walks, practicing yoga at White Pine Yoga, and expressing her creativity in the kitchen or on canvas.


Speaker announcement – October 15, 2016:

Mark Lesinski, TEDxPembroke SpeakerTEDxPembroke is pleased to announce that Mark Lesinski, President and Chief Executive Officer at Canadian Nuclear Laboratories, will be a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDxPembroke on November 12, 2016.

Mark Lesinski was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Canadian Nuclear Laboratories Limited (CNL) effective September 13, 2015. CNL is Canada’s premier nuclear science and technology laboratory managed by the Canadian National Energy Alliance (CNEA). Mr. Lesinski has a distinguished career in nuclear science, operations, projects, and decommissioning. His 38 years of experience spans commercial and government nuclear facilities, from power reactor operations and major retrofit projects to management of decontamination and decommissioning (D&D). He brings private-sector rigour and efficiency to transform CNL.


Speaker announcement – October 14, 2016:

Emily Krutzelmann, TEDxPembroke speakerTEDxPembroke is pleased to announce that Emily Krutzelmann, Algonquin College, Environmental Technician student, will be a featured speaker at the inaugural TEDxPembroke on November 12, 2016.

Emily holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology & Psychology from McMaster University and is currently a Level 3 student in the Environmental Technician program at Algonquin College’s Waterfront Campus in Pembroke. She is extensively involved in student life, from working as an IntroPsych teaching assistant as an undergraduate student to serving as an upper year mentor in the JEDI program at Algonquin. This past summer, Emily worked with Environment and Climate Change Canada and spent much of her summer aboard the CCGS Limnos, a research ship based in the Great Lakes of Ontario. Away from academics, she has trained for and completed multiple triathlons and ran the 30 kilometre Around the Bay Road Race last April in Hamilton, Ontario. Emily’s tenacity to achieve her goals and dream big is best summed up in one of her favourite quotes: “Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out.” When she’s not busy bustling through the halls of the Waterfront Campus, Emily can usually be found exploring the Ottawa Valley, doing yoga, or cooking.