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February 2021


2021 Talks

TEDxMcMasterU - February 20, 2021

TEDxMcMasterU - February 20, 2021

TEDxMcMasterU - February 20, 2021
Shelley's Journey: A Message to Caregivers | Tom Sterling | TEDxMcMasterU

Shelley's Journey: A Message to Caregivers | Tom Sterling | TEDxMcMasterU

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Redefine your Life with Meaning, Following Profound Adversity  | Jeff Sutherland | TEDxMcMasterU

Redefine your Life with Meaning, Following Profound Adversity | Jeff Sutherland | TEDxMcMasterU

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5 Steps to Help You Dare to Live the Life You Want | Jayne Huhtanen | TEDxMcMasterU

5 Steps to Help You Dare to Live the Life You Want | Jayne Huhtanen | TEDxMcMasterU

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A Virtual Conference

An Afternoon of Powerful Speakers
Feb 20th, 2021
3:00 PM

An afternoon filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking ideas and mind-blowing conversations. TEDxMcMasterU is a unique, non-profit event that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform. No McMaster University affiliation is required to attend.

All tickets include full access to all TEDx talks, musical performances,  as well as movement sessions offered by Quick Hit Yoga by Martha. There will also be live fire-side chat sessions where you'll have the opportunity to network and engage with our speakers. Purchase your ticket before February 12th to receive a complementary Dare package in the mail –– filled with TEDxMcMasterU swag. 

Even with the difficulties with a virtual environment, we guarantee that this will be a one-of-a-kind event.



Speaker Lineup

Ready to be inspired? These dynamic speakers hail from far and wide to share their experiences, stories, and ideas with you.

Segun Makinde
2x Olympian, 3x Track & Field International Medalist


Segun Makinde is a  2x Olympian, Keynote Speaker, Athlete Council Member, Community Ambassador, Podcaster, and 3x International medalist.  He believes that being an Olympian is more than just going to the Olympic Games, and uses his unique perspective combined with over 13 years of high performance and Olympic experience to positively impact and inspire individuals and organizations to do what they think is impossible, by tapping into their own, “Inner Olympian”.  Segun remains active in his hometown as a Community Ambassador for Christie Lake Kids and serves as a member of the Athletics Canada Athlete Council as a way of giving back to the community and his sport. He is currently preparing for the 2021 Olympic Games which will be held in Tokyo, Japan.

Peter Yang
International Best-Selling Author, CEO of Reviewerly, Inc. & High School Student

Peter Yang is a high school student from Hamilton, Ontario. He is the international #1 bestselling author of The Art of Writing and the CEO of Reviewerly, Inc. Since getting published at age 15, his book has sold thousands of copies worldwide and gained over 100 reviews on Amazon.com, outranking industry classics like The Elements of Style. His startup received $3,000 in funding from McMaster University's Forge business incubator, where he set a record as the youngest founder to ever get accepted. His company has also been featured on Global News Radio, The Hamilton Spectator, Cable 14, and the front page of Product Hunt. Peter was recognized as a finalist in Innovation Factory's 2020 LiONS LAIR pitch competition and has been fortunate enough to deliver talks at the DeGroote School of Business and Hack the Hammer II.

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Dr. Chika Oriuwa
Spoken Word Poet, Physician & Advocate
Dr. Chika Stacy Oriuwa is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Faculty of Medicine, where she was named the valedictorian of her graduating medical class. She is a physician, professional spoken word poet, public speaker, writer, and advocate for racialized and marginalized populations. Presently, Dr. Oriuwa is completing her residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto where she aims to go on to complete further sub-specialist training in neuro-psychiatry. Dr. Oriuwa also serves on Indigo's Board of Directors, using her expertise to influence their efforts in creating equal opportunity and curating spaces of wellness and inclusion. She is a recipient of numerous prestigious awards, including being recognized as one of Best Health Magazine's '2020 Women of the Year'.
Dr. Michael Schutz
Associate Professor at McMasterFounding Director of the MAPLE Lab 
Known for his innovative blend of performance, teaching and research, Dr. Michael Schutz is currently Associate Professor of Music Cognition/Percussion at McMaster University, where he is currently University Scholar in recognition of his work connecting music performance and music perception.  He is the founding director of the MAPLE Lab and a core member of the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind.
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Dr. Jeff Sutherland
Family Physician & ALS Advocate
Dr. Jeff Sutherland started his career as a comprehensive family physician in 1993. Unfortunately, this part of his life came to a screeching halt in 2007 when he was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), at the age of 41. This diagnosis would be enough for any person to give up. Yet, for the last 13 years, Jeff has been continuously adapting and learning. He is actively involved with ALS Canada as a top fundraiser and advocate. Further tragedy struck in 2016, when his family lost their healthy 21-year-old son and his girlfriend in a tragic kayaking accident. To try to make peace with his adversities, Jeff wrote a book called, Still Life (Sutherland House Books, 2019). Written entirely with his eyes this memoir is a raw and honest look at tragedy, grief, love, and most importantly hope. Jeff's story will inspire you to try and make your life meaningful and resilient.
Jacqueline Rintjema
Public Health Researcher & Founder of the Public Health Youth Association of Canada 
Jacqueline Rintjema is a Master of Public Health student at McMaster University and a recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarship Master's Award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Her research interests include health systems strengthening, chronic disease prevention, and primary health care. She is also the Founder and Director of the Public Health Youth Association of Canada (PHYAC), a newly formed national by-youth-for-youth organization funded by the Government of Canada that aims to increase youth leadership in the field of public health. Now with over 60 youth members from across Canada, PHYAC works to introduce youth to the field of public health earlier in their academic trajectories and to equip the next generation of health leaders with the tools to build a healthier and more equitable future. 
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Ms. Jayne Huhtanen
Business Coach, Owner of FocalPoint Coaching of Toronto and Wildly Successful Biz
Jayne helps entrepreneurs and professionals optimize performance, overcome obstacles, and achieve professional and personal growth through speaking, training and coaching in leadership, productivity, communication and teamwork. She has spoken for such organizations as RBC and Professional Engineers Ontario and been featured in articles on women and entrepreneurship in Report on Business Magazine and the Financial Post. Her volunteer work supports entrepreneurs and professionals as a mentor at McMaster University’s incubator The Forge, as the TechConnex Leadership Skills facilitator, and serving on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Association of Women Executives and Entrepreneurs. Jayne is an Engineering and Management graduate from McMaster, and previously spent 26 years at