Sat, Mar 05|
A day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking videos and mind-blowing conversations. TEDxMcMasterU is a unique event that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform. The 2022 conference will be conducted in a virtual format. With the option of attending an in-person meet-and-greet!
Time & Location
Mar 05, 2022, 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. EST
About The Event
A day filled with brilliant speakers, thought-provoking videos and mind-blowing conversations. TEDxMcMasterU is a unique event that will unleash new ideas, inspire and inform. This year, the TEDxMcMasterU event will be a hybrid format, consisting of a virtual conference followed by an in-person meet and greet. No McMaster University affiliation is required to attend.
The virtual event: (virtual + hybrid ticket access) Our virtual event will be hosted through Hopin, our platform of choice. Hopin is a proprietary video teleconferencing online conference-hosting platform. Attendees will log on and attend the event from 10:00-2:30 PM. The virtual event will consist of live opening ceremonies, streamed speaker talks and performer acts and breaks. During breaks, we will conduct “fireside chats” with the speakers. These are essentially breakout rooms that attendees can hop in and out of to ask questions and interact with speakers.
The in-person event: (hybrid ticket access) Following the virtual conference, we will be hosting an in-person meet and greet with our speakers and attendees at the David Braley Health Sciences Center in downtown Hamilton. Attendees who purchase a hybrid ticket will have the opportunity to attend and network with all of the speakers. Additionally, all hybrid attendees can pick up their VIP merch packages and take pictures at the TEDxMcMasterU photobooth. Attendees will be designated with a specific time slot for arrival to control crowd flow to ensure COVID-19 protocols are met.
We will send an email invitation to the virtual conference with further details closer to the conference date.
Tickets are available for a limited time - purchase before March 1 to reserve a spot. This ticket encompasses access to the virtual conference. The first 100 purchases will receive a free SWAG package!
LIMITED tickets available - purchase before March 1 to reserve a spot. This ticket encompasses access to the virtual conference with additional access to the in-person meet-and-greet at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre!
Pay It Forward
By choosing a “Pay it forward” ticket you are paying TEDx forward such that one virtual ticket will be provided at no cost to a frontline worker. Please ensure that you also purchase a regular ticket for yourself if you wish to attend the conference. Our goal is to bring as many frontline workers to TEDxMcMasterU 2022 –– these workers have been keeping McMaster, Hamilton, and the whole country running during this pandemic and we cannot thank them enough!
Upgrade to Hybrid Ticket
This ticket includes access to the in-person meet-and-greet at the David Braley Health Sciences Centre. The buyer MUST already be a holder of the virtual ticket.
What's In a Ticket?
Ten speakers delivering never seen before TEDx talks on the theme, LEGACY.
Performances by Spoken Word artists,Indigenous Singer & more
Complementary LEGACY SWAG package distributed at the conference.
Networking opportunities with our world-renowned speakers during the conference and social.
Ready to be Inspired? These dynamic speakers hail from far and wide to share their experiences, stories, and ideas with you.
Engineer - P.Eng, B.Sc.(Eng), MA.Sc.(Eng)
Originally from Blenheim, Ontario, Emily Nichols grew up on the family farm where her early jobs included hoeing beans, grading onions, picking rocks, and making boring tasks fun for her sisters.
Speaking from the stage or the factory floor, Emily Nichols nudges technical people to embrace their human skills, so they can become better problem solvers, team players, and leaders. A professional engineer with decades of experience in manufacturing and innovation, Emily has worked with organizations like PepsiCo, PPG, Janssen, and Henkel, improving products and processes from breakfast cereal to automotive paint and electrical steel. Emily easily connects at all levels of organizations, inspiring deeper understanding and collaborative teamwork. And she makes learning fun!
Founder of AL Media, Director and Host
Alex Leonard is the founder of AL Media, a Sustainable Media company that is Helping Brands Talk About Sustainability. Through video strategy and production for environmental organizations, AL Media is helping Canadian and international social enterprises break through a noisy digital environment.
Alex is the director behind the award-winning documentary, "Humans and Elephants", which premiered worldwide at the International Vegan Film Festival. It's set to come out later this year. Alex is the host of The Creative Kind Show and The Sustainable Kind Show, speaking with entrepreneurs about their secrets to success in the media and environmental sectors.
Martial Artist, Former UFC Fighter
Jeff “The Inferno” Joslin is a martial artist in the truest sense of the term. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Jeff grew up engulfed in the martial arts.
Starting his training at only five years of age, Joslin has developed tremendous depth in his martial arts skills. A black belt in both Karate (6th Degree) and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (4rd Degree), Jeff has accomplished much in the sport:
Won 200+ first place titles in striking, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission wrestling competition
First Canadian in History to win a Major International Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Tournament
Apex Fighting MMA World Welterweight Champion
Fought in the UFC, TKO, Hardcore Fighting Championships and many other shows
Canadian Black Belt Hall of Fame Member (Inducted 2022)
MSW, RSW (Registered Social Worker), Founder of the Curious Collective
Krista Carvin is a Registered Social Worker in Ontario, Canada. She is the Founder of The Curious Collective, a virtual psychotherapy practice.
Krista is deeply curious by nature. Her curiosity led her to a diagnosis of Adult ADHD, the Neurodiversity Movement, and later a therapy specialization. As a human first and as a therapist second, she learned that between the hard work, humour, and heartache of learning you have ADHD, there is an opportunity for joy and justice. Krista values neurodiversity, or the diversity of human minds. She believes all brains and bodies are valuable and worthy of authenticity. Her therapy, education, and activism work is focused on helping neurodivergent people feeling safe, well, and accepted.
Athlete, Professor at Mohawk College - Wellness and Fitness Program
Nick grew up as a competitive athlete, however, many surgeries and countless concussions had a devastating physical and emotional impact on his athletic career. He is now a professor at Mohawk College - Wellness and Fitness Program.
Nick is a two-time recipient of an Instructor Appreciation Award, and an Everyday Hero Award. He is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor with the Mental Health Commission of Canada and speaks on behalf of the Canadian Mental Health Association’s Talking About Mental Illness program. He is a past recipient of the St Joseph’s Hospital Spirit of Hope and the YMCA Peace Medal. He is a co-founding member of the Mohawk College Mental Health in Motion peer to peer support initiative and has been selected by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health FACES of Mental Illness in Canada where the goal is to reduce stigma while promoting recovery.
Founder, CEO and Designer of Timabee
Fatina Babakura is the founder, chief executive officer and designer of Timabee, an accessories brand that “redefines luxury in Africa and beyond” and Yerwa Secrets, a perfumery brand. Her sharp eye for design, curiosity and yen for imagining a product and bringing it to life motivated her to start Timabee.
Babakura began the brand in her first year while at Mcmaster university. Fatima has received multiple global awards inclduing being listed on Forbes' 2022 30 under 30.
Founder and CEO, Problem Solver
Shalicia is the Founder & CEO of In Charge with a corporate background in innovation, marketing, and project management. She is a problem solver who turned her lack of financial literacy and poor financial services experience into her start-up In Charge. Now she is revolutionizing the financial services industry with her comprehensive framework the 5 Key Pillars of Personal Finances. Leveraging this framework, she provides individuals with personalized financial literacy that empowers individuals while enabling them to access better and faster financial solutions. She believes everyone should feel comfortable, knowledgeable, and confident when making financial decisions. Shalicia’s goal is to modernize financial services while building trust, transparency, and knowledge for future generation.
Writer, Performer and Canadian Egyptologist
Laura is a writer, performer and Canadian Egyptologist and founder/director of Ancient Egypt Alive, an organization that seeks to inspire passion about Egypt's past through enriching content, interviews, courses lectures - and enriched small group Egypt tours. Dynamic, engaging and inspirational, she has been asked to speak to international groups around the world, from Britain and France to Hong Kong.
She holds a master’s degree in Egyptology from the University of Toronto and has excavated at the ancient Greek site of Apollonia Pontica in Bulgaria, and in Egypt at the site of Amarna (Great Aten Temple). For 10 years, Laura has created and led specialized small group educational tours through Egypt and world museums - and has traveled to Egypt more than 15 times.
Laura is a dynamic and in-demand lecturer on ancient civilizations and has taught across North America at museums, historical societies, and academic conferences. She is a popular speaker amongst Later Life Learning Institutes associated with U of T, York University, Ryerson, and Trent.
Expert in Business, Happiness and Leadership
Jessica has spent the last 15 years doing endless research, speaking to thousands of people, all about happiness. Her work brings positive psychology tools and academic research to organizations across the United States. In her work, Jessica shares powerful information from psychology, neuroscience, social science as well as her own practical experience thatshows how happiness leads to success in life and at work.
She has helped thousands of people find more happiness at work and helped leaders and executive teams learn how to lead with the tools necessary to drive happiness productivity, engagement and performance. Her clients include Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Coca Cola, LVMH, Hearst, American Express and more.