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2016 Speaker Line Up

Danièle Henkel

Business Woman, Dragoness, Writer And Lecturer

Accomplished businesswoman Danièle Henkel, founder and owner of Daniele Henkel Inc, successful writer and sought-after speaker, was recently named chairwoman of the board of directors of the Park Jean-Drapeau Society. Known for her appearance on the popular television show Dragon’s Den, she quickly became Quebec’s favoured dragoness due to her charm and warmth. Despite her impressive background, the road to success has not been without obstacles. However, it is by following her intuition, by embracing the good as well as the bad and by seizing opportunities to better herself that Danièle has managed to overcome hardship and become the woman she is today. Her talk is a rallying call in favour of reclaiming your personal power.

Andrés Finzi

Assistant Professor At Université De Montréal And Researcher At CRCHUM

As an assistant professor at the department of microbiology, infectiology and immunology of Université de Montréal and researcher at the Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal, Andrés Finzi and his team have spent many years working towards finding new ways to fight HIV. Through their innovative approach in studying the virus, M. Finzi and his collaborators have proudly reached a major breakthrough which might be key in the fight for a functional cure.

Guillaume Dulude

Interpersonal Communication Strategist

Guillaume Dulude is currently completing a Phd in neuropsychology and works as an interpersonal communication strategist. As an explorer, he has traveled extensively to remote areas around the globe, and has come in contact with cannibalistic tribes in Indonesia and indigenous populations in Papua New Guinea. These unique experiences led to the creation of a documentary film entitled #TRIBE. Despite the absence of a common language or culture, Guillaume succeeded in interacting with local populations using instinctive, non-verbal communication. In exploring the power of psychology as well as neuro and cognitive science, Guillaume’s talk demonstrates the importance of active listening and explores new techniques that seek to optimize the ways in which we communicate with the world.

Tom Whitton

Sales Manager At Pyrogenesis

As the Sales Manager with Pyrogenesis Canada Inc., and as a member of the board of directors at Écotech Quebec, Tom Whitton is interested in ecological preservation and the environmental impacts of consumerism. Although recycling and modern practices of waste management have considerably reduced the quantities of rubbish we produce, the mid-to-long term impacts of the system currently in place reveal flaws that are highly detrimental to our health and life on this planet. In light of this fact, Tom Whitton offers direct, hands-on solutions that, in other spheres, have already proven their effectiveness.

Mr. Whitton holds a degree in chemical engineering from McGill University and has worked in technology development for nearly 25 years. Mr. Whitton was also a city councillor in Deux-Montagnes.

Sophie Brochu

President And Chief Executive Officer At Gaz Metro

President and Chief Executive Officer at Gaz Metro, Sophie Brochu has been a key player in the energy industry for over 25 years. In addition to being highly involved in Canada’s economic stage as a member of the board of directors of the Bank of Montreal, Bell Canada and BCE Inc., Mrs. Brochu is also actively engaged with local communities and grassroot organizations such as Centraide of Greater Montreal, Forces Avenir, The Lucie and André Chagnon Foundation, and l’Effet A. In her talk, Sophie introduces us to La ruelle de l’avenir, a project dear to her heart that demonstrates what is possible when three sectors who have traditionally worked independently from one another (academic, private and communitarian) join forces for a common cause: to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children.

Jonathan Bélisle

Interactive Poet, UX Designer

Jonathan Bélisle has been an Interactions Poet & Web entrepreneur for 20 years. As a polymath, he blends together his skills as an interactive designer, User Research Director, creative technologist and an inspired teacher. He studied film narratology and mastered visual thinking before combining them with ethnographic methods and service design thinking. His diverse background enables him to approach complex problems in a playful manner when adding Human Touch to mobile devices and interactive storytelling to connected objects and media. He is the founder of Hello, Architekt ! a Sensemaking & Changemaking Consultancy that helped the digital transformation of many enterprises, creator of Wuxia the Fox, a Research Affiliate at the Annenberg Innovation Lab of Southern California University, a professor of experience architecture at INIS Media School and Chief Design Officer at SAGA where he created the first OS for the Physical World.

Guillaume Dulude

How Not To Get Eaten By Canibals




Andrés Finzi

A molecular "can opener" in the fight against HIV

HIV is a sneaky virus, hiding itself from the immune system after infecting a cell. Fortunately, Andrés Finzi from Université de Montréal and collaborators have promising ideas with immense potential to force HIV-infected cells to expose themselves to the immune system and be killed!

Tom Whitton

How Plasma can fix our waste problem

What happens to garbage after we throw it out? Are landfills and recycling our only options? Plasma, the 4th state of matter, is one of the ways that innovative minds have developed to maximize energy and material recovery from waste. Tom Whitton shows us how we can avoid sending value-rich waste to environmentally-unfriendly dead-end landfills and discusses the barriers preventing its adoption. As we emerge from COP21 and seek long term solutions, plasma is a viable option to help solve our growing waste management problems.

Jérôme Glad

Réinventer la ville, tous ensemble, et à moindre coût

La revitalisation urbaine passe aussi par une multitude de petits projets peu coûteux qui renforcent l’identité des quartiers et créent des vitrines culturelles. C’est avec la multiplication de ces espaces citoyens, participatifs et ludiques, que la ville est bâtie par et pour ses habitants. Jérôme Glad nous explique comment y parvenir.

Myra Giberovitch

Genocide Survivors: Contributors not Victims

Holocaust survivors are ordinary people who have lived extraordinary lives. They have experienced the dark side of humanity and have much to teach us about adaptation, resilience and recovery. Using a strengths-based approach, Myra Giberovitch explains how we can change our perception of survivors from traumatized victims to contributing members of society.

Guillaume Dulude

How to not get eaten by a cannibal

We have all experienced clicking with a stranger in an instant! Guillaume Dulude explains how specific behaviours, such as eye contact and split attention, can make or break relationships within the first few seconds of an interaction. He went as far as testing his communication methods with cannibals! Follow him on his journey to Papua New Guinea.

Sophie Brochu

Au nom des enfants

Avec un slam rythmé et poignant, Sophie Brochu nous présente « La ruelle de l’avenir », un organisme à but non lucratif d’appui à la réussite scolaire. C’est une coalition unique qui est à l’origine de son succès. Le milieu des affaires, les autorités scolaires et la communauté travaillent ensemble pour mobiliser les jeunes et leurs familles dans des quartiers défavorisés de Montréal.

Danièle Henkel

Vos peurs, vos choix, votre vie

Même dans les circonstances les plus éprouvantes, nous pouvons tous faire des choix. L’histoire personnelle de Danièle Henkel en est la preuve la plus éclatante. Elle nous explique pourquoi nous devons nous faire confiance au lieu de nous déresponsabiliser et de nous affaiblir. Danièle Henkel persiste et signe : nous ne devons jamais transférer à autrui notre pouvoir de choisir.

Trevor Copp & Jeff Fox

Liquid Lead Dancing - It takes two to lead

What if a couple could lead and follow each other, and then switch, and then switch back? Trevor Copp and Jeff Fox are adapting traditional partner dancing and making it more representative of our current era. Learn to be a masculine follow or a feminine lead. With Liquid Lead Dancing anything is possible.

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    A committee dedicated to the programming of the event then reviews the applications and establishes a top 50 of the most interesting suggestions. Subsequently, the 50 candidates are interviewed in order to learn more about their idea.

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