The better way
to get new perspectives

The better way to get new perspectives

The better way to get new perspectives

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The better way
to get new perspectives

The better way
to get new perspectives

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2015 Edition

Andrés Finzi

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I become a volunteer for TEDxMontreal?

    The time has come to recruit new volunteers! You are invited to fill out our online form.

  • How do I become a speaker for TEDxMontreal?

    Our selection process usually begins with an online form open to all on our website. People can submit their ideas for conferences or speakers. We receive hundreds of suggestions each year!

    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.

    Once their ideas have been more deeply explored, a second selection committee – this time consisting of professionals from a variety of fields – examines the applications. The programming committee presents each application to the selection committee and the latter eventually votes to choose the speakers that will be part of the next TEDxMontréal edition.

    Speakers are then coached all year long in order to prepare their talk, not only to make it a success on the day of the event but also to make it even more likely to be shared online in the TED community after the event. The speaker selection and the coaching of the happy few will therefore spread over several months. Currently, the application form is not yet online… But keep an eye out for it on our website or subscribe to our newsletter… The selection for next year should start in January 2016!

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About us

TEDxMontreal is the better way to get new perspectives.

  • About TED

    TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK.

    TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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  • About TEDx

    x = independently organized event
    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. For more information, visit

  • About TEDxMontreal

    TEDxMontreal is a vibrant and stimulating platform for ideas to clash and connect in unexpected ways. On this day, a dozen speakers are given 18 minutes to present the talk of their life. From scientists to engineers, to artists and entrepreneurs, speakers from an array of fields share their perspectives and ideas. TEDxMontreal is much more than a one ­time event. With the talks published online for free, TEDx talks have triggered innovation in all corners of the globe. More than anything, TEDxMontreal aims at sparking genuine curiosity and initiating a love of learning in its most fundamental way. The TED movement has a vibrant presence in Montreal. We catalyze our city’s vitality into an immersive, face-­to-­face, day ­long bilingual experience.