A youth inspired conference about ideas worth sharing

TEDxYouth@Edmonton is about young people making a difference in our community and beyond. TEDxYouth@Edmonton aims to inspire Edmonton’s youth to share ideas and foster discussion on changing the world for the better through innovative ideas and initiatives, passionate individuals and groups, and advancements in the sciences, arts and humanities.



Terry GodwaldtTerry Godwaldt
Terry Godwaldt is a teacher at Queen Elizabeth high School and the founder/director of the Centre for Global Education (CGE). From Singapore to Seattle, Australia to Alberta, Terry helps teachers all over the world to integrate authentic , globally-minded  learning experiences that empower students to see themselves as agents of change addressing the world’s most challenge questions. For his work in reshaping the classroom, Terry has been awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee award and the ASCD award for Innovative Teaching.


Vince Bustamante
Vince is the Social Studies Curricular consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools, and this is his first year on the TEDx staff. A Masters graduate from University of Victoria in 21st Century Educational Practices, he is passionate about social studies, literacy, and critical thinking pedagogy in the classroom. Once a participant in a TED-type talk, Vince is extremely excited to be a part of this amazing event!


Ed JeanEd Jean
Ed Jean is a Religious Education Consultant with Edmonton Catholic Schools.  He has been involved with religious, interfaith, and social justice issues at local and international levels for over twenty-five years.  He has taught with the Department of National Defense, Greater St. Albert Catholic Schools and Edmonton Catholic Schools.  He has been an International Baccalaureate (IB) teacher and Coordinator for many years and has facilitated  IB workshops in Canada, the United States and China. He is excited about taking part in TEDxYouthEdmonton for the first time this year.


Maureen CrawfordMaureen Crawford
Maureen Crawford is a consultant in Research and Innovation for Student Learning with Edmonton Public Schools. In November 2015 she completed her Master of Art in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta. Maureen has been involved in, connected learning, online, blended, and open learning for two decades. Her work experience includes managing a public theatre, being the lead on an international education project (with China and Australia) and participating in a family run theatrical contracting business. Presentation, theatre and working to inspire, educate and entertain are strong themes that have run throughout Maureen’s career. She is delighted to be involved with TEDxYouthEdmonton.


Rhonda JessenRhonda Jessen
Rhonda Jessen is a media and computer teacher, currently seconded to Alberta Education where she works as the Curriculum Manager for Career and Technology Foundations (CTF) an innovative new elective curriculum for students in grades 5-9. Rhonda is passionate about open and connected learning and has a strong interest in community development. She was the lead conspirator for the Open and Connected Learning Mooc for Alberta Educators. She is thrilled to be involved with TEDxYouth@Edmonton.


Sam BrooksSam Brooks
Sam Brooks still doesn’t really know what he wants to be when he grows up. After completing a mechanical engineering degree, he worked for the Edmonton Journal on community building projects before co-founding Full Circle Visuals, a production company specializing in 360-degree cinema and VR. Previous to this, he was President of Canadian University Press, a national organization supporting students in journalism and has always had a passion for community building and learning. He loves working with TEDxYouth@Edmonton because he firmly believes in investing in youth to build our future community.

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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)[/twocol_one_last]


TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.
At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps 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. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit ted.com/registration

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