SASKATOON—On September 7, 500 TEDx aficionados will gather on the University of Saskatchewan (USask) campus for a day of inspiring talks aligned with the theme of Building Bridges.

The first-ever TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan event, now sold-out, will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Leslie and Irene Dubé Theatre (Room 1150) in the USask Health Sciences building. The event will be livestreamed here.     

Seventeen of the 19 speakers, selected from among 130 applicants, will be USask researchers, staff and students. They will offer their unique perspectives on topics including health, education, the environment, and the meaning of community. Read the speakers’ bios and the program of the conference.    

Media are invited to attend, but photography and filming are not permitted during the talks. After their TEDx session, speakers will be available for interviews for five to 10 minutes on a first-come-first-serve basis in Room 4200 (Health Sciences Building). Media can contact USask Media Relations Specialist Jennifer Thoma to pre-book a speaker for interviews (contact information at the bottom of the release).       

TEDx events are local and self-organized under a license from TED, where x means independently organized, and The TED Conference provides general guidance.   

“As USask pioneers multiple research initiatives in Canada and thrives on being the university the world needs, what better way to spread the ideas, efforts and successes than TEDx Talks. With thousands of potential followers worldwide, TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan will bring the global focus on us at USask,” said Palash Sanyal, TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan licensee and curator.   

“Saskatoon, ‘city of bridges,’ brings together individuals from all over the world, uniting their identities, passions and efforts to make their visions a reality. TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan is building bridges between communities, ideas and disciplines. I hope that it will bring our communities, both within the university and the city, closer together and help us promote local ideas worth spreading.”

Presentations are a maximum of 15 minutes in duration. Among the USask and external speakers:

9:00 am-10:30 am. Session 1:

  • “The Lefts and Rights of Everyday Life”: Lorin Elias, USask psychology professor and College of Arts and Science Associate Dean of Student Affairs, who studies the connection between human behavior and the preferences most humans show for one side of their body over the other.
  • “Please Listen Carefully” (performance): Dean McNeill, USask brass and jazz professor and artistic director of the Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra.

11:00 am-12:30 pm. Session 2:

  • “Education Rewired”: Anne-Marie Rollo, an educational consultant for Saskatoon Public Schools and a USask sessional lecturer in education, with an interest in the intersections of education and neuroscience.
  • “The Responsibility Revolution: A Race between Education and Chaos”: David Arnot, Chief Commissioner of the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, a lifelong advocate of human rights, social justice, and reconciliation.
  • “Noojimo Mikana (a Healing Path): Research as Reconciliation”: Carrie Bourassa, scientific director of CIHR’s Institute of Indigenous Peoples’ Health, who leads the advancement of a national health research agenda for improving the health of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Peoples in Canada.
  • “Disconnected: Patient Access to Digital Data”: Tracie Risling, USask nursing professor who tries to find solutions to empower patients through access to digital health records.

2:00 pm-3:30 pm. Session 3:

  • “What Are Birds and Bugs Telling Us About the Way We Grow Food?”: Christy Morrissey, USask biology professor and expert on wildlife conservation and how chemicals influence the natural balance of the environment.
  • “Building Community through Music” (performance): Darrin Oehlerking, USask music professor whose ensembles have enjoyed success on local, national, and international stages, garnering outstanding performance awards.

4:00 pm-5:30 pm. Session 4:

  • “Overcoming Adversities of an Incurable Disorder”: Tasnim Jaisee, a USask political studies and gender studies student whose work reflects on her own experiences as a woman of colour with a physical disability.

Information about the event

The program with the speakers’ line-up is available here.  

View the location of the event on Google Maps (room 1150 is located above the Tim Hortons).

Follow updates and a live tweeting about the event on Twitter , Facebook and Instagram.

The livestream will be available here and on the TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan Facebook page.

Read Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark’s blog about TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan.

Sponsors and Partners

TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan is sponsored by the University of Saskatchewan including USask Global Institute for Water Security, the USask College of Arts and Science, the USask International Office, the USask Research Profile and Impact Office, the USask School of Environment and Sustainability, and the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. 

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.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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Media Contact:   

Jennifer Thoma, USask Media Relations Specialist, 306-966-1851  


The TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan invites individuals to submit talk proposals. Speakers will be selected to present their idea, concept, project or accomplishment in front of a TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan audience on September 7, 2019.

TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan is expected to have more than 500 attendees and approximately 20 live speakers. The event will be known for three things: community, conference and outreach. At this highly anticipated conference, live speakers and TED Talk videos will blend to explore a range of unique, meaningful, and worth spreading ideas and perspectives. It will be a full day event where the campus community and the local community will have the opportunity to broadcast their ideas to the world.

The theme of 2019 TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan, Building Bridges, challenges individuals to reflect on their experiences of connecting and communicating with community and nature. Bridging past, present and future, we will look at how we have built and maintained relationships, fostered unity and a positive atmosphere in an era where hatred and divide are intense. This year’s theme will inspire and reinforce the meaning of community.

“The TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan team believes innovation and outreach are critical to creating a sustainable future,” said Palash R. Sanyal, Licensee and Curator for TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan. Currently a staff member at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S), Palash has been involved with TED Talks since 2010. “TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan will provide us with an opportunity to celebrate the U of S and the local community creativity and ideas in action. We look forward to having exceptional speakers on stage.”

About TEDx

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 in-depth discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. In its tenth anniversary, more than 27,000 TEDx events have taken place in more than 170 countries. 

About TED

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

Visit for more information about the event and how to apply to be a speaker.

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L'événement TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan invite tout individuel de soumettre des propositions de conversations. Les orateurs auront la chance de présenter leurs idées, projet ou accomplissement en face du public pour TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan le 7 Septembre, 2019.

Cet événement compte avoir prêt à recevoir plus de 500 invités et environ 20 orateurs. TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan sera reconnu pour trois thèmes : communauté, conférence et sensibilisation. Pendant cet événement très attendu, les orateurs et les vidéos TED talk seront mélanger pour explorer une variété d’unique, significatif, idées et perspectives qui mérite d’être diffusé. Ce sera un événement d’une journée ou la communauté du campus et la communauté locale auront l’opportunité de présenter leurs idées au monde.

Le thème de TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan 2019, Connection Humaine, défis les individus à réfléchir leurs expériences de connecté et communiquez avec la communauté et la nature.  En ajoutant un pont entre le passé, le présent et le future, nous allons voir comment nous avons construites et entretenues des relations, unité favorisé et un atmosphère positif dans un ère ou la haine et la division est intense. Le thème de cette année va inspirer et renforcer le sens de communauté.

“L’équipe de TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan croit que l’innovation et sensibilisation sont critiques pour créer un future durable,” dit Palash R. Sanyal, Titulaire et Curateur pour TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan. Présentement un membre du personnel à l’Université de la Saskatchewan, Palash a été impliqué avec les “TED talks” depuis l’année 2010. “TEDxUniversityofSaskatchewan nous fournira une opportunité de célébrer l’Université de la Saskatchewan et la créativité de la communauté locale et les idées en action. Nous avons hâte d’avoir des orateurs exceptionnels sur la scène.”

À propos de TEDx

TEDx est un programme d’évènements  locale et auto-organisés qui amène les gens ensemble pour partager une expérience qui ressemble à TED. À un évènement de TEDx, les “TED talks”, vidéos et orateurs vont tous se combiner pour avoir des discussions approfondis et créer des connections. Ses évènements locales et auto-organisés sont étiquetés TEDx ou le x = un évènement TED organisé indépendamment. Après leurs dixième anniversaire, plus de 27 000 événements TEDx ont eu lieu dans plus de 170 pays.

À propos de TED

TED est une organisation sans but lucratif dévoué à partager des idées. L'événement TED a commencer il y a trente ans, était juste une conférence de quatre jours, mais avec le temps, TED a grandie pour soutenir ces missions avec des initiatives multiples. Les deux conférences de TED annuelles invitent les grands penseurs du monde et les faiseurs à parler pour 18 minutes ou moins. La plupart de ses discours seront fait disponible, gratuitement au site web Auparavant, TED à eu la chance de recevoir des grands noms incluant Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan et Daniel Kahneman.

Visitez pour plus d’information à propos de l'événement et aussie comment s’inscrire pour devenir orateurs.

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