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Guillaume Dulude

How Not To Get Eaten By Canibals




Alexis Charpentier

Music Archeology: Reviving the World's Forgotten Records

For generations, record collectors have played a vital role in the preservation of musical and cultural heritage by “digging” for obscure music created by overlooked artists. These music "archeologists" are consumed by a desire to give these records a second chance at being heard and appreciated. In our digital age, these record-diggers also act as music curators and are crucial alternative voices to a contemporary culture often served by computer algorithms.

Yoshua Bengio

The Rise of Artificial Intelligence through Deep Learning

A revolution in AI is occurring thanks to progress in deep learning. How far are we towards the goal of achieving human-level AI? What are some of the main challenges ahead?

Yoshua Bengio believes that understanding the basics of AI is within every citizen’s reach. That democratizing these issues is important so that our societies can make the best collective decisions regarding the major changes AI will bring, thus making these changes beneficial and advantageous for all.

Alex Parker

Fighting Brain Diseases with Worms

There are no cures for neurodegenerative diseases like ALS and dementia. Fortunately, Alex Parker has enlisted the common roundworm, C. elegans, a transparent nematode about 1 mm in length, to make miniature models of these terrible diseases and accelerate compound testing before using more expensive models like mice. His team of collaborators have discovered new ways to cure these animals that may help patients.

Watch his talk to discover how insights into human health can come from unlikely places like your backyard.

Graham Calder

Permaculture: Discovering solutions hidden in nature

Permaculture is an ecological design process. By observing and mimicking nature, permaculture provides solutions to food insecurity, desertification, and climate change; it helps us address some of the most pressing environmental and social challenges we face. The observations that inspire permaculture designs can come from the most unlikely of places, including from our urban companion, the squirrel.

Graham's insightful talk demonstrates that sustainability is only the first rung on the ladder to abundance.

Graham Calder’s formative years on a farm instilled in him a lasting devotion to ecological preservation. Dissatisfied with mainstream environmentalism, Calder gravitated towards the holistic approaches of permaculture, and the broad spectrum of solutions it proposes.

Susan Wener

How stories make dying less scary

The power of story can be life changing. When people are diagnosed with a life-threatening disease, few are prepared. Doctors have tools to cure the body, but no one talks about how to heal the soul. A therapist and two-time cancer survivor, Susan Wener knows that story-telling can shift perspective. It all depends on how you choose to tell yours. Will you believe there's nothing that you can do? Or will you give meaning to the words “impossible simply means it hasn’t been done yet”.

Susan Wener had a happy marriage, three daughters and the grace of Audrey Hepburn. Then, she received the first cancer diagnosis, heralding a battle that began with one goal – to see her children finish high school. With dismal odds of surviving her second cancer, Susan had one lung removed and refused chemotherapy. Twenty years later and cancer-free, she released her memoir, Resilience, which became an overnight Canadian best seller. Susan is a therapist for people struggling with life-threatening illness. Susan sits on the Gynecological Oncology Tumor Board at the Montreal Jewish General Hospital. She is the proud grandmother of nine.

Margaret Magdesian

Bringing Cell Culture into the 21st Century

Neurological diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's can cause irreversible damage to the nervous system, brain and spinal cord. As it is not yet possible to regenerate neurons over long distances and accurately reconnect them, this damage can lead to permanent disabilities for many. Margaret and her collaborators have found a new way to rapidly and accurately reconnect neurons by developing a new technique to significantly increase the efficiency of tissue culture tests. She has shown that using more efficient cell culture models, and thus replacing the existing 100-year-old process of cell multiplication, researchers can achieve significant and reproducible results faster.

Pierre-Majorique Léger

Et si vous connaissiez les émotions de vos utilisateurs?

Grâce à des capteurs neurophysiologiques, le chercheur Pierre-Majorique Léger collecte des données liées aux émotions et à la charge cognitive d'utilisateurs d'interfaces. Ces informations sont une véritable mine d'or pour les concepteurs afin de créer des applications plus intuitives.

Professeur Pierre-Majorique Léger est un chercheur, inventeur et entrepreneur. Ses recherches visent à améliorer l’expérience utilisateur (UX) vécue lors de l’apprentissage ou de l’utilisation d’une technologie de l’information (TI), et ce en mobilisant les données biophysiologiques massives générés lors de l’interaction et permettant de qualifier l’émotion et la cognition de l’utilisateur.

Amir Raz

When can deception be good for you?

Lies, deception or even self-deceit seem universally bad and immoral; but sometimes they may actually be good for you. What if such actions could help heal the body or mental illness? ​Magician turned neuroscientist, Dr Amir Raz is at the forefront of research exploring the potential of using deception to improve our daily lives.

Philippe Demers

Les artistes seront probablement vos prochains employeurs

Comment trouver un équilibre entre arts et affaires? De nombreuses solutions existent et forment une économie grandissante qui promet de changer le marketing, l’immobilier ou encore l’architecture de demain. Alors que le milieu de la technologie s’organise a vitesse grand V partout sur le globe, le milieu de la culture s'adapte doucement aux pratiques et aux nouvelles réalités. Peut-on rêver d’un réseau international d’incubateurs pour artistes en quête d’expérience entrepreneuriale, en s’assurant de leur pérennité et de l’export de leur talent sur d’autres continents?

Lisbet Haglund

A bioreactor to advance back pain research

Back pain is the second most common medical condition worldwide and has a major negative impact on the quality of life for the individual. Although it is so common and costly, little is known about the mechanisms leading to back pain and there are no treatment options for early disease. We have developed bioreactors where we can keep human intervertebral disc’s alive for more than 4 months outside the body. This system provides us with a tool to study why and how we get back pain and to test treatment strategies for back pain in live human tissue.

Stéphanie Alyson Gravel

Être transgenre: Au-delà de ce que nous avons savons

Nous avons tous une histoire différente qui nous donne une saveur unique. Cette histoire est composée d'un mélange de règles que nous avons apprises, de comment les autres nous voient et de ce que nous avons décidé de garder de tout cela. Mais qu'en est-il lorsqu'on est (voire naît) trop différent pour se reconnaître dans cette histoire?

Je suis Stéphanie Alyson Gravel: femme transgenre. Comment pourrait-on me décrire? Intellectuelle sans diplôme? Spécialiste sans expertise ou même autodidacte? Dans mon cas, impossible de me fier aux titres; je vois les idées comme des blocs de matières premières avec lesquels il est possible de façonner ce que l'on veut pour régler un problème. J'expérimente la vie; j'ai été militaire, employée de restauration, informaticienne, apprentie électricienne, employée de la construction, blogueuse, membre de conseil d'administration, conférencière et plein d'autres choses. Au-delà de tous ces rôles, chacun développe sa façon unique de voir le monde, j'aimerais vous partager la mienne.

Frédéric Bérard

Décisions anti-constitutionnelles dans une démocratie?

Les médias relatent régulièrement de décisions controversées prises par nos gouvernements, mais savons-nous quand cela va au-delà du simple débat? Frédéric Bérard montre qu'il est possible, même pour un gouvernement, de prendre des décisions anti-constitutionnelles, et donc de violer les règles qui le régissent. Le manque de connaissance de nos lois nous fait alors défaut, laissant la porte ouverte à des erreurs, des bavures, des excès.

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

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    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.

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  • How do I become a speaker for TEDxMontreal?

    The exciting journey of becoming a speaker for TEDxMontréal begins with an Idea. If you believe your idea is worth sharing with us, your city, and the world, then thoroughly fill out the idea proposal form. A committee dedicated to the programming of the event will review the applications sent via this form and will establish a list of the most interesting suggestions. The candidates on that list are then 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.

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