On March 30, 2012, Fort McMurray hosted its first annual TEDx event. Featuring eleven speakers representing a diverse cross section of experiences and perspectives, the event helped spread the word about life (the challenges, opportunities and solutions) in one of Canada’s fastest growing communities, Fort McMurray.
Titled Sharing Our Potential, the 2012 speaker series established a framework and organizing committee to lead future TEDx events in Wood Buffalo with the goal to: tell our story, showcase our ambassadors, give our community a voice and to engage the world.
Locals know Sheldon as a Regional Councilor and Vice-Principal at Holy Trinity High School. His TEDx talk comes from his belief that we need to challenge the current mindset that is guiding the growth of Fort McMurray.
Sheldon formed the ideas for this presentation based on a lifetime of watching this community develop. He has had the opportunity to grow up in Fort McMurray and now raises his children in the same house where he spent his childhood. His intersecting viewpoints have helped him form thought provoking perceptions of the history and future of this region.
Sheldon Germain believes in “Sharing Our Potential” and the importance of getting involved. He was first elected as a Regional Councilor in 1998 at the age of 26. He has served on many boards and committees including Chair of the Northern Classic outdoor hockey game and currently sits on the MacDonald Island Board of Directors. He was named one of Fort McMurray’s “Top 40 under 40” by Connect Newspaper and has been awarded the Keyano College Huskies’ Ambassador of the Year.
Sheldon completed K -12 in Fort McMurray, attended Keyano College and received an Education Degree from the University of Alberta before earning his Masters of Education from UPEI. He is married to Gerarda and they have three children: Drew, Ellie, and Anya.
Director of the Environmental Services Department at the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Kevin is a Professional Engineer with over 18 years of environmental engineering and operations experience in municipal environmental services, hazardous waste treatment and disposal, conventional oil and gas and in the oilsands. Kevin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary and a Master of Business Administration degree from Queen’s University.
For the last five years, Kevin and his family have resided in Fort McMurray and he has been active in the community, coaching minor hockey and baseball and serving as President of the Fort McMurray Minor Hockey Association and as Vice-President of the Wood Buffalo Environmental Association.
Malik Badar Aman
Malik is a 27-year-old entrepreneur who has always had a deep rooted passion for design. He was born and raised in Pakistan and, in 2004, at the age of 20, he immigrated to Canada by himself to begin an adventure that continues to this day.
For the first four years, Malik pursued an Honours Degree in Economics at McMaster University. The title of his thesis was “Death of the Mall: How E-Commerce is Shaping the Future of Retail”.
After obtaining his Degree in 2008, Malik moved to Fort McMurray with nothing but a dream. After a long hard struggle, Malik has managed to build a company that employs some of the best designers, programmers and researchers on earth, who are working together to fulfill their mission of making our online world, the world where we now spend a majority of our time, more beautiful, more intuitive and ultimately, more human.
Malik is the President and CEO of Malik Media, one of the fastest growing design and marketing firms in North America.
- To watch all 11 videos, visit the Tedx Fort McMurray website.