TEDxUNB 2017
Speaker Lineup

Greg Hemmings


As an entrepreneur, filmmaker, and community movement-maker, Greg Hemmings is a global thought leader in the area of positive social impact filmmaking. Greg’s focus is on how companies can inspire positive change by investing in the sharing of important stories, which can significantly increasing brand trust in the market.

His commitment for positive social change has taken him and his team to all corners of the globe to tell global stories to inspire local change and local stories to inspire global change. His company Hemmings House is a certified B-Corporation and has been producing film content for the brand marketing and global broadcast industries for over a decade. They have also created a process that engages social community and brand stakeholders in the film story experience helping to accelerate social movements that matter to them.

Greg is also a mentor, public speaker, podcaster, writer, adventurer, musician…and most importantly a dad and husband.

Mansa Agbaku

second year unb science student

Mansa Agbaku is a second year science student here at UNB who makes an effort to radiate positivity in every endeavour. She holds the art of storytelling in high esteem and welcomes any opportunity to couple her love of language with her passion for science.

She has been a longtime volunteer at Loch Lomond Villa nursing home and aims to spark conversations centred around intergenerational relationships between senior citizens and young people. Engaging with seniors has been a key factor in her advancements toward self-actualization, which inclined her to share her thoughts and ideas with the community. She finds this topic to be both enlightening and inspirational.

In her spare time, Mansa attempts to decipher the human condition and although she hasn't found the answer yet, she is having a lot of fun guessing!

Dr. Patrick Reynolds


Since Patrick Reynolds first fell in love with mathematics, he has struggled to understand its beauty and power. After completing his doctorate and postdoctoral work, he joined UNB's Department of Math and Stats in 2013. Gripped by a passion for teaching, and dedicated to improvement as an effective instructor, he is fascinated by the contentious relationship we have--societally and individually--with mathematics.

Since Dr. Reynolds first fell in love with music, he has struggled to understand its beauty and power. As a mathematician and musician, he believes there are important parallels in how we experience music and math.

Seshu Iyengar

Student researcher
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Seshu Iyengar is a third-year student in the University of New Brunswick’s concurrent Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degree programme studying Philosophy and Biology-Physics. Hailing from the distant Fredericton, New Brunswick Seshu has become a member of the Philosophy Department’s Hemlock Club as well as the Townhouse Glee Choir since arriving at UNB. Outside of school he is a member of the Fredericton Constituency Youth Council, an outreach initiative focussed on proposing policy relevant to local youth. He also volunteers with the Fredericton High School Musical Production.

Seshu has gotten heavily involved in research at the Physics department at UNB. Physics education is an area of importance to him; the psychological and testing based differences between students of different genders and degree programmes in introductory physics courses are of particular interest and he presented those findings at the AUPA Conference hosted by Science Atlantic. In the Summer of 2016 he was awarded a NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award to study nuclear magnetic resonance at the UNB MRI Research Centre. Other areas he enjoys studying are metaphysics, philosophy of mind and the role of philosophy in modern science and society.

Seshu has been awarded the Dr. Margot R. Roach scholarship in physics, the John Storrs Brookfield Prize in natural science and the UNBF Student Union Academic Achievement Scholarship.

In his free time, he enjoys playing music and singing, reading, and loudly arguing in the Philosophy department common room. After school, Seshu hopes to enter graduate school for physics and start teaching eventually. Barring that, he could always pull a Socrates and start yelling at people in the Fredericton Farmer’s Market.

Rick Hutchins

Community Problem SOlver
General Manager, NB Food security action network

Rick Hutchins is a Community Development Practitioner and lecturer at Renaissance College. The issue of food and in particular food waste has been a focus of his work  for some time. Over the last few years he has worked as manager of the New Brunswick Food Security Action Network and closely with the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks.

Rick’s career has been mostly with community non profits and in particular those addressing a variety of social and organizational needs.  Rick has a passion for authentic leadership and  the belief that we can change our world through compassion and a true desire for engagement . Rick believes we learn best by doing.

Changed behaviours are needed and a focus on food and food waste as we move forward is a necessary action. Food is a basic right and our society must work to help end world hunger and protect the food supply for future generations.  We can start now!


Hannah Martin

2nd year mcmaster indigenous studies student

Hannah Martin is a Mi’kmaw and Scottish woman, who was raised in the area of Tatamagouche, a village situated on ancient Mi’kmaw territory.

Hannah is a member of the Millbrook First Nation community. Currently, she resides in Hamilton, Ontario, where she pursues her undergraduate degree in Indigenous studies at McMaster University, as a 2015 Joyce/Crawford Loran Scholar. 

After completing her undergraduate degree at McMaster University, Hannah plans on continuing her education until she completes her doctorate studies. However, her greatest achievement will be the day she masters the Mi’kmaw language and raises children to be strong, proud and resilient leaders of the next generation.

Hannah is a speaker and storyteller thought relating her ancestors’ struggles and resistance to her personal journey, as well as the future she sees for her children and the seven generations to come. She speaks only for herself in her experiences and ideas, but hopes that her audiences can connect to her stories and ideas in their own personal way. 

She plans on one day returning to Nova Scotia to reconnect to her Mi’kmaw roots and to pursue a career that will greatly benefit the Mi’kmaq nation.

Performers to be announced soon.

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Speakers Director