Ashbury College first Ottawa school to host ideas forum at TEDx on November 26

Ottawa, ON (November 25, 2015) – Ashbury College will present its independently organized TEDx event on Thursday, exploring the theme of the pursuit of progress. Ashbury is the first high school in Ottawa to feature this unique TED-style series of talks from a range of speakers, including students, teachers and members of the wider community.

“Our goal is to spark deep discussions and serve as a forum for idea sharing,” says David Sung, Grade 12, one of the organizers of the student-led event. “We’re excited about the blend of our speakers, ranging from students in Grade 6, to some of the more impressive thinkers in the city. Individually and together they will provide thought-provoking conversation.”

Sung and several fellow Ashbury students applied for the TEDx licence in the spring of 2015, vowing to follow the strict rules and guidelines of the TED organization, and committing to unearthing local voices and perspective-changing stories. Months of planning and vetting speaker applications have resulted in what Sung calls, “a one-of-a-kind event.”

TEDxAshburyCollege’s speakers will cover topics ranging from the role of design in the everyday product to achieving environmental sustainability in the 21st century and more. Notable community presenters include the following:

Dr. Joel Westheimer from the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Education: What Kind of Citizen? Educating our Children for the Common Good

Emilie Taman, former crown prosecutor and recent federal NDP candidate: Citizen Engagement in the Political Process

Mitch Kurylowicz, Ashbury class of 2015: Project Jenga

The afternoon TEDx session gets underway at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, until 5:30 p.m. with a break for dinner. The evening session runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. A full line-up of speakers and topics can be found at Admission to the event, held in the Ashbury theatre, is free. Donations for the food bank will be accepted at the door.


About Ashbury College

Ashbury College is a leading independent IB World School for boys and girls, Grades 4 to 12. Located in Ottawa, with students from over 50 countries, Ashbury’s mission is to engage students in a dynamic learning environment and to inspire them to become intellectually vibrant, compassionate and responsible citizens.


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.


For more information, please contact:

Tara Jackson
Director, Communications and Marketing
Ashbury College
613-749-9630 ext. 269