Seven diverse and fascinating speakers took to the stage for Dalhousie TEDx: Understanding Uncertainty on March 12. The event centered around the themes of change, working through hard times and embracing new experiences. It included talks from several Dalhousie alumni; professors and students also took to the stage.

Loran MorrisonLoran Morrison (BSc (Physics)’11, BSc (Microbiology & Immunology)’14) is studying medicine at Dal and is the creator of SHINE (Supporting, Helping, and Inspiring through Non-profit Education). The tutoring group offers high school students in north-end Halifax free math and science help.


Susan FitzgeraldAssistant professor Susan Fitzgerald (BEDS (TUNS)’97, MARFP’99) is an architect and interior designer. Her work has been published globally by top news outlets as well as Azure Magazine.




Wanda Thomas BernardDr. Wanda Thomas Bernard (MSW’77) is a scholar, social worker, mentor, community leader, and a Canadian senator. She has been a professor at Dalhousie for many years. Another recent on-campus event featured Dr. Bernard in an in-depth conversation about gender, race and making a difference during International Women’s Week.



Other speakers were resilient Dal student Sanford Hare, Syrian refugee and Nova Scotia business owner Tareq Hadhad, and Dalhousie neurosurgeon Dr. Adrienne Weeks.

Find out more: Read “Local speakers featured at Dalhousie TEDx” on

Speaker bios are also on the TEDx Dalhousie website.

Watch the video of the event

The event was streamed live and recorded. Watch the full series of talks below or select a feature to view directly on YouTube.

Susan Fitzgerald — Changing Cities and Evolving Lives [6:00]
Dr. Srini Sampalli — Uncertainty in Cyberspace: Top Five Emerging Cybersecurity Challenges [18:53]
Loran Morrison — How I Found Success in the Little Thing I Love [37:21]
Dr. Adrienne Weeks — Uncertainty Drives Innovation in Brain Tumours [1:59:52]
Sanford Hare — Looking Back on Illness [2:10:54]
Senator Wanda Thomas Bernard — Finding Courage to Be an Ally in the Fight for Rights [3:50:37]
Tareq Hadhad — Peace by Chocolate: Newcomers’ Message [4:09:17]