TEDxOttawaWomen 2020 Speakers

Jill Heinerth


More people have walked on the moon than have been to some of the places Jill Heinerth has explored here on earth. She is a veteran of over thirty years of filming, photography and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide. She is the inaugural Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world’s highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences. With gripping storytelling, and radiating with intimacy, her book Into the Planet transports readers deep into the most exquisite, untouched corners of the earth, where fear must be reconciled and the innermost parts of the human condition are revealed.

Want to learn more? www.IntoThePlanet.com

Meredith Thatcher

CFM, FMP, LEED® AP, IFMA Fellow, Prosci®

For Meredith Thatcher, there is no other option than to get it right the first time, every time. Meredith collaborates with businesses and organizations to analyze, envision and plan for the future of their workplace and community—all while preparing employees to adapt and thrive within it.

As a workplace strategist and change management consultant, she understands the need for modern-day workplaces to be innovative, agile, sustainable and dynamic. Meredith is known for her ability to dig in and really get to know an organization—and its people—inside and out. She is a profound observer, strong listener, skilled communicator, and effective facilitator whose focus on providing knowledgeable insights and practical solutions is rooted in expertise.

As a seasoned entrepreneur, she is the leader of a small and mighty workplace strategy consulting firm, Thatcher Workplace Consulting, based in Ottawa, Canada. She is also the co-founder of Agile Work Evolutions (AWE), a tech startup.

Want to learn more? www.agileworkevolutions.com

Email: meredith@agileworkevolutions.com

LinkedIn: Meredith Thatcher

Erin “RobotGrrl” Kennedy

Founder, Robot Missions

Erin “RobotGrrl” Kennedy is the CEO and technical founder of Robot Missions, where she has developed a 3D printed robot to collect plastics on shorelines. Recently, she completed the International Space University Space Studies Program. Now she’s applying the learnings to Arboribots to deploy lighthouses on the Moon powering missions beyond lunar night survival. During the day, Erin has the joy of helping entrepreneurs bring their hardware products to life at Bayview Yards Prototyping Lab. Following an unconventional academic path, she is primarily self-taught. Erin has been recognized as a Lieutenant Governor’s Visionary Prize finalist, and a gold medalist at the RoboGames (aka the ‘robot olympics’). She is a is a proud Global Shaper in the Ottawa Hub, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Her passion for robotics and the environment is what drives her.

Want to learn more? http://robotgrrl.xyz

http://robotmissions.org       http://arboribots.space

Twitter: http://twitter.com/robotgrrl

Facebook: http://facebook.com/robotmissions

Zoe Knox & Amanda Jetté Knox

Zoe Knox is a mother of four and high-tech professional in telecommunications. Her wife, Amanda Jetté Knox, is a human rights advocate, author and public speaker. They live in Ottawa, Canada and have four children.

The family’s message of unconditional love and acceptance has been featured by media outlets worldwide, including BBC, O Magazine, Buzzfeed, Upworthy, The Independent UK and many others. Amanda has written a memoir of her family’s journey entitled Love Lives Here: A Story of Thriving in a Transgender Family, which was published by Penguin Canada and is a #1 Canadian bestseller.

Dr. Cheryl Netterfield

Founder and CEO, POMMe-Health

Cheryl Netterfield joined the Canadian Armed Forces as a medical student in 1991. She completed her Family Medicine residency and continued to work for the military for over 24 years. Her areas of medical interest include family medicine and occupational, sports, aviation and dive medicine. She proudly served her country in two overseas deployments and has worked in over five different provinces across Canada.

Recognizing the struggles of the healthcare system today, she is passionate about developing solutions to empower healthcare teams. She is the Founder and CEO of POMMe-Health, a digital healthtech company, providing a customizable communication platform for care teams managing complex patients. Every healthcare provider deserves the tools to empower them to work more efficiently. Every patient deserves the best healthcare team.

LinkedIn: Cheryl Netterfield

Bernadette Clement

Mayor, City of Cornwall

Born in Montreal, Bernadette Clement is the proud daughter of a Franco-Manitoban mother and a father from Trinidad and Tobago. She is a graduate of the University of Ottawa faculty of law, and is Executive Director of the Legal Aid Clinic in Cornwall Ontario. She also became a politician in 2006 and was elected for three terms as a City Councillor. In October of 2018, she became the first woman Mayor of Cornwall and and the first black woman Mayor of a Municipality in Ontario.

Facebook: Bernadette Clement (@CornwallBernadette)

Instagram: @CornwallBernadette

Twitter: @BernadetteClem

Teri Kingston

Founder Real Impact Speaking, Caregiver Advocate

Teri Kingston is the CEO, Director, manager, employee, marketer, bookkeeper, sales force head and every other solo entrepreneurial label you can think of. As a speaker coach, she leads people through their fears and terrors, helps them step into their own power on any stage.  She is a fervent and passionate advocate for caregivers and family members who are facing their longest moments as they prepare to “love someone to death”. 

Want to learn more? https://realimpactspeaking.com/

LinkedIn: Teri Kingston



Lianne Laing

Lianne Laing is a veteran television broadcaster who spent 20 years in the business, first as a sports anchor and then the host of CTV Morning Life. Two years ago she decided to trade in the 3-30 am alarm clock for a little more sleep and a new way of storytelling. Leaving behind the time constraints and commercial breaks of TV, she took her passion for health and wellness to a podcast platform.  “Living Your Life w Lianne Laing” aims to educate, entertain and inspire her listeners to make informed choices to live longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives. Her incredible network of experts allows her to hit on limitless topics related to healthy living both physically, mentally and spiritually. When Lianne isn’t in the recording studio, she is also a speaker, writer and media consultant.


These speakers/event was originally scheduled for April 2020.  Due to COVID-19, the event was postponed with a new date for November 2020.  More details to follow. 

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