Meet this year's TEDxGuelphU 2019/2020 Executive Team!


Primary Organizer

Name: Sierra Vanderkamp

Program: 3rd Year Bio-medical Sciences, minoring in Neuroscience

3 favourite things: Calendars, Mini Coopers, and Winning

Favourite TED Talk: “My stroke of insight” by Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor


Logistics lead

Name: Vera Hoogendoorn

Program: 2nd Year Food and Agricultural Business

3 favourite things: Dessert, Cows, and Shoes

Favourite TED Talk: “Do Schools Kill Creativity” by Sir Ken Robinson


Logistics coordinator

Name: Sasha Stroyev

Program: 3rd Year Biomedical Sciences, Minoring in Neuroscience

3 favourite things: Food, Animals, Travelling

Favourite TED Talk: “Robots that fly … and Cooperate” by Vijay Kumar


Finance lead

Name: Leah Hickie

Program: 3rd Year Accounting

3 favourite things: Concerts, Friends and Family, Travelling

Favourite TED Talk: “There’s More to Life than Being Happy” by Emily Esfahani Smith


Finance lead

Name: Ashley Raudanskis

Program: 3rd Year Biomedical Sciences, Minoring in Neuroscience

3 favourite things: Friends and Family, Candles, Vacations

Favourite TED Talk: “We Should All Be Feminists” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Finance coordinator

Name: Zachary Palmer

Program: 2nd Year Accounting

3 favourite things: Travelling, Long walks on the Beach, Hanging out with Friends and Family

Favourite TED Talk: “How to Make Stress Your Friend” by Kelly McGonigal


Marketing lead

Name: Madison Boyack

Program: 5th Year Marketing Management (Co-op)

3 favourite things: Travelling, Concerts and Friends/Family

Favourite TED Talk: “My Philosophy for a Happy Life” by Sam Berns


Social Media coordinator

Name: Alexandra Konopaski

Program: 3rd Year Accounting

3 favourite things: Soccer, Shopping, Mac and Cheese

Favourite TED Talk: “What Makes a Good Life? Lessons from the Longest Study on Happiness” by Robert Waldinger


Speakers lead

Name: Jack Mogus

Program: 2nd Year Nanoscience

3 favourite things: Hockey, Photography, and Listening to Music

Favourite TED Talk: “It’s Time to Drop the Science Fair Stereotype” by Katherine Brent


Speakers coordinator

Name: Shoshana Buckhalter

Program: 1st Year MSc Student- Molecular and Cellular Biology & Neuroscience

3 favourite things: My Cat, Coffee, Family and Friends

Favourite TED Talk: “Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are” by Amy Cuddy


Senior executive

Name: Allegra Pearl

Program: Arts & Science; Microbiology and Psychology

3 favourite things: Ice Cream, Travelling, My Family

Favourite TED Talk: “Toward Rational, Authentic Food Choices” by Melanie Joy