January 19, 2018 | Betty Andrews Recital Hall | Edmonton, AB

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxMacEwanU, where x = independently organized TED event.

At our TEDxMacEwanU event, TED Talks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.


Laying New Tracks is about celebrating MacEwan’s innovations, the people behind them — and the impact contributions have made within MacEwan and in our community at large.

It’s about forward momentum and forward thinking—like revolutionizing education and the student experience by bringing novel research and innovative teaching into the classroom. Our collection of presenters includes faculty and students laying new tracks in a diverse range of expertise including innovative student business solutions to urban food security and the intersections of music/culture/video.

We also acknowledge the tracks that brought us to where we are now. We recognize that our university rests on traditional Treaty Six Land, and as we work towards Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action, we recognize our responsibility to protect this land.

And, finally, our university is built upon the former site of the Canadian National Railway line. As this historic railway celebrates 100 years of its tracks physically connecting our nation, we hope to build on the idea of connecting people through inclusion and reconciliation.

Laying New Tracks is about where we have come from and where we are going — what we have learned and what we look forward to learning.

Our faculty and student speakers >

This independent TEDx event is operated under license from TED.