Event Organizers

Diana Rice, MA History and Philosophy of Religion

It is the inherent interdisciplinary public discourse encouraged by the TED organisation which first drew Diana to become a fan several years ago. A longtime member of Girl Guides of Canada, she has been a leader of a Pathfinder Unit for the past 8 years, and is the co-organizer of the Annual Young Women’s Forum for the Girl Guides of Canada-Quebec Council. Diana is a project coordinator at Dawson College, and is leading the organizational charge for this year’s TEDxDawsonCollege.

Rafael Scapin, Ph.D Computational Physics

A long-time follower of TED, Rafael has attended TEDxMontreal, TEDxMcGill, and TEDxConcordia and is responsible for bringing the idea of a TEDx event hosted here at Dawson. He is assisting with a variety of different tasks in the organisation of this event. He speaks five languages (Portuguese, English, French, Spanish, and Italian) resulting from his continued exuberance for languages. Rafael is an Educational Advisor for Educational Technology at Dawson College, and assists faculty members with course management systems, new technologies, and pedagogical strategies involving educational technology.

Elisabeth Roy, BA Communication Studies

Elisabeth works as a Communications Officer in the Communications Department at Dawson College. Her main responsibilities are to manage and update the College’s website and to help plan and organize events and publications at Dawson College. Elisabeth has a passion for traveling and discovering new cultures. She has been an avid fan of TED talks and is very excited to be a part of the TEDxDawsonCollege team.

Barbara Freedman, BA English and Italian and MBA

Barbara is the Dean of Instructional Development at Dawson College. She oversees the Office of Instructional Development which provides an array of services to faculty, including; support for student success projects, assistance in instructional design, participation in professional development and research activities. Barbara obtained her B.A. (English and Italian) from Newcomb College of Tulane University in New Orleans and studied music at McGill. She has an M.B.A. (Concordia) and is an endurance athlete. She has been an avid fan of TED since being introduced to it by members of S.P.A.C.E (a student success project that clearly epitomizes the spirit of TED) some three years ago.

Donna Varrica, BA Journalism/English Literature and MA International Journalism

Donna has been in the field of communications since before computers, e-mail, the Internet, social media, and the 24-hour news cycle were as widespread as they are today. She has in a sense “grown up” with the introduction of each of these new avenues for communication, tailoring her practice to the various opportunities they afford. Although her expertise lies in issues management and crisis communications, she has led Dawson College through a complete re-branding of its image and the re-formulation and launch of its web presence, and is responsible on a day-to-day basis for major events, printed publications, electronic material, internal communications, and media relations.