Don Hill is a sound artist, broadcaster, and associate researcher at Laurentian University’s Neuroscience Research Group. His interest lies in psychoacoustics, the science of how sound affects human cognition. He completed an investigation of the psychoacoustic properties of the carillon bells atop Edmonton’s City Hall, as well as a fascinating exploration of the sonic architecture embedded in a 5,300 year old medicine wheel – a careful alignment of stones spread out across 20 sq. km on the Canadian prairie.
Dr. Terry Singh is a Calgary-area clinical psychologist whose research explores how and why people change, and how mental health professionals can help aid in the process. Through his work as the Director of SSA Psychology and his role on
the treatment team at WGM Psychology, two leading Calgary-area mental
health clinics, he is involved in diagnosing and treating adults and
adolescents struggling with a wide variety of mental health issues.
Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, Member of Parliament and leader of the Green Party of Canada. Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She held the position of Associate General Council for the Public Interest Advocacy Centre prior to becoming Senior Policy Advisor to the federal minister of the Environment from 1986 until 1988. Elizabeth was the Executive Director of the Sierra Club of Canada from 1989 to 2006. She is an Officer of the Order of Canada, author of seven books, was chosen (by a vote of all MPs) as Macleans magazine's 2012 Parliamentarian of the Year, 2013 Hardest Working MP and by Hill Times as 2013 Hardest Working MP and Best Constituency MP.
Bart Houlahan along with his partners, Jay Coen Gilbert and Andrew Kassoy, co-founded B Lab in 2006. B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving entrepreneurs using business as a force for good.
Prior to B Lab, Bart was President of AND 1, a $250 MM basketball footwear and apparel company. Bart is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, a recipient of the 2014 Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, and a board member of the Fuqua Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE), the Wharton Impact Investing Initiative, and the G8 Impact Measurement Working Group.
In the summer of 2010, Gilmore Junio was named to Canada’s Long Track Development Team, and that fall he found himself travelling the globe racing for Canada at World Cups. Three years later he was ranked 8th in the world with a World Cup Silver medal, and just a year after that he found himself representing Canada at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. But despite his accomplishments on the track, it was was what he did off the track at those Olympics that resulted in Junio’s receiving a champion’s welcome upon his return home to Calgary.
After teammate Denny Morrison fell and failed to qualify for the men’s 1000 m, he received a text message from Junio, who decided to withdraw so that Morrison could have the opportunity to race instead. Morrison went on to win the silver medal in that race, giving Morrison his fourth ever Olympic medal, equaling Gaetan Boucher for the most medals by a Canadian male long track speed skater.
Mathematician, philosopher, astronomist, Catholic priest and former director of the Vatican Observatory, Father George V. Coyne is a fascinating real-life representation of the paradoxical battle between science and religion.
Lindsey Kindrat is a born naturalist, explorer and small town girl at heart, with roots in Alberta oil country and a vast appreciation for the potential of her beloved planet. Combining her passion for ecology and physics into sustainable building planning, design and construction for government and public sector projects, Lindsey quickly earned a place among Alberta’s top green building professionals. She has twice been awarded a Directorship with the Alberta Chapter, Canada Green Building Council, where she seeks to bring green building education into the mainstream for everyone to share, understand and enjoy.
Nate Phelps is the son of Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, which gained infamy from their protests at soldiers’ funerals around the United States. He is the sixth of thirteen children, and was taught his father’s extreme version of Calvinism from an early age. This was accompanied by extreme physical punishments and abuse, extreme dietary and health requirements, and other extreme expectations. Nate left home at midnight on his eighteenth birthday, and moved to California where he built a new life away from his family. He later moved to Canada, and only recently began speaking out about his story after a chance encounter with a reporter while driving a cab in Cranbrook, British Columbia.
Nate has now spoken about his story to many groups around North America, and even returned home to Topeka in 2010 to tell his story to the people in his hometown. Today Nate lives in Calgary, Alberta and works for the Center For Inquiry. He is a vocal LGBT advocate, and speaks out against the dangers of religion and child abuse.
He is currently working on a book which covers his exceptional story, and is the subject of an upcoming documentary film.
Sarah Curts, aka Sarah Bella, is a model, performer and artist based in Calgary. She has extensive years of dance training, especially in ballet and modern. Her focus these days is on circus training and performing lyra and silk.
Karen Sim is a professional violinist and vocalist from Calgary, Alberta, with over 20 years of classical training and performance experience. Coming from a long family line of performers and musicians, Karen has made her passion for music her trade.
Dallas Arcand is a high energy Aboriginal Entertainer from the Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Cree Nation near Edmonton, and world champion hoop dancer. Arcand is also a renowned musician and motivational speaker, facilitating workshops for aboriginal people of all ages, speaking on topics ranging from self-awareness to personal motivation. His Aboriginal name is ‘Dancing Buffalo Man’ (Nimihto Paskwa Mostôs Napew), and for many years Arcand had no idea that dancing would become a major influence in his life. A graduate of Mount Royal College with a General Studies Diploma majoring in Behavioural Sciences, he now delights in sharing his culture through this athletic and creative art form.
Calgary band Boreal Sons perform two songs for the audience at TEDxYYC to introduce the final session of the afternoon. With the songs "Refrain" and "Sparks," Boreal Sons represent the emotional scope of their recent full length album Threadbare.