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Theme: The Frontier

This event occurred on
November 12, 2011
9:00am - 5:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Vancouver, BC

Our event is all about providing an amazing TED experience that engages the intellectual elite of Vancouver BC. Bring together people to promote local ideas, and to bring in new ones as well

The Chan Center
Chan Centre for the Performing Arts University of British Columbia 6265 Crescent Road
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z1
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Victor Lucas

Creator, executive producer and co-host of “The Electric Playground” Victor Lucas is an Emmy-winning videogame television pioneer and a highly respected television personality. His first original TV series, “The Electric Playground,” hit the airwaves in 1997 and is now a daily TV series seen in Canada and Australia, weekly in the US, and airs 24-7 online around the globe.

Aaron Coret Stephen Slen

t Co-founders of Katal Innovations, Stephen Slen and Aaron Coret will be speaking at TEDxVancouver 2011. Katal Innovations is comprised of a small crew of scientifically inclined skiers and snowboarders dedicated to safe progress in action sports. Katal’s first project, The Landing Pad, was inspired by a tragic accident that left co-creator Aaron Coret paralyzed from the neck down after taking a hard fall on a routine switch backside 540, crushing his C5/C6 vertebrae in February 2005.

Reid Gower

Reid Gower has a passion in promoting scientific literacy in the general population leading him to develop his video series. His media creation, called The Sagan Series, borrows the words of the late astrophysicist Carl Sagan and has gone on to inspire millions across the world. Reid is Canadian and lives on Vancouver Island. Reid is currently studying philosophy at the University of Victoria.

Seth Cooper

Seth Cooper is the Creative Director of the Center for Game Science at the University of Washington, where he received his PhD in Computer Science and Engineering. His current research focuses on using video games to solve difficult scientific problems. He is co-creator, lead designer, and developer of Foldit, a scientific discovery game that has allowed video gamers to advance the field of biochemistry. He has also done research in real-time animation and motion capture for games, and has previously worked at Square Enix, Electronic Arts, Pixar Animation Studios, and the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory (on BOINC).

Christopher Gaze

Best known as Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival, Christopher Gaze has performed in England, the USA and across Canada.Born in England, he trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School before coming to Canada in 1975 where he spent three seasons at the Shaw Festival. He moved to Vancouver in 1983 and in 1990 founded Bard on the Beach which he has since nurtured to one of the most successful not-for-profit Arts organizations in North America, with attendance exceeding 91,000. His many honours include induction into the BC Entertainment Hall of Fame, Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (2004), Honorary Doctorates from UBC & SFU, the BC Community Achievement Award (2007), the Gold Medallion from the Children’s Theatre Foundation of America (2007) and a Jessie Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Equus at The Playhouse.

Kara Pecknold

Kara Pecknold graduated with a degree in English Literature, taught business communications in Eastern Europe and led educational teams in Thailand. But it was her ongoing fascination with language, design and the global impacts of each that led her to return to Vancouver and pursue an MAA in Design at Emily Carr, where she focused her research on cross-cultural design process. Her graduate work in Rwanda has been included as a case study in IDEO’s Human-Centered Design Toolkit. Kara can be found at Dossier creating design research tools or at Emily Carr University teaching a course she has developed that connects diverse students to the idea of designing for social innovation

Jai Aquariun Erin Macri

Jai’ Aquarian is a Vancouver-based innovator, community organizer and spoken word artist. He has been a core organizer in community building events such as Vancouver’s “Car Free Commercial Drive Festival” and has been heavily involved in coordinating and delivering transformative personal growth workshops and retreats. Erin Macri is a physical therapist pursuing a PhD in experimental medicine at UBC. What they have in common is a fundamental drive towards serving their communities and inspiring people to explore their potential. This drive led them both to the middle of a barren desert, on an epic quest for meaning

Dr. Kate Moran

Dr. Kate Moran is a world-renowned ocean engineer, holding degrees in marine science and engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Rhode Island and Dalhousie University. Her research focuses on marine geotechnics and its application to the study of paleoclimate, tectonics and seafloor stability. She has authored numerous publications Dr. Kate Moran has led many major oceanographic expeditions, including the first drilling expedition to the Arctic Ocean in 2004. The following year she led the first expedition to find the source of the earthquake that caused the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. She has also made major contributions to the assessment of seafloor hazards in Canada’s offshore regions.

Romeo Dallaire

Born to a Canadian soldier family in 1946 in the Netherlands, Dallaire joined the Canadian army cadets at 14, and attended le Collège militaire royal de St Jean and Royal Military College in Kingston. A decorated Lieutenant General, Dallaire served 35 years with the Canadian Armed Forces. His best-selling book, Shake Hands With the Devil, is a stirring account of his experience as the Force Commander of the United Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda, which exposes the failures of the international community to stop the worst genocide in the 20th century. The book was released as a full-length feature film Shake Hands With the Devil – The Journey of Roméo Dallaire and won the Emmy Award for Best Documentary in 2007

Jer Thorp

Jer Thorp is an artist and educator and former geneticist from Vancouver, Canada. His digital works explore the many-folded boundaries between science and art, and during his talk at TEDxVancouver he will be navigating the audience through the, sometimes-forgotten context that links data to real occurrences around the globe

Sharhzad Rafati

Shahrzad Rafati – is the only Canadian to join household names such as Oprah Winfrey and Conan O’Brien, as well as key industry players like Sebastian Thrun of Google and Andy Mooney from Disney on Fast Company magazine’s 2011 list of the Top 100 Most Creative People in Business. Shahrzad Rafati is the 31-year old Founder and CEO of BroadbandTV Corp (BBTV).

Nolan Watson

Honoured business leader and humanitarian Nolan Watson will be a featured speaker at TEDxVancouver 2011. After becoming the youngest CFO (age 26) of Silver Wheaton, a multi-billion dollar public company, Watson went on to build Silver Wheaton into the largest metal streaming company in the world. Today, as Chief Executive Officer and President of Sandstorm Gold Ltd. (a $280-million dollar company) and one of Canada’s top 40 under 40, Nolan Watson has balanced his time by pursuing both business and humanitarian efforts.

Sean Aiken

Between Feb 2007 and March 2008, Sean Aiken completed an epic journey around North America, working 52 jobs in 52 weeks. Sean Aiken graduated from Capilano University in North Vancouver, British Columbia, with a degree in business administration in 2005. At the top of his class, with a 4.0 cumulative GPA, he was voted class valedictorian. After graduation, Sean struggled to answer the question, “What should I do with my life?” Instead of take the first job that came along, he found a unique way of figuring it out: The One Week Job Project.

Organizing team


Burnaby, Canada
  • Ahsan Nanji
  • Matt Mahar
    VP - Program
  • Katie Reiach
    VP - Communications
  • Robyn Greene
    Event Director
  • Greg Bell
    Operations Director
  • Ryan Wilson
    Production Director
  • Peter Helm
    Broadcast Director
  • Andrea Lemon
  • Emily Key
    Sponsorship Director
  • Sean O'Brien