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This event occurred on
May 25, 2012
12:00pm - 7:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Calgary, AB

TEDxYYC is about using inspiring talks to prompt the greater Calgary community to action. We are about collaboration and community building.

Calgary Science Centre
220 St George's DR NE
Calgary, AB, T2E 5T2
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Moeed Ahmand

Moeed Ahmad is the Head of New Media at Al Jazeera and can be found tweeting at twitter.com/moeed. He joined Al Jazeera in 2005 and is currently leading a dynamic team which focuses on media innovation to enhance Al Jazeera’s presence and engagement with its viewers on the social web and mobile. In recent years, the team has led the way in leveraging social media for news, particularly for Al Jazeera’s coverage of the 2011 Arab Spring. He is a proponent of open source and empowering communities through projects like Al Jazeera Creative Commons Repository.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon

Sir Nicholas Kenyon is the Managing Director of the Barbican Centre, A world-class arts and learning organization, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major artforms including dance, music, film, theatre, visual arts and creative learning. Unique in its vision, architecture and scope, he continues to lead one of London’s most important and diverse cultural institutions. He was Director of the BBC Proms from 1996 to 2007.As a music critic he wrote for The New Yorker, The Times and Observer,and was editor of Early Music 1983-92. He was appointed Controller of BBC Radio 3 in 1992, and was responsible for the award-winning seasons Fairest Isle and Sounding the Century. He then oversaw the BBC’s programming for the Millennium and ran the BBC’s Live Events and TV Classical Music departments. He has continued to write and lecture on the arts, publishing books on Mozart, Simon Rattle, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and early music. He is a board member of the English National Opera and Sage Gateshead, a Trustee of the Dartington Hall Trust and a member of Arts Council England. He also sits on the Cultural Olympiad Board. He was knighted in 2008; he is married with four children and lives in London.

Mark Horvath

In 2008, Mark Horvath, now known to many as @hardlynormal, set out to film the stories of America’s homeless and share them with as many people as possible on InvisiblePeople.tv. Since then, he has become an internationally recognized activist and ambassador for the millions of individuals and families who reside in shelters, motels, tents along the streets and under highway bridges across the country.

Raffi Cavoukian

Raffi Cavoukian is known to millions simply as Raffi, a renowned Canadian singer once called “the most popular children’s entertainer in the western world” (Washington Post). Raffi is a renaissance man: record producer, author, systems thinker, ecology advocate and entrepreneur. President of Troubadour Music, among the most successful independent record labels, Raffi was a pioneer in music for children and families. A generation saw him in concert and grew up singing Down by the Bay and Raffi’s signature song Baby Beluga. “Beluga grads” often tell him they’re now raising their own kids with his songs. In his 3 decade music career, Raffi refused all commercial endorsement offers and never directly advertised or marketed to children. He is a passionate advocate for a child’s right to live free of commercial exploitation. A recipient of the Order of Canada and the United Nations’ Earth Achievement Award, Raffi has been awarded three honorary degrees. He works with many NGOs, including the Council of Human Development, the Darwin Project Council, the Center for Partnership Studies, the Children’s Environmental Health Center. Raffi is now a “global troubadour”, lecturing and networking to help create a viable future: a restorative, child-friendly world for ourselves and for those to come. In the 2006 anthology Child Honouring: How To Turn This World Around —co-edited by Raffi, foreword by the Dalai Lama—luminaries from a number of disciplines join the call for a new covenant with the world’s children. Resisto Dancing and Communion, Raffi’s recent CDs of inspirational songs for educators, decision makers, parents, and beluga grads, present Child Honouring themes in an infectious blend of world rhythms, sung with passion and wit. Raffi is Founder and Chair of the Centre for Child Honouring on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, to serve as an education hub for the advancement of Child Honouring as a universal ethic. With Child Honouring, Raffi is a catalyst for change at a defining point in human history—with an idea whose time has come.

Dr. Arpad Vass

Dr. Arpad A. Vass is a senior research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Polytechnic University and State University in 1981, is Board certified in Clinical Pathology, has a Master of Science degree in Forensic Science and received a Ph.D in Forensic Anthropology from the University of Tennessee in 1991. During the 1980 – 1983 austral summers, he was on a dive team exploring the permanently ice-covered lakes in the Dry Valleys of Antarctica and received the Antarctic Service Medal of the United States of America. He was on a research team that developed a chemical/biological sensor which received an R&D 100 award in 2000 and also was chosen as Tennessee Scientist of the Year in 2004. He has authored over 60 publications and has 17 patents which range from the development of unique electrical generators to the pragmatic use of free-living amoebae. He is an expert in human decomposition and developed four novel methods to determine the post-mortem interval which are currently used world-wide. He is an instructor at the National Forensic Academy and has assisted law enforcement on numerous homicide investigations. One of his current interests is developing new technology to help locate clandestine graves by the use of odor mortis.

Christina Franco

Christina Franco is an arctic explorer, travel guide, conservationist, amateur cook and mother. Her love and appreciation of the power of nature began as she embarked upon a photography career. From there she added cheeky and challenging historical trekking tours of Italy and Africa to her career. It was not until 2005 after participating and winning a race to the magnetic north pole that she focused her attention full time on the Arctic. Always one to forge her own path, Christina has twice attempted to be the first solo woman to reach the geographic North Pole and has the intention to keep trying. She grew up in Chicago, then Italy, then New York, where she remained through to the end of her Photography Degree at NYU, followed by post grad work at Rhodes in South Africa. Christina is currently on the Board of Save The Rhino International and past board member of the Wilderness Foundation. With a strong commitment to education Christina continues to give talks to, or involve schools in her various treks and adventures, to inspire the next generation to follow their dreams even if those places appear cold and inhospitable. Christina lives in London, UK with her toddler Vittorio.

Dr. Breanne Everett

Dr. Breanne Everett is the CEO and Cofounder of Orpyx, as well as a Medical Doctor and Resident in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Calgary. Early in her residency, Dr. Everett developed a keen interest in neuroplasticity, the potential for the brain to “rewire itself,” and the possibility of developing medical solutions premised on this amazing potential of the human mind. Dr. Everett’s clinical experience has given her ample exposure to diabetic patients requiring surgical management of diabetic foot complications. Seeing the burden these complications pose on both patients and the healthcare system, and with the primary goal of addressing these issues, she founded Orpyx in 2010. Dr. Everett is currently earning her MBA through the Haskayne School of Business.

Dr. Charlene Elliott

Charlene Elliott, PhD is the Canada Research Chair in Food Marketing, Policy and Health at the University of Calgary. She is the Associate Professor of Communication, and holds a join appointment with the Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Kinesiology. Dr. Elliott’s program of research seeks to explore the complex nature of children’s food marketing, and to study what it means – in terms of dietary habits and health – to promote food using particular types of marketing appeals. Her works probe both the formal and informal regulatory approaches that seek to direct the consumption practices of Canadians. She has provided input and recommendations on federal and international initiatives pertaining to food, labelling and policy.

Jeff De Boer

Jeff de Boer is a Calgary-based multi-media artist and instructor with an international reputation for producing some of the world’s most original and well-crafted works of art. With an emphasis on metal, he is best known for such bodies of work suits of armour for cats and mice, rocket lamps and pop culture ray guns, and exquisite high art, abstract works called exoforms. Jeff created the barbed-wire horse in the Glenbow Museum, was artist-in-residence for the new Alberta Children’s Hospital and is embarking on new projects that merge technology with aesthetics in new ways that encourage meaningful human-technology interaction that he anticipates will change how technology is developed. He has taught, lectured and exhibited around the world.

Kali Taylor

Kali developed a passion for community building at a young age being raised in a small town where she sat on various community initiative committees and formed one of Alberta’s first youth councils. From this she went on to consult small, rural communities on how to better engage youth. Kali found her passion for the energy industry when she began working in the industry as an analyst at the young age of 19 while studying for her Bachelor of Commerce in Energy Management at the University of Calgary. While simultaneously working and studying, Kali also gave back to the business school community by participating in various student initiatives. Most notably, Kali chaired the planning of the inaugural International Student Energy Summit that brought 350 students from 30 countries to Calgary to learn from leading energy experts. Kali then founded the not-for-profit, Student Energy, that works to create a global movement of students committed to transitioning the world to a sustainable energy future. Kali has received numerous awards for her dedication and leadership in community activities including the Premier’s Citizenship Award, Queen Elizabeth II Citizenship Medal, the National Millennium Leadership Scholarship, the Haskayne School of Business Action Award and Outstanding Graduate Award, and was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Environmentalists Under 25 in 2011.

Organizing team


Calgary, Canada


Calgary, Canada
  • Alex Middleton
  • James Bull
  • Jasmine Antonick
  • Leor Rotchild
    committee member
  • Adam Goetz
    committee member
  • Stewart McDonough
    committee member
  • Liz Field
    committee member
  • Kalynn Crump
    committee member
  • Jo Pesta`
    committee member
  • Kerri Lynn Hauck
    committee member