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Theme: Activating Ideas

This event occurred on
June 9, 2012
8:00am - 5:00pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Edmonton, AB

The world doesn't simply need big ideas. The world needs great vision, powered by creators, engineers, entrepreneurs and change agents with the ability to execute and ambition to prove it. It's about having the courage to be the first one, to lead others into unfamiliar territory, to transform unproven ideas into something real. It's about who can outwork, outplay and outsmart the competition, and who question the usual definitions of success. At TEDxEdmonton 2012, we'll challenge you to go beyond ideas, fight constraints, create momentum, inspire followers, and take action. It's time you activate those big ideas and start building something great for the world, right here from Edmonton and beyond.

Citadel Theater - Zeidler Hall
9828-101A Avenue
Edmonton, AB, T5J 3C6
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Mark Pawsey

Mark trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London winning the Liverpool Playhouse Award and an honors diploma in Stage Management. He spent 15 years in London’s West End working on shows such as “Steel Magnolias”, “Taboo – The Boy George Musical” and original productions of “The Woman in Black” and “Phantom of the Opera.” Some of the most notable artists Mark has worked with include Hugh Jackman, Julie Andrews, Bob Hope, Judi Dench, Carol Channing and Chita Rivera. Mark also helped to stage manage the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester and “Hey Mr Producer!” a musical celebration of the work of Sir Cameron Mackintosh, performed especially for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. In 1996 after he attendeed Cirque de Soleil’s production of Satimbanco at the Royal Alberta Hall in London, Mark knew he wanted to run away with the circus. In 1998 he joined the European and then North American tours of Alegria and Quidam before venturing to Las Vegas for five years to work on the resident show Zumanity and then with ZED at Tokyo Disney in Japan. Currently as the Artistic Director of Amaluna, Mark is responsible for maintaining the quality and integrity of the show as it tours North America, as well as managing all the artists and the artistic team on tour. Amaluna is his fifth Cirque de Soleil production.

Kyle Hermenean

Kyle Hermenean is the co-founder of Machina Corp., a company that manufactures 3D Printers with the goal of bringing desktop 3D printing and rapid prototyping to an affordable price. He has a background in software development, having worked for companies such as Nortel and AT&T before moving over to the consumer products business. He splits his time between Edmonton and Calgary growing the public's awareness of the 2nd industrial revolution found in 3D printing technologies. Kyle will be speaking on “The Future of Manufacturing” at TEDxEdmonton 2013.

Todd Babiak

Todd Babiak is co-founder of Story Engine, a company that uses story-based strategies to make organizations, governments and leaders better: more focused, more cohesive, more influential, more human. He has published four award-winning novels, three of them bestsellers: Choke Hold, The Garneau Block, The Book of Stanley and Toby: A Man. His fifth novel, Come Barbarians, will be published in September, 2013 by HarperCollins. He writes for film and television and he's on several volunteer boards, including Startup Edmonton and the Alliance Française. See www.storyengine.com and www.toddbabiak.com.

Good Women Dance Collective

Good Women Dance Collective is a creation-based company that is committed to helping create a vibrant and sustainable contemporary dance community in Edmonton. The group’s artistic focus is on creating and producing innovative new works with integrity and conviction. Good Women also dedicates part of its season toward offering performance, education and professional development opportunities to artists working in Edmonton, and is passionate about making contemporary dance more accessible to the general public. Current artistic members include Ainsley Hillyard, Alison Kause, Alida Nyquist-Schultz and Kate Stashko. The Good Women Dance Collective will be speaking and performing on the topic of “The Future of Dance” at TEDxEdmonton 2013.

Rajan Ahluwalia

Rajan Ahluwalia has been in the recycling business since 1989. He is from Mumbai (Bombay) India. His father served in Indian Railways, and his mother was a stay-at-home mother. He holds a B.Sc. degree from Bombay University in India. From his school days he has associated himself with recycling, where he would be frequently seen recycling his own (and willing classmates’) textbooks. Even the writing books, he would remove the un-used pages and take it to the local Binder, who would make a brand new note book for the next year. This was the basis of recycling for him. Rajan does not limit himself to just the paper. He is also pursuing recycling waste glass and making interlocking bricks for pavements. Coated in Titanium Oxide, these blocks will have unique air cleaning properties. The City of Edmonton is now working with GREYS providing the land necessary for this new venture. GREYS plant is located in the Edmonton Waste Management Centre of Excellence, in a unique 68,000 square foot monolithic dome. The City of Edmonton is fully supporting his project by way of supplying raw material and leasing 7 acres of land to him. GREYS currently employ approximately 60 people in the first of its kind plant in Canada and the world. Rajan is very optimistic about his venture in Canada. He says the people of Canada are really caring for the Nature and the response to his idea is tremendous. He is looking for like minded people to work with him. His International ventures are keeping him occupied today, as he is working on developing his concept in the USA and China to name a few.

Patrick LaForge

Patrick LaForge delivers innovative firsts in a sport rich with tradition. Under his leadership, the Edmonton Oilers staged the NHL’s first regular season outdoor game, sold out almost 300 consecutive games, founded the Oilers Community Foundation and introduced the first lottery for a NHL team. This season after the NHL lock-out ended, the Oilers played shinny in Hawrelak Park, a return to the origins of the game. These days, Patrick’s responsibilities are shifting dramatically to include leadership of day to day operations of Edmonton’s new downtown arena, which is slated to open its doors to the world in 2016. Prior to joining the Oilers, Patrick worked as Vice President International Marketing, Molson Breweries of Canada, President and CEO, Alpine Canada and was a member of the Executive Board of the Canadian Olympic Committee. He graduated from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan Executive Management Program. Patrick will be speaking on the topic of “The Future of Sport” at TEDxEdmonton 2013.

Sarthak Sinha

Sarthak Sinha is a grade 11 student at Henry Wisewood High School in Calgary, Alberta. Since grade 9, Sinha has worked in the field of skin regeneration in attempts to translate stem cell based therapies to clinics world wide. He has presented his findings around the world and has been recognized with a silver medal and a third place award at national and international science competitions respectively. He has also had the honor of contributing to the scientific community with a total of five publications at international conferences including a neuroscience research prize by the American Academy of Neurology. Apart from his research and Full International Baccalaureate program at school, Sinha serves as the national ambassador for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. He has been recognized as a “Under 25: Ones To Watch” by Maclean Magazine, shortlisted for “Top 20 Under 20 in Canada” by Youth in Motion and a “Top 25 Canadian Immigrants” by the RBC Immigrant Award. He has also been featured in the Globe and Mail and recently authored an article titled: ‘Recipe for high-school success’. Sarthak Sinha will be speaking on the topic of “The Future of Education” at TEDxEdmonton 2013.

Organizing team


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
  • Dan Jacob