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Theme: From Far To Here

Vancouver, BC, Canada
October 19th, 2013

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About this event

Acting as a hub of energy and inspiration, TEDxRenfrewCollingwood is a day-long event that brings together creators, catalysts, designers and thinkers to share their ideas worth spreading on the TEDx stage. A day of listening that invites thought, discussion and play, the TEDx talks are interspersed with activities, performances, and food worth eating. It is a chance to welcome interesting people into the community and to showcase and celebrate the dynamic ideas which exist in Renfrew-Collingwood and in Vancouver. Each talk will be recorded and available for viewing via and the TEDxTalks YouTube channel.

Why TEDxRenfrewCollingwood?

There are people in every community that have ideas worth sharing with the rest of the world. TEDx provides a great opportunity and platform for discovering and sharing the wealth of experience, wisdom, and great ideas that exist in Renfrew-Collingwood, the largest neighbourhood in Vancouver. With a wildly diverse population, in a wildly diverse city, TEDxRenfrewCollingwood has the potential to bring together groups from our city who might not normally meet or interact. It is also an opportunity to invite interesting people into the community to share their wisdom with us.

TED is a recognized brand that avoids politics/religion/corporate agendas, crossing boundaries in gender, age, culture, and discipline, which appeals to and engages people with multiple interests in an environment that is non-threatening. The connection to the broader TED community is a resource for Renfrew-Collingwood, for team members and for attendees of our event. It connects our city with others at an international level and at a very personal one and supports the pollination of ideas and actions across cultures and borders.

Our Theme: From Far to Here

With the vibrant diversity of Renfrew-Collingwood, there is an abundance of great stories and ideas just waiting to be discovered. Everyone has their own story and a unique set of experiences that led them to it. In each story, there have been difficult choices to make and different paths to take, but many have found success along the way.

We want to recognize these stories and celebrate the remarkable journey that comes with each one, to listen, learn, and be inspired by challenges and triumphs. Under our theme From Far to Here, TEDxRenfrewCollingwood is committed to sharing these deserving stories with the community, the city and the rest of the world.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dianna David
    Have the Balls To Follow Your Dreams
  • Andrew Pilliar
    Why You Should Care About Access to Justice
  • Valerie Mason-John
    We Are What We Think
  • Marnie Goldenberg
    The Sex Talk
  • Tuedon Ariri
    Performer - Wandering Spirits
  • Caroline MacGillivray
    World Makeover
  • Carmen Rosen
    Shedding Light on the Ravine
  • Stephanie Lim
    In Search of Just Food
  • Siling Zhang
    Performer - The Varied World of Slam Poetry
  • Ann Makosinski
    Be The Source
  • Rup Sidhu
    Sonic Seva
  • Bruce McKinlay
    Slow Technology - Be a Better User
  • Michael Fergusson
    Play Better - What Videogames Taught Me About Health Care
  • Jerry Ewen
    The Irrepressible Power of Play
  • Bertha Clark
    Battle of the Poets

Venue and Details

Windermere Community School
3155 E 27 Ave
Vancouver, BC, V5R 1P5

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Niki Dun
Vancouver, Canada

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Gemma Scott
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Raina Hatzioannou
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