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Theme: Evolve

This event occurred on
January 29, 2016
9:30am - 5:30pm MST
(UTC -7hrs)
Canmore, Alberta

The Bow Valley is a very special place. We often think that because of the surrounding wilderness and all the ways we can play in it, but it’s the people who live and play in our community that are even more special and inspiring. People who live in the Bow Valley are full of ideas. Some are experts in their field, others are people who are inspired and who share that inspiration with others. From PhDs to inventors, and from creative entrepreneurs to passionate volunteers, our community has a rich diversity of perspectives.

Cornerstone Theater
125 Kananaskis Ways
Canmore, Alberta, T1W 2X2
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Aileen Gibb

Inspirational Coach
Aileen Gibb is an inspirational coach and facilitator of personal, leadership and organizational growth. She has traveled the world, working as far afield as Kazakhstan, Venezuela and Angola and with many different nationalities in the same room across Europe and North America, to inspire, stretch and stimulate people to step beyond their known horizons and unleash new possibilities for success. Aileen is the author of several articles and workbooks for coaches and leaders. In her most recent publication VOICES: a coaching story to inspire your future, she articulates profound ideas and important messages in a manner that is down-to-earth, approachable, and conversational. She is a Master Masteries Coach with the IAC, a Senior Certified Coach with the IMMC, a Chartered Fellow of the UK Institute of Personnel Development, a Certified Professional Facilitator and a four times Presenter at the World Business Executive Coaching Summit.

Alexander Vincent

"Alexander Vincent, a University of Alberta Fine Arts student whose medium of choice is digital art, is a part of a new generation that grew up using digital as a means to learn painting and drawing techniques.

Andrew Nickerson

Canmore Business and Tourism
After 20 years in the international tourism industry working within major corporate operators, not-for-profit destination marketing and ongoing entrepreneurial initiatives Andrew Nickerson offers an extensive background in tourism strategy, product development and team leadership. Six years ago Andrew moved to Alberta and has since overseen the creation of Canmore Business & Tourism to become one of the province’s leading Destination Marketing Organizations, founded on principles of collaboration, alignment, innovation and holistic economic development. One of the organization’s biggest success stories is the Canmore Uncorked food festival, which started as an economic development discussion within the F&B industry and is now a firmly established community favourite, as well as being the Canadian Tourism Awards Event of the Year for 2015.

Connor McLeod

Grade 11 student
Connor McLeod is an outgoing, active grade 11 student at CCHS with interests in hockey, football, the outdoors, and audio-visual activities. Being both media and socially aware, he sees that growing up as a teen today is much different from that of earlier generations – such that the phrase “back in my day” no longer applies. He is tired of being measured against his father and has decided to talk about how the world is continually changing, thus one can never draw comparisons between their children and themselves. Connor’s TEDx Canmore talk is about how the phrase “back in my day” can no longer apply to today’s world because of the changes in technology, how you have to manage your social life, and the challenge of figuring what is true or false in the media.

Erin Dingle

Erin Dingle is a performance poet from Calgary, Canada. She came second at the Canadian Independent Poetry Slam in 2014 and has competed on 5 consecutive Calgary Slam teams. She addresses issues like cancer, motherhood, mental and emotional health, and sexuality in her writing. Erin is a founding member of Calgary's Ink Spot Collective and a board member for The Single Onion Reading Series. She teaches school and adult workshops and longer residencies in Calgary to encourage healthy emotional expression through creative writing and performance skills. Find her at

Guy Turcotte

President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Stone Creek Resorts Inc., the developer of Silvertip Resort in Canmore, Alberta and Eagle Ranch Resort in Invermere, British Columbia.
Mr. Turcotte, President, Chief Executive Officer and founder of Stone Creek Resorts Inc., the developer of Silvertip Resort in Canmore, Alberta and Eagle Ranch Resort in Invermere, British Columbia. Mr. Turcotte founded Chauvco Resources in 1981 and was President and CEO until the company was sold in 1997. In 1997, he also founded Fort Chicago Energy Partners (now Veresen Inc.) which was involved in building the $5 Billion Alliance Pipeline from northeast British Columbia and northwest Alberta to Chicago, Illinois. In 1999, Guy also founded Western Oil Sands, a 20 percent partner with Shell and Chevron in the $5.7 Billion, 155,000 barrel per day Albian Oil Sands mine in Fort McMurray and Scotford Upgrader, located in Fort Saskatchewan. Mr. Turcotte has a gas technology diploma from NAIT, a chemical engineering degree from the University of Tulsa and an MBA from the University of Alberta.

Hugh Notman

biological anthropologist with a specialization in Primatology
Dr. Notman is a biological anthropologist with a specialization in Primatology. He was born on the island of Bermuda, where he spent his childhood sifting through tide-pools and fishing hooks. For a short period of time, Dr. Notman forgot about his interest in the natural world and went onto Queens University to study History. After rediscovering his true passion, he went on to the University of Oxford in the UK to do a MSc in Biological Anthropology. While there he made his first foray into the African jungle (Uganda) to study communication in chimpanzees. He continued this vein of research during while completing his PhD at the University of Calgary (Department of Anthropology) by spending 14 months in Uganda trying to figure out what chimpanzees talk about with each other. Dr. Notman never did figure it out. Currently Dr. Notman serves as an associate professor in biological anthropology at Athabasca University, where he teaches courses in human evolution.

Jessica Puurunen

biology/special education teache
TEDxCanmore is excited to introduce Jessica Puurunen as one of this year’s speakers. Jessica is a mother, biology/special education teacher, technology enthusiast, semi-pro (recreational) mountain biker, idealist, and self-described biology nerd. She has studied at Queen’s University, the University of Victoria, and the University of Calgary – and will be a new student at the University of New Brunswick this September. Jessica is originally from Aurora, Ontario. Jessica has called Canmore, Alberta home for nine years. Her passion is in educating exceptional children, and expanding the boundaries and of the typical classroom learning setting.

Jon Turk

Environmental Scientist + author
Jon Turk began his evolutionary journey by completing his Ph.D. in chemistry in 1971. Jon also wrote the-the first environmental science textbook in North America. Jon’s passion for exploration led him to remote parts of the world on extreme expeditions. Jon circumnavigated Ellesmere Island with Erik Boomer leading to a National Geographic nomination as one of the top ten adventures (2011). Jon has chronicled his spiritual journeys in four books: Cold Oceans, In The Wake of the Jomon, The Raven’s Gift, and Crocodiles and Ice (2016). Jons’ theatrical journey took him to Boston where he studied theater and dance under Dr. Jody Weber. This experience led Jon to choreograph his message into a Boston Globe “Critics Choice” award-winning modern dance titled “Synchronicity and the Sacred Space”. Jon regularly produces a podcast series called Exploring Deep from Spaghetti On The Wall Productions. It is guaranteed to be a journey of discovery with Jon at this year’s TEDxCanmore.

Kori Chillibeck

Cofounder of Earthwater
TEDxCanmore 2015 is excited to present two environmentally conscious entrepreneurs who provide food, water, and education for children around the world. In 2005, the co-founders of Earth Water, Kori Chillibeck and Matt Moreau started Earth Water in Kori’s campus apartment with a cell phone, a laptop, and money raised from family and friends. Today, The Earth Group provides life-saving essentials to hundreds of thousands of children living in the most desperate of situations. Matts’ continual involvement includes current projects and the expansion of Earth Water into the United States & Europe. Recently he has been involved in the launch of Earth Group’s new products. Together, Kori & Matt manage day to day operations of the company, liaise with the United Nations and their staff globally, as well as grow sales and support for the mission. Discover the amazing work completed by The Earth Group at

Linda Carlson

Professor in Psychosocial Oncology
Dr. Linda Carlson is a Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and is Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. Dr. Carlson trained as a Clinical Health Psychologist at McGill University in Montreal, researching the area of psychoneuroendocrinology, studying the mind-body connection. She has been conducting research at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre since 1998 in mind-body therapies and integrative oncology, particularly mindfulness-meditation and yoga. Dr. Carlson has co-authored two books, a professional training manual entitled The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating mindfulness into psychology and the helping with Shauna Shapiro, and a patient manual entitled: Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A step-by-step MBSR approach to help you cope with treatment and reclaim your life.

Linh Huynh

ESL Instructor
TEDxCanmore is excited to discover the adventures of Linh Huynh the luck pusher. Her ambitious journey began when her family arrived in Canada in 1980 as part of the mass exodus of boat people fleeing Vietnam. Linh’s journey to Canada inspired her to become an English as a Second Language instructor to new immigrants. In the past few years, Linh has been on an impressive journey to represent Canada in some of the world’s most extreme races. It started in 2011 when she won a writing contest through CBC, who then sponsored her to compete in the Antarctic Ice Marathon. In 2013, she completed the North Pole Marathon and became the first Canadian woman to finish a marathon at both poles. She then turned her focus to the Four Deserts, a series of 250 km self-supported, seven-day races through the hottest, driest and windiest deserts on earth. In November 2014, she became the 1st Canadian woman to complete the Four Deserts series and the 8th woman in History to complete it as a Grand Slam

Marci Segal

Master of Science graduate in Creativity and Change Leadership and author
Marci Segal, MS, founder of World Creativity and Innovation Week April 15-21 frees people’s thinking so they can create new futures. She has traveled the world as a creativity expert for over 30 years, working with senior teams, inspiring audiences, and engaging leaders in conversations that demystify creativity and bring it into everyone’s reach. Marci is Canada’s first Master of Science graduate in Creativity and Change Leadership from the International Center for Studies in Creativity at Buffalo State College, an author of three books, and loves living in Canmore.

Matt Moreau

Co-founder of Earth Water

Rob Heighington

IT tech + founder of Creative Spark
Rob is the founder of the Creative Spark-Logon for Mental Wellness, a non-profit program that links creative expression with mental health. The program launched in 2006 has connected face to face with over 3000 students in Alberta delivering a unique Mental Wellness information program utilizing creative hands-on activities, and high-energy student inspired events. Rob lives in Canmore, Alberta with his wife Ellen and their two children. Before moving to the Rocky Mountains, Rob worked his way through the IT profession to become a Fortune 500 CIO. Rob’s journey is anything but normal. Prior to reaching the top of his profession Rob was a high school dropout. While he suffers from serious depression, he considers himself very fortunate to have a strong support network of friends, family, and excellent medical care which allows Rob to focus on his volunteer work. In support of mental health, Rob is also a watercolour artist and Second City trained in the art of Improv.

Teresa de Grosbois

International Speaker and author
Teresa de Grosbois is an International speaker and 4-time international best-selling author. Her latest bestseller Mass Influence – the habits of the highly influential, hit bestseller in pre-sales a month before it was scheduled to hit the bookstands. She has been featured on television, radio and print media across the globe. She is passionate about teaching others to play bigger and to generate wealth by creating more powerful relationships with others, both locally and internationally. Teresa is an expert on growing influence and generating positive word of mouth. Teresa teaches you how create positive change by building a relationship with and gain endorsement from influential people, and even become influential yourself. Discover Teresa’s energy and passion for teaching the principles of influence and success at the upcoming Canmore TedX.

Tracey Thompson

Physiology + Family Medicine + Healer
Dr. Tracy Thomson, a proud mother of three teenage boys, has always been passionate about nature, fitness and healing. Dr. Thomson received an Honours degree in Physiology and Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Western Ontario. She went on to study family medicine at the University of Calgary, anaesthesia at UBC, and the Brain Health and Memory Maintenance certification program from the University of South Florida school of medicine. Eventually, her true calling as a healer compelled her to pursue Traditional Chinese Medicine and found a collaborative medical clinic seven years ago, Gaia Clinic. The clinic dispenses with the traditional focus on symptom management and integrates the best of different medicines. Her current practice involves brain mapping and neuro-psych testing, using food as medicine, bio-identical hormones, functional supplements and writing integrative treatment plans for clients based on both Western and Eastern healing philosophies.

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