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Theme: (re)imagine

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November 9, 2019
10:00am - 4:00pm PST
(UTC -8hrs)
Abbotsford, British Columbia

TEDx is coming back to Abbotsford for the third time on November 9th. This year’s seminar will host local leaders speaking to the theme of (re)imagine. Let’s freshen our minds by (re)examining this continuously evolving world in which we live. Tickets are on sale now at

TEDxAbbotsford is being coordinated by a diverse team of local volunteers who are united by a desire to share ideas and encourage positive change.

This event is for everyone and anyone who is interested and enthusiastic about ideas, deep discussions and connecting with the great minds in this community. We hope people from all backgrounds and walks of life will come together and join us at our third event to share and explore new ideas.

We have assembled a brilliant line-up of speakers for our annual event, and will be exploring a broad range of important topics including social welfare, business, finance, mental health, and the future role and character of our city. This carefully curated group of individuals radiate passion, excitement and knowledge of their chosen fields. It promises to be a really momentous day for Abbotsford and we hope it will kick-start a spark for action in our community and city. We could not be more excited about TEDxAbbotsford’s 2019 roster of speakers.

More information on our website at:

33844 King Rd, Abbotsford, BC V2S 7M7
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Brian Harman

Brian studied global leadership at Pepperdine and Oxford, earning an MBA and PhD. Now teaching at UC Berkeley. He spends most hours with his team at BM Hallmark.

Judy Illes

Dr. Illes is a Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethic. She is Director of Neuroethics Canada. She has also received her PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences, and in Neuropsychology at Stanford University.

Mark Wardell

As Founder and President of consulting firm, Wardell International, and software company, Harold, Mark has been helping business owners achieve their entrepreneurial dreams for more than 20 years. When he's not networking, exploring and researching new ideas with business leaders from around the globe, the one-time musician and national gymnastics coach enjoys his family and fitness. Mark Wardell is an entrepreneur, author and internationally-renowned business advisor. He has been featured on television programs and is an acclaimed keynote speaker.

Shaan Kooner

Shaan Kooner is currently a grade 12 student from Surrey, BC. After high school, he hopes to pursue a career that provides him with emotional wealth. During his free time, Shaan enjoys making music from his make-shift studio, playing soccer, pursuing crazy creative ventures, and spending time with his family.

Shahana Alibhai

Medicine was never the plan for Dr. Shahana Alibhai. She discovered her passion at age 15 when she went to her first fitness class. She became a BCRPA certified fitness instructor at age 17. Coupled with her love for cooking, by the age of 16, Dr. Shahana had also appeared on a number of cooking shows, demonstrating her ability to create innovative nutritious meals that highlighted her cultural background. With the determination that an integrative approach to medicine is truly the future, Dr. Shahana went on to complete her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology followed by her medical degree. She completed a 2-year residency in Family Medicine which took her back home to Abbotsford BC. Now as a family physician and the mother of two young boys, Shahana is a staff physician at a Youth Health Clinic where she works with youth between the ages of 12-24. She was a member of the UBC Family Medicine Residency Faculty for the last 3 years, has served on the BC College of Family Physicians Board and works as an accreditor for the National College of Family Physicians.

Sue Dumais

Sue Dumais is a best selling author, speaker and ordained minister. Sue created the Heart Led Living Foundation to extend love as well as emotional and financial support to empower women and girls in Kenya.

Timothy Kendrick

Timothy is the CEO of BW Global and pushing the limits of traditional thinking by bringing MicroGrids energy solutions to communities domestically and internationally. He has also worked for Ernst & Young in the USA & Canada. He owned a Naval Architecture firm and was involved in the Super Yacht industry. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in English from the University of British Columbia and a Law Degree from the University of Cambridge, UK.

Tristan Elliot

Tristan currently runs the Marketing & Communications Department at the largest addiction treatment organization in Canada. In addition to work, Tristan is currently wrapping up a BBA with a focus on economics and marketing and plays organized sports. With a background in private-sector research and a love of analytics.

Vinu George

Vinodini Mohan George (Vinu) was fascinated in learning about the human body from a very young age and she went on to pursue her career in physiotherapy. Vinu has a transitional Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Evidence in Motion (EIM) and has obtained multiple postgraduate credentials in IMS, pelvic physiotherapy, lumbopelvic dysfunction, neural manipulation, vestibular rehabilitation and concussion management. Her treatment techniques include joint manipulation, mobilization combined with dry needling techniques and exercises.

Vivian Tan

Vivian is a 15-year-old advocate for mental health and the environment through volunteering. She is also the founder of YOUth of BC, dedicated to helping youth in British Columbia.

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Abbotsford, BC, Canada


Abbotsford, BC, Canada