TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani,Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxEdmonton, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxEdmonton events, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small groups. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
We brought TEDx to Edmonton to show our community and the world that we've been quietly outputting world class creatives, entrepreneurs and innovators for years. We just want to be a little more vocal about it. Everyone needs to know that Edmontonians are working here and beyond, changing the world in their own ways – in science, technology, entertainment, design and more. We believe TEDxEdmonton can be a spark to ignite and connect the entrepreneurial and creative energy we've always had in our community.
Emerson Csorba is a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Alberta, in Sciences Politiques. He is Editor-in-Chief of The Wanderer Online, and contributes to the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Huffington Post and other magazines. In the last two years, he has advised for Pearson Learning on education transformation initiatives, has contributed to projects with the European Commission and OECD and recently spoke about Canadian youth and entrepreneurship at the United Nations. Along with co-founder Jessa Aco, Emerson runs Gen Y Inc., a start-up venture that helps employers recruit and retain top young talent while building a workspace conducive to Gen Y integration. Emerson cares deeply about sharing ideas through the written word and seeing youth harness their innate creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. He is extremely excited to be a part of TEDxEdmonton, and to help deliver an event that makes Edmonton an even more fantastic place to live.
Randy is President of Xennex Inc, a strategy consulting firm that advises owner managers and executive teams of small and medium-sized businesses to develop company strategy and to resolve challenging management issues. He is a graduate of the Campus Saint-Jean at the University of Alberta, and holds an M.A. (Oxon) from Oxford University where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. Randy is a Rotarian and served as the first Chairman of the Board of the Centre for Family Literacy. He is the Founder of Literacy Without Borders, an international charity focused on building sustainable literacy programs in adult and family literacy here in Canada and in developing countries.Randy regularly runs half marathons and in 2007 he completed the Ironman Canada triathlon to raise money for charities in memory of his sister, Lisa. He is a popular guest speaker in the areas of small business strategy, leadership, and literacy.
After collecting a handful of degrees from the University of Alberta, Ashlyn Bernier is on a mission to help develop and support the next generation of entrepreneurs in Edmonton. As Manager of the Venture Mentoring Service at the University of Alberta, she will pair student and alumni entrepreneurs with a team of mentors who will then learn, inspire, and create together. She has been involved in a number of community and student initiatives in the past, and was a speaker at TEDxEducation 2013. She relishes in the opportunity to work with passionate individuals who want to change – whether it be themselves or the world – and has made "embracing uncertainty" her personal mission.
Tom Yonge is a speaker and Curriculum Coordinator of Student Activities and Leadership at Strathcona High School. His leadership program enrollment has skyrocketed in recent years to over 400 students. At the heart of Tom’s leadership model is service work, and in the last six years the program has raised over $265,000 for local and global charitable organizations. Through these initiatives, the students have learned important life lessons and the emotional reward of giving back. For his positive impact on the students and community, Tom was named one of Edmonton’s “Top 40 Under 40” by Avenue magazine in 2012.
Annika wants to live in a world that is a global community of equal opportunity and a place of compassion. She is a strong believer that small everyday interactions have a huge role to play in the building of a society with these characteristics. Annika works as a Civil-Environmental Engineer at Urban Systems here in Edmonton, but her rural upbringing has left her with an affinity for working with small rural communities. She is interested in the complexities of maintaining water systems in First Nation communities here in Alberta, which she explores through her work at Urban Systems now, as well as in Sub-Saharan Africa where Annika worked with Engineers Without Border’s water and sanitation team in Malawi. Annika gets inspiration from music, mountaintops and authentic conversation.
Michael was born and raised in the Garneau community, and has earned two degrees at the University of Alberta, most recently completing his Master’s in Public Health. With a background in global health, Michael has traveled, studied and worked in many parts of the world but maintains strong roots in his home community. He has a passion for people and is strong believer in experiential learning. His favorite TED Talk of all time is Sir Ken Robinson’s "How Schools Kill Creativity" because Michael loves creating things – drum solos, craft beer, personal connections, or TED conferences!
Kirsten LePage is an advocate of multi-language learning, a promoter of social business and a believer in harnessing untapped human potential. She has had the opportunity to dabble in all of these areas in her tenure as an ambassador and board member of several non-profits, including several of her own initiatives. Currently completing her Bilingual BComm (Finance) degree, Kirsten counts herself amongst the 18 U of A students who actively manage an equity portfolio exceeding $1.4MM on behalf of the University of Alberta Endowment Fund as part of the Program for Research and Investment Management Excellence (PRIME). Above all else, she never ceases to be amazed by the power of innovative ideas and the courage of those that spread them.
Goran Miletic is a University of Alberta Sports Management graduate, and former Bears Track and Field Captain. Through the years he’s been driven through a sports-centered career. After being the President-Elect of the University Athletics Board, he took his talents to Calgary where he worked as the Marketing & Sales Coordinator for a PGA golf tournament, the Shaw Charity Classic, during the Spring/Summer of 2013. Since coming back to Edmonton, Goran has been multi-tasking and exploring options outside of the sports realm. More specifically he will be delving into business consulting as well as assisting in Randy’s Boissonnault’s run for the Federal Liberals in Edmonton-Centre. Goran is a huge TED fan, with one of his favorites being Dr. Meg Jay’s speech entitled "Why 30 is not the new 20".
Nigel Hinds has spent many years as a session musician touring with a number of Canadian artists. During his time playing, he was intrigued by the technical aspects involved with the production of live music and spends much of his free time on audio, visual and film-based projects. By day, Nigel works for an engineering firm, Pentair Thermal Solutions as an electrical engineering team member. By night, Nigel produces music, a podcast and films, to name a few (http://fmforever.net). Finding the certainty in the uncertain is the name of the game, as Nigel looks for inspiration in the unknown in projects and in life.
Katrina is a Chartered Accountant and an alumnus of the UofA School of Business. Her career with EY has given her a broad range of experiences within Edmonton’s fast-paced, entrepreneurial market. Delivering assurance services to clients ranging from private owner managed business to large public companies; she developed the aptitude for addressing common financial and operational issues, providing value to her clients. Building on her success, Katrina joined EY’s national HR team in 2011 where she manages, recruiting, employee relations, compensation, performance management and other people related initiatives for the assurance practise EY Edmonton. It was upon this transition that she discovered a passion for mentoring and fostering the development the next generation of business professionals.
Ken is Co-Founder/CEO of Startup Edmonton and led the founding team behind TEDxEdmonton, starting with the inaugural event in 2010. He has been a creative entrepreneur in the tech space for over 10 years, founding and growing two award-winning interactive companies, Hotrocket and Rocketfuel Games. For his efforts, Ken was recognized in Avenue Magazine 40 Under 40 in 2009, earned a Horizon Alumni Award from the University of Alberta, and was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People by Alberta Venture Magazine in 2011.
As Chief Operating Officer at Startup Edmonton, Tiffany has been involved in organizing, coordinating and delivering a range of programs and events such as DemoCamp, Startup Weekend, and TEDxEdmonton. Previously, Tiffany spent the last eight years with Extreme Dream Ministries as an event organizer planning youth conferences all over Canada and overseas. Some of her highlights have been organizing a conference at a soccer stadium in Malawi, Africa and organizing the annual YC Alberta that takes place each May at Rexall Place in Edmonton with 16,000 delegates.
Stephanie Enders is ecstatic about promoting arts and culture in Canada and is currently a Project Manager at Bottom Line Productions, a marketing and communications agency with a focus on arts and not-for-profit clients. She graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Canadian Studies, then from Grant MacEwan College with a certificate in Arts and Cultural Management.
Jimmy Kang, Sean Trayner, Maggie Baird, Rebecca Kresta, Loren Miller, Meagan McLavish, Matt Jacula, Jacqueline Fraser, Kyra Cusveller, Nigel Hinds, Tyler Heal, Ian Dalsin, Petros Kusmu, Jessica Ireland, Tim Ira, Fouad El-Masri, Faaiza Ramji, Brendan Trayner, Taylor Rubin, Edward Ramsden, Mariah Schroder, Tim Mikula, Kierra McIntyre, Akash Sherman, Julia Dalman
All press requests should be sent to Stephanie Enders who is the spokesperson for TEDxEdmonton. Please note that TEDx event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference. Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to Melody Serafino.
If you're interested in volunteering for a future TEDxEdmonton event, you can apply here. Due to the high interest we receive from applicants each year, we can only recruit a very limited number of supporting volunteer positions around our main TEDxEdmonton events.
Do you have ideas worth spreading? If so, we're looking for you. Apply to be a speaker at one of our TEDxEdmonton events and strive to give the best talk you've ever given. Reveal something never seen before. Share an idea that could change the world. Apply here.