TEDxEdmonton Education is a new event that will bring together leaders across education, technology entrepreneurs, artists and creators to challenge the way we think about learning. Get your tickets today »


Saturday, October 13, 2012

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDxEdmonton Education is a new event that will bring together leaders across education, technology entrepreneurs, artists and creators to challenge the way we think about learning. Combining TEDTalks videos, live speakers, and conversations, it'll be an education event like no other in our city and province. How do we educate our children, our students, our employees, and ourselves to live and succeed in an evolving world? How do we disrupt the status quo and replace traditional approaches to learning? How do we leave the politics of education behind to focus on impact and innovation?

Tickets & Other Information

  • Hosted at the Winspear Centre
  • Tickets start at $99 (plus taxes/fees) and include a full day pass to TEDxEdmontonED, ten speakers/performers, lunch, snacks and activity breaks.
  • Tickets to TEDxEdmontonED 2012 are on sale now: click here to buy online.

Who should attend?

TEDxEdmontonED is aimed at students, educators and community leaders across K-12 education, post-secondary education, business, arts, and science/technology.

Program Agenda (subject to change)

8:00 am - Arrivals, breakfast, registration
9:00 am - Doors open
9:30 am - Session 1
11:30 am - Lunch
1:00 pm - Session 2
2:30 pm - Afternoon break
3:00 pm - Session 3
5:00 pm - Event concludes
5:30 pm - Post event reception


Excited to announce our first five speakers for TEDxEdmontonED. More to be announced over the coming weeks!

Ashlyn Bernier
President, Graduate Students’ Association, University of Alberta

Ashlyn Bernier is currently the President of the Graduate Students Association at the University of Alberta, which represents over 7000 Master’s and PhD students. She is also a co-founder and former President of local innovation engine ABCampus, a student-led organization which strives to provide opportunities for students to “get out of the lab”, network, and expand their career prospects. She is in the final year of her Master’s in Business Administration, specializing in Technology Commercialization, and completed her PhD in Laboratory Medicine and Pathology from the U of A in 2011. Ashlyn has been personally and professionally dedicated to creating opportunities for graduate students to excel, and believes that there is work to be done to fully exploit the human capital that our University graduates hold.

David Bill
Director of Educational Technology at Urban School of San Francisco
Co-Founder, Prototype Design Camp

David Bill is the Director of Educational Technology at The Urban School of San Francisco. To him, learning is not something forced but rather an exploration that should and can be driven by being an inquisitive and passionate problem solver. In order to create such a learning environment, he focuses his energy on the intersection of design, learning spaces, instructional models, and technology. David is one of the co-founders of Prototype Design Camp, a unique design camp that brings together students and professional mentors to collaborate in intense design challenges to address real world problems. David is also the curator and organizer of TEDxSFED, an education focused TEDx event in San Francisco.

Stephanie Lo
TED-Ed Product Manager, TED

Stephanie Lo is the Product Manager for TED-Ed, the latest initiative from TED to support teachers and spark the curiosity of learners around the world. The TED-Ed platform allows users to take any useful educational video, and easily create a customized lesson around the video. Prior to joining TED-Ed, Stephanie was the Director of Growth and Development at the Relay Graduate School of Education (formerly UKA Teacher U). She received her Bachelors of Arts in Education and International Development from the University of California and a Masters Degree in Policy & Management from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education.

Bill Ritchie
Co-Founder/CEO, ThinkFun Inc.

Bill is a lifelong puzzle enthusiast whose passion drives the development of ThinkFun's innovative products and programs. The son of a Bell Labs researcher, as a child, Bill delighted in manipulative puzzles from his father's best friend, Bell Labs engineer William Keister. In 1985, Bill's dream of sharing these puzzles with the world was realized  when he and his wife Andrea started Binary Arts, which would later become ThinkFun. Bill believes fiercely in the power of a great game to strengthen thinking skills and prepare kids for the challenges of the 21st century. His pioneering efforts have led the development of innovative programs that truly stretch and sharpen the mind, and his partnerships with researchers and inspired educators all over the world are an important part of furthering this vision. He continues to push into new arenas, including leading the development of new mobile apps and an online gaming community.

Bill is a respected member of the international puzzle community and travels worldwide to share his knowledge, connect with fellow enthusiasts, and find the next great game. He is a member of the World Presidents Organization and a founding President of the World Entrepreneur Organization. In 2000, he received the "Sam Loyd Award for Lifetime Achievement in Mechanical Puzzles" from the Association of Game and Puzzle Collectors. Bill earned a degree in American Studies from Wesleyan University and a Masters in City & Regional Planning from Harvard University. He and his wife Andrea live in Alexandria, Virginia, in a beautiful home that, appropriately enough, boasts a vintage car in the front lawn that looks suspiciously like the red Rush Hour car…

Kristopher Wells
Associate Director, Institute for Sexual Minority Students

Kristopher Wells is an Assistant Professor and Associate Director of the Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. His recent doctoral research, which focused on sex, sexual, and gender differences in K-12 education, received several national and provincial awards including a Killam Doctoral Fellowship, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Graduate Scholarship, Andrew Stewart Memorial Graduate Prize for Research, Alberta Teachers’ Association Doctoral Fellowship, and the Alberta Award for the Study of Canadian Human Rights and Multiculturalism. Kris’ research and community service work has also been recognized with an Alberta Centennial Medal.

With Dr. André P. Grace, he is Co-Founder and Co-Director of Camp fYrefly (www.CampfYrefly.ca), which is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth. Kris has been a consultant to the Canadian Senate, Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Canadian Teachers’ Federation, Alberta Teachers’ Association, Alberta Government, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Edmonton Police Service, Edmonton Public Schools, Public Health Agency of Canada, UNESCO, and the World Health Organization. Currently, Kris serves as the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of LGBT Youth (Taylor & Francis) and is a frequently invited national and international speaker on sexual and gender minority youth issues. His most recent co-authored publication is entitled, Supporting Transgender and Transsexual Students in K-12 Schools: A Guide for Educators, published by the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. 

More speakers to announced in the coming weeks...