Fast-forward with our 2018 TEDxKelowna speaker line-up. This year’s event will gather renegade visionaries to present compelling stories of how innovation can be a catalyst for positive change; locally and globally. Join an event that will showcase ideas that transcend sectors and generations to create lasting change for the Okanagan.
Date and Time:
October 5th, 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Andre Boysen, Eric Kuelker, Susan Murch, Saul Katz, Nathan Pelletier, André Picard, Camille Saltman, and Renee Wasylyk
Andrew started in the construction and land development industry with creating and operating Green Solutions Inc., a general contractor for sustainability-oriented single family homes. Andrew now works at G Group Developments, managing roles in sales, marketing, finance and municipal management. In his spare time, you’ll find Andrew engaged in various outdoor activities, and pursuing interests in various other creative business endeavors.
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Allyssa is dedicated to making connections in her community. She is a long-standing volunteer for several organizations throughout the Okanagan. Her drive to share inspiring messages for the betterment of the community fuels her passion for TEDxKelowna, and continues to shape her career as a Marketing and Communications Strategist at The University of British Columbia.
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Drew is the OYP Collective Officer, a program under the Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission that aims to attract and retain young professionals in the region. Drew is passionate about sustainable change through social innovation and enterprise. While taking an ‘Entrepreneurship in Developing and Emerging Nations’ course through Okanagan College, Drew travelled to Ethiopia and realized that simple ideas and effective execution, when combined with free enterprise, can change the world. Inspired by Muhammad Yunus, Drew’s goals are focused on utilizing the free market to enable and support those in need.
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Hannah graduated from the business program at UBC Okanagan in the top of her class. With a focus in psychology, Hannah is fascinated by people and loves to learn. During the week, you can find her organizing the team at Sayvee as the Project Manager. In her spare time she's probably outside doing something active... cycling, mountain biking, hiking, snowboarding, boating, or traveling the world. As a youth leader for 7 years, she is passionate about seeing our young girls reach their potential and build true confidence despite instability in our world. Social justice issues tug at her heart and she tries to fight for our most vulnerable.
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Ali is a lawyer at Doak Shirreff LLP practicing in real estate and business law. Prior to settling in Kelowna Ali moved often for work, to study, or for travel. Having now established herself in Kelowna she is excited to be involved in the community and TEDx. With a passion for being active and outdoors Ali keeps herself busy with the year-round recreation the Okanagan has to offer.
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Dani was born and raised in the Okanagan. After graduating high school, she went to Ontario and played volleyball at the University of Western Ontario, where she also attended classes and graduated with a political science degree. She then went on to play intramural volleyball at the University of Victoria, where she also spent some time in the law library learning contracts. After completing her legal studies, she moved back to the Okanagan and is now an assistant coach for T2, a local volleyball club. In her spare time, she works as an articling student at Doak Shirreff and will be called to the bar in May 2017. Dani looks forward to a long career in volleyball and outdoor activities, as well as continuing her hobby of full-time lawyering.
Kylaina is an Assistant Branch Manager with Valley First, a Division of First West Credit Union. Kylaina grew up in Penticton and has spent the last 5 years living in Kelowna. She has a passion for community and sport. She volunteers at the Central Okanagan Food Bank, organizes a charity slo-pitch team in support of BC Children’s Hospital each year and plays on a local women’s soccer team. Kylaina also supports the Okanagan Young Professionals group through her position at Valley First. Kylaina is excited to partake in the TEDxKelowna Event and looks forward to many more in the future.
Frank Warren - Half a Million Secrets
Just like inspiration where each idea is unique, so are TEDx talks with unique themes and speakers to each every year.
Long has the notion captured the thoughts of great minds that perhaps the most important time of our lives is today. Tomorrow and yesterdays rarely serve as the muse of philosophers for a reason.
Today is the best day to begin. Today is the best day to create. Join TEDxKelowna’s 2017 speakers to explore what is happening today that will change our tomorrow. Elbert Hubbard said, "The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today." Let’s start, today.
What Are You Going To Do About It?
The 4th annual TEDxKelowna welcomed inspiring leaders from near and far who shared their story of igniting change and activating ideas worth doing. The focus was going beyond the talk—landing with a call to action that will force us to rise to the challenge of: “What are you going to do about it?”
This year we want to ignite ideas like never before.
The stories, not more than 18 minutes in length, facilitated dialogue, opened up new realms of thought and continue to spread 'ideas worth sharing'. Speakers were be recorded and videos are available on the speaker's profiles.
What Do You Want To Be When You Grow Up?
TEDxKelowna 2014 revisited the question we were all asked as a young child “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Perhaps you’re never too old (or too young) to be presented with the challenge of what we will do or become when we grow up. Perhaps, you've aged and gained life experience and accomplished amazing things but never grown up. Perhaps you are young but have already done things that many people twice your age have never even thought of.
This year showcased inspiring trailblazers who told stories of their journey, how they ventured out and found something daring that forced them to think like a child once more. Finding the wonder and opportunity that has led to discoveries that feed their spirits, fulfill their lives and ignite a lasting ripple effect of change for the Okanagan and beyond.
The Unconventional Solution
TEDxKelowna 2013 featured a series of talks related to the unconventional solution for local and global issues. Creative philanthropists, artists, entrepreneurs, film makers and athletes will inspired attendees to search in and outside themselves to conquer the challenges that each of us face.
From finding the perfect investor for a tech start-up and dealing with rejection to funding schools in developing countries, there is no life journey that will not face challenges. Facing challenges and overcoming them sometimes requires an unconventional solution.
TEDxKelowna showcased a gathering of renegade visionaries who presented compelling stories of using entrepreneurship as a catalyst for positive change; locally and globally. Multiple sectors specialties across six generations inspired 100 local community leaders and created a lasting ripple effect of change for the Okanagan. As a result of this event Okanagan Changemakers was initiated with Meet Ups starting to form the dialogue on what the social enterprise and entrepreneurship landscape could look like in the Okanagan.