Archive 2012 to 2018

Past Events

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.

Ulrike Bahr-Gedalia, Dr. Paul van Donkelaar and Karen Mason, Chief Darby Allen, The Dufour-Lapointe Sisters and Lane Merrifield

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.

Mark Jenning-Bates, Lisa Kilgour, Sonya Looney, Linda Edgecombe, Ken Surritte, Gina Cherkowski and Will Cromack

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.

Ryan Clements, Aanikh Singh Kler, Cheryl Bernard, Jana Webb, Dr. Mark Holder, Sam McLoughlin, Dr. Shimi Kang, Darius Konstant, Rachel Creighton and David MacLean

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.

C.J. Wilkins, David Barmon, Heidi Thompson, Janice Taylor, Kelsey Ramsden, Kori Chillibeck & Matt Moreau and Taylor Conroy

Local Change


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.

Mark Holland, Crystal Flaman, Alaina Podmorrow, Curtis Stone, Paul Etherington, Jan Vozenilek, Nicole Rustad, John Bromley and Dr. Frank Hayden

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