November 12, 2017

Dubbed the "City of Glass" by Douglas Coupland, a steel-and-glass architectural aesthetic dominates Vancouver's downtown.

In a city that is both a paradise and unaffordable, where technology collides with nature, and luxury lives blocks from extreme poverty, this refracted view of our skyline underscores one fact that there is no single way of looking at things.

At TEDx Vancouver 2017, we invite you to celebrate the many lenses through which we can see the world.


Karina LeBlanc rocketed to global prominence as a soccer star while playing for Canada for 18 years. She's fiercely represented Canada in 2 Olympics games winning a bronze medal at the London Olympics, 5 WorldCups and 3 Pan-American games. Since retiring, Karina has hosted Olympic broadcasts, become a motivational speaker at major national/international events, and named a UNICEF Ambassador. Karina has gone from saving goals on the field to helping others go after their own goals in life.

Joely Fisher is an American actress and singer best known for roles in Pretty Smart, Ellen, and Cabaret. Joely has experienced some profound grief in her life with the recent passing of her older sister Carrie Fisher. The ultimate separation from someone she held dear has deeply affected Joely, and inspired her to passionately advocate for child and family well-being through her contributions to Save the Children and the Dream Foundation.

Wesley Williams, Canadian rapper, producer, and renaissance man, is better known as "Maestro Fresh Wes". Maestro is a distinguished genre ambassador in hip hop and Juno Award Winner, and was named CBC Music's top Canadian rapper in 2013. After reaching this pinnacle, Maestro began challenging himself by exploring the paths of writing, motivational speaking, and acting. He has often been featured as a keynote speaker and co-authored the book "Stick to Your Vision".

Cameron Herold is the former COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, a serial entrepreneur, and influential speaker. Cameron has gone from starting businesses at the age of seven to building $100 million companies. He delivered the TED talk 'Let's Raise Kids to be Entrepreneurs'. Over time, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to guide businesses to eliminate inefficiencies, ultimately widening their scope for success. Herold is the author of three business books; "Double Double", "The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs," and "Meetings Suck".

Bal Arneson infused her career with the same notable flare that inspired the countless recipes found in all three of her national bestselling cookbooks. This very spark led her to become the host of her own cooking show, "Spice Goddess". Bal emigrated to Canada from a tiny village in Punjab, India and went from having nothing, to moving to Vancouver after being forced into an arranged marriage, to becoming an internationally renowned culinary personality.

PraiseTEAM Showcase has relentlessly competed across North America as an innovative urban dance group of elite students from the performing Arts studio. This talented local group will showcase unique choreography that will claim and disrupt the TEDx stage. PraiseTEAM Showcase inspire crowds both locally by performing captivating synchronistic storytelling through the art of dance, and globally by presenting proceeds from their year end show to impoverished communities in the Philippines.

David successfully sued the Ontario Premier for breach of trust after failing to apologize for the Province’s role in covering up thousands of child abuse cases in schools under contract to the De La Salle Brothers of the Christian Schools—who he also sued forcing them to return $1,400,000 to over 150 survivors. David remains dedicated to justice, healing, and reconciliation and recently met with Vatican officials regarding an apology from Pope Francis.





This year, TEDxVancouver is trying something new to help connect our growing community. In addition to the feature event at the Vancouver Playhouse, there will also be simultaneous live stream events happening at exclusive locations around the city. Each of the venues will be connected in a variety of ways, and will help provide a unique perspective for its audiences. The way you choose to experience this event, and the lens through which you view it, is completely up to you. Check back soon for more details.




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