TEDxVancouver 2014 Announces Board of Directors and Advisors

TEDxVancouver 2012

July 14th, 2014

VANCOUVER, B.C., July 14, 2014 —

Today, TEDxVancouver announces their Board of Directors and Advisors for this year’s fifth edition, the largest TEDxVancouver event in history, taking place at the prestigious Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

This year’s Board of Directors and Advisors are an impressive mix of passionate and talented leaders representing different industries—spanning business, philanthropy, academics, sports, music, theatre, technology, architecture, advertising, marketing and communications.

“We are honoured to have such inspirational individuals on the Board and as Advisors” said Chris Neary, Chairman of TEDxVancouver. “A strong desire to give back to the community and support innovative ideas have always been defining features of TEDxVancouver. Our board and advisors lead by example with senior mentorship, guidance and connectivity. Their care and commitment is cascading through the TEDx team, empowering individuals to do something remarkable.”

TEDxVancouver Board of Directors are: Frank Palmer, chairman and CEO of DDB Canada; Mark Brand, social entrepreneur; Chris Neary, founder of Frank Strategy; Michael Smit, COO of Medeo; David Rae, creative producer at NIKE, Inc. and Chief Curator of TEDxPortland; Kim Peacock, general manager at Edelman Vancouver; Michael Green, principal at Michael Green Architecture; Mark Starkey, brand director, Nike Basketball, founder TEDxPortland.

TEDxVancouver Advisors are: Lara Johnson, director of marketing communications at Telus; Eric Petersen, director of brand strategy at Lululemon; Chris Dyer, founding partner of Can Communicate Ltd; Dario Meli, co-founder and CEO at Quietly; Isaac Kinakin, co-founder and owner of Scene Ideas Inc; Tyson Villeneuve, partner at The Social Concierge; Christopher Bennett, vice president of communications and corporate affairs at Guitar Center; Kevin Royes, founder of Kelvin Tools and soulcial-preneur.

TEDxVancouver is one of the longest running TEDx events in the world. This year’s theme is TILT, a concept that challenges the status-quo and the engrained patterns of the human psyche. Attendees can expect an inspiring, thought-provoking program designed to awaken curiosity and shift perspectives.

In the coming months, the organizers will reveal the speaker lineup and ticket information. Mark your calendars and get ready to TILT.

Full bios of the Board of Directors and Advisors can be found here>

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration. Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED

For TEDxVancouver media inquiries, please contact Megan Johnson at megan.johnson@edelman.com, or Kei Baritugo at kei@localhost.tedxvancouver.com

Please note that TEDxVancouver event organizers are not able to speak for the TED Conference. Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to Melody Serafino, TEDx Media Liaison at TEDxPR@groupsjr.com.

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