When we sit down to select our speakers we have a few things in mind: are they going to inform, educate, surprise, amuse and entertain our attendees?

Will they change perspectives and alter opinions and, most importantly, bring about positive change and motivate our audience?

We hope that with the selections we make this year we’ll succeed with these goals. The full roster of our 2014 Speakers will be announced over the coming weeks.

See talks from our 2013 speakers here.


  • Boreal_Sons

    Boreal Sons

    Boreal Sons are an art-rock band whose imaginative compositions are as emotive as they are intelligent, pairing sweeping instrumental arrangements with vivid lyrical imagery and pop-inspired melodies. Woven together by the dynamic voice of singer Evan Wesley Acheson, whose vocal style reimagines old jazz crooners with a darker edge, Boreal Sons’ music ebbs and flows—both […]
  • Sarah_Bella

    Sarah Bella

    Sarah Curts, aka Sarah Bella, is a model, performer and artist based in Calgary. She has extensive years of dance training, especially in ballet and modern. Her focus these days is on circus training and performing lyra and silk.
  • Lindsey_Kindrat

    Lindsey Kindrat

    Lindsey Kindrat is a born naturalist, explorer and small town girl at heart, with roots in Alberta oil country and a vast appreciation for the potential of her beloved planet. Combining her passion for ecology and physics into sustainable building planning, design and construction for government and public sector projects, Lindsey quickly earned a place […]
  • Dallas_Arcand

    Dallas Arcand

    Dallas Arcand is a high energy Aboriginal Entertainer from the Alexander (Kipohtakaw) Cree Nation near Edmonton, and world champion hoop dancer. Arcand is also a renowned musician and motivational speaker, facilitating workshops for aboriginal people of all ages, speaking on topics ranging from self-awareness to personal motivation. His Aboriginal name is ‘Dancing Buffalo Man’ (Nimihto […]
  • Don_Hill

    Don Hill

    Don Hill is a sound artist, broadcaster, and associate researcher at Laurentian University’s Neuroscience Research Group. His interest lies in psychoacoustics, the science of how sound affects human cognition. He completed an investigation of the psychoacoustic properties of the carillon bells atop Edmonton’s City Hall, as well as a fascinating exploration of the sonic architecture […]
  • Terry_Singh

    Terry Singh

    Dr. Terry Singh is a Calgary-area clinical psychologist whose research explores how and why people change, and how mental health professionals can help aid in the process. Through his work as the Director of SSA Psychology and his role on the treatment team at Alberta Health Service’s Outpatient Mental Health program, he is involved in […]
  • Elizabeth-May

    Elizabeth May

    Elizabeth May is an environmentalist, writer, activist, lawyer, and leader of the Green Party of Canada. Elizabeth became active in the environmental movement in the 1970s. She is a graduate of Dalhousie Law School and was admitted to the Bar in both Nova Scotia and Ontario. She held the position of Associate General Counsel for the […]
  • Bart_Houlahan

    Bart Houlahan

    Bart Houlahan, 46, along with his partners, Jay Coen Gilbert and Andrew Kassoy, co-founded B Lab in 2006. B Lab is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving entrepreneurs using business as a force for good. Prior to B Lab, Bart was President of AND 1, a $250 MM basketball footwear and apparel company. Bart is […]
  • Nathan_Phelps

    Nathan Phelps

    Nate Phelps is the son of Pastor Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church, which gained infamy from their protests at soldiers’ funerals around the United States. He is the sixth of thirteen children, and was taught his father’s extreme version of Calvinism from an early age. This was accompanied by extreme physical punishments and […]
  • George_Coyne

    George Coyne

    Mathematician, philosopher, astronomist, Catholic priest and former director of the Vatican Observatory, Father George V. Coyne is a fascinating real-life representation of the paradoxical battle between science and religion. With countless scientific works published to his name and a research focus ranging from the lunar surface and Seyfert galaxies to the interstellar medium and birth […]
  • Gilmore_Junio

    Gilmore Junio

    In the summer of 2010, Gilmore Junio was named to Canada’s Long Track Development Team, and that fall he found himself travelling the globe racing for Canada at four World Cups, winning two medals in the 500 metre. Three years later he was ranked 8th in the world with a World Cup Silver medal, and […]


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    Early Bird tickets are now available on the EPCOR CENTRE ticket site. Purchase Early Bird tickets to receive $20 off the General Admission ticket price! Student tickets and corporate ticket packages will also be available for purchase. The 6th annual TEDxYYC event will take place on June 26, 2015 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Ticket […]
  • Happy 30th, TED! Why TED2014 Is All About ‘The Next Chapter’

    Over the past 30 years, more than 1500 TED Talks have come to life in 18 minutes or less a piece, all of which are available for viewing online. Collectively these presentations boast more than one billion views.  In addition to the annual TED Conference, which brings together 50+ of the most compelling speakers, creators […]
  • IDEAS: Sharing, Borrowing and the Grey Areas in Between

    Written by Kelly Doody Thought sharing… a novel concept? No, not really. Definitely not in the realm of TED, anyway – a safe, collaborative place defined by its mantra of ‘Ideas Worth Sharing.’ But in today’s world of digital content overload across articles, blogs, white papers, e-books, virtual classrooms, social media, e-newsletters and online everything, the concept of […]
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