The hugely popular TED Talks series is bringing its local edition to the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on October 18th for the 5th version of TEDxVancouver. The theme of this year’s event is TILT, as in tilt your perspective. Organizers hope to remove attendees from their comfort zones in the hope of finding new methods of circumventing traditional barriers that limit potential.
Here are the confirmed speakers for this year’s event:
- DeMerit is a retired soccer player who captained the Vancouver Whitecaps, before his retirement earlier this year due to injury. DeMerit is the subject of an independent film titled “Rise and Shine: The Jay DeMerit Story,” based on his seemingly impossible rise from ninth tier English soccer play to the Premier League with Watford.
- Peake is a Vancouver designer who started her own women’s fashion line, Obakki, in 2005. She has gone on to create the Obakki Foundation, a charitable organization that focuses on providing clean water and education in Africa.
- A spiritual student of the Dalai Lama, Chan has traveled the world studying the simple lessons past down the Buddhist leader.
- Montgomery is the author of Happy City, an experimentalist’s take on the perceived goal of urban design.
Jennifer Gardy and Peter Gregson
- This team of scientists is invested in researching the potential of DNA sequencing and its ability to solve public heath issues. This is a must-see for local health personnel.
- O’Reilly is a sexologist, determined to extend the current discourse on intimacy and its importance in a healthy relationship.
- Wilson, the founder of Lululemon Athletica, has been an inspiration to Vancouver entrepreneurs for decades. He recently got himself in a little hot water over comments he made about a certain customer demographic, but even so, Wilson is an undeniable leader with a lot to say.