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TEDxJIBC | Small Ripples, Big Waves

JIBC New Westminster Campus (715 McBride Boulevard)
June 5, 2019 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

TEDxJIBC is a local, independently organized event to be held on June 5, 2019 at the JIBC New Westminster campus.

Our theme for this event is Small Ripples, Big Waves. The diverse group of people present will be able to learn from one another, both as speakers and as attendees, and will leave the event driven to creatively improve our collective future.

We aim to provide a platform where members of the JIBC community will be inspired and have the opportunity to inspire others.

We want this event to re-create the unique experience found at TED, where the leading thinkers and doers congregate to share what they are most passionate about. At the core, the fundamental goal of TED and TEDxJIBC is to foster and spread great ideas.

The format will be a suite of short, carefully prepared talks, demonstrations and performances on a wide range of subjects relating to our theme to foster learning, inspiration and wonder. Interactive activities and areas to congregate and interact will to provoke conversations that matter.

As per the TEDx talk rules, the event will be multi-disciplinary. When the ideas seem unrelated, each member of the audience will invent their own, individual set of connections. This makes for a more engaging, personal and surprising experience, and will generate a wider array of questions and much more lively discussion.

Thank you to our event sponsor




9:00 a.m. Registration
10:00 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
10:15 a.m.

Morning Sessions

Kim Bogucki
Mind the Gap: Being Gender Responsive
Julia Menard
Mediating While the World Burns
Jeff Cartwright
Mindfulness: Tao of Living not Surviving
Deborah White
Honoring our Anger: The Agent of Change
Candace Galla
He pūkoʻa kani ʻāina: Creating Pathways for Indigenous Language Vitality
Millan Patel
Power to Heal: Crowdsourced Cures and Microfinanced Meds
Lauryn Oates
At the Helm of Your Own Ship: The Source of Agency

12:30 p.m. Lunch (included, served in Atrium)
1:15 p.m.

Afternoon Sessions

Steve Serbic
Climbing the Ladder to Better Mental Health
Kathryn Thomson
The Radical Listening Project—A Social Experiment in Human Evolution
Ron Bowles
Rocks in the River: Interaction, Learning Activities and Doing Real Things in the Real World
Sarah Common
How Do Bees Save Lives? Transformation, Connection and Self-Worth Through the Culture of the Hive
Angela Sterritt
Reconcile This Stereotype: How Do We Stop Assuming All Indigenous People are Victims and Not Victors?
Rick Thomas
The Joy Revolution: Igniting Connection and Passion at Work

3:45 p.m. Closing Remarks



Kim Bogucki 

Kim is a Police Officer, Co-Founder of The If Project, Founder of Tithe One On, and TEDx speaker (March 2014, June 2015). Kim has more than 30 years of experience with the Seattle Police Department, focusing primarily in fostering community outreach and connectivity. Her current role is leading the work of "The IF Project," a unique partnership with inmates at Washington Department of Corrections facilities. The introspective writing and presentations include inmate participation, both during their incarceration and after their release and re-entry. [Watch Video]

Ron Bowles

Ron is an educator known in different times and places as a researcher, educational administrator, curriculum theorist, curriculum developer, instructor, paramedic, firefighter, occupational first aid manager, office manager, truck driver, ski patroller, and railroader. One of Ron's passions is exploring the relationships between teaching and learning - seeking to better understand how to create effective learning environments and experiences that meet the unique needs of our learners while fostering the development of competence and expertise required to practice in high risk, high consequence professions. [Watch Video]

Jeff Cartwright

After 27 years as a first responder, Jeff transitioned into his work as a Crisis Management Specialist and Work Place Mental Health Facilitator. Jeff has developed many mental health initiatives by introducing the latest training techniques to the workplace and his firm provides national crisis response and education to employee assistance programs and disability management firms.  He is well respected for his ability to connect with people and provide them with direction to support mental health. Jeff brings his admiration and knowledge of Eastern Philosophy into his life as a Facilitator for Workplace Mental Health Education and Leadership Training. [Watch Video]

Sarah Common

Sarah is passionate about fostering vibrant and healthy community through empowerment and education, and believes in the profound impact of connecting individuals and communities to their land, food and spirit. In 2012, Sarah co-founded Hives for Humanity, alongside her mother, Julia, coordinating partnerships between a variety of organizations and businesses, developing programming that builds self-worth and community pride. With a mission to connect people to themselves, to community, and to nature, Sarah bridges gaps of income, privilege, education, stability and capacity; in this, she opens and creates spaces that are welcoming and inclusive, by focusing on the humanity that connects us all. [Watch Video]

Candace Galla

Candace Kaleimamoowahinekapu Galla was born and raised on the island of Hawai'i; she was immersed in hula (Hawaiian traditional dance), taught by her Native Hawaiian and Filipino kumu hula (hula master) mother. From her Filipino father, she developed a deep connection to the ocean and was taught to appreciate, respect, and embrace the ocean. Her interest in Hawaiian language emerged when she attended Kamehameha Schools, learning 'Olelo Hawai'i (Hawaiian) formally at a time when "learning and/or speaking Hawaiian would not be relevant in the 'real-world.'" She now resides in Vancouver, as an Assistant Professor in Language and Literacy Education and the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies at UBC. [Watch Video]

Julia Menard

Julia is a mediator, trainer, and certified coach. Since the late 1990s, her practice has focused exclusively on conflict within public organizations, in particular health care, government, and universities.  Julia is the co-founder of the Victoria Mediators' Lounge, a member of the Human Resource Advisory Committee for Camosun College, and has been published extensively, including for Law Now, Focus Magazine, and Reader's Digest. Julia blogs about health, the environment, and negotiation and co-hosts a podcast called "On Conflict." In her spare time, Julia started a neighbourhood group to tackle food security issues and created a Block Party Band to explore her present new love: playing the bass. [Watch Video]

Lauryn Oates

Lauryn works to expand access to education in conflict zones and on women’s rights. She has worked throughout the developing world but particularly in Afghanistan, conceiving projects such as a teacher training program that trained 9,700 teachers, and a network of village libraries and basic literacy classes for girls and women who missed out on their educations under the Taliban. She’s worked to make educational materials accessible to teachers in their own language through the first online library for teachers in Afghanistan, Darakht-e Danesh (‘knowledge tree’), which was awarded a Presidential Citation by the American Library Association for Innovative International Library Projects, in 2018. 

Millan Patel 

Dr. Patel is a Clinical Professor in the Dept. of Medical Genetics, Faculty of Medicine at UBC; a Clinical Geneticist with the Provincial Medical Genetics Program at the Children's and Women's Health Centre of BC; an Investigator with the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute and Research Director and Co-founder of the Rare Disease Foundation. His area of research involves understanding what causes rare diseases with a view toward developing effective treatments for today's patients. He completed this several times and then developed two grant programs through the Rare Disease Foundation to promote this model globally. [Watch Video]

Steve Serbic

Suicide affects every occupation. Steve shares how suicide has affected him personally and how his organization managed to put the pieces back together after losing one of their own. Careers can place unique physical, emotional and mental demands on employees, creating unmanageable stress in workplace. Weaving through his stories from over two decades of front-line firefighting and his leadership experience, Steve reveals his revised ABC's for first responders that aids in maintaining a positive mental mindset, striving to reset existing cultural habits and opening minds to new ways of coping. [Watch Video]

Angela Sterritt

Angela is a proud member of the Gitxsan Nation, an award-winning journalist, writer, and artist from British Columbia. Her reports have appeared in the Globe and Mail,The National, CBC's The Current, and other national and local news programs. In 2015, Angela was awarded a William Southam Journalism Fellowship and is the first known Indigenous person ever to receive the award in the school's 60-year history.  In 2017, she launched "Reconcile This" a CBC column that explores the tensions between Indigenous people and institutions in BC. That same year, she also accepted the Investigative Award for her team at CBC and their coverage of missing and murdered Indigenous women. [Watch Video]

Rick Thomas

Rick is a leadership explorer with over 19 years of experience as a human resources development and learning strategist, facilitator, coach and organization development consultant. As “chief inspiration officer” of Ambient Consulting, Inc., Rick's joyful work is to assist leaders lead deeply through self-exploration, collaborative dialogue and adaptive action; he has had the opportunity to engage with inter-disciplinary leaders in a variety of contexts who have experienced first-hand the benefits of the synergy that is created when their rich diversity and multicultural gifts are allowed to flourish. Rick's passion and service stem from his desire to experience others tapping into their joy, connection and passion at work and in life. [Watch Video]

Kathryn Thomson

Kathryn is a leadership trainer, speaker and coach. She is the co-founder of LeadershipMind Consulting and a senior faculty member at the JIBC Centre for Leadership. For over 23 years, Kathryn has been working in organizations and communities to help create healthy, sustainable relationships. Her message--it's time to stop underestimating your power! She believes that "radical listening" is an evolutionary imperative and the answer to the most pressing political and social issues besieging us today. [Watch Video]

Deborah White

Deborah likes to consider herself "The problem solver with a pen". She has a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work, a Masters in Applied Behavioural Science, and a Certificate in Conflict Resolution, but it was in the trenches that she learned the most.  Now that she thinks she has something to say about conflict, you can often find her waxing eloquent at the Centre for Conflict Resolution, Justice Institute of British Columbia.  When she is not teaching you may find her out in an organization somewhere assisting folks to figure out what the "heck" is going on.  She mediates, facilitates, and coaches. [Watch Video]


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 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 or less. 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, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; 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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