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May 28, 2019

Local speakers and topics announced for TEDxJIBC

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Post-traumatic stress. Indigenous stereotypes. Radical listening. Honouring our anger. Passion at work. Our power to heal. How bees save lives.

These will be among the diverse topics discussed at TEDxJIBC on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.) in the Theatre at the New Westminster campus of the Justice Institute of British Columbia (JIBC).

This independently-organized TEDx event will feature local and regional voices and TED Talks videos under the theme: “Small Ripples, Big Waves.”

The aim of TEDxJIBC is to provide a platform for members of the JIBC community to be inspired and have the opportunity to inspire others. Our theme reflects the work of everyone connected to JIBC, whether it’s training individuals who make our communities safer, or individuals who are working in their own way to contribute to a more sustainable and just world.

The diverse group of people at the event, both speakers and attendees, will have the opportunity to learn from one another, and leave the event driven to creatively improve our collective future. Tickets ($99) are available for purchase online.

“We are thrilled to have a TEDx event here on campus in New Westminster,” said Jennifer Jasper, Program Director in the JIBC Fire & Safety Division and one of the organizers of TEDxJIBC. “We are constantly inspired by the work that we do and are excited to share this with everyone. It’s exciting to give people a glimpse of the great work all of us do to make a difference.”

“Our event’s theme, Small Ripples, Big Waves represents JIBC in many ways,” said Kent Highnam, Program Director in the JIBC School of Health, Community & Social Justice. “We’re embedded in our communities, and our students touch thousands of lives across BC in many small ways. Collectively, our impact on the province is significant. Our TEDx event brings to light some of the voices and stories that have a similar vision: to make a large impact through small dedicated ideas put to action.”

The full list of speakers and TEDxJIBC talk topics is now available:

Jeff Cartwright

New Westminster, BC

Mindfulness: Tao of Living not Surviving

Deborah White

New Westminster, BC

Honoring our Anger: The Agent of Change

Ron Bowles

Vancouver, BC

Rocks in the River: Interaction, Learning Activities and Doing Real Things in the Real World

Sarah Common

Vancouver, BC

How Do Bees Save Lives? Transformation, Connection and Self-Worth Through the Culture of the Hive

Angela Sterritt

Vancouver, BC

Reconcile This Stereotype: How Do We Stop Assuming All Indigenous People are Victims and Not Victors?

Rick Thomas

Richmond, BC

The Joy Revolution: Igniting Connection and Passion at Work 

Lauryn Oates

North Vancouver, BC

At the Helm of Your Own Ship: The Source of Agency

Candace Galla

UBC/Vancouver, BC

He pūkoʻa kani ʻāina: Creating Pathways for Indigenous Language Vitality

Millan Patel

UBC/Vancouver, BC

Power to Heal: Crowdsourced Cures and Microfinanced Meds

Julia Menard

Victoria, BC

Mediating While the World Burns

Steve Serbic

Esquimalt, BC

Climbing the Ladder to Better Mental Health

Kathryn Thomson

Bowen Island, BC

 The Radical Listening Project: A Social Experiment in Human Evolution

Kim Bogucki

Seattle, WA

Mind the Gap: Being Gender Responsive


The TEDxJIBC Ripple Sponsor is LifeLabs, a Canadian-owned company that has been serving the healthcare needs of Canadians for more than 50 years. From standard lab testing, to genetic and naturopathic testing, to developing new technologies to connect patients to their health, patients are at the core of all they do and are the driving force behind their pursuit of excellence.

For full details of the TEDxJIBC event, visit jibc.ca/TEDxJIBC 


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 in a small group. 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, often in the form of short talks delivered by leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED conferences, including our annual gathering in Vancouver, as well as TEDWomen, intimate TED 

Salons and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world. Videos of these talks are made available, free, on TED.com and other platforms. Audio versions of the talks from TED2019 will also be published to TED's podcast TED Talks Daily, available on Apple Podcasts and all other podcast platforms.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which licenses thousands of individuals and groups to host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; the Audacious Project, which surfaces and funds critical ideas that have the potential to impact millions of lives; TEDSummit, which gathers the most engaged members of the global TED community for brainstorms, discussions, performances, workshops and an eclectic program of mainstage talks; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED also has a library of original podcasts, including The TED Interview with Chris Anderson, Sincerely, X, and one of Apple Podcasts’ most downloaded new shows of 2018, WorkLife with Adam Grant.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED, on Instagram at https://instagram.com/ted and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.


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