Sat June 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM


TEDxYYC 2019 celebrates ten years of ideas worth spreading with this year’s theme:  You Are Here

TEDxYYC 2019 will celebrate ten years of ideas worth spreading right here in our city and look forward to the impact we’ll have in the years to come. Who will take the stage to share new ideas in 2019? What will it feel like to be part of that energy, and where will these new ideas take us? There’s only one way to find out!

The event theme this year is:  You Are Here.

You’ve made it here, but where are you? Context is everything, and we’re all just trying to figure out what “here” really means. Establishing where we’ve come from, and where we are now, will be what launches us into the future.

We’ll bring you passionate speakers ready to take the stage to create powerful energy together with deep discussion and intimate connection. TEDxYYC strives to bring the best and brilliant to Calgary, fueling those who gather to push boundaries of their own.

What have we accomplished together so far? Most importantly, where are we going next? It’s time to find out, together.

Don’t miss the chance to experience TEDxYYC 2019 live!

As Calgary’s largest independently-organized TED event, our tenth annual event will continue our legacy of excellence and inspiration in the areas of Technology, Entertainment, and Design.


The TEDxYYC After-Party Experience is an exclusive opportunity to network with the speakers after the event! Extend your experience by celebrating with TEDxYYC speakers, committee members, and other attendees after the event (5 pm onwards). After-party ticket price is $20 which includes a free drink on us. Only 100 tickets are available, location TBD. Please select the TEDxYYC + After Party package when selecting your seat and purchasing your ticket.


Barb Higgins

Barb is best known for her work as anchor of the CTV Calgary News at 6 and award-winning journalist. Barb left television in 2010 to run for Mayor of Calgary. After a surprising discovery about her own burnout, Barb turned her journalistic curiosity to the effect of toxic stress. She is a Certified Wellness Counsellor and is completing her studies in somatic trauma therapy. Barb has won the Peter Legge Philanthropy Award, the Queens Jubilee Award, and the UNICEF Canada Volunteer Service Award.

Dave Proctor

Dave Proctor runs a sports massage therapy clinic—and extreme distances. He’s the proud owner of Guinness world record for furthest distance run on a treadmill in 24 hours as well as multiple Canadian records. After struggling for years with diagnosis, access, and support for his 10-year-old son Sam’s rare disease, Procter founded Outrun Rare in 2016, using his ultra-marathon skills to raise funds for the Rare Disease Foundation. Though an injury halted his most recent charity run to break the speed record for crossing Canada, he’s not one to stay off the pavement for long.

Casey Berglund

Purpose-driven coaching is what gets Casey Berglund out of bed each morning. She helps her clients experience the worthiness, joy, and fulfillment of living purposefully, rather than the emptiness of chasing someone else’s version of success. She believes that our bodies hold profound wisdom and when we tune in, listen, and act on that wisdom, our lives transform. Berglund is a registered dietitian, private yoga teacher, coach, and the founder of worthyandwell.com and caseyberglund.com. Hailing from Saskatchewan, she now lives and works in Calgary, escaping to the mountains whenever she can.

Maria Hoover

Maria Hoover moved to Calgary in 2004, from Guanajuato, Mexico, a city filled with history, art, and culture. She worked as a graphic design consultant, then opened and spent seven years managing Endeavor Arts. In 2012, she co-founded MakeFashion where she is currently Event Director. Their initiative introduces designers, engineers, and makers to cutting edge new technologies:  fusing high-tech and high-fashion on the runway. They have produced over 100 wearable tech garments and showcased at over 60 international events.

Mark Erickson & Matthew Kennedy

Studio North co-founders Mark Erickson and Matthew Kennedy first met during a university art class in Calgary and lived across the street from each other during their graduate degrees at Dalhousie. That proximity led to their partnership as an interdisciplinary design and build practice is appropriate, as all of their projects since then have focused on community. Their work recognizes the spaces we inhabit inform the way we live our lives. Believing design can lead to better lives, this duo has created dozens of installations that ask new questions of old practices.

Paul Brandt

Canadian Country Music Hall of Famer, husband, father, entrepreneur, humanitarian, and philanthropist Paul Brandt draws on musical abilities as well as his role as a former RN at Alberta’s Children’s Hospital to engage audiences, challenging them to look outward, and to create “stuff the world needs”. As Calgary’s Mount Royal University’s “Storyteller in Residence”, Paul leads MRU’s Bissett School of Business Branding & Marketing students in developing new business and social enterprise including the Anti-Human Trafficking movement “#NotInMyCity”. Paul’s entertaining presentations help audiences understand every person has unique purpose and potential, inspiring them to do more than they ever dreamed possible.

Morgan Hamel

Morgan Hamel started The Garment to connect women and responsible brands. Her company brings together women who are interested in owning fewer, better pieces and the companies who make them. Her work is about more than just clothing—it’s about community. After studying ethics in school, and working in the ethics office of a large corporation, she learned just how much grey area there can be. She created a business model based on her experience that is changing the face of fashion.

Philip Calvert

Philip Calvert is known for his ability to mobilize communities to utilize their strengths to make a difference in their own context. The International Justice Mission of Canada is the Canadian partner of the world's largest anti-slavery organization and Calvert is leading the charge on behalf of Alberta. He spends most of his time connecting with people who are passionate about seeing slavery end in our lifetime.

Douglas Cardinal

Cardinal’s signature Organic Architecture is well known to have produced many iconic buildings, creating elegant and nurturing sustainable environments. His accomplishments and awards are vast, including the Order of Canada, the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada’s Gold Medal, and the declaration of Professor and Academician as “World Master of Contemporary Architecture by the International Academy of Architecture.  

Todd Hirsch

Todd Hirsch is the Vice President and Chief Economist for ATB Financial. Hirsch holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Economics from the University of Alberta and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Calgary. He has worked as an economist for over 20 years and has taught economics for nearly a decade. Hirsch speaks to audiences across the country, often providing commentary to media. His latest book, Spiders in Space: Successfully Adapting to Unwanted Change, presents a selection of adaptive traits that can help us not only survive, but thrive, when unwanted change comes our way.

Scott Gravelle

Scott Gravelle is the CEO & CTO of ATTAbotics. He drives the company's vision, product design, and technical innovation. Over his 25-year career, he has been an innovator in the integration and implementation of digital manufacturing technologies, as well as a machine designer and entrepreneur. Scott has taken on several different professional roles throughout his career including an army medic, competitive hang glider pilot, reality TV show contestant, and partner in a globally recognized longboard company.

Robert Wolkow

Robert Wolkow is a Professor in the Department of Physics, iCORE Chair of Nanoscale Information and Communications Technology at the University of Alberta and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is also the Principal Research Officer and Nanoelectronics Program Coordinator at the NRC Nanotechnology Research Centre (NRC-NANO), AITF Industrial Chair in Atom Scale Fabrication and CTO of Quantum Silicon Inc.

An award-winning innovator, Wolkow has had a leading role in discovering, altering and deploying atom scale properties of silicon. His years of fundamental advances have laid a broad foundation for practical applications.

For more event details, please visit the TEDxYYC website.



The Jack Singer Concert Hall in Arts Commons is described as one of the most beautiful and acoustically acclaimed venues in North America. Home of Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, BD&P World Stage, and TD Jazz, audiences are treated to some of the world's finest musical events. The hall also welcomes a spectrum of events each season from TED Talks to National Geographic Live speakers, wedding dinners on the stage to rock stars on tour.

Ideal for: Weddings, performances, meetings, graduation ceremonies, and corporate events
Capacity: 1797 – Theatre-style seating 150 – Formal dinner seating 200 – Cocktail reception 
Lighting & A/V: Fully customizable lighting and A/V options
Stage: Stage measures 86' wide by 38' deep. 
Accessibility: Theatre seating includes wheelchair accessible Seats

Named after Mr. Jack Singer ($1.5M contribution from his sons, Alan and Stephen Singer), the concert hall is also the home of the Carthy Organ donated by the Carthy Foundation in the amount of $750,000 in memory of Mrs. Margaret Mannix. Suspended high above the stage is a laminated, 185,000-pound (90-ton) spruce-wood acoustical canopy that can be raised or lowered to tune the hall according to the specific needs of each performer.

Over its 32 year life, Jack Singer Concert Hall has undergone many upgrades to ensure that it remains a state-of-the-art performance hall, including a new million dollar sound system with state-of-the-art hearing assistance in 2004, a complete replacement of all its analog sound boards in 2014, and the full replacement of all of its seats, in 2017.