TEDxCanmore Reveals First Two Speakers for 2017 Event

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TEDxCanmore Reveals First Two Speakers for 2017 Event

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CANMORE, AB; NOV. 9, 2016 – TEDxCanmore will take place on January 20, 2017 at the Canmore Miners’ Union Hall from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme On the Edge of the Wild.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on TED.com and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

TEDxCanmore is inspired by the special place we live in, the Bow Valley. The people who live and play in our community are even more amazing than the surrounding wilderness the region is renowned for. People in the Bow Valley are full of ideas. From PhDs to inventors, and from creative entrepreneurs to passionate volunteers, our community has a rich diversity of perspectives.

“Collaborating with such a strong local organizing committee has allowed us to reach for new heights and sources of inspiration for this year’s TEDxCanmore,” says event organizer Cyd Fraser.

“‘On the Edge of the Wild’ is such a fantastic theme, and we have had a wonderful time brainstorming ways to captivate and engage the attendees, sponsors and speakers. We are proud to bring TEDx to Canmore, and we hope the community will rally around the speakers and the spreading of ideas,” adds event organizer Stephanie O’Brien.

Speakers at TEDxCanmore 2017 include one of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, Zahra Al-Harazi, as well as acclaimed roving reporter for The Globe and Mail, Ian Brown.

Al-Harazi immigrated to Canada 18 years ago as a mother of three and survivor of two civil wars. She is now the CEO and creative director of Foundry Communications. In just eight years, the company she founded has been recognized as Canada’s seventh-most awarded agency for international design awards, one of Profit magazine’s Top 10 up-and-coming entrepreneurial companies in 2010, and one of their W100 companies in 2011.

Al-Harazi has received multiple accolades. She was named one of Canada’s 100 most powerful women by WXN (2012); and she has also received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for contributions to Canada (2012) and the RBC Top 25 Immigrants to Canada Award (2013). She recently signed a deal with HarperCollins to publish a book in early 2016, and was also recently named as a Canadian Ambassador to UNICEF.

Brown’s book The Boy in the Moon: A Father’s Search for his Disabled Son won the Charles Taylor Prize, the BC National prize for Nonfiction, and the Trillium Prize, and was named one of the 10 best books of the year by The New York Times.

Brown’s most recent book, Sixty, was short-listed for the Hillary Weston Writers Trust Prize. Until 2016, Brown was for six years the Rogers Chair of the Banff Centre’s Literary Journalism Program.

For more information about TEDxCanmore, please visit tedxcanmore.com.

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, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Monica Lewinsky, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala,Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit ted.com/registration.

Comments (1)

  1. kathryn maroun Reply

    Nov 11, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    wonderful news. These will be engaging presentations.

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