Thank you for coming out to TEDx UBCO 2019

These are our 2019 Speakers

Alex Brown

Is the ‘snowflake’ generation drastically changing the way we approach money? Socially Responsible Investments are being dragged into the mainstream by millennials. Could it be the final push we need to tackle climate change head on? It’s time the isolation of this generation ends for the sake of our future.

Daniil Khodosko

“In spite of a recent history of demonizing psychedelics, we are beginning to see a new frontier for these substances. The resurgence of psychedelics is fueled by modern studies which positively support treatments for anxiety, PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), depression, and addiction. Will your perspective change?

Jonathan Burton-Barr

In a world that is evolving faster than ever before, the addition of Artificial Intelligence strengthens as it coils its roots into the core of our societies and cultures. Little do we appreciate, the vitality of academic integration in the progression of this ever-developing technology. From Politics to Theology, and Computer Science to Biology, academics fields must work together to maximise the benefit and abilities of Artificial Intelligence. I also hope to open your eyes to how someday, despite lacking expectation, you may get involved with AI.

Peyton Young

There’s no doubt that mental health is becoming a topic of focus within our culture, but what are the final components for meaningful change going forward in caring for this tremendous health concern? Come find out at TEDxUBCO 2019, as I share my personal experiences with my mental illnesses, and discuss what changed in my life to allow for sustainability in my personal fight for a healthy mind. Looking forward to seeing you there!

About TED

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At our event, TEDxUBCO In Focus, our speakers will hopefully inspire you to think critically about our every day world, consider new ideas, and look at life from a new perspective.

For us, TEDx is an opportunity for the UBCO community to think critically about new ideas. The organizing team is made up of UBCO students, hoping to inspire and engage other students, staff and faculty. .

Our event is run in accordance the TED guidelines and rules, TEDx events are independently run and organized and we strive to create an event tailored for our UBCO community. We look forward to seeing you in the new year!

Meet the team

Our team is made up of passionate UBCO students. Check our Instagram for short biographies of each team member.

Ashley Stasuk


David Byres

Video and Production Coordinator

Alex La Berge


Ted Wong

Marketing Coordinator

Omaina Ozako

Experience Coordinator

Sukittima Sukruaycharoen

Event Logisitcs

Jaime Kwan

Sponsorship and Finance

Shriya Agrawal

Speaker Coordinator


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