Stay tuned for TEDx UBCO 2019


Christy Grenon

I was once plagued by health issues that doctors struggled to diagnose, that is until one considered that it could be what I was eating. There’s a growing body of evidence to support that nutrition not only influences our physical health, but our mental health, particularly depression and anxiety. My passion for nutrition and health is what inspired me for this talk and I look forward to sharing with you how what you eat influences how you feel!

Clay mcleod

In today’s hyper-connected world, we are bombarded with messages and ideas by the second; sometimes actual headlines seem like satire, and poorly-done satire can be mistaken for news. How can you decide what messages to trust and ideas to believe? Clay will explain how to use the three lenses of coherence, criticality, and connection to construct and defend a solid but flexible worldview and evaluate messages and ideas, so that you can determine for yourself what to believe and how to act in the world.

Miriam Katz & Stephen Kimanzi

Self-reflection has been shown to positively impact the creation and maintenance of mutually satisfying relationships, and even academic performance. But what is productive self-reflection? In this talk, we will discuss the impact of attachment style and culture on relationships, and propose techniques for reflecting upon how we form meaningful relationships.

Nicole Michalewicz

Nicole’s talk, ‘Pushing Beyond Okay’, is not only about understanding the value and opportunities that can be found within personal growth and development but revealing the steps that are needed to achieve those goals. She brings a unique perspective from her personal life while integrating psychology as she explains why and how you should work harder to do anything from breaking a bad habit to becoming the person you’ve always wanted to be. Practical and idealistic, Nicole hopes her talk will inspire others to do just as she has done and push beyond okay.

Jordy Decker

University is a stressful time in a student’s life, but we are rarely critical of that reality. Some stress is inevitable when trying to gain new knowledge and prove understanding, but what about the avoidable stresses? This talk will discuss possible alterations of course structures and curriculums to eliminate unnecessary pressures.

Rob Velzeboer

In the past few years, chicken has become one of the most important staples in the Canadian diet. But have we really thought through what the implications of this dietary change are? In this talk, I will show you why chicken may be one of the most important issues in the world today.

Coreen Sol

Simple ways your brain tricks you into losing money. Coreen reveals the ironically irrational decisions that people rely on every day, and ways to avoid common judgment errors with money

About TED

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.)

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; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; 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.

Our event is called TEDxUBCO, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxUBCO event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

To us, TEDx is an opportunity for local leaders to come together to create a TED like experience for you, the Kelowna community. The organizing team is made up of UBCO students, hoping to inspire and engage with other students, fellow leaders, and our surrounding community. This year we bring you TEDxUBCO Unveiling Truths, with the hope that our event will encourage you to dig deeper into the truths of the world that surrounds us and confront truths that may not be comfortable to talk about.

While TED Conference provides us with guidelines and suggestions, TEDx events are independently run and organized, which means we can tailor the experience to your needs, and the interest of our coordinators and community. We hope you’ll join us on March 18, 2018!

Meet the team

Ashley Stasuk


Audrey Windy Lo


Kazim Sherazee

Speaker Coordinator

Dylan Pritchard

Finance and Sponsorship Coordinator

Leyla Khasanova

Audience and Experience Coordinator

David Byres

Video and Production Coordinator

Genevieve Walton

Volunteer Coordinator


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