Interesting Vancouverites from various walks of life will be sharing personal stories at the fifth annual Interesting Vancouver on Friday, September 28 at the Museum of Vancouver from 7:00pm to 10:00pm.
Interesting Vancouver is a conference that seeks to reveal the richness of Vancouver’s cultural DNA through stories exploring possibility, curiosity and adventure. In 2011, the Museum of Vancouver became the official co-host and presenting venue. There are no corporate sponsors, themes or agendas. The format is the same every year: eight Vancouverites drawn from the city’s diverse and multi-disciplinary fields are selected to speak for 15 minutes each and answer questions from the audience.
“The vision for Interesting Vancouver is to give smart and dynamic people the opportunity to share their close kept passions and stories with an audience of curious minds,” says Lauren Isaacson, conference organizer and Senior Researcher and Analyst at Motion Canada. “We hope to spark conversation, interest, and investigation about new topics, events, and people, and for attendees to walk away with new ideas and inspiration to make their own lives a little more interesting.”
“Partnering with groups like Interesting Vancouver is exactly how the MOV aims to catalyze meaningful, interdisciplinary, and socially rich experiences for Vancouverites, and break down cultural and civic silos in the city”, adds Hanna Cho, Curator of Engagement & Dialogue at the MOV. “It’s amazing for us to be able to connect with such a fantastic and creative group of volunteer organizers, and we can’t wait to see what’s ahead as we continue to grow together.”
Interesting Vancouver 2012 with the Museum of Vancouver has curated a selection of speakers:
- Ron Skewchuck, a Public Relations guru who is also an international BBQ champion;
- Roy White, a successful international designer who found an avocation in middle age as a dancer;
- Lloyd Bernhardt, a software developer who turned Ethical Bean coffee guru as a result of adopting a child in Guatemala;
- Boris Mann, a tech entrepreneur who spent a year sailing a tall ship;
- Aamer Haleem, co-host for CTV Morning Live who has interviewed celebrities such as George Clooney and Madonna, and covered international events such as Hurricane Katrina and the Concert for Diana;
- Tori Holmes, the youngest women to row an ocean — as a novice — and live to write about it;
- Corinne Lea, an artist turned business woman who successfully fought city hall at the Rio Theatre;
- Toby Barazzuol, who spent his childhood in the Stanley Park Teahouse, became an entrepreneur, and then found a vocation restoring buildings and supporting community in the Downtown Eastside.
Interesting Vancouver is an offshoot of Interesting, an event that takes place in cities worldwide and was founded by Russell Davies. Brett McFarlane founded Interesting Vancouver in 2008.