7 more speakers added to final TEDxVancouver line up

Dec 19 2017, 6:20 pm

TEDxVancouver has revealed their final seven speakers for the November 14 event at Rogers Arena, which will feature a staggering line up of 22 presenters.

There is just over one week until TEDxVancouver takes over Rogers Arena for the largest event of its kind in the city, and with impressive speaker announcements over the last several weeks, the stadium’s lower bowl has already sold out. To accommodate demand, they have now opened up the upper level at a lower price point.

The seven speakers announced today include a former Vancouver mayor, a hip-hop artist, and a lululemon innovator, among others:

  • Sam Sullivan – Member of the Order of Canada and former Mayor of Vancouver, Sam is founder of the Global Civic Policy Society. His latest project seeks to understand what it means to be a citizen of Vancouver and British Columbia by mining our early history for narratives.
  • Scott Larson – Scott and his team democratize the view of Earth from space, with his work currently progressing the world’s first fully-integrated optical+radar constellation. From education and humanitarian aid, to disaster relief and environmental monitoring, the possibilities for the platform and its data are virtually limitless.
  • Prevail – As co-front man for Canadian music group Swollen Members, Prevail has been the recipient of four Juno Awards, seven Much Music Video Awards, and numerous Western Canadian and Radio Awards. His hallmark style of storytelling is a celebration of foundational poetry blended through the rhythmic device of rap music.
  • Tom Waller – As the current head of the Whitespace™ Workshop, a unique in-house R&D lab at lululemon athletica, Tom leads teams of inventors, engineers and scientists to build products and experiences through innovative, industry-disrupting activities and projects.
  • Ivan Coyote – A seasoned stage performer, Ivan grapples with complex and intensely personal issues of gender identity, as well as topics such as family, class, social justice and queer liberation. Ivan has emerged as an audience favourite at festivals from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
  • Michael Yahgulanaas – Influenced by both the tradition of Haida iconography and contemporary Asian visual culture, Michael has created an artistic practice that is celebrated for its vitality and originality, through a variety of mediums, including large-scale public art projects, repurposed auto parts, ceramics, and more.
  • Marcel Da Costa – As founder of the renowned “Ground illusionz” Hip-Hop Creative Collective, Marcel (FrostFlow), has led his crew to win countless titles over the last 16 years, earning international respect as a signature B-Boy artist. Through his experience, he has become a national ambassador and local leader of many grassroots public youth health initiatives.

The seven men join 15 others already announced by organizers:

  • Kaitlyn Bristowe
  • Mohamad Fahmy
  • Dan Eisenhardt
  • Scott Jones
  • Jackie Huba
  • Esther Honig
  • Matthew Williams
  • Dan Sutton
  • Garth Webb
  • Lara Boyd
  • Janet Moore and Duane Elverum
  • Marina Adshade
  • John Herdman
  • Chin Injeti

Today TEDx also announced a slew of other entertainment options that will be on hand at the arena, like a space that will “feature a lounge atmosphere for attendees to relax, listen to music, connect, and swap records with record connoisseurs.”


Vancouver’s art and fashion scene will also be represented on the big day with a Fashion Pop-Up shop, performances from David Morin, and a Portmanteau sound installation using vintage suitcases as speakers.

Also a first for the event will be a Visual Arts Exhibition at Postmark Brewing at the Settlement Building in Railtown. Co-presented by lululemon and the Aquilini Centre, the Exhibition will showcase local artists from November 5 to 7 from 2 to 11 p.m.

DH Vancouver StaffDH Vancouver Staff

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