The 3rd Annual TEDxChilliwack event will be held place on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at G. W. Graham Theatre


Sid Anandkumar

Low Back Pain: Myths vs. Facts

Low back pain is one of the worlds leading musculoskeletal disorder and sooner or later, eight out of 10 of us will be affected by it. In the past two decades, we have had amazing scientific and technological advancements in the field of health care. Despite having multiple diagnostic tools and interventions for low back pain, it seems to be poorly managed with the disability rates consistently increasing since the late 1990’s. Sid will bust the common myths about back pain and reinforce what the latest evidence says is best for your back.


Mehrnaz Bassiri

Using a Smaller, More Sensitive Scale to Measure Our Progress

Progress is the combination of slow, small and steady steps repeated time and time again. In the moment, it may not feel like much is changing but when we look back, we can see how far we've come. We’re bombarded with messages of bigger is better, or more is never enough. Consequently, we measure our small wins on oversized scales, and get discouraged when the needle doesn’t tip. Using smaller, more sensitive scales to measure progress allows us to detect and celebrate the small movements forward—because ultimately it’s these small steps that combine to create transformative changes.


Dr. Carin Bondar

Wild Moms: Motherhood in the Animal Kingdom

A fascinating and entertaining tour of motherhood in the animal kingdom that reveals a new perspective on the mother/child relationship. Being a mom is a tough job―but imagine doing it in the jungle or out on the safari, faced by the ravages of the elements, a scarcity of resources and the threat of predators prowling at all times of the day and night. Join Dr. Carin Bondar as she takes you on an enthralling tour of the animal kingdom as she explores the phenomenon of motherhood in the wild.


Christopher Bush

The Great Reboot for Agriculture

Everyone eats. How we do food in the world is not sustainable. The world has a problem. We have spent more than a decade learning how to take things the world calls "waste" apart, and put it back together into the answers for how to feed 9 billion people and maintain a planet. I did a talk in TEDxEastVan in 2015 called "Poop Soup and the Inevitable Global Movement" about the first 10 years of my journey. This will be about the next 20.


Debbie Calicetto

The Red Corner: You Failed

FAIL! We have all done it—a driver’s test, a job interview or a phone text to the wrong person. But what happens when we are a 14-year-old ballerina hears those words for the first time? Debbie Calicetto, now a 49 years old dance instructor, talks about her first encounter with failure. What does a teen girl do when a letter with the “You Failed Red Corner” arrives? She does what any teenager would do, decides she is worthless. But what she didn’t know was that red corner, would change her perception of failure forever.


Lee Davies

The Cloud is Just Smoke

When you buy into the 'Cloud' you're getting more and less than you think. While you add some easy mobility you also pickup vulnerability and dependence. It will almost invariably cost more and if you think you are saving on maintenance, you might be in for a nasty surprise. Let me show you what you are really buying and how to do the 'off grid' equivalents.


Brenda Dyck


The Guerrilla Garden Adventures Manifesto

Let's make the world a greener, happier and more creative place. Brenda will present a  16-point action plan to support The Guerrilla Garden Adventures Manifesto of inspiring garden rebels everywhere to make the world a greener, happier and more creative place both for themselves, for other people and for the community at large.


Cara Halber

Unconventional Practices for Your Health in Our Modern Life

We are in a constant fight with our bodies. They're too big, too small or have too much around the middle. Most of us genuinely want to change but our busy lives leaves health on the backburner. But what if feeling energized and confident wasn't our yearly resolution? What if we found the best of ourselves with easy, practical tools that don't take a lot of time? Cara has guided hundreds of clients through the process of unlocking their version of health and she's excited to share with you exactly how to do that using questions you probably haven't considered.


Chief David Jimmie



William Klaassen

How To Eat Thorns

Often we are confronted with violent and unpleasant language both by ourselves and others. This can both be painful and extremely unproductive. However, if we, like giraffes, are able to learn how to eat thorns then we not only learn how to digest violent words, but we also learn how to draw nutrients and strength from them to de-escalate any situation.


David Leger

Rething Our Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Whether a climate change skeptic or not, air pollution from fossil fuel powered machines is a given. The air we breathe in many cities of the world is toxic. According to the World Health Organisation, 80% of all cities have worse air quality than what is considered healthy. David will share the genius of what a Chilliwack born company is doing to change this through its revolutionary, leading-age technology.  Technology that is being launched in China, which has some of the world’s most polluted cities, and has the capability to improve the lives of future generations globally.


Don Nixdorf

EMF, The Good, Bad, and I Don't Know

The absence of high EMF (ambient and man-made electromagnetic fields) has a profound impact on injury including recovery from surgery, burns, amputee phantom pain and chronic pain. Research and patient outcomes including university and hospital trials demonstrate faster wound repair and less associated pain.


Brett Piperni

Alive and Kicking

With over 20 years of martial arts training haunted by physical and mental pain that plagued me for years, I was finally diagnosed with a rare disease—gastroparesis, a partial paralysis of the stomach. With no cure and specialists saying my dreams are over as a professional competitor. Fighting for my life plagued with depression and darkness, it took one moment of mindfulness to change my life. I've gained many skills including meditation, patience, empathy, resilience and confidence. My journey transformed me into an intelligent and relentless fighter which put me back on the podium at a national level.


Dan Pontefract

We Are Losing the Ability to Think, and What to Do About It 

Many of us have forgotten how to think. Worse, some have surrendered the responsibility to think and, in the process, minds have closed to the potential an improved form of thinking brings. The way we focus on the short-term, race to complete tasks, or sit on wonderful ideas because we are fearful of what may happen, is regrettable. At times, it is downright frightening. But this current state of thinking has created an opportunity for reconsideration. There is hope. It is time to rethink our thinking. It is time for open thinking. Dream. Decide. Do. Repeat.


Cliff Prang

More F-Words Please—a Clean Comedian's Journey to Find Success and Peace

Comedian Cliff Prang sheds new light on finding success in the entertainment industry through peace. More specifically, pursuing peace through serving others. By serving the objectives of others you find the keys to finding success in your own. Comedians are not known for empathy, but in Cliff's case, he values celebration and inclusion and serves his audience by removing the F-word from a platform where the F-word is a staple. Beyond sharing his own story, Cliff will fire several other F-words as an encouragement to the audience to continue on their path of pursuing their own success and peace.


Jacqueline Windh


You Are Not Normal

You travel around in cars, buses, trains and occasionally airplanes. You buy your food at the grocery store. Maybe sometimes you eat out. You work to pay for it all. Sorry. But you are not normal. We humans are great at interpreting what is around us in the three spatial dimensions. However, my education as a geologist trained me to understand time—what some refer to as the fourth dimension—in a deeper way. How we are living now, in time, is not normal. If we truly are going to reboot (and survive), we need to redefine “normal.”