The 4th Annual TEDxChilliwack is taking place on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at G. W. Graham Theatre


Dr. Carin Bondar

Myriad of Moms: Diversity and Drama in a Females’ Most Purposeful Position

Explore the many sides of motherhood across the animal kingdom. From the caring and kind, to the astonishing and unbelievable, Dr. Carin Bondar will discuss the meaning of motherhood from a wide variety of perspectives. What can the natural world teach humans about the most complicated job evolution ever made?


Dave Dinesen

This Ag Tech Will Change the Way Produce is Grown Worldwide

Sixty years ago, if you would have told farmers that one day, tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers would be grown indoors, without soil, and grown all around the world, year round, they would have called you crazy. And along came greenhouses. Fast forward to today, the technology now exists to grow another slice of the produce the world needs, 12 months a year, anywhere on earth, and more reliably than ever. Developed in Langley, patented globally, CubicFarms technology allows automated, commercial scale and virtually foolproof growing of hundreds of crops, using very little water, energy, labour and zero pesticides.


Michelle Ebbin

How a Search for Connection Led to a Revolutionary Invention

Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder worldwide, impacting families and communities everywhere. Devastated to receive an autism diagnosis for her son Jett, Michelle Ebbin was determined to do everything possible to help him and find a way into his world. Discover how her search for ways to connect with her son, culminated in the invention of revolutionary products, JettProof and CalmWear, that are positively impacting the lives of those living with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety around the world.


Natalie Forstbauer

Turning My Brain Injury Into a Brain Upgrade

A brain injury gifted me profound understanding and appreciation for what healing really is. I thought I could heal a brain injury, fix it, beat it, make it go away. The brain injury showed me it is not getting rid of the disease, illness, injury or “being cured” that matters. True healing wakes us up to a place of purpose where we accept who we are, where we are at in this very moment within the illness, injury or disease. We can discover perfectness in imperfection. The brain upgrade invites us to create a life by design instead of default.


Natella Isazada

Why Connecting Like Children Do is a Key to Compassionate Problem Solving

What would it be like if you didn’t have any lasting conflicts in life and could solve your problems effectively and compassionately? How to achieve that? Learn from young children who have somehow figured out the key to making connections through seeing what we have in common. Natella shares her experiences of living in four countries at four different points in life. She brings an awareness of how despite our differences we can choose to connect like a child. This will make a difference between living in the world of conflict or the world of compassionate problem solving.


Jess Montgomery

The Transformational Power of Clothes

The global clothing industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. From the pollution of clean water to the release of greenhouse gas emissions, the industry directly contributes to climate change and the degradation of ecosystems. But clothing is also a great connector. This talk will show how the clothes we wear give us a chance to express our individuality, while also bringing us together, and that it is this capacity for collective creativity that will lead the way towards the adoption of sustainability values. Textile production led the Industrial Revolution, why not the Sustainability Movement too?


Jon Morrison

How To Go From Leader To Thought Leader

The Millennial generation is the largest generation in the workforce today. While stats are clear that their presence is significant, their influence and leadership is not. As older generations retire, the need for fresh new voices and perspectives emerge. There will be a significant need for a new wave of thought leaders in all industries. Millennials have an advantage that they see the world differently than previous generations and they have a well-documented passion to make a difference in the world. My talk will highlight this great opportunity and offer emerging leaders the steps to become thought leaders.


Dr. Kevin Orieux

How Do We Define Care, In Healthcare?

On October 21, 1925, Dr. Francis Peabody closed a lecture to the students at the Harvard School of Medicine with the words,
“. . . For the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient.” I will share my ideas about improving healthcare by having doctors adopt a purposeful mission statement, then mentoring everyone on the clinical team to learn this mission statement, understand this mission statement and ultimately, to practice this mission statement.


Steven Point


Reen Rose

The Change Paradox: Why You Both Welcome and Resist Your Evolving Environment

Change is inevitable and in today’s world of technology it is happening faster than ever before. You may welcome advancements in medicine and travel but detest anything that requires you to step away from your accustomed routines and comfort zone. This is the paradox of change. Your brain is designed to learn which means it is designed to change, but it is also programmed to be a creature of habit. Discover more about your love/hate relationship with change, and how to leverage that information to your advantage.


Alyson Seale

Purposeful steps away from Ableism

Imagine a world without sexism, racism and ageism, an amazing place where we embrace each other’s gifts and proudly claim all of our identities. Ableism is a hidden ‘isms’ embedded in society—a belief in the superiority of typical able bodies/able minds over bodies/minds falling outside our definition of normal. What if we deconstruct the binary able/disabled and construct differences of body/mind as part of our beautifully diverse human continuum? How would that look? Where do we even start? Let’s not get theoretical—let’s get real. By purposefully examining ableism, we can take action improving our society.


Fatima Zaidi

Addressing Homelessness Through Policies That Uplift Our Society

Fatima Zaidi explores the devastating affects of short-sighted policies through impactful storytelling, and demonstrates how the current system is designed to eliminate the "homeless" instead of "homelessness". Zaidi demonstrates how eliminating homelessness requires creating a shift in our mindset and understanding poverty. Drawing upon her thesis on homelessness and public policy, experience in policy and program development and passion for working with various marginalized populations, Zaidi talks about what it takes to shift from reactive to proactive policy work that comes from a place of compassion instead of fear and the importance of momentum in addressing the current homelessness crisis.