"Confluence" to be theme for this year's event at the Orpheum Theatre
VANCOUVER, Sept. 27, 2012 /CNW/ - With TEDxVancouver 2012 just over three weeks away, the organization is thrilled to announce
four additional speakers to its existing lineup. Two more rounds of
speakers will be announced before TEDxVancouver 2012 takes place at the
Orpheum Theatre in downtown Vancouver on Sunday, October 21.
Presenters at TEDxVancouver are handpicked for their inspired thinking,
and in the TED tradition, each is challenged to offer their audience an
idea worth sharing in "the talk of their life" in 18 minutes or less.
It is with great excitement that we present the next four speakers for
The following prolific speakers join John Bromley, Chen Lizra, Joel Solomon and Eric Winsborrow at TEDxVancouver 2012:
TEDxVancouver Speaker's Lineup 2012 (*Part 2 of 4):
Dr. Jean Carruthers - "Beneath the Surface of Botox"
Jean D. Carruthers, M.D., is Clinical Professor in the Department of
Ophthalmology at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, where
she specializes in facial cosmetic surgery. In 1987 her husband, Dr.
Alastair Carruthers, and she pioneered the cosmetic use of botulinum A
exotoxin ("Botox") that has since grown to become the most commonly
performed cosmetic procedure in the world. She has been invited to give
more than 200 presentations worldwide on topics in cosmetic surgery and
has authored more than 250 scientific articles and book chapters. This
spring, she and her husband Alastair were awarded the highest honour
given by the American Academy of Dermatology - The Eugene Van Scott
Award for Innovation and Philip Frost Leadership Award. Despite these
accolades, the cosmetic use of Botox remains a contentious subject for
many, and Dr. Carruthers has spent the better part of her professional
career balancing the frank disbelief of her colleagues with the smiling
faces of her loyal patients.
Dr. John Izzo - "Better Late Than Never: How a New "Grey Corps" Could Save Us All"
A provocative and passionate public speaker and thought leader, Dr. John
Izzo consults and advises some of the most admired companies in the
world. With a Masters degree in psychology and a Ph.D. in
organizational communication, he has devoted his life and career to
showing leaders how to create workplaces that bring out the best in
people, and people who create the best workplaces. A best-selling
author, he has taught at numerous prominent North American
universities, and continues to conduct leading edge research on
workplace values. Dr. Izzo believes our society is at a pivotal moment
in history where a surprise group of people might be poised to lead us
towards meaningful change… if they answer the call.
Natacha Beim - "Why the Over-prepared Underachieve"
Recognized internationally as an educational leader, author, speaker,
child advocate and parenting expert, Natacha is a strong believer in
the power of a well-rounded education. In 1996, she founded CEFA Early
Learning, a revolutionary, open-source educational approach rooted in
the values of contribution and empathy. The enriched curriculum
features a unique partnership of core subjects, such as reading and
math with fine arts, including drama and yoga, providing children with
the freedom to learn and grow through play. By empowering students to
adapt to their surroundings, she provides an incredible opportunity to
not only explore and learn, but to discover how they can contribute to
Doug Schmitt - "It's a bird, it's a plane, no…. it's 5,000 Meteors."
Doug Schmitt is a Partner with Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, who
has been practicing maritime law for over 32 years. Drawing on
similarities in jurisdictional challenges, Doug has leveraged his legal
expertise to indulge a long-standing scientific curiousity, becoming
one of the world's leading experts in meteorite law. A member of the
Meteoritical Society, a non-profit scholarly organization founded in
1933 to promote the study of extraterrestrial materials, he sits on
that organization's Working Group drafting the code of ethics for
collecting and distributing meteorites. Doug's scientific and legal
backgrounds position him ideally to offer insight from two distinct
disciplines into a fascinating topic: the possible consequences for
humankind of a failure to reach consensus on the issue of meteorite
TEDxVancouver's fourth annual event is taking place on Sunday, October
21, 2012, at the historic Orpheum Theatre. The event's theme,
"Confluence", will explore the exponential merging of nature, humans,
and technology that is propelling our collective awareness to
incredible new levels.
HOW TO GET TICKETS TO THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM:
Interested attendees are invited to register to attend the October 21st
event at www.tedxvancouver.com. The conference will be accompanied by a select offering of optional
pre- and post-event activities, catering to diverse tastes and
interests. A live webcast of the event will be available in
high-quality video for free live viewing on the Internet.
[*Note: TEDx Vancouver will announce more speakers over the next 3 weeks
in a series of releases to the press. Speakers and Talk Focus are
subject to change in advance of October 21, 2012, official program will
be announced at least 1 week prior to actual event.]
TEDxVancouver is part of the TEDx family of events. TEDx is a program of
local, self-organized meetings that bring people together to share a
TED-like experience. The event is called TEDxVancouver is, where x =
independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general
guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including
ours, are self-organized.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
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experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine
to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local,
self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently
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Image with caption: "Four new confirmed speakers for TEDxVancouver 2012 include: Natacha Beim, Dr. Jean Carruthers, Dr. John Izzo, and Doug Schmitt. (CNW Group/TEDxVancouver)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120927_C2353_PHOTO_EN_18588.jpg
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