Stephen Slen and Aaron Coret, Co-founders of Katal Innovations and Winners of a 2011 Popular Science Invention Award, speaking at TEDxVancouver 2011

VANCOUVER, Nov. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - TEDxVancouver is excited to announce that Co-founders of Katal Innovations, Stephen Slen and Aaron Coret will be speaking at TEDxVancouver 2011.

Katal Innovations is comprised of a small crew of scientifically inclined skiers and snowboarders dedicated to safe progress in action sports. Katal's first project, The Landing Pad, was inspired by a tragic accident that left co-creator Aaron Coret paralyzed from the neck down after taking a hard fall on a routine switch backside 540, crushing his C5/C6 vertebrae in February 2005.

Following his accident, Coret teamed up with best friend and fellow Engineer Stephen Slen to build a next generation safety device that would allow skiers and snowboarders to progress riding in a safe environment, The Landing Pad.

The Landing Pad allows skiers and snowboarders to "ride the trick out" if you land on your feet and absorbs your impact if you do not, providing a safe learning environment for all ages and ability levels.

Slen and Coret both graduated from the Integrated Engineering program at UBC and developed the Landing Pad as a means to pursue Slen and Coret's shared ambition to help foster the progression of freestyle skiing and snowboarding. The Landing Pad won a Popular Science Invention Award in 2011.

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