TEDxVancouver Announces More Confirmed Speakers for 2012 Program

"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 TEDxVancouver 2012.

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 the world.

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 ownership.

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.


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.]

About TEDxVancouver

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

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like 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 organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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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