Metro Vancouver is host to several inspirational TED and TEDx conferences as well as the world-famous annual TED conference itself.
TED-related conferences are events with high-quality speakers that educate, inspire and motivate their audiences.
TEDxWhistler in 2021
A new TEDx event for 2021 is the one taking place on September 12th. Broadcast from Whistler, BC, TEDxWhistler is an online event featuring 10 dynamic and thought-provoking speakers. Tickets cost just $50.
To learn more about the event see the TEDxWhistler website.
TED and TEDx 2020 & 2022
Since 2014, the official annual international TED Conference has been held in Vancouver. In 2020 it was going to take place during the week of April 20-24, but, out of concern about the coronavirus, it moved online and instead ran from May 18 to July 10. Ironically, the 2020 theme was “Uncharted.”
In 2021, the TED Conference didn’t happen at all in Vancouver (or at least not to our knowledge). It’s scheduled to return, however, on April 10th to 14th in 2022. Its theme then, fittingly, is “A New Era.” To learn more see the official TED Conference 2022 website.
TED and TEDx events feature short talks and presentations about technology and design, as well as other scientific, cultural, and academic topics. TEDx events, like TEDxStanleyPark and TEDxWhistler, feature local leaders, inspirational public speakers, change makers and people that make their audiences think. International TED conferences usually sell out months in advance.
Not many TEDx events are happening in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. One event is still taking place though, and it promises to be a great one! It’s also going to be online, so very safe and appropriate for the times!
TEDxWhistler takes place on September 12th in 2021. It’s an online event and features some amazing speakers.
Speakers at the event in 2021 include Jack Crompton (Whistler’s mayor), Chief Janice George (an Indigenous artist), John Montgomery (an Olympic gold-medal winner) and Karin Kausky (a Whistler medical doctor). Also presenting at the event are Mr. Morgan (President of the OVO Sound record label), Kúkwpi7 Gélpcal (an artist and member of the Lil’wat Nation) and a number of other great speakers.
For more information about the event, including the full list of speakers and where to buy tickets, see the TEDxWhistler.com website.
The following video showcases the 10 speakers at the Whistler event in 2021 as well as the event’s host (i.e., Mike Douglas who is also the founder of the video production company Switchback Entertainment).
Vancouver TEDx Events
TEDx conferences are similar to the giant international TED Conference, but much smaller, with a local focus and lasting typically just one day.
TEDxWhistler is the newest of the series of TED-related events that take place within a couple of hours’ drive from Vancouver. Its inaugural year is 2021 when it takes place as an online event.
The Whistler event happens on September 12th in 2021. It’s a virtual event and tickets cost $50. TEDxWhistler features 10 speakers.
To learn more about the event visit tedxwhistler.com.
The largest local TEDx conferences has been TEDxStanleyPark which took place each spring at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre from 2012 until 2018.
Speakers for TEDxStanleyPark in 2017 included TV celebrity and world-famous restauranteur Vikram Vij, Green Party politician and environmental activist Elizabeth May, and close to a dozen other inspirational speakers.
Although named TEDxStanleyPark, Vancouver’s largest TEDx event doesn’t take place in Stanley Park; rather, it’s held at the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Theatre at 650 Hamilton Street in downtown Vancouver.
In 2018 the event happened on Saturday, March 3rd. Click TEDxStanleyPark for details.
Note: 2018 was the final year for TEDxStanleyPark. There will be no TEDxStanleyPark in future years.
2021 and 2022 details for TEDxEastVan are to be confirmed.
TEDxSFU is a TEDx conference that’s open to the public and sponsored by Simon Fraser University. It usually happens in the late fall. In 2019, it took place on November 3rd at the Granville Island Stage. 2021 and 2022 details are to be confirmed.
TEDxVancouver takes place up at UBC’s Chan Centre for the Performing Arts. In 2018 it was on Saturday, September 8th. Speakers included former Prime Minister Kim Campbell. Future details about this event are to be confirmed.
About TED and TEDx Events
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design, and since 1984 it has been an annual conference bringing together the world’s leading thinkers and doers to share ideas in a wide range of disciplines. Topics presented include science and technology, entertainment, motivation, social issues, health, entrepreneurship and the economy.
TEDx events, like TEDxStanleyPark and TEDxWhistler, are smaller and independently organized local TED-affiliated conferences that bring local speakers, thinkers and talent together for a day of mutual learning.
For more information about the international TED event, click TED Conference.
Most years there are venues around town where you can watch the talks from the TED Conference recorded live. For a list of places to watch free screenings click Free TED Conference Screenings.
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