TEDxSFU is an annual conference promoting ideas worth spreading, organized entirely by student and alumni volunteers at Simon Fraser University. Although the event is licensed by TED, we are an independently organized event. Join us on September 21, 2013 for our third annual conference themed "Make It Yours" at SFU Theatre - Simon Fraser University Burnaby Campus.

TEDXTUESDAY: CHUCK HAMILTON OF IBM’S CENTER FOR ADVANCED LEARNING

TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus. 

The entire conference will be available via LiveStream on tedxsfu.com on Saturday, September 21st from 9 AM - 5 PM (PST).

Chuck Hamilton is a member of IBM’s Center For Advanced Learning team, in the role of Global Mentoring, Social Learning and Smart Play Program Leader.  His work focuses on the intersections of Learning, People and Technology with a particular emphasis on organizational effectiveness, sharing and change.

Chuck is also an Associate Professor for the Masters of Digital Media Program at the Center for Digital Media in Vancouver Canada.

Articles about Chuck’s work have appeared in Fast Company, Talent Management Magazine, Meetings and Incentive Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Canadian Business and Globe & Mail. Feel free to connect with Chris on Twitter at @CHamiltonatplay 

TEDxTUESDAY: Chris Giannakos of Revolver Coffee

TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus.

The entire conference will be available via a livestream on tedxsfu.com on Saturday September 21st from 10:00am - 5:00pm (Pacific Standard Time). 


As the Director of Coffee for acclaimed Gastown coffee house Revolver, Chris Giannakos knows a thing or two about your morning cup of joe. Hailing from the local cafe-royalty responsible for West Vancouver’s incredibly successful Cafe Crema, Chris and his brothers opened Revolver after over 5 years of working in the coffee industry and visiting countless renowned international cafes. 

Conducting a blind taste test each week, Chris ensures that only the best beans are being served to Revolver’s customers for maximum flavour exploration. Called Vancouver’s “gorgeous chapel dedicated to the art of coffee-making” by Vancouver Magazine, Revolver focuses on two things: coffee and the experience that goes with it. With every unique cup of coffee, Chris and the Giannakos clan go above and beyond to make it yours.

Connect with Chris over your morning coffee at Revolver (325 Cambie St./ Twitter: @revolver_coffee) or find him on Twitter at @GI_Spro 

TEDXTUESDAY: SHELLEY GRUENDLER OF TYPE CAMP

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TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus. 

Apply to attend now until August 16th at www.tedxsfu.com.

The extraordinary Dr. Shelley Gruendler is a typographer, designer, and educator who teaches, lectures, and publishes internationally on typography and design. She holds a PhD and an MA in The History and Theory of Typography and Graphic Communication from the University of Reading, England and a Bachelor of Environmental Design in Graphic Design from North Carolina State University, United States.

Shelley has presented at TypoBerlin, ATypI, TypeCon, and How; has published articles in /Communication Arts, How, Slanted,/ and /Step/; and has judged international typography for /Communication Arts/ and Canadian book design for the Alcuin Society. When she is not traveling the world as the founding director of Type Camp International, she is proud to live in the Canadian Typographic Archipelago. Using typography as a tool to personalize the creative process, Shelley knows the irreplaceable role of design as you make it yours! Get to know Shelley at @dr_shelley 

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TEDxTuesday: Kahlil Ashanti of ReceiptNest.com

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TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus. 

Apply to attend now at www.tedxsfu.com.

As an entrepreneur, actor, writer, and producer, Kahlil Ashanti has mastered the Vancouverite skill of balance.  Best known for his critically acclaimed solo show, Basic Training, his multi-lingual work in theatre has earned him several awards including the NY Times Critics Pick and a Broadway Drama League nomination for Distinguished Performance. Basic Training has been optioned for television development by Barry Josephson (Bones, Enchanted, Men In Black) and Lowell Mate (Everybody Loves Raymond, Roseanne) and will be green-lit as a series this summer.

Recently selected for Cirque Du Soleil as a character actor, Kahlil is constantly searching for opportunities to be a part of life giving projects that are bigger than all of us. As co-founder of VC funded ReceiptNest.com, he found himself knee deep in the tech world, surrounded by people who wanted to tell their stories in compelling ways.

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We want to know what you’re all about
Applications to attend TEDxSFU 2013: Make It Yours open this coming Monday, July 22…that’s in 6 days! In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, we would like to ask those interested in attending to submit their awesomely enthusiastic application form answers to our limited-space event before Friday, August 16, 2013. Remember, applicants will go through a vetting process that considers only the information provided on the application form, so go all out - we want to know why YOU are the most energetic/creative/passionate/eclectic/over-achieving/ultra-inspiring/well-rounded kid on the block!
More information about the application process will magically pop up on our website, so keep an eye on www.tedxsfu.com. Meanwhile, keep up with TEDxTuesdays here on the blog and get to know a few of our 2013 speakers - as they will soon be joining the ranks of past speakers such as Save On Meat’s Mark Brand, Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes, and John Furlong of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

We want to know what you’re all about

Applications to attend TEDxSFU 2013: Make It Yours open this coming Monday, July 22…that’s in 6 days! In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, we would like to ask those interested in attending to submit their awesomely enthusiastic application form answers to our limited-space event before Friday, August 16, 2013.

Remember, applicants will go through a vetting process that considers only the information provided on the application form, so go all out - we want to know why YOU are the most energetic/creative/passionate/eclectic/over-achieving/ultra-inspiring/well-rounded kid on the block!

More information about the application process will magically pop up on our website, so keep an eye on www.tedxsfu.com.

Meanwhile, keep up with TEDxTuesdays here on the blog and get to know a few of our 2013 speakers - as they will soon be joining the ranks of past speakers such as Save On Meat’s Mark Brand, Hootsuite’s Ryan Holmes, and John Furlong of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic & Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

TEDxTuesday: Leigh Boyle, Founder and Executive Director of The Lipstick Project

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TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a new TEDxSFU 2013 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 21 at the SFU Theatre - Burnaby Campus.

Knowing first-hand the personal impact a good manicure, new haircut, or the perfect shade of lipstick can have on one’s self-esteem, we at TEDxSFU are ecstatic to introduce Leigh Boyle as our next speaker!

Leigh is a pre-med student and a triathlete by day. She has also been on an incredible journey – while working with an NGO in Ethiopia, she saw the profound impact of providing aesthetic services to hospice patients. And so she began the Lipstick Project Society, an organization bringing light and love to patients in hospices and hospitals through professional-grade spa services. Keep tabs on the project’s initiatives at @ProjectTLP and www.thelipstickproject.ca.

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TEDxTuesday: The Passion Foundation’s Loretta Cella Q + A

TEDxTuesday is a weekly installment featuring a different TEDxSFU 2012 speaker leading up to the annual conference on September 22nd at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts.

As a team made up of many females, we are proud to announce that our next speaker is someone who has provided inspiration to girls and young women all over the world. Loretta Cella is the founder of the Passion Foundation, a charity with a mission is to improve to lives of females 11-24 years old by helping them realize their full potential. From Vancouver, to New Delhi and Uganda, Loretta continues to be involved in worldwide initiatives such as documentary Global Sorority and has dedicated her life to living outside the box as a trained life coach, counsellor and career practioner. Follow her adventures at @lorettacella and @passionteams.

TEDxSFU: Why did you choose to speak at TEDxSFU?

LC: It is an opportunity to show girls and young women that anything is possible when you are accountable for yourself and to your community as well as passionate, resilient, innovative, and willing to do whatever it takes to make your dreams a reality.

TEDxSFU: What is your favourite TED Talk?

LC: It’s a tie between Brene Brown’s talk on Listening to Shame and Leymah Gbowee: Unlock the intelligence, passion, and greatness of girls.

TEDxSFU: Who is your biggest inspiration?

LC: Gary Pharness, my teacher, my mentor and friend who appeared in my life when I needed someone to most to show me that things can be done differently.

TEDxSFU: How are you connected to SFU?

LC: I’ve provided support for the Young Women in Business Project GIVE over the last couple of years and was a keynote speaker at YWiB’s International Women’s Day event.

*The deadline to apply to attend TEDxSFU 2012 is August 22nd, 2012, also known as TOMORROW! Please be a part of this grand university experience with us, because we would love to have you there :)

So you think you know a TEDxSFU organizer: Mehnaz Thawer

Name: Mehnaz Thawer

TEDxSFU Position: Copywriter

Bio: A two-time SFU alumna, Mehnaz spends her time turning big ideas into words. She is a wordsmith for social change. She read “Great Expectations” when she was 10.

Why did you become involved with TEDxSFU?

I attended last year’s conference and thought, “what a cool project to be involved in!” and luckily I found that the Marketing and Communications team needed a writer. So I hopped on board.

Who is your favourite TED/x speaker?

My favourite TED talk would have to be Susan Cain on the Power of Introverts. I am an introvert (no surprise there), and her book and talk are both empowering, and allow us to embrace our strengths and not feel like we are lacking in some way. 

What is your Idea Worth Sharing?

My Idea Worth Sharing is that it’s not difficult to pay it forward. I’m a humanitarian at heart, and I love to do meaningful work. I think if we all helped someone every day - whether it’s giving them a ride to the bus stop, or donating to the foodbank - we work toward a better world. 

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I am a big concert-goer. I love live music, whether it’s opera or symphony or something more contemporary that involves buying expensive band t-shirts, or indie albums. I love yoga, photography and reading for sanity, and travel for the perspective (when time permits, which it almost never does!)