Dr. Doug Mahoney--Engineering Cancer Treaments

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Dr. Mahoney is a translational scientist at Cumming School of Medicine in the University of Calgary with 20+ years of experience studying human health and disease.

Over the past 15 years, his research has made important contributions to the development of numerous cancer immunotherapies that have been commercialized and/or tested in human clinical trials. Currently his lab is focused on engineering “designer cells and viruses” to treat various forms of cancer in children, adolescents, and adults.

Dr. Mahoney is the founder and Scientific Director of a research initiative called ACTION (Alberta Cellular Therapy and Immune Oncology), which seeks to develop innovative next generation engineered immune cell therapies and deliver them to cancer patients in Alberta and beyond.

Outside the lab, Doug spends his time with his wife and three children, mostly enjoying the Alberta/BC wilderness.

Associate Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Infectious Disease
Associate Director of the Charbonneau Cancer Institute
Scientific Director of the Alberta Cellular Therapy and Immune Oncology Initiative


Jessica Théroux--Artist and Advocate

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Using the Arts as a thread to sew people and thoughts together, Jessica Théroux is a painter, writer, sculptor, and textiles artist. She makes a living as a teacher and runs an artist collective in her home town of Calgary, Alberta with her husband, Rich Theroux.

Over the past 10 years she has co-hosted over 500 weekly live art events that bring hundreds of artists and art consumers together. She has co-written several books, co-created a feature length film (puppets), and is a singer, entertainer, and explorer. She is also a published poet. Her first solo publication will be later this year.


Kalyani Pardeshi--Confronting our inner bullies

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Too often, our most vocal and destructive critic is our inner self-bullying voice.

Kalyani Pardeshi is a multiple award-winning author who teaches anti-bullying techniques based on the science of how our brains work, focusing on the intangible cause of bullying instead of the tangible effects.

Despite having a successful career in finance and holding two professional designations, Kalyani felt something was amiss. She tried her hand at entrepreneurship and ran a successful online fitness business for two years, yet felt a continuing void that seemingly couldn’t be filled. The answer came when she volunteered at an anti-bullying workshop at her daughter’s school. She had an entire lifetime of experiences, learning and tools she had developed and made the choice to share her experience with others through her book Unbullied - 14 Techniques to Silence the Critics, Externally and Internally.

Her book has been recognized internationally through three awards: The Skipping Stones Honour Award, The Book Excellence Finalist Award and The Maincrest Media Winners Award. She has been interviewed by many media outlets including CTV Morning Live for Pink Shirt Day, Hollywood Times, Women’s Radio and Daughters of Change. 


People passing. Ideas living on.

Recently, we had another of our more than 150 speakers pass away. That reminds us that we, as humans, have a finite amount of time on this earth. But our ideas can continue living on, influencing others.


"Yes, and..."

Does the world today feel like a bit of an improv experiment?

We live in some very volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous times (V.U.C.A. as the term was coined in the 1980s by leadership and strategy experts and subsequently adopted by the U.S. military), and that makes it exceptionally difficult to get traction on many of the very important but intractable issues in our midst. From the places where we live and work, to the political and social realm in the countries and territories we inhabit, the nature of a post-COVID VUCA world has made a mockery of countless well-laid plans.


Yes, and...

New connections. Deep conversations.

It's a volatile, complex world out there, full of ambiguity and divisiveness. How do we work together to nurture a culture of civil, foward-looking conversation?

For us, we start with "Yes," when someone shares a long-cherished idea with us. That simple word acknowledges their courage in sharing with us, and opens up the space for us to take those ideas to a new level with our contribution of "and..." as we add our own insights and perspectives.

Join our group of amazing speakers in the beautifully-remodelled Ampersand building in downtown Calgary as they share their ideas to start the conversation rolling. Then engage with new connections you've made with other participants as you explore the ideas together in new and novel ways, or visit the many organizations participating in our interactions zone.

Admission includes lunch and refreshments throughout the day, and access to our post-event social gathering (cash bar, 18+ only, subject to space restrictions per fire code).

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Aspen Properties

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Starting in Fall 2022, Aspen Properties is providing TEDxCalgary with event and office space in The Ampersand and other buildings within its Calgary-based portfolio for the coming couple of years. This provides the TEDxCalgary team with a beautiful community space within a world-class building and business hub.

Aspen Properties is a privately-held, boutique real estate company that owns and manages commercial office space in downtown Calgary and Edmonton. Aspen focuses on creating welcoming work spaces where people feel connected, get inspired, and know they belong.

​Together with their investment partners, Aspen Properties owns and manages approximately 3.8 million square feet of office space in Calgary and Edmonton (plus nearly 3,500 highly sought-after parking spaces in downtown Calgary and Edmonton). Their current assets comprise 14 buildings—eleven in Calgary, three in Edmonton and development sites in each city.


TEDxCountdown 2022

It's time for our annual TED Countdown event, where we gather with other curious Calgarians who want to accelerate solutions for climate change and help achieve net zero goals faster.

On December 8th, we're gathering for a Countdown power lunch in the lobby of the gorgeously renovated Ampersand building in downtown Calgary, which is home to the new Energy Transition Centre and a shining example of what can be done to dramatically upgrade existing office space to new standards while promoting community and idea sharing. We'll gather on the social stairs to watch talks from the 2022 Countdown series, and talk with others while enjoying a bring-your-own brown bag lunch or something from the local indoor food trucks or the Lil' E Cafe.

Ampersand ENGAGEwithideas

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Bring friends and colleagues, or invite your entire office to join you!

Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. Programming runs from Noon to 1 p.m., with additional discussion options for participants able to stay until 1:30 p.m.


What Works 2022 "Truth + Trust" Summit Livestream

Join the Social Progress Imperative team and TEDxCalgary for a livestream direct from What Works 2022, "Truth + Trust"

This is an exceptional opportunity to be part of the global conversation on what transparency in social progress looks like, informed by the voices of an amazing roster of speakers and participants coming together to explore and advance evidence-based initiatives.

Registration for the online platform is free, and includes access to all publicly-streamed event content over the three days, starting May 31st at 4:45 pm MDT and ending on June 2nd at 4:00 pm MDT. Please see the Event Program for additional times and details.

This is not to be missed!