MySimplifyCoach

Published in 2019/20 Partners

Having a professional coach on board as an ongoing partner is always a benefit to an all-volunteer organization like ours, especially when it's the dynamic and always-practical voice of Marcel Hertzfeldt that's involved. He is our super-hero Chief Operations Officer by night (and many times by day!), and keeps us on track with a smile and sounds words of advice.

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Chinook Arch Photography

Published in 2019/20 Partners

For most of the last ten years, Scott Blasken and his network of photographers through Chinook Arch Photography has supported our events with amazing images of our speakers, participants, and interactions. 

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WeWork (Calgary)

Published in 2019/20 Partners

WeWork's Calgary location in The Edison building is host to our hard-working team of volunteers, giving us an essential home base for all the work we do throughout the year.

As a community-focused shared workspace full of progressive businesses and non-profits, there was great alignment to create a partnership where we'll also be helping to activate various parts of the local WeWork community at The Edison and Stephen Avenue Place offices — both of which we've already found have lots of amazing people full of awesome ideas!

Visit our Salons @ WeWork page to learn more about special ongoing events we're holding with the WeWork community!

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Getting Curious about ENGAGE: Deeply

Published in News

We're on the cusp of releasing our first batch of speaker names this week, and it's an exciting time for all of us on the TEDxCalgary team!

Our main annual event — this year's ENGAGE: Deeply — is the culmination of countless hours of planning, from finding the right venue, scouting for speakers and reviewing nominations, coaching the speakers on their talks, and preparing the many deep and rich interactions that we've become known for over the years. For all of us on the team, this is a passion project: we LOVE ideas, and even more we enjoy the connections that come with holding an event like this for our participants (that's you!) who are equally curious about the world around us.

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Dr. Rupinder Toor--Empowering Women

Published in ENGAGE: Connected Speakers

Dr. Rupinder Toor is a medical doctor who is passionate about women’s health and believes that empowering women through reproductive health is the key to building strong families and communities. She has proven to be a champion, innovator and thought leader in the areas of women’s health, birth control, intrauterine devices (IUDs), and culturally appropriate health care and has successfully redefined women’s health as a primary care speciality.

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Geoff Zakaib--Technology for Community

Published in ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)

Geoff is the President of Zakaib Strategies Inc., a management consulting firm based in Calgary that specializes in the areas of business technology and information management. Geoff has a strong interest in data and is involved in a number of initiatives that span the public, private and social sectors. He is a Director of Data for Good and the organizer of the Calgary chapter. He co-founded CivicTechYYC and has helped to build the civic tech ecosystem across Canada. Geoff is active in the Open Data / Open Government movements as the Executive Director of Open Calgary. He was previously a community member of The City of Calgary e-Government Strategy Advisory Committee and the External Advisory Committee of Civic Innovation YYC.

He is passionate about the use of data and technology for social good, and each initiative he has started provides opportunities for members of the community to volunteer their technical skills to help nonprofit / social organizations that are doing amazing work in our city. These organizations make significant contributions to the quality of life for everyone, but they often lack the time, resources and skills to make effective use of data and technology in their programs and services.

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Anila Lee Yuen--Connecting Communities

Published in ENGAGE: Connected Speakers

Anila is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Centre for Newcomers, and has 25 years of experience in the settlement sector. During her tenure as CEO, she has spearheaded programming to include volunteer-led refugee supports; indigenous integration for newcomers; LGBTQ+ supports, domestic violence, homeless and mental health support services and broadened vulnerable youth programming and social venture opportunities.

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