COMMUNITY SALONS: Going virtual!

Our regular community salons were suspended back in March due to closure of programming and event spaces in our partner facilities of the Calgary Public Library. But we're getting set to resume these salons virtually!

Stay tuned for additional information coming soon, as we work out the details for offering new virtual salons as part of the CPL's "Library at Home" series

-- The TEDxCalgary team

TEDxCalgary
TEDxCalgary

Website URL: http://tedxcalgary.ca

Geoff Zakaib

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

Published in ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)

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.

An active community volunteer and leader, Anila is the Vice Chair of the Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA), Vice Chair of Ag Media at the Calgary Stampede and President-elect at the Rotary Club Millennium in Calgary.

Anila holds a BSc (Hons) in Psychology (Behavioural Neuroscience) and a BSc in Biological Sciences from the University of Calgary and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of
Management. She is an alumnus of the US State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program and is a featured author in the International Museum of Women's anthology Imagining Ourselves: Global Voices from a New Generation of Women and the recipient of the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case in 2001 for her work advocating for the rights of immigrant and minority women and children in Canada. In 2017 she was honoured with receiving the University of Calgary Alumni Award and Top 40 Under 40 designation. In 2019 she received the Woman of Wonder award and a Women of Inspiration Award.

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Dr. Ryan Todd

Published in ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)

Dr. Ryan Todd is a psychiatrist at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, where he has seen and treated thousands of individuals who have a mental illness as a result of trauma, medical or surgical illness.

Dr. Todd believes mental wellness can be learned and practiced by everyone, and that technology is a vital resource in helping bridge the gap between demand and mental healthcare today. This belief fuelled his desire to start headversity, a mental wellness tech company where he acts as CEO. Through headversity, Dr. Todd envisions building a culture of mental wellness in the Canadian workforce through mobile, micro, and measurable training.

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Chelsea Vowel

Published in ENGAGE: Deeply (2020)

Chelsea Vowel is Métis from manitow-sâkahikan (Lac Ste. Anne) Alberta, currently residing in amiskwacîwâskihikan (Edmonton). Mother to six girls, she has a BEd, an LLB, and a MA, and is a Cree language instructor.

Chelsea is a public intellectual, writer, and educator whose work intersects language, gender, Métis self-determination, and resurgence. She is cohost of Indigenous feminist sci-fi podcast Métis in Space, a cofounder of the Métis in Space Land Trust, and author of Indigenous Writes: A Guide to First Nations, Métis & Inuit Issues in Canada. Chelsea blogs at apihtawikosisan.com and makes legendary bannock.

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