Our team members are our greatest asset, and provide all of the ideas and energy behind our work. All are volunteers, contributing time and skill to helping TEDxCalgary cultivate a garden of ideas and build a culture of conversation. Click on a name to learn more!


Rahim Sajan--Co-Founder, Co-Curator, Licencee

Rahim SajanCo-Founder, Co-Curator, Licencee

Besides being the Curator and Licencee -- which means he lives and breathes everything to do with TEDxCalgary -- Rahim also is a teacher, University of Calgary Senator, community organizer, entrepreneur, adventurer and self confessed bookworm. He is an educator in the local public board, where he currently works with students, teachers and industry to make learning and the real world connect. Before this sweet gig, he had other unbelievably cool jobs where he taught science, physical education, robotics, astronomy, and math. He has extensive experience working in some of the poorest communities, and some of the richest, in Alberta.


All since 2010.

Resourceful Human Project
Jonathan Perkins--Co-Founder, Co-Curator, CEO

Jonathan PerkinsCo-Founder, Co-Curator, CEO

When he's not out meeting volunteers, prospective partners, and others interested in talking about TEDxCalgary, Jonathan Perkins works in the learning governance field with a large Calgary-based company. From November 2011 to October 2015 he was a member of the Calgary Police Commission, serving two terms.

Jonathan also is an alumnus of the Leadership Calgary class of 2003, and was a returning guide in 2004.


All since 2010.

Marcel Hertzfeldt--Chief Operations Officer

Marcel HertzfeldtChief Operations Officer

Every team needs an organized core, and Marcel is our project manager extraordinaire.

In true superhero fashion, by day he runs his own consultancy, MySimplifyCoach, and by night he wrangles us into some sort of order. You'll always see his ready smile and laugh at our various community salon meetups, and he'll be the guy taking care of the details at our main events and team meetings. 



(r)Evolutions (2016); Signal vs Noise (2017); Community Salons (Fish Creek Library)

Deborah Burke--Volunteer Engagement Lead

Deborah BurkeVolunteer Engagement Lead

Have a talent you'd like to contribute to TEDxCalgary?

Deborah's the person to talk to! As our volunteer engagement lead, Deborah will make sure that you're placed in the right role to contribute and grow with TEDxCalgary. Visit our volunteer sign-up form to get talking about roles that might suit you!


All since 2016; Community Salons (Fish Creek); TEDxCalgary Walks

Cameron Falkenhagen--Community Salon Lead

Cameron FalkenhagenCommunity Salon Lead

Cameron is passionate about connection and community. He wonders to what extent can you engineer a good conversation. He is currently exploring how to move from conversation to meaningful action.


All since 2010; Community Salons (Central Public Library); TEDxCalgary Adventures

Fred Meynard--Art Director

Fred MeynardArt Director

Fred is a designer, detail lover and a problem solver, bringing over fourteen years of experience in the graphics industry to TEDxCalgary. Fred collaborates with the Marketing, Communications, Web, Stage Design, and Interaction teams to create the visuals for our events.

Known for his smart approach to design, Fred has developed a reputation among graphic artists for delivering clean, thought provoking graphic solutions for our events, as well as year around initiatives to keep our motto of "ideas worth spreading" flowing.


All since Energy: Full Spectrum (2013)

John Albanese--Community Salon Lead

John AlbaneseCommunity Salon Lead

John provides TEDxCalgary with a rock-solid relationship with the Calgary Public Library as a community salon partner, helping us to carry out salons three times a month at different public library branches around the city (Fish Creek, Central, and Crowfoot). 


All since 2016; Community Salons (Crowfoot)

Yangyang Fang--Partnerships Team Lead

Yangyang FangPartnerships Team Lead

Yangyang joins our team from a rich and varied background working with student organizations across the globe, and here in Canada. In conjunction with the Partnership Team, she is leading the process of engaging more deeply with business, institutional, and community partners across the city.


New Horizons Salon (2018); Navigators (2018)

Zabin Jadavji--Partnerships Team

Zabin JadavjiPartnerships Team

With a wealth of business and human resources experience across a number of sectors and companies, Zabin is a valuable new addition to our team for our 2018 season! She is working with our partnerships team to help develop wider engagement for TEDxCalgary with a number of business and organizational partners.


Navigators (2018)

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