Speakers Lineup

2018 Speakers: Global Entrepreneurship Mentor, Black Lives Matter Founder, Nation Building Designer and more.

Jackie Kai Ellis at TEDxSFU

Jackie Kai Ellis

The Survivor

Jackie Kai Ellis is the author of The Measure Of My Powers: a memoir of food, misery and Paris and the founder of award-winning Beaucoup Bakery in Vancouver and The Paris Tours, leading pastry tours in Paris. With a background in fine arts, design and branding, she expanded her expertise into travel and lifestyle media, writing for numerous national publications as a journalist, and regularly appearing on TV, radio, and in publications as a critic, guest and judge, or being interviewed as an expert on food, lifestyle, fashion and topics promoting passionate and inspired living. As an entrepreneur, she has spoken at conferences for companies such as Accenture on defining purposeful lives, to the Whole Foods executive team on personal branding, the Four Seasons Toronto on redefining leadership, and Diffferent in Berlin on designing trust in organizations. She lives in Vancouver and Paris.

Website: jackiekaiellis.com


Anita Cheung at TEDxSFU

Anita Cheung

The Creative Freelancer

Anita is a first-gen Canadian creative and entrepreneur who moonlights as a yoga therapist/ meditation teacher. After working in the wellness industry for over 8 years, she co-founded Canada's first modern meditation studio- MOMENT two years ago. In the last year, she has shaken her routine and identity up considerably and now splits her time evenly between four “hats” that she wears.

Website: anitacheung.ca


Alexandra Greenhill at TEDxSFU

Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill

The Physician

Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill is one of Canada's leading physicians in digital health innovation. She is currently the co-founder, CEO and Chief Medical Officer of Careteam, an AI-enabled digital health platform with the mission to solve the fragmentation of health care for patients with complex, chronic diseases across different health conditions and contexts (hospital, clinic, community and home). Everyone involved - patients, family and health professionals - can be on the same page, can see if care plans are being followed and intervene proactively.

After having implemented health innovation at scale and practiced medicine for now two decades in Quebec, Ontario and BC, she has spent the last six years leading and advising Canada's most innovative technology companies. She is a global ambassador for Blackbox powered by Google for Entrepreneurs and was a mentor for the Obama Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Silicon Valley. Some of her other recognitions include WXN’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada, Top 40 under 40, Startup Canada Women Entrepreneur Award - West Coast and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal of Service.

Website: careteam.tech


Mike Simpson at TEDxSFU

Mike Simpson

The Explorer

Mike Simpson is the ED of the British Columbia Council for International Cooperation, a network of non-governmental organizations working toward a better world. BCCIC is deeply engaged in tackling the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the UN. He began working as a documentary maker on human rights, environment and development and has over thirty years of field experience in social change. From tackling the conflict diamond trade and the use of child soldiers in West Africa to fighting for forest conservation in Canada and the jungles of Peru, he believes humanities seventeen sustainable development goals have common roots in our soul. Mike has a deep interest in what motivates social change agents and is a life-long student of Zen. He is immersed in the field of leadership development based on his belief we need more good people to care for our precious planet. When not working, he enjoys the extremes of kayaking, kite surfing and paragliding… or raising a six-year old daughter.

Roshan Norohna at at TEDxSFU

Roshan Noronha

The Scientist

Roshan is the founder of EnTomorrow, a student-run research group that uses insects to make a positive difference! By studying the unique characteristics of different insect species, EnTomorrow aims to apply their amazing potential to improve the world around us. More importantly, by communicating this research to the public, Roshan believes that we can all work together to make our world a better place. His work challenges us to redefine how we address issues like food shortages, deforestation, plastic pollution and more!

Currently wrapping up his undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, Roshan is someone who is actively using his education and skills to create a brighter future.

Website: roshannoronha.com

Roshan Noronha

Aidan Bancroft at TEDxSFU

Aidan Bancroft

The Storyteller

Aidan Averyl Bancroft, originally from Ottawa, is SFU alumni from the schools of Communication and Business. Passionate about community engagement and connection, he has worked with The United Way of the Lower Mainland, SFU Public Square, and now joins in the incredible work being done by Vancity Credit Union. A self-made man, in the most literal way, he is passionate about the genius that can be harvested when inclusion and diversity are integral to the decisions made in our workplaces, our communities, and our countries. A recipient of the LOUD Foundation’s ‘Emerging Leader In the LGBTQ2S Community’ scholarship, Aidan shares a love for candid storytelling, humour, and honesty as his way of engaging audiences with unfamiliar conversations.

Aidan Bancroft

Milena Droumeva at TEDxSFU

Milena Droumeva

The Advocator

Milena Droumeva is Assistant Professor of Communication and Glenfraser Endowed professor in Sound Studies at Simon Fraser University specializing in mobile technologies, sound studies and multimodal ethnography, with a long-standing interest in game cultures and gender. She has worked extensively in educational research on game-based learning, as well as in interaction design for responsive environments. Milena is co-investigator for ReFiG, a SSHRC partnership grant exploring women’s participation in the games industries and game cultures. There she investigates the sound design of women in games towards better intersectional gender representation in popular media.


Cicely-Belle Blain at TEDxSFU

Cicely-Belle Blain

Activist & CEO

Cicely-Belle Blain is a writer, consultant, activist and artist from London, UK. Their work spans across Europe, Asia and North America, with their consulting company, Cicely Blain Consulting. Cicely gained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of British Columbia in European Studies and Russian in 2016. Their passion rests in social justice through anti-oppressive education, offering a range of services that aim to inspire, empower and encourage participants to make change within their communities for greater inclusion, accessibility and justice.

Cicely’s experience stems from their work as a founder of Black Lives Matter, Vancouver; a political organization instrumental in changing conversations about racial justice in British Columbia and part of a larger movement that is shaping the future of Black liberation. With years of experience working within LGBTQ and marginalized communities, Cicely supports people and organizations to create meaningful change for their students/clients/employees. Cicely spoke at a United Nations Summit in 2016, on behalf of the Canadian Youth Delegation, gave the keynote speech at the Black Canadian Studies Conference in 2017 and was listed as one of CBC’s 150 Black Women Making Change in Canada.

Website: cicelyblainconsulting.com


Greg Durell at TEDxSFU

Greg Durrell

The Designer

Greg Durrell is a partner at Hulse & Durrell, a Vancouver-based design firm that develops brands, products and films for ambitious organizations that want to make a lasting impact. Their client list includes the International Olympic Committee, the Canadian Olympic Team, NBC Sports, and Square, to name a few.

Greg and partner Ben Hulse began working together in 2007 on the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games design team, and went on to lead a comprehensive rebrand of the Canadian Olympic Team in 2011. More recently, they’ve provided design leadership for several International Olympic Committee initiatives, from digital channels to global licensing programs. In 2018, Greg completed directing a feature-length documentary film, DESIGN CANADA, which examine how 1960s graphic design shaped the identity of a nation and its people. DESIGN CANADA is currently touring across Canada with international screenings in the fall. When Greg is not crafting identities and films, you can find him on his yoga mat, or climbing mountains in the Pacific Northwest.

Websites: hulsedurrell.com & designcanada.com


Nikki Sanchez at TEDxSFU

Nikki Sanchez

The Green Queen

Nikki Sanchez is a Pipil/Maya and Irish/Scottish academic, Indigenous media maker and environmental educator. Nikki holds a masters degree in Indigenous Governance and is presently completing a PhD with a research focus on ​emerging visual media technology as​ it relates to Indigenous ​ontology​. She is the current David Suzuki Foundation "Queen of Green" (queenofgreen.ca) where her work is centered on digital media creation to provide sustainable solutions for a healthy planet, as well as content creation to bring more racial inclusivity into the environmental movement. Nikki has been teaching and facilitating decolonization and anti-oppression training for the past five years for universities, corporations and NGOs. She has been involved with social justice and Indigenous rights work for over 15 years and most recently completed the 8-part documentary VICELAND series “RISE” focused on global Indigenous resurgence. RISE was debuted at Sundance in February 2017 and has received global critical acclaim, most recently winning "best documentary" at the Canadian screen awards. ​For over a decade, Nikki has worked as an wilderness guide, Indigenous environmental educator and decolonial curriculum advisor.

Master of Ceremonies

Nigel Mojica at TEDxSFU

Nigel Mojica

Master of Ceremonies

Nigel Mojica is a radio host, artist, community organizer and MC with experience working in mental health, social services and social innovation among other areas. He has been a member of the SFU RADIUS team, worked with numerous social housing providers in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside and is currently working in the field of media accessibility. As an artist and media personality, he is currently the host of the weekly internet radio show The Food Court on Save On Radio, the recurring MC for Art Battle Vancouver and 1/3 of the adult contemporary hip-hop trio Friends With The Help. Nigel is passionate about psychology, popular culture and social and environmental justice, and is currently working towards an MA in Counselling Psychology.


Harrison Lee at TEDxSFU

Harrison Lee

Yoyo Prodigy

Harrison Lee is a professional yoyo competitor and performer (yes, there is such a thing). Harrison is a 2X Canadian National Freestyle Yoyo Champion, and he represents Canada at yoyo contests “all around the world.” He is a familiar face around town appearing at local festivals and charitable events as well as TV and radio. As a performer, Harrison combines a very unique blend of dance music, hip-hop, and mind boggling yoyo skills.

Harrison Lee



International Hip Hop Dance Champions

PraiseTEAM (based in Surrey, BC) is an elite team that focuses on community building, individual growth, exploration of artistry and competitive dance.

Website: praiseteamstudio.com

PraiseTEAM Studio


Dianna David

Movement Storyteller

Aside from wifi connections, the real meaning of “connection" has been lost in this high speed world of distractions. Faster isn't always better. So how do we slow it down and start to Make MOVES that Matter? That’s what DiANNA DAVID, a Motivational TedxTalk Speaker, Movement Storyteller & Expressive Arts Therapist rolls out in her work, empowering the inner child of all beings to remember their connection to naturally MOVE, PLAY & LOVE effortlessly in everything they do. DiANNA DAVID is travelling around the world spreading The Red Ball Movement to inspire people to have the ‘balls’ to express their raw authentic selves and love their journey of discovering their unique aspects that make them who they are, their “Red Ball”. With that, the more we know, the more we know where we want to go! So, #makemovesnow to #followtheredball and live a splendid #lifeofplay.

Website: diannadavid.ca
Hastags: #makemovesnow #lifeofplay #rbm2018


Land Acknowledgement

Marissa Nahanee at TEDxSFU

Marissa Nahanee

Maykw Cha7em Squamish & Nisga’a Nations, Eagle Clan

Marissa Nahanee is currently contracted in Client Relations with Indigenous Community for Leadership and Development (ICLD). ICLD works with First Nations to design and deliver personalized training that is developed with respect for the wisdom within each community. Their mission is to facilitate learning and skill growth that supports your economic development goals. Marissa worked with the Four Host First Nations Secretariat during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games on projects such as the Indigenous Youth Gathering, in which 300 youth performed in the Olympic Opening Ceremonies. TV appearances include Creative Native, My TV, Tribal Tracks and First Talk, as well as four documentaries, such as The Road Forward by Marie Clements, National Film Board of Canada. Marissa is a graduate in Event Management at the Art Institute of Vancouver, Northwest Coast Art from the Native Education College, and Tourism Management from Simon Frasier University/Chief Dan George Centre.

November 3, 2018

Granville Island Stage
1585 Johnston St, Vancouver
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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