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June 13, 2013
Yates Memorial Theatre
6:00pm Doors Open
(Rush Seating, come early to socialize with other TEDxers and stay after to enjoy some fantastic food and a beverage)
7:00pm TEDxLethbridge
'If Money Was No Object'

Online Ticket sales close NOON TODAY.

A limited number of Ticket will be available for PURCHASE AT THE DOOR.

9:00pm Taste of Lethbridge Reception
(enjoy some fantastic food and a beverage from local businesses)
After April 30 Tickets: General Admission $25* - Student Admission $15*
*Ticket purchased online will be available at the registration table the evening of June 13, 2013. Please retain the online receipt as your proof of purchase.
All participants must pre-register.
For more information please email:
Only registered participants will be admitted into TEDxLethbridge.


Nominate a speaker for a future TEDxLethbridge or TEDxYouth@Lethbridge. Click here.


Samantha Terry
Youth building schools in Nepal
Sam started her philanthropy path at age 10 when she felt the strong need to build a school in Nepal and chose to partner with Room to Read. During this time she discovered that her love for public speaking and raising money went hand in hand. Sam raised over $32,000 which was enough to build an elementary school in Nepal with Room to Read. With this goal accomplished the Rotarty Club of Calgary asked her to team up with them and the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation to supply books, desks, computers for a high school they were building in Phaplu, Nepal. Sam readily took on the project. Sam raised over $10,000 for this project bringing her total to over $42,000 for the education of the children of Nepal.

Some of the places Sam has had the privilege to speak at include the Room to Read Gala Dinner in 2007 with John Wood as well as the District Conferences of the Rotary Club in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Many individual Rotary Clubs have invited Sam to share her story. She also has spoken at the Sir Edmund Hillary Gala Dinners in 2010 and 2011 as well as the wind up dinner held by the Sir Edmund Hillary and Rotary Club upon completion of the school in Nepal in 2012. Sam shared the stage with Room to Read co-founder Erin Ganju at the Economic Development conference in Kananaskis in 2011. She also loves speaking to children and has spoken to over 1000 students in Southern Alberta about philanthropy and the importance of it.

Sam is now a Grade 11 honor student at WR Myers who loves basketball, riding horses and hanging out with her family and friends. Sam is excited to continue motivating people through her speaking engagements.

Kristin Ailsby-Wood

Kristin was born in rural Manitoba, moved with her family to Bow Island as a child and, in grade 8, her family moved to Lethbridge. She graduated from Catholic Central High School in 1991 and attended the University of Lethbridge, graduating with Dean's List recognition in 1996.

She pursued her Master’s Degree (Sociology of Law) at the University of Alberta and focused her research on the relationship between human rights and human dignity.

In 2003, she was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta as a Barrister and Solicitor and joined Davidson and Williams LLP as an associate lawyer. Two and half years later, she was invited to be their first ever female partner.

Ever since returning to Lethbridge 10 years ago, Kristin has been actively involved in the Southern Alberta community, serving as an adjunct professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lethbridge and regularly volunteering at Lethbridge Legal Guidance.

She is an instructor at the Parenting After Separation Course offered through Alberta Justice, teaches part of the Financial Literacy program offered at Woman-space, and also leads first time entrepreneurs through a Business Development Course at ExecuServe. Past president of Executive Women's International, Past Chairperson of the Lethbridge Bar Association 100th Anniversary Committee, and former Chair of the Planned Giving Advancement Committee at the University of Lethbridge are also part of her resume.

Matt Gillin
Young Entrepreneuer

Matt Gillin, is a 22 years old university student from Lethbridge who has ignited an after school hobby into a thriving business. In 2008 Matt was a grade 11 student painting shirts after school in a basement for himself and friends. The demand for his shirts became so great Matt launched Candie Co, his first clothing company. Over the last five years the demand for Matt's clothing has greatly increased and formed into a very promising company.

The challenges of creating a new business are great and very demanding for anyone. Add in being a 17 year old entrepreneuer with very little capitol to begin with and the fact that the business world is not familiar with a teenager entrepreneuer. Matt has overcome many of the hurdles placed in front of him with a dedicated work ethic and the massive support from his family, friends, and the surrounding community.

Matt believes having a nurturing, positive environment allowed him to pursue his passion without risk of personal failure. The environment that was created for and by Matt has allowed him to "learn life through the eyes of a businessman: Responsibilities, Leadership, and Courage." He now looks forward to giving back to the community that assisted him along the way..

Rita Wildschut
Following Her Passion

Rita is the owner, operator, instructor, host and hostess with my husband Collin of Red Roof Studio Art Studio/School/Gallery/Concert Venue, B&B. Together they built a straw bale studio as a home for the arts in thier community on their acreage in between Brooks and Duchess on the Hwy to Dinosaur Park. Their Motto" Anything to do with art can happen here". They teach photography, figure sculpting, painting, drawing, etc .from here. Rita passion for the arts is what the place thrives on. "I love to teach and share the knowledge and satisfaction I have received myself from creating and making things from nothing. The lack of professional artists teaching art in the schools as I think it should be taught made me want to start an art school here in the middle of nowhere."

Collin and Rita Wildschut moved to Brooks, Alberta in 1975 from The Netherlands. She earned her BFA at the University of Lethbridge. They have been actively involved in the community and especially in developing awareness of the local arts community. Not only does the Red Roof Studio have the gallery displaying work from various local artists, it also contains a studio for Collin's photography; teaching areas for classes; Rita's work space for her own creations; a beautiful seating area by the garden pond; many gardens that contain fairies, giants and other creatures created by Rita; and an addition to the gallery also contains Rita and Collin's own living sanctuary. The large property has the Bed and Breakfast. Find out more about the Bed and Breakfast at Rita's Fabulous Blog. Their home is situated in the country and is any gardeners' envy with 4 acres of flower gardens, sprawling lawns, trees, and orchards. The yard contains a photographers ideal backdrop and also is where art classes occur in the summer.

Darren Neuberger
Celebrating Life

Darren Neuberger has learned an awful lot about the business of living after he came face to face with his mortality at the age of 34 with a diagnosis of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Never one to give up, Darren faced this "experience" as he calls it, with positivity as he endured two straight years of treatments to get his cancer in remission. Even though he said it was the toughest experience that he has faced in his young life, it was also the wake up call that has set him on his path to becoming the person that he is today. Now almost eight years post treatments cancer free, Neuberger continues to carry on his passion to share his story and voice as to paint a picture of cancer that we desperately need to see and that is not just surviving this hideous disease but thriving in your life post cancer. Darren became very vocal about what he went through and to this day has been coaching young adults who feel lost and afraid while facing their own cancer diagnosis. In January 2010 he self published a book titled let's Talk! about it. inspiring stories from young adult cancer survivors. Darren became a Certified Empowerment Coach through the Certified Coaches Federation in 2011 and he is also an Inspirational Speaker who has been inspiring audiences with his message of living life to the fullest. One would think that having lived through a cancer diagnosis would be enough of being associated with cancer but not Darren, he is very passionate about being apart of a cancer free movement and he does so by working with the Alberta Cancer Foundation as a Development Officer. He has been very fortunate to work with amazing volunteers, event organizers and donors where over the past few years have raised over $2 million dollars in events and other fundraising initiatives that he has been involved with. Neuberger says that it's important to leave behind a big footprint when we leave this world and he is on a mission to do so and inspire others to do the same!

Darren is married to Jaylene Ulmer and they have called Lethbridge home for the past 13 years. When he isn't raising money, delivering speeches or coaching people, you will more than likely find him on one of the beautiful courses in Southern Alberta during the summer months, as he is very passionate about the game of golf.

Cheryl Dick
Mindful choices

"If Money Was No Object…would you really behave any differently?"

Cheryl Dick has been studying mindfulness and meditation for more than 20 years. Over the past five in particular, Cheryl has been working with Eckhart Tolle's 'Power of Now' approach and she recently
completed the 'Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction' program from the University of California, San Diego. Her TedX talk will provide observations and pointers on the effect our habitual mind habits have
on our ability to enjoy our success, financial and otherwise. Prior to joining Economic Development Lethbridge (EDL) in June 2005, Cheryl spent more than 15 years working with executive teams in publicly-traded corporations and public institutions. She completed her MBA in 2003 through Royal Roads University and she is an alumna of Lethbridge College.


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TEDxLethbridge is moving!

TEDxLethbridge will be moving to the Yates Memorial Theatre for 2013. The theatre has been a cornerstone to the cultural flavour of Lethbridge for more than 50 years. The 475 seat theatre is a perfect theater for TEDxLethbridge. The large stage and stadium seating ensures that every seat has a fantastic view of the stage. TEDxLethbridge will be rush seating ... come early and pick your seat then share some fantastic refreshments and a beverage from local restaurateurs and businesses at "Taste of Lethbridge".

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About TEDxLethbridge

TEDxLethbridge & TEDxYouth@Lethbridge
Organizational Team
Paul Bohnert
Karly Lewis
Curator & Exec. Dir.
Event Director
JoAnne Thaxter
Joey Lavorato
Promotions Director
Technical Director
Kathy Jones-Husch
Catherine Stewart
Youth Director

In the spirit of "ideas worth spreading",TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share in a TED-like experience.

At TEDxLethbridge and other TEDx events, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.


TEDxLethbridge will foster the spread and application of great ideas.
Imagine Southern Alberta's fascinating and engaging speakers coming together for one day to share their passions and discuss their visions for the world. Our region is home to ground-breaking research, extraordinary ideas, and remarkable people and TEDxLethbridge looks forward to showcasing this brilliance and enabling these great ideas to be put into action.

TEDxLethbridge will bring together a diverse group of citizens who want to foster change.
In recognition that our region is an arena for innovation, originality, and excellence at every level of study, business and we have chosen to invite researchers, professional, performers, educators and community leaders to present their own ideas at TEDxLethbridge and perhaps more importantly, to discuss each other's ideas. TEDxLethbridge will be an exciting opportunity for professionals, educators, community members and students to share their ideas on the same stage.

TEDxLethbridge will provide a platform for the brightest minds to be inspired and to inspire others.

We are committed to creating an event where participants are challenged to communicate their passions in an exciting and engaging dialogue. At TEDxLethbridge, speakers will give the best talk of their lives and then will have the opportunity to discuss their ideas. The format ofTEDxLethbridge will allow speakers and attendees to digest and debate the talks and encourage the exchange of ideas and information amongst all participants.

The theme of our first TEDxLethbridge event is "Creative Leadership in 21st Century".

TEDxLethbridge, therefore, is a unique opportunity for members of southern Alberta to share their ambitions for our collective future. Speakers will present their forward-thinking ideas and our hope is that all participants will leave the conference inspired and empowered to effect positive change.


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About TED

TED has been an annual event held in California where some of the world's leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about. In 2014TED is moving from California to Vancouver, British Columbia for the annual event . "TED" stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design -- three broad subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. In fact, the event is broader still, showcasing ideas that matter in any discipline. Attendees have called it "the ultimate brain spa" and "a four-day journey into the future." The diverse audience of CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck and Bono.

TED was first held in Monterey, California, in 1984. In recent years, TED has expanded to include an international conference, TEDGlobal (United Kingdom); media initiatives, including TED Talks and; and the TED Prize. Today, more than 500 talks from past TED conferences are now freely available online at (

The speaker format at TED promotes educational, entertaining and engaging talks. Each concurrent session is grouped into multiple 18-min (or less) eclectic presentations that focus on the general theme selected for the particular year.