Our Team

Niki DunNiki Dun: Curator & Licensee

Why did you get involved with TEDxRCW?
I’ve been involved in the TEDx community for a couple of years now and have seen how powerful the sharing of ideas can be. Every community is a resource of knowledge, insight and ideas that once was limited by personal contact and geography. The internet has provided the technology that has removed geographical barriers; TEDx has created a platform that supports and enables the sharing and spreading of ideas.

Why hold a TEDx event in Renfrew-Collingwood?
Renfrew-Collingwood is not only Vancouver’s largest neighbourhood, but also one of the city’s
most culturally diverse communities. What richer source of knowledge,
ideas, experience and innovation could you get than in a community
made up of people with histories, culture, education and experience
from across the globe.

Sarah Kay – If I should have a daughter
Bunker Roy – Learning from a barefoot movement

Why is this your favorite talk?
There are too many great ideas and great talks out there for me to have a favourite, but these two are pretty high on my list. Sarah Kay’s because I have two young daughters and it’s as though Sarah has captured the essence of what I’d like them to know, to believe – if only I was as eloquent at speaking from my heart. I’m also a sucker for some good spoken word….

Bunker Roy’s talk is about the Barefoot School that he founded in India where people (literate or not) can come and learn the skills that they need to make their communities sustainable. The school offers classes in solar power engineering, in healthcare, in water management…and operates under the philosophy that underserved communities are full of people with skills, knowledge and resourcefulness who have the ability to create and manage solutions to the basic needs and infrastructure challenges that they face. Bunker Roy’s bottom up approach allies with everything I believe about the power and strength of community – and more importantly, he’s not just talking about it, he’s doing it.

 

Gemma Scott

Gemma Scott: Co-Founder

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Honesty, humility, humour,

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood?
I love the community vibe, very friendly, real and neighbourly. I love the access to public transit and highways. I love the moon festival!

3. What is your connection?
I live in Collingwood, moved there in 2007.

4. What is your favourite TED talk?
Hands down Pam Warhurst – How We Can Eat Our Landscapes

5. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
The success of TEDxRCW 2013 was a big highlight, and the amazing little daughters I have – they’re by far the best achievement of mine.

6. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Rock

 

Anna Bukreeva Anna Bukreeva: Speakers

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
I think a great speaker is a person who is passionate and believes in the idea of the topic he or she conveys to the audience.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? 
I love that residents of Renfrew Collingwood have an opportunity to connect and be connected with the people they live with. It Is a very united community.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
The Surprising Science of Happiness by Dan Gillbert

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
I volunteer a lot and it is when I help people that I feel the most accomplished in life.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Definitely Scissors!

 

Bill McMichaelBill McMichael: Speakers

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
A host should be witty and charming and helpful to the audience as the day proceeds. A speaker should be likeable, respectful, have a compelling narrative and a great punch line.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
The optimism, the humour, the creative energy of the neighbourhood, I think makes this a special place to raise a family, which is what I did.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
My newest favourite is Sting, Vancouver 2014: How I Started Writing Again.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
Deciding to have grandchildren took a little planning, but we succeeded.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
The one that comes a millisecond after my opponent’s.

 

Emily ChanEmily Chan: Speakers & Attendees

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Having some kind of personal connection to their topic or idea. Hearing why their idea came to fruition is always so captivating!

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I love the diversity in the community members. From living here since birth, I’ve also been able to nurture some very strong relationships with multiple people in this community who make the neighbourhood what it is today.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
Amy Cuddy, Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
I consider being fortunate enough to have been Volunteer-Coordinator for various events in Renfrew-Collingwood as an accomplishment! I’ve also nurtured a total of 6 cats so far in my lifetime, which has made me quite the cat lady.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Scissors :)

 

Henry LauHenry Lau: Speakers & Registrations

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
I think a great speaker or host is someone who can really connect with whoever is listening, either by story-telling or making something relevant and relatable.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I love the vibrant community networking and activities that take place in this neighbourhood. You really get a sense of belonging in this diverse neighbourhood. I have spent the bulk of my life in the neighbourhood, and have lived a block away from the neighbourhood before that!

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
Jamie Oliver – Teach every child about food.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
I helped start and grow a high school garden, that was one of the first of its kind in the district. From there, many students have gone through the garden with a greater understanding of food and agriculture.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Scissors.

 

Sarah FrewSarah Frew: Marketing & Communications

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
In my opinion, a good speaker is someone that connects well with the audience. If you throw in confidence, a little humour and an interesting topic you will have my attention every time.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I love that Renfrew Collingwood is a family oriented neighborhood. I enjoy the parks and small local restaurants the best. I made the move from Delta to Vancouver last year and I was eager to get to know the area. I felt my chance to do so was to join the TEDx Renfrew Collingwood team. I am extremely happy I did and can’t wait to share the event with the community on October 25th.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
I have a hard time picking just one TED talk as my favourite, but one I found very motivating was Amy Cuddy’s talk on “how your body language shapes who you are”. I think about this talk often, especially just before I head into an interview. I definitely agree that your body language affects how others perceive you.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
I’d say one of my biggest accomplishments and a definite life highlight would be my skydiving experience. It was terrifying but exhilarating at the same time. I felt like I could conquer the world once I landed back on solid ground. Overall an experience I will never forget. An added bonus was that I was able to cross this off my bucket list before I turned 25!

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Rock, it’s helped me out of a situation once or twice.

 

Eddie TabakmanEddie Tabakman: Marketing & Communications

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
I think that certain people have a certain charisma that you just can’t describe. Also, someone who reads the audience he or she is talking to well is important.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
My only connection is TEDx! But having spent some time here putting together this fantastic event, I’ve gotten an outsider’s appreciation for RCW. It’s so diverse, and there are so many different people that any time I spend there is never boring!

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
An oldie but a goodie- Simon Sinek’s “Golden Circle”

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
I spent part of last year living in Munich, Germany, and it was one of the greatest things I ever did! I travelled all across Europe with my friends and had the time of my life!

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Paper, twice in a row. Shhh… don’t tell anyone!

 

Anna FernandezAnna Fernandez: Project Management

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
A good story teller that knows how to build a connection with the audience and keeps everyone hooked.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I’m not from the Renfrew Collingwood area, but I’ve enjoyed working with everyone from the TEDx Team!

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
A classic – The Power of Vulnerability by Brene Brown.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
Travelling in Southern Peru and being able to teach English in Arequipa, Peru through an organization called HOOP. Sooo rewarding.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Rock… It’s a great back-up for those last minute decisions!

 

Caique Santiago

Caique Santiago: Video Production

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Communicating is about transforming knowledge into actions – compelling the audience to think and use that information. Empathy is what makes a great communicator.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
What not to love in a community that combines the diversity of the world in a cozy and friendly hood. I live nearby and am always exploring the RCW.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
Tony Robbins’ talk is energetic and really teases us to connect with our inner motivation, fulfillment and personal contribution to others.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
I am proud to have left my comfort zone to explore the world and meet new people.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
The mix of all three makes the game more fun. Go with the flow, just as in life.’

 

 

Daria BukreevaDaria Bukreeva: Partnerships

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Although practice is absolutely necessary to make a good speech, I believe that speaking about issues, events and ideas that make yourheart beat faster is what takes it to the next level: from good to outstanding.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
What I do love most about Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood is its diversity, collaboration and commitment to enhance the life of its residents

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
My absolutely favourite TED talk is the power of vulnerability by Brené Brown. In a funny talk, she shares her ideas on vulnerability, shame and “not being good enough”.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
For the last 3 years, moved to the other side of the world, got a Finance diploma and joined an outstanding team of TEDxRenfewCollingwood.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Rock.

 

Alysha ToAlysha To: Partnerships

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
A great speaker is one who has an irrepressible passion for their subject.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I love the great things that this small community contributes to society. I want to help share the amazing ideas and opportunities that RCW has to offer.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
My favourite TED talk is “The Happy Secret to Better Work” by Shawn Achor.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
Napoleon Hill once said “The starting point of all achievement is desire”. My greatest accomplishment in life is having the desire and passion for my work, in helping other people when it comes to providing investment advice and financial planning for their future.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Definitely Rock. (But now that everyone knows, I might just have to change it now).

 

Edward YuenEdward Yuen: Social Media

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
A great speaker knows when to be funny and when to be serious.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I remember going on my first date at Slocan Park with my first (ex) girlfriend. The people are nice and the festivals are awesome. My optometry and favourite bubble tea store is there as well.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
Susan Cain – “Power of Introverts” and Seth Godin – “Purple Cow”!

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
In 2012, the Vancouver foundation reported that Vancouver is the loneliest city in the world with over 60% of Vancouver claiming they have trouble meeting people. I am passionate about connecting people and building community and have hosted large scale events for an online community of over 7000 members connecting hundreds of people building meaningful relationships.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Laser Sword beats everything!

 

Adrienne LaguraAdrienne Lagura: Social Media

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Usually, a speaker is chosen based on his or her experiences and how such experiences relate to the audience. In my own point of view, great speakers do not only relates to the audience but they also show passion, authenticity and genuineness in what they say.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection? 
It is a friendly neighborhood – I like that it has preserved its wooded area around Still Creek where people could visit and to get connected with mother nature amidst the busy city. I volunteered at TEDxRenfrewCollingwood as well last year. Although I don’t live around the area, my grandparents live there.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
So many that I don’t have one favorite TED talk. One of them is: Louie Schwartzberg: Nature. Beauty. Gratitude.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
Being a nursing student and getting employed while still at school; being given a chance to volunteer to organizations that I highly believe and support such as TEDx, BC Cancer Agency, and Vancouver Coastal Health.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Paper.

 

Catherine PascuasCatherine Pascuas: Volunteer Management

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Someone who is engaging, confident, and open.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I’ve lived in Collingwood my whole life and my favourite part of the neighbourhood is the diversity of the people and the proximity to the Skytrain station.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
Temple Grandin – The world needs all kind of minds.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
Interviewing Temple Grandin, the world’s most recognized Autism activist and Time Magazine’s top 100 most influential people in the world.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Rock!

 

Ewa LewinskaEwa Lewinska: Audience Engagement

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Charisma, charisma, charisma!!!! If you are really passionate, you can make an ordinary topic sound great :) Being able to engage the crowd is an art – and a talent.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I moved to Renfrew Collingwood couple of months ago and fell in love with this place immediately. It’s a family-friendly, ‘everyone helps everyone’ oriented place. It gives me sense of security – it’s my place on Earth.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
Maysoon Zayid ‘I got 99 problems … palsy is just one.’

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
I’ve lived in Europe and Asia – now moved to Canada. Being able to adapt in every culture and society is a big accomplishment.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Never underestimate the opponent ;)

 

Lisa EdwardLisa Edward: Design

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Being able to clear through the clutter, inspire passion and pass on knowledge. This is why I love TED talks because there is a time limit, so it’s important to get to the heart of the discussion quickly. The profound stories and messages that people are able to share in the TED environment is truly amazing.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I moved from Kitsilano to East Vancouver over 4 years and am loving it so much. East Van is rich in culture and the arts which was a big draw for me.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders. Maybe overplayed, but I think Sheryl really hit home the fact that women trying to juggle everything have unique challenges in the business world. This TED talk started a conversation that is still very ongoing…

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
Having my daughter Veronika 4 years ago is definitely the most amazing thing that I’ve experienced. I get to see the world in a brand new way with her every day. Having Veronika also helped me to make the move to go freelance. Having been in the studio world for over 15 years, it’s very refreshing (and scary sometimes) to be able to depend on yourself. It’s opened my career to be able to work on some amazing projects that I otherwise wouldn’t have done in a studio world. My work is demanding, but flexible which means I can spend more time with Veronika and husband Damian.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Paper!

 

Jasmine ChinJasmine Chin: Design

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Jasmine Chin

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
I live here! One of my favorite aspects of Renfrew Collingwood is how central and easily accessible it is.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
“Terry Moore: How to Tie Your Shoes” This is how I tie my shoes now. One of my new favorite talks was one shared with the TEDxRenfrewCollingwood group last year, “Richard Turere: My invention that made peace with lions”.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
Although I’m not done yet, my travels have been a major highlight so far.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Scissors.

 

Grace MilesGrace Miles: Web Design

1. What do you think makes a great speaker or host?
Someone interesting and entertaining, someone focussed on sharing what they love. Someone that you can connect with.

2. What do you love about the Renfrew Collingwood Neighbourhood? What is your connection?
This neighbourhood has everything a person needs to thrive, which includes community to connect, space to grow, and fun to be had.

3. What is your favourite TED talk?
Amy Cuddy’s “How your body language shapes who you are.” When I am nervous, I turn my body language into that of Super Woman’s, and hope my mind melts into invincibility as well.

4. What are some of your biggest accomplishments and life highlights?
I figured out how to follow my instincts and be okay with what I don’t already know.

5. What is your go-to “Rock, Paper Scissors” move?
Scissors, I think, but really, it’s random.

 

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