TEDx Abbotsford, normally held in person, will be held online on Nov. 18 and 19. (Joe Carlson photo)

TEDx Abbotsford, normally held in person, will be held online on Nov. 18 and 19. (Joe Carlson photo)

TEDx Abbotsford conference goes virtual for 2020

Fourth annual event features speakers from science, business and more

The fourth annual TEDx Abbotsford conference is taking virtually place, featuring talks on a variety of topics – from science to business to global issues.

The free event, which has a theme of “Perception,” runs Wednesday, Nov. 18 and Thursday, Nov. 19 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Organizers say that the virtual format will allow guests to engage with speakers in a way that hasn’t been possible at live events in the past through breakout rooms and guided discussions.

There will also be a digital art gallery, in collaboration with the Abbotsford Arts Council.

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This year’s speakers include:

• Mara Mennicken, owner of The Good Chocolatier

• Dr. Jennie Moore, director of the Institute of Sustainability at BCIT

• Saint Soldier, musical artist

• Dr. Satwinder Kaur Bains, director of the South Asian Studies Institute at UFV

• Dr. Cindy Jardine, Canada research chair in health and community at UFV

• Jordan Eshpeter, director of product strategy at Invoke

• Tsandlia Van Ry, Stó:lo educator

“Our personal and global well-being has everything to do with our perception of ourselves and the world around us,” said conference co-organizer Jade Geleynse.

“In order to fully understand the dynamic issues and opportunities at hand, we need to look to one another and learn from the lessons that we’ve each lived. Collectively, we are a wealth of knowledge. Let’s take some time to consider other perspectives and expand our preconceived notions of what is possible. ”

Event partners include the Abbotsford Tech District, University of the Fraser Valley, Conexkt, the Abbotsford Arts Council, the British Columbia Institute of Technology, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Vancouver, and Envision Financial.

Visit TEDxAbbotsford.com for more information or to register. A link to the conference will then be sent.

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