Organizer hopes TEDx Kanata to return next year

Tom Pechloff
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By all accounts, the TEDx Kanata event last week was a huge success, and curator Jenna Sudds is hoping to make it an annual gathering.

Jenna Sudds is the executive director of the Kanata North BIA.

“For people to message me ... how it’s impacted how they perceive their role or what they’re doing in their life, inspired them to try something new. That’s really fantastic,” said Ms. Sudds, who is also executive director of the Kanata North BIA.

All 160 people who attended the event at Brookstreet Hotel were given a mandatory survey that goes back to the TED group for evaluation. A positive response means the TEDx Kanata licence gets automatically renewed and the event will be held again in 2016.

Ms. Sudds said she expects to hear from TED officials in the next month or two.

Ms. Sudds also recently attended TedActive in Whistler, a training program for TED organizers.

“Since I’ve now experienced that and gone through the training, I now qualify for an unlimited licence next year, meaning we’re able to grow this substantially next year, which is wonderful,” she said.

TED, which stands for technology, entertainment and design, is a New York-based non-profit group which aims to share ideas that could one day change the world.

TED began as a conference in 1984 where leaders in the fields of technology, entertainment and design got together to exchange ideas. TEDx is an extension of that, with independently run events such as the one last week in Kanata that happen all around the world.

The Kanata event featured eight speakers, including astronaut Jeremy Hansen, serial entrepreneur Janice McDonald, You.i TV president Jason Flick and Amika Mobile CEO Sue Abu Hakima. Topics included how to explore without limits, how to unlock one’s superhero talents, how artistry and innovation go hand in hand, and whether an entrepreneur is a heretic or hero of innovation.

Organizations: Kanata North BIA, Brookstreet Hotel

Geographic location: Kanata, Whistler

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  • Richard
    April 01, 2015 - 18:26

    Did not know of this event. Look forward to learning about how to participate in the next one.