August 25, 2014 09:00 ET

TEDxVancouver 2014 Releases First Set of Speakers

Victor Chan, Treana Peake and Jay DeMerit kick-off TEDxVancouver's impressive roster of talent

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 25, 2014) - Today, TEDxVancouver reveals three of the event's speakers for this year's highly anticipated experience. Returning for its fifth edition, TEDxVancouver is the largest TEDx event in the city's history and will take place at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre on Saturday, October 18, 2014.

These remarkable individuals represent the fields of Spirituality, Fashion, Philanthropy and Sport:

Victor Chan: Forty years of friendship with the Dalai Lama have taught Victor Chan a lot about the pursuit of happiness (they have co-authored two books). He is the founder of the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education and has travelled the world with the Tibetan spiritual leader, taking to heart lessons of empathy, compassion, and authentic well-being along the way. Chan hosted the Dalai Lama three times in Vancouver, and is excited to bring him back once again two days after the TEDxVancouver 2014.

Treana Peake: As the founder and creative designer of the luxury fashion line Obakki and its philanthropic counterpart, the Obakki Foundation, Treana Peake has fused her lifelong passions together to create engaging and innovative philanthropy. By giving fashion a purpose and applying creativity to development work, Peake is tilting the landscape of generosity and pioneering a new type of fundraising model, one that is both dynamic and inspiring.

Jay DeMerit: From the quiet streets of a small mid-western town in the US to the raucous stadiums of the English Premier League and 2010 World Cup, Jay DeMerit's rise to football prominence is a story of remarkable triumph. With the recent announcement of his retirement, the former captain of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC is set to embark on an unfamiliar journey as he leaves behind the game that has left such a profound mark on his current identity.

"We are thrilled to have Victor, Treana and Jay take the stage to share ideas and challenge perspectives in connection with this year's theme, TILT," said Jordan Kallman, President of TEDxVancouver. "Speakers at TEDxVancouver are handpicked for their ability to provoke conversation, as well as new ways of thinking that will empower others to move outside of their comfort zone to do incredible things."

In true TED tradition, each speaker is challenged to offer their audience an idea worth sharing in "the talk of a lifetime" in 18 minutes or less.

TEDxVancouver is one of the longest running TEDx events in the world. This year's theme is TILT, a concept that challenges the status-quo and the engrained patterns of the human psyche. Attendees can expect an inspiring, thought-provoking program designed to awaken curiosity and shift perspectives.

Over the coming weeks, TEDxVancouver organizers will continue to reveal this year's speaker lineup, and TEDx enthusiasts can keep their eyes peeled for tickets to go on sale in early September.

Full speaker bios can be found at: http://www.tedxvancouver.com/talk-type/2014/.

[*Speakers and Talk Focus are subject to change in advance of October 18, 2014]

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About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = an independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference was held in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2015 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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