2015 Speakers Announced

Joel Klettke

Joel Klettke

Joel Klettke is a published author, freelance copywriter and content marketing strategist at Business Casual Copywriting. After graduating from the Haskayne School of Business in 2010, he spent most of his early 20’s arm wrestling Google at a digital marketing agency. There, he learned the deep, dark secrets of bending the web to your will. Having flown the coop on agency life in 2013, Joel now uses the power of persuasive writing, along with his knowledge of online marketing, to help brands send more interesting messages and make new friends with money to spend.

Christine Gibson

Christine Gibson

Christine Gibson is a family doctor currently working at a hospital in Calgary, while also volunteering overseas part-time. She specializes in capacity building with local universities in getting physicians working where they are needed most. She is the Executive Director of Global Familymed Foundation; which has partnerships in Uganda, Nepal, and Myanmar. An avid traveler, Christine has been exploring the globe for many years. In April 2015, she found herself in Nepal during the devastating earthquake and learned some real lessons about capacity building and what it means to “help”.


Chloé Rutzerveld

Chloé Rutzerveld is a Dutch food and concept designer who creates conceptual food products and interactive, experimental dinners. Recently, Chloé has used 3-D printers to create a selection of unique, tasty and healthy hors d’oeuvres, which are as beautiful to look at, as they are good to eat.  She uses food as a medium to address, communicate and discuss social and cultural issues. Her groundbreaking work has been showcased in several prominent publications, such as National Geographic, and WIRED. Chloé’s passion for food and curiousity for nature are driving forces behind everything she does.


Blake Spence

Blake Spence is the Community Educator and Coordinator for Wiseguyz, a program to teach young men about healthy relationships, sexuality and masculinity. Blake took on this daunting role after growing up in Calgary, and recognizing a lack of resources for young people, especially boys, when it came to sex education and awareness. After studying at both Mount Royal, and UBC, Blake returned to his hometown with a mission to provide future generations of young men an opportunity to become well-versed in topics such as relationships, respect, and sexual diversity. Blake has received nationwide recognition for his efforts, and was recently named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40.


Rachael L’Orsa

Rachael L’Orsa graduated from UBC with degrees in both Arts and Engineering, and is now a graduate student at the University of Calgary. She is affiliated with Project neuroArm’s Surgical Performance Laboratory at the Foothills Medical Centre, where she researches adaptive control software for telesurgical robots. She leads the Dinos rowing team and is passionate about youth robotics, organizing free workshops for children and mentoring an all-girls high school robotics team. Rachael maintains a Primary Care Paramedic license with the BC Ambulance Service, and spends summers with the BC Forest Service fighting wildfires as one of 36 smokejumpers in Canada.


Steve Keating

Steven Keating is a Calgarian and mechanical engineering doctoral candidate at the MIT Media Lab who is developing novel platforms for 3D printing buildings, synthetic biological fabrication, and designed growth of the next generation of products. Curiosity drives his research and also saved his life through the accidental discovery of a baseball-sized cancerous brain tumour found in a voluntary academic scan. With his tumour successfully removed through awake brain surgery in 2014, Steven is an advocate for open patient data and curiosity.


Ric Esther Bienstock

Emmy-Award winning Canadian filmmaker Ric Esther Bienstock is best known for her groundbreaking investigative documentaries, including “Tales from the Organ Trade“, “Sex Slaves“, Ebola: Inside an Outbreak“, and “Ms. Conceptions“.  Ric is globally recognized for her brilliant storytelling and her unique way of shining light into some of the darkest corners of the world. Her films have been screened at over 80 international festivals and aired in over 50 countries.  Ric has garnered dozens of prestigious awards including an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism, a Dupont Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism (the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), and two Amnesty International Awards. Most recently, in 2015 the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television honoured Ric with the renowned Gordon Sinclair Award for Broadcast Journalism.


Lars Krutak

Lars Krutak is a tattoo anthropologist, author and television host who has spent the last two decades traveling the world, learning about unique tattoos and the meanings behind them.  Lars has a special interest in preserving Indigenous knowledge of tattooing, as this ancient culture has begun to vanish quickly around the globe. Having published several books on the subject, and hosting a Discovery Channel series, entitled “Tattoo Hunter”, Lars has worked to reveal the cultural diversity of tattoos, the biographies they represent and what they say about being human. Lars’ latest project is a recently published book highlighting the Indigenous tattoo history of the North American continent.

2015 Entertainers Announced


Hello Moth

Hello Moth brings a mesmerizing presence to the stage, combining pop sensibilities with unearthly sounds and intriguing musicality in songs that surprise and charm listeners. Warm, passionate vocals contrast with the cold, digital tones of a Casio VL­1 synthesizer to create a sound that is at once soulful and soulless. In each riveting performance, Hello Moth spins musical layers over each other in loops to form elaborate patterns. The result is powerful and unexpected, as the audience witnesses the solitary musician become a haunting orchestra of one.

Yukichi Hattori 2 Photographer Paul McGrath

Yukichi Hattori

Yukichi Hattori wants to change the way you see ballet. Dancer and choreographer for the Alberta Ballet Company, Mr. Hattori is passionate about bringing the art form to places it’s never been before. In 2008 he contributed a piece to Calgary’s High Performance Rodeo, which was so popular it was performed again two years later. In 2009, he exhibited at Setagaya modern art museum in Tokyo. In 2014 he presented a solo work at a festival in Quebec. This year, he is re-imagining the classic opera, Carmen for Alberta Ballet’s 2014-15 season. Join him at TEDxYYC as he pushes the boundaries of performing arts, and shatters our notions of what ballet can be.

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