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shift in thinking

There’s something more powerful than the many perils arrayed against us, and that’s the brilliance of the human spirit. Imagination and collaboration, once harnessed and directed, can propel us into a better world. But it will require the best from everyone, including you.

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What is TED?

TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) is devoted to spreading ideas. Ideas packaged in short, powerful talks, address universal topics that inspire and bring people together. A global community has been created, welcoming people from every discipline and culture. TED gives them a platform to share their passion and their way of looking at the world with an audience that spans the globe.

What is TEDx?

TEDx events bring the power of TED to local communities. They’re Independently organized by curious individuals looking to capture the power of the ideas around them. Operating under a license granted by TED, TEDx events feature live speakers who spark conversations and generate a shift in thinking.

Our History

TEDxSurrey is the successor organization to TEDxBearCreekPark. Our first event took place in 2019 with 100 attendees. Our 2020 event had an audience of over 900 at the beautiful Bell Performing Arts Centre. Due to the pandemic, our 2021 event was a virtual event and was viewed on over 3,000 screens in more than 30 countries.

Our 2022 event was our first with the prestigious city-level name, TEDxSurrey. TED grants major city-level designations sparingly and only to groups that have proven themselves capable of producing high-quality events. Tickets were sold-out and an online crowd from around the world caught the show.

No matter what name you know us by, you can count on us to deliver an electrifying experience that will make you feel stirred, enriched, and invigorated. You will leave with more hope for a better tomorrow, because, well, we know you will make it so.

Our Leadership

Bringing TEDx to Surrey is a driving passion for our leadership team and all the hard work is paying off. We come from different backgrounds, but we’re committed to achieving a single goal – discovering and showcasing ideas that can transform us and enhance our community. Here’s the team leading the efforts of all to make TEDxSurrey the best it can be.

We're proud to be partnered with:

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Alan Warburton



Alan is a retired school principal. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster and has twice qualified for the finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking. In 2016-2017 he was elected as the Toastmasters International District 21 Director, overseeing 150 clubs in southern B.C.

Alan has been deeply involved with TEDx for the past 4 years. In 2017-2018, he was the Curator for TEDxWhiteRock. He founded TEDxBearCreekPark in 2018 and has been the Licensee/Curator for the past three years.

Organizing TEDxBearCreekPark is a labour of love for Alan. It allows him to work with teams of dedicated volunteers who freely give their time to create an event of the highest quality. TEDxBearCreekPark has grown quickly from an audience of 100 in 2019 to an audience of over 900 in 2020. Alan is so appreciative of our many partners who continue to support our efforts to make TEDxBearCreekPark an outstanding event in our community.


Ellie Newell



With Sysco Foodservice over 34 years, Ellie created and facilitated key leadership programs and executive team coaching for Canada. She enjoys personal growth, supporting community and event planning so being involved with TEDxBearCreekPark is a natural fit.

She is honoured to work alongside the talented team and speakers who make the journey and event so inspiring.


Monica Neville



Inspired by TED’s ability to facilitate the sharing of ideas on a global scale, Monica sees TEDx as an opportunity for women to overcome their doubts and become inspirational and engaging speakers, something she has experienced herself after four years with Toastmasters.


Noel Bentley


Noel is an award-winning speaker, comedian, emcee and writer who specializes in educational and humourous presentations. His creative approach guarantees that his audiences will experience something fresh, entertaining and memorable. Noel also engages with his community through numerous volunteer programs in the arts and business.


Ron Newell



Passionate about family, community, and giving back, Ron is a distinguished Toastmaster who believes in investing in personal and professional growth and is a strong supporter of TED and TEDx. Mixing the challenge of producing and developing a TEDx event for Surrey and the enjoyment of bringing “a Shift in Thinking” to our community, Ron is excited about the ideas this event is bound to spark.

Trevor Marples


We Film Events Live Streaming & Videography

Trevor is the founder of We Film Events, a Surrey-based production company that specializes in filming, streaming and promoting conferences, seminars, and educational events. Trevor and his team combine their 12 years of video production and live event experience, to assist non-profit organizations, industry leaders, and academic experts across BC, to capture their ideas and bring them to the world.

Trevor has also been involved with organizing TEDx events since 2017, and has been a technical consultant and produced the filming and editing of many events including TEDxSFU, TEDxVictoria, TEDxWhiteRock, TEDxRRU, TEDxGrandviewHeights, TEDxKerrisdale and more.