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2019 Event

April 6, 2019

Surrey City Hall, Surrey, British Columbia

Thirteen speakers. Thirteen points of view. Thirteen ways to shift your thinking. Meet 2019’s outstanding group of speakers, who covered topics inspired by medicine, law, human experience, spirituality, creativity, the environment, and more.

Our Leadership Team

Bringing TEDx to Surrey is a consuming passion for our leadership team and all the hard work is paying off. Coming from different backgrounds but committed to achieving a single goal, they strive to discover and showcase ideas that have the potential to transform us and enhance our community. Here’s the team leading the efforts of all to make TEDxBearCreekPark the best it can be.

Alan Warburton

Licensee & Curator

Vivien Ip

Curator Selection Team

Ros Hansen

Curator Coaching Team

Trevor Marples

Technology Lead

Ron Newell

Sponsorship/Partnership Manager

Monica Neville

Finance Manager

2019 Partners

This is the premier TEDx event in Surrey, BC, and it is made possible with the support of our amazing partners who share out passion for the community.

Presenting Partners

Platinum Partners

Silver Partners

Community Partners



Candace Plattor

As a world-renowned Family Addiction Therapist, Candace Plattor has a passion for empowering families, loved ones, and addicts to take control of their lives. Having spent years working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with those suffering from addiction, Candace discovered one of the most dangerous contributors to keeping people living in active addiction: the enabling acts of those who love them. Bringing to TEDx a shift in thinking about what helping an addict really looks like, Candace’s talk covers how Loving with Boundaries can heal.


Carmelle Kemp

Carmelle Kemp is an experienced spiritual teacher, mystic, and medicine woman, but it hasn’t always been this way. Her childhood was spent navigating physical, sexual, and psychological abuse—an experience that left her seeking the healing she desperately needed. Carmelle found herself travelling the globe, studying and training with Shamans in the Amazon, Gurus in India, and Monks in Nepal—even being named a Nagual Shaman in the lineage of don Miguel Ruiz. Bringing her passion for liberating the human spirit to TEDx, Carmelle offers the framework for “A Shift In Thinking” about how we approach forgiveness, compassion, and understanding.


Cindy Sheldan

Cindy Sheldan, a principal and Creative Director at the Vancouver graphic design firm SWCA, is passionate about design thinking. For many years, Cindy was an instructor in the graphic design program at Langara College, which taught her the importance of being a more critical design thinker. Moreover, she also realized that most consumers, and most people that design targets, are unaware of how design influences their choices. In her talk, “Sensation Transference” Cindy raises awareness and sparks “A Shift in Thinking” in the area of consumer choice, and answers the question, “Why does wine taste better at the winery than it does at home?”


Hebah Hussaina

Hebah Hussaina is a third-year student at the University of British Columbia in the Faculty of Science. As an individual with a firm passion for giving back to the community, she founded Youth for CARE. Youth for CARE aspires to fundraise and raise awareness for Surrey Memorial Hospital, as well as create and foster connections between youth and the hospital. Hebah can also be found volunteering in a myriad of community and youth organizations, such as Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey Arts Centre, City of Surrey, and UBC Orientations & Peer Programs. She believes youth are the key to the future, and offers a “Shift in Thinking” for the transformation of youth volunteering with leading-edge technologies.


Janet Law

Janet was given a serious cancer diagnosis and was saved by medicine derived from a YEW TREE. She is planting seeds that will help keep Mother Nature’s Medicine cabinet full. She is grounded & rooted in the transforming power of our forests so we can keep ourselves alive. She currently works in the HealthCare Field & is passionate about the healing & creative arts. She enjoys life fully & continues to have fun as a curious adventurer.


Karen Klein Galbraith

Karen Klein Galbraith is a road safety practitioner, certified life coach, mother, and volunteer who’s passionate about making meaningful human connections. After concluding her research for her Master of Arts in Communications, which involved a local pet therapy program, Karen longed to uncover a deeper understanding of unconditional human connections with those who are dying. By personalizing death, Karen empowers “A Shift in Thinking” by showing us how to become comfortable in our discomfort and how to simply “just be” with those who need us, because they are dying.


Klaus Oehr

Klaus Oehr is a successful research scientist/inventor/entrepreneur, with multiple commercialized inventions. He has spent the last four years studying the photo-bio-electrochemistry of cognitive decline including Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Klaus is fascinated with a group of senior Okinawan’s in the Village of Ōgimi, who have 6 times lower incidence of cognitive decline than Canadians and Americans. New scientific data shows how they’ve done it. What’s more, it’s easy to adapt a senior Okinawan lifestyle to our own to prevent dementia. Klaus talks about “How to Avoid Alzheimer’s and Other Dementias – Secrets from Okinawa.”


Nikki Van Schyndel

With over 20 years of training and study, Nikki has become one of North America’s top wilderness survivalists. In her best-selling memoir, Becoming Wild, she chronicles her dream of living off the land using primitive technology, for 18 months. She becomes a stone-age woman, struggling to survive on the rugged raincoast of British Columbia, until she finally discovers what it really takes to thrive; an extraordinary, shift in thinking.

A mountain lion taught her the truth about fears. It not only opened her heart to the wondrous possibilities of our world, but led her deep into the natural world, to discover the surprising truth of how to find your Life Purpose. We are all born to become extraordinary and it is our gift to ourselves, each other and to this planet, to become the greatest generation ever.


Dr. Rick Bradshaw

Dr. Rick Bradshaw is a Psychologist specializing in the treatment of psychological trauma. For the past 25 years, he has been co-discovering, and co-developing a psychotherapy called Observed & Experiential Integration (OEI) with his colleague, Audrey Cook. The treatment involves “A Shift in Thinking” away from talk therapy and toward neurobiologically-based interventions. He and Audrey have observed relationships between eye positions or movements, physical sensations, and emotional reactions, and for two decades, they have been improving ways to provide relief by directing eye movements.


Roy Campbell

Roy Campbell has dedicated his life to helping at-risk youth, and is currently a Youth Worker with the Delta School District, a coordinator of an after-school youth at risk program, and a motivational speaker nominated for the “Courage to Come Back Award”. His challenging and memorable experiences have enhanced his determination to empower youth and shift their thinking—something he has experience with himself. Roy suffered from a serious broken neck injury as a young, professional rugby player and through “A Shift in Thinking,” managed to overcome his situation and become an ultra-endurance athlete.


Sally Claire

Businessperson, entrepreneur, and community volunteer, Sally is an academic thinker and a curious researcher, holding a master’s degree in organizational leadership. Her work in the food and consumer packaged goods sector has earned her a nomination for the Eric Douglas Entrepreneur award for social innovation and has seen her complete her sixth pastry school class in Paris, France. As an expert in her experience of “The S Word”, Sally uses her researched inquiry to help people and businesses to shift their thinking on why our beliefs, language, and actions matter after a death by suicide.


Vindy Teja

Vindy Teja is a CDC Certified Divorce Coach® and Speaker, holding a Bachelor of Arts from UBC and a Bachelor of Laws from UWO. Following her Call to the B.C. Bar, she served as the Director of Career Development at the UWO Faculty of Law and her diverse background, along with her coaching credentials and experience of parenting and divorce, have equipped her with a wide lens with which to assist her clients. She offers a potential antidote to future divorce or disillusionment and “a Shift in Thinking” for those entering marriage or cohabitation.


Dr. Wayne Phimister

Wayne Phimister is a family physician, associate clinical professor, and author; he is dedicated to providing relief to those suffering from chronic pain. After 17 years of family practice, his focus is now on treating patients enduring chronic pain in the Abbotsford, Agassiz and Langley areas. His talk explains why chronic pain occurs and shows how the knowledge of neuroscience can inspire patients to control their dysfunctional nervous system and create new nerve pathways that reduce or remove the pain altogether. His talk provokes “A Shift in Thinking” regarding chronic pain and points people to the power they have to restore their lives with more function and freedom.