2022 Speakers

Saturday, FEBRUARY 19TH, 2022

Are you ready to shift your thinking? Get inspired? Now’s your chance to find out more about each of our twelve speakers. Click below to meet each of our speakers and learn a little bit about them before the big day.


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

Tania Ehman

Lead Coach

Ron Newell

Sponsorship & Logistics Manager

Trevor Marples

Technology & Communications Lead

Monica Neville

Finance Manager

Noel Bentley

Emcee & Program Coordinator

Ellie Newell

Creative Projects Coordinator

Gary Drouillard

Content Guideline Lead & Writer

2021 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

Gold Partners

Silver Partners

Community Partners


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Ana Carrizales

Ana is an award-winning Peruvian-Canadian media creator and performer whose films have screened internationally.  A recipient of the NBC Universal screenwriting scholarship, Ana has served on various film industry boards and juries. An advocate for inclusion, she has created and produced social programs and documentaries to amplify the voices of the underrepresented. She is an instructor at Vancouver Film School.


Denise Withers

Denise has used stories to change the world for 35 years during her career as an award-winning filmmaker and innovator with organizations like Discovery, the UN, and SFU Surrey. Her latest work explores new ways to use narrative intelligence to mobilize the world’s biggest database – our stories – to tackle our toughest problems.

Fatima Zaidi

Fatima Zaidi

Fatima is a Leadership Strategist, and she creates leaders who inspire change, improve lives, and uplift humanity. Her philosophy is everyone has a unique leadership process, which, when discovered creates clarity around identity and purpose. She believes applying this process to clarify collective values and objectives makes teams unstoppable.


Frances Litman

Frances is a creative problem solver and award-winning multi-media professional. Her love of the outdoors and concern about environmental degradation and climate change has set her on a path to create healthier, happier communities rooted in regenerative decision making.


Kevin Lamoureux

Kevin is the Associate Vice-President of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Winnipeg and former Education Lead for the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. Having worked extensively in the area of reconciliation, he believes decolonization is not something to fear, but rather what is best for all Canadians.


Dr. Lara Boyd

Lara is a Neuroscientist and Physical Therapist at the University of British Columbia. She is an expert in the neurobiology of learning and uses advanced imaging approaches to look into the brain. Lara’s research is centered on understanding how behaviour shapes learning and brain health.


Dr. Petra Zebroff

Petra Zebroff, PhD, is a sex therapist and researcher. Concerned with how much sex research and therapy focuses on the problems of sex, Petra has turned to study what lights people up sexually and found that there is a pattern to help couples find a way to speak each other’s erotic language.


Riley Moynes

During his career, Riley has been a teacher, author, financial advisor, and public speaker. He waltzed through Phase One of his own retirement, struggled through Phase Two, tried a dozen different initiatives in Phase Three, and now in Phase Four he helps people address the psychological changes and challenges that accompany retirement.


Dr. Robert McDermid

Rob is an ICU physician, healthcare administrator, and educator who led a large regional hospital through the COVID-19 pandemic. He believes that talking compassionately about death helps to put “care” back into healthcare and is the key to saving the system from the crisis it faces.


Dr. Sharlene Gill

Sharlene is a Vancouver-based cancer specialist, researcher, and professor. For the past 20 years, she has cared for people with cancer and has witnessed both the gut-wrenching fear and despair that often accompany a cancer diagnosis, as well as remarkable courage and scientific advancements in its treatment. She believes an informed patient is an empowered patient. 


Dr. Simon Donner

Simon is a climate scientist, educator, and writer. Despite studying and living through some of the most devastating impacts of climate change, he is optimistic about the future. He believes we have the rare opportunity to create a healthier and safer world, if only we can harness our imaginations.


Suzanne Venuta

Suzanne is a mental health educator, advocate, consultant, writer, and mentor. She does this through the lens of lived experience, and for the past 16 years has been speaking to diverse audiences about living with a mental illness, her healing journey, hope, and the power of “micro connections. “