Thank You – From the 2012 Event Chair

February 09 has come and gone, but—at least according to the blog posts, tweets, and posts on our website and Facebook Fan Page—its impact lives on. Our goal was to take people on an emotional roller coaster as they absorbed ideas worth spreading. And by all accounts from our Guests, from the live stream viewers, from our Speakers and from our Sponsors so far, it looks like we succeeded.

As Event Chair, TEDxManitoba 2012 was an incredible journey travelled with some very special individuals  – all who shared a passion for showcasing Manitoba and for “Ideas Worth Spreading”.

My sincere thanks and gratitude go to

• Our Sponsors – those who returned from 2011 and those who came on board for the first time this year. As an event that doesn’t generate revenue of any kind, we could not have done this without you. Your support has meant that we can offer our event free of charge —ensuring that money is not an artificial barrier to change-makers who want to attend.

• Our Speakers – their ideas have inspired us, changed us and will forever cause us to think differently

• My Steering Committee – the Committee Leads who took time away from their families and jobs to put in countless hours, leadership and sweat into bringing this event to life

• All of the Organizing Team Members and Volunteers – the contingent of about 30 individuals who worked passionately on one of the six committees or who joined us for the day to ensure everything ran smoothly

• Our Guests – those at the event in person and the close to 1000 who joined us on the live stream from parts all over the world

I am, beyond description, honored to have shared this journey with each of you so far. I say “so far” because the journey is not over. No, the journey now enters its second phase—the one where we all take what we learned from the day, the connections we made and the ideas we heard that are worth spreading, and we put them into action.

Who will be the lone nut doing something great, and who will have the guts to be the first follower?

Let’s keep this journey going…

What If x

What’s Next?

By all accounts, TEDxManitoba 2012 was an amazing event. Brilliant speakers, phenomenal attendees and a crew of volunteers came together to share ideas, connect and be inspired.

In the next few weeks, we’ll be processing the videos and putting them up for people to watch (again), share and consider.

But I have a question for everyone. What can we do to stay connected and keep the ideas spreading? How can we work together to take the energy and motivation of February 9th and take it out into the world?

Several times throughout the day, we heard about the need and the strength of collaboration. So let’s collaborate. There are lots of ways this could happen, and I’m hoping that we can have a discussion here about how best to do it.

At the very least, let’s all connect through social media. You can find co-ordinates here and here.

What do you think of setting up a group blog, dedicated to discussing and implementing our (what)if x formulae? I can set that up. Would someone want to start a monthly meetup? A weekly tweetchat? There are lots of possibilities. Yesterday, we became a community. Let’s try to keep it going.

If you’re interested, or if you have suggestions about how you think we can do it, please comment below.

Some of the volunteers who are helping to make TEDxManitoba come to life

TEDxManitoba would be impossible without our dozens of volunteers who have put time, effort and dedication. Here are a few of the people who helped make it happen.

Lucas C Pauls

Favorite TED Talk:
JR’s TED Prize wish: Use art to turn the world inside out
Personal Site: CircleTheft

Mary Anne Isaak

Favorite TED Talk:
Simon Sinek: How great leaders inspire action
Personal Site: http://remb.ca/
Profile on 


Gary Craven

Favorite TED Talk:
Pranav Mistry: The thrilling potential of SixthSense technology
Personal sitehttp://www.pcgi.mb.ca/
Profile on LinkedIn
Profile on

Justin Lee

Twitter: @justinleeca
Favorite TED Talk
Sir Ken Robinson: Do Schools Kill Creativity?
Personal site: http://justinlee.ca/

Ian D. Stewart

Twitter: @iandstewart
Personal sitehttp://iandanielstewart.com/
Profile on Facebook

Reyn Redekopp

Favorite TED Talk:
Clifford Stoll on … everything
Personal sitehttp://rredekopp.blogspot.com/
Profile on LinkedIn

Marie Antaya

Favorite TED Talk:
Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work
Profile on  LinkedIn
Page on Facebook


Meet 10+1 People Attending TEDxManitoba

It’s not just the speakers that will make TEDxManitoba a day to remember. It’s the dynamic of the ideas being shared, discussed and spread. We decided that this year, we were going to make it as easy as possible for our attendees to connect and discuss both at the event and in the months to come. Over the course of a few posts, we’ll be posting profiles for those who agreed to do so, and we hope it helps keep the conversations going and the ideas spreading. So here they are, the attendees of TEDxManitoba 2012.

Read more attendee profiles here.

UPDATE: We missed Kyle somehow. So we added him. Sorry Kyle!

Kyle Geske

Favorite TED Talk:
Shea Hembrey: How I became 100 artists
Personal Site: http://stungeye.com/
Profile on 

Corey Malone

Twitter: @coreycmalone
Favorite TED Talk:
Drew Dudley “Leading with Lollipops”
Profile on Facebook

Jodie Layne

Twitter: @jodielayne
Favorite TED Talk:
Chimamanda Adichie: The danger of a single story
Personal site: http://winnipeg.ihollaback.org/
Profile on Facebook

Andrea Robin

Twitter: @AndreaRobin1
Personal site: http://andrearobin.myblogsite.com/
Profile on Facebook

Ian McCausland

Twitter: @ianmcc
Favorite TED Talk:
Jason Fried: Why work doesn’t happen at work
Personal site: http://www.ian.ca
Profile on Facebook
Profile on LinkedIn

Gail Granger

Favorite TED Talk:
Jamie Oliver’s TED Prize wish: Teach every child about food
Profile on  LinkedIn

Marney Stapley

Twitter: @marneystapley

Jill Winograd

Favorite TED Talk:
Sheryl Sandberg: Why we have too few women leaders
Profile on LinkedIn

Cheryl Buell

Jamil Mahmood

Twitter: @Jamil_Mahmood
Favorite TED Talk:
Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
Profile on Facebook

Meet TEDxManitoba Chair, Lisa MacKenzie

Lisa is a: Learner. Leader. Change-Implementer. Type A. Square Peg. ISTJ. MBA. PMP. Boxer. Volunteer Boxing Coach/Class Leader. Lover of all things lime green. Tackler of the “we’ve never done this before before” initiatives. Underdog Champion. Stickler for quality. Work in Progress… and she would not have it any other way.

Why are you volunteering as Chair for TEDxManitoba 2012?

“Lis, how would you like to be a part of bringing the first TEDx event to Winnipeg, Manitoba?”

It was the spring of 2010 when I was first approached for this opportunity and I jumped at the chance. I jumped in deep as Marketing and Communications Lead, Social Media Coordinator, Steering Committee member, and member of the Speakers Committee for TEDxManitoba 2011.

TEDxManitoba 2011 was an incredible amount of work to pull off, but also, incredibly rewarding to be part of. We made a difference to our audience, to our speakers, to our sponsors, and we helped spread some incredible ideas that otherwise would have gone unknown. We showcased Manitoba. We helped make a difference. People were affected for a long time afterwards – the event changed people.

I couldn’t help but want to be a part of that again. So when the past Chair asked me to take on the Chair role, I stepped into those big shoes and began building the team to bring 2012 to life.

Which TED talk do you think everyone should watch?

Derek Sivers: How to start a movement.