THUNDER BAY – The TEDxThunderBay organizing committee have announced the first of their guest speakers for the upcoming TEDx event on February 16, 2012 at The Outpost at Lakehead University. TEDxThunderBay will engage the people of Thunder Bay to spread ideas that will cultivate positive change within those attending and within the community. Guest speakers confirmed include: Geoff Cape, co-founder and executive director of Evergreen, Eric McGoey, chief of staff to the Minister of Natural Resources, and Bruce Walsh, a marketing and publicity consultant for book publishers.
Geoff represents Evergreen a non-profit organization that makes cities more livable by bringing nature back into cities and towns with funding, plant resources and nurseries, expert advice and organizing capacity. Eric will draw on his political experience and background, focusing his talk on reversing the youth out-migration by making Thunder Bay a more family-friendly, livable, optimistic city. Bruce has worked with many of Canada’s leading authors and has twice won the Libris Award, the book industry’s highest honour.
“We feel that the speakers chosen will be able to confidently speak to the event’s theme of Reinventing Thunder Bay For A More Vibrant Community – Together,” says Anthony Scaffeo, chair of the TEDx ThunderBay organizing committee. “The diversity of these speakers will inspire the audience from all types of sectors.”
More speakers will be announced in the next several weeks. Those interested in attending the inaugural Thunder Bay TEDx event can apply online at www.tedxthunderbay.com.
There are only 100 spots available for the event so interested participants are encouraged to apply soon. The independently organized event, licensed by TED, will be held Thursday February 16, from 11:30 am – 5:30 pm and attendees will experience presentations from national and local speakers that have been chosen to speak on the theme of reinvention.
There will be a lunch as well as plenty of time for networking amongst attendees. For more information please visit the TEDxThunderBay website at www.tedxthunderbay.com.