About Us

What is TEDxStanleyPark?

TEDxStanleyPark is one of the world’s largest TED conferences. High-impact talks address a diverse range of humanity’s tough challenges and offer practical and optimistic solutions. These talks inspire, stimulate and activate thoughtful optimists with open minds and big hearts to move the needle toward a better world. The ‘TEDxStanleyPark’ name was inspired by Vancouver’s iconic Stanley Park – both the park and the conference inspire, stimulate and activate their visitors; the TEDxStanleyPark conference is held in downtown Vancouver and NOT in Stanley Park.

Our Vision

Our high-impact talks inspire brave actions: they build awareness, power attitude shifts, provoke conversations that matter, lend support to worthy causes, trigger policy changes and launch movements. These actions give legs to dreams of what could be and move the needle toward a better world.

Our Mission

We want to leave our attendees feeling ACTIVATED. How? By inspiring them with high-impact talks and empowering them with practical calls to actions.

Our Theme

Our perennial theme is Ideas to Action. This theme is born from our belief that all human achievement has 3 sources: the dreams that we dream, the choices that we make, and the actions that we take. And the most impactful of these is the actions we take. Our Ideas to Action theme guides our selection of talks to those with powerful calls to action that give legs to dreams of what could be.

Our Core Values

We have 5 core values:

  1. We give our attendees a red carpet experience at every touchpoint.
  2. We train our speakers to give the speech of their lives.
  3. We go the extra mile for our partners.
  4. We produce high production value videos.
  5. We produce a sustainable conference.

Our Core Beliefs

We have 4 core beliefs:


  1. We are a spark – we ignite ideas that activate curious, fertile and open minds to move the needle toward a better world.
  2. Positive change happens when ideas that inspire, stimulate and energize are shared with a community of open minds and big hearts searching for ways to make a difference.
  3. More is more – the more people who hear our speakers’ ideas the better.
  4. Our word is our bond – we will not disappoint our attendees, speakers, partners, suppliers, volunteers or the environment.

Our History

The first TEDxStanleyPark conference took place on Saturday, March 17, 2013 in front of 100 attendees at The Theatre inside the UBC Campus at Robson Square in downtown Vancouver. The second TEDxStanleyPark conference took place on Saturday, May 23, 2015 in front of 450 attendees at the Granville Island Stage located on Granville Island, Vancouver; it was sold out several weeks in advance and its 13 talks evoked 7 standing ovations. The third TEDxStanleyPark conference took place On Saturday, May 28, 2016 in front of 2,000 attendees at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver; all 15 speakers received standing ovations.


On Saturday, March 4, 2017 the fourth TEDxStanleyPark conference will take place in front of 2,659 onsite attendees and thousands of livestream attendees at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in downtown Vancouver. Millions of viewers will subsequently watch the speakers’ videos on the TEDx YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/user/TEDxTalks.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

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