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.

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