I gave a talk similar to the TEDx talks at the Vancouver Aquarium 4D Theatre.

Tuesday March 11, 2014 – 5:30pm to 8:30pm.  

This inspirational event offered members of The Vancouver Board of Trade’s Company of Young Professionals (CYP) Program an outstanding opportunity to connect and gain insights shared by fellow CYP Members. Here are the speakers that night, and the links to the talks on YouTube:

Donovan Tildesley – STEP OUT THINK BIG!

Despite being blind since birth, Donovan Tildesley has never let his disability impede upon his life. Whether it be swimming for Canada, skiing double-black diamond runs, or trying his hand at the game of golf, Donovan thrives on stepping out of his comfort zone to take on new challenges. This humorous yet down-to-earth keynote will inspire your audience to take a different outlook when it comes to viewing life’s challenges and encourage everyone to Step Out of the comfort zone and Think Big!

Dr. Grace Lee – Speaking the brain’s language: The elephant in the room brain

As a clinical neuroscientist, ethicist, and entrepreneur, Dr. Grace Lee hopes to find responsible applications of brain imaging in health care. Her work will have an influence on current understanding of brain death and consciousness.

Dr. Grace Lee is a leader of a Canada-based effort to improve the care for patients with severe brain injury. New brain imaging research and clever experiments can detect signals of consciousness from some patients who appear vegetative. It turns out that the injured brain may have leftover functions that are not observable, and in fascinating ways may allow limited ways of communication with the outside world.

Dr. Grace Lee and her team at UBC Hospital focus on bringing together expertise from practicing clinicians and academics to address the ethical, social, and legal challenges of health care for this population. She is a passionate advocate for diversity in mentorship, education, and practice. She says, “One of our core responsibilities will be to address critical questions such as, ‘How will these brain interventions impact health care and patient outcomes?’”

Benadict Marsh – Using limited resources to your advantage

Benedict has been performing and recording with artists such as Vancouver Grammy Award winning producer Chin Injeti, Grammy Award winning produce DJ Khalil, Rapper and Song-writer Aloe Blacc, Juno nominee SonReal, Canadian hip-hop artist Madchild, Peak Performance finalists The Boom Booms. Benedict is the full-time guitarist in Chin Injeti’s band. In the last year, he founded Our Community School of Folk Music, which currently offers group guitar and music theory lessons to adults.



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