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The following blog post was written by Tahira Ebrahim, a Centre Liaison Officer at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.

Bow Valley College hosted its first TEDx event on November 5, 2014.

TEDxBowValleyCollege was an exciting day for everyone - the organizers, the audience, and of course, the speakers.  Six speakers, from the BVC community, shared their stories and big ideas to an intimate audience of BVC faculty, staff and learners.

  • Patrick Hanlon, a member of the CRTP Advisory Committe, spoke about his experience teaching in an Inuit community.
  • Fawad Khan, a CRTP alumni, shared his reflections on finding humour as a newcomer in Canada.
  • Brett Bergie, Chief of Staff at BVC, shared about his research in online public discussion space.
  • Andrei Banu, a learner in the Chui School of Business, spoke about neurolinguistic programming and our ability to change our thinking.
  • Gavin Laverty, a learner in the Veterinary Office Assistant Program, shared about the value of maintaining connections.
  • Kakoli Mitra, a Human Resources advisor at BVC, spoke about how external influences have shaped Indian cuisine.

This year's TEDx theme Connections was not only reflected in the diverse presentations but also in the connections audience members made with each other.  The event is the first step in the creation of a TEDx network at BVC.     

If you weren’t able to make it to this year’s TEDxBowValleyCollege, you can still get involved!

  • We will share the event recordings, as well interviews with the speakers and audience members, in the coming weeks. 
  • The Intercultural Centre will host follow-up events so that the BVC community can meet the speakers in person and watch more inspirational TED Talks.
  • If you are interested in being a part of this intiative next year, please let us know!  You can stop by the Intercultural Centre, or contact us by email, at

For more information on TEDx, visit TEDx Program.

If you attended TEDxBowValleyCollege, tell us about your experience. What did you learn?