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Passionate. Inspired. Unshakable.

Thirteen speakers. Thirteen points of view. Thirteen ways to shift your thinking. Meet this year’s outstanding group of speakers covering topics inspired by medicine, law, human experience, spirituality, creativity, the environment, and more.

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Our TEDx Leadership Team

Bringing TEDx to Surrey was a passion project for our leadership team, and their hard work has paid off! With different backgrounds and one shared goal, they are bringing ideas worth spreading to our community. Who are these people behind the scenes? Find out!

Leadership Team


This is the first TEDx event in Surrey, BC, and we couldn’t have made it happen with the support of our amazing partners who share our passion for the community.

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Alan Warburton, Lead Organizer

School Principal, Retired

Alan is a retired school principal and has twice qualified for the finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking. In 2018 he was the Curator of TEDxWhiteRock and has been the Licensee/Curator for TEDxBearCreekPark for the past two years. His drive comes from his passion for working with teams of people towards a common goal and he is proud to be working with an outstanding Leadership Team with TEDxBearCreekPark. Alan is delighted that we have been able to make the significant move to the Bell Performing Arts Centre in our second year of operation.

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Candace Plattor

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As a world-renowned Family Addiction Therapist, Candace Plattor has a passion for empowering families, loved ones, and addicts to take control of their lives. Having spent years working in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with those suffering from addiction, Candace discovered one of the most dangerous contributors to keeping people living in active addiction: the enabling acts of those who love them. Bringing to TEDx a shift in thinking about what helping an addict really looks like, Candace’s talk covers how Loving with Boundaries can heal.

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