An Incredible Team

Bringing TEDx to Surrey is a driving passion for our leadership team and all the hard work is paying off. Coming from different backgrounds but committed to achieving a single goal, we strive to discover and showcase ideas that have the potential to transform and lift our community.

This is the team leading the efforts to make TEDxBearCreekPark the best it can be.

Past teams

Our 2021 event is built on the legacy and momentum from past events. This year’s success is a direct result of the labour and love put in by our vast cast of volunteers. They have brought us to today. Here they are.

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Alan Warburton

LICENSEE & CURATOR

SCHOOL PRINCIPAL, RETIRED

Alan is a retired school principal. He is a Distinguished Toastmaster and has twice qualified for the finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking. In 2016-2017 he was elected as the Toastmasters International District 21 Director, overseeing 150 clubs in southern B.C.

Alan has been deeply involved with TEDx for the past 4 years. In 2017-2018, he was the Curator for TEDxWhiteRock. He founded TEDxBearCreekPark in 2018 and has been the Licensee/Curator for the past three years.

Organizing TEDxBearCreekPark is a labour of love for Alan. It allows him to work with teams of dedicated volunteers who freely give their time to create an event of the highest quality. TEDxBearCreekPark has grown quickly from an audience of 100 in 2019 to an audience of over 900 in 2020. Alan is so appreciative of our many partners who continue to support our efforts to make TEDxBearCreekPark an outstanding event in our community.

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Tania Ehman

LEAD COACH

Tania is an International award-winning public speaking competitor and Speakers Coach working with corporate and private clients throughout North America. Tania also teaches public speaking in High Schools and is a professional emcee. Tania believes that the professionalism and camaraderie of the TEDx Bear Creek Park Leadership Group is second to none and she is excited to be part of this life enriching experience.

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Ron Newell

SPONSORSHIP & LOGISTICS MANAGER

DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT AT SYSCO, RETIRED

Passionate about family, community, and giving back, Ron is a distinguished Toastmaster who believes in investing in personal and professional growth and is a strong supporter of TED and TEDx. Mixing the challenge of producing and developing a TEDx event for Surrey and the enjoyment of bringing “a Shift in Thinking” to our community, Ron is excited about the ideas this event is bound to spark.

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Trevor Marples

TECHNOLOGY LEAD

OWNER/PRODUCER AT LEADERS MEDIA LTD.

Inspired by TED and TEDx events and their ability to bring leaders, experts, and visionaries together, Trevor is excited about creating an opportunity for the people of Surrey to showcase their profound ideas to the rest of the world. Aside from being one of our valued partners, Trevor has been a Toastmaster since 2010 and believes that universal access to information is the single most powerful driver for global progress.

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Monica Neville

FINANCE MANAGER

CHARTERED PROFESSIONAL ACCOUNTANT

Inspired by TED’s ability to facilitate the sharing of ideas on a global scale, Monica sees TEDx as an opportunity for women to overcome their doubts and become inspirational and engaging speakers, something she has experienced herself after four years with Toastmasters.

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Noel Bentley

EMCEE AND PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Noel is an award-winning speaker, comedian, emcee and writer who specializes in educational and humourous presentations. His creative approach guarantees that his audiences will experience something fresh, entertaining and memorable. Noel also engages with his community through numerous volunteer programs in the arts and business.

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Ellie Newell

CREATIVE PROJECTS COORDINATOR &SPEAKER COACH

CERTIFIED FACILITATOR, COACH & LEADER

With Sysco Foodservice over 34 years, Ellie created and facilitated key leadership programs and executive team coaching for Canada. She enjoys personal growth, supporting community and event planning so being involved with TEDxBearCreekPark is a natural fit.

She is honoured to work alongside the talented team and speakers who make the journey and event so inspiring.

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Gary Drouillard

SCIENCE CURATOR, CONTENT GUIDELINE LEAD & WRITER

PRODUCT & MARKETING MANAGER, RETIRED

Gary’s professional career spanned the launch and explosive expansion of the wireless industry and led to interesting placements around Canada, the US, and the UK.  It provided much opportunity for global travel as Gary led the pioneering efforts to make it easy for Canadians to use their cellphones around the world, which turned into a 10-year mission.

Gary describes himself as being “nearly fatally curious”, which made it easy for him to transition into various personal development and volunteer organizations like TEDx, Toastmasters, Surrey Food Bank, personal coaching, and writing.

His greatest thrill comes from “tossing someone the ball and seeing how far they can run with it.”  Helping to put outstanding speakers on a TEDx stage and giving voice and volume to their ideas is a joy-generator for Gary.