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TEDxWhistler finalizes speaker lineup for May event

Joining already announced speakers are WCSS director Jackie Dicksinson, Lil’wat elected leader Maxine Bruce, and Poparide co-founder Flo Devellennes
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Whistler Community Services Society executive director Jackie Dickinson is one of the speakers featured at the TEDxWhistler event at the SLCC on May 7.

TEDxWhistler has announced the remaining lineup for its May event, and they feature some familiar faces from around the Sea to Sky.

Whistler Community Services Society executive director Jackie Dickinson; elected leader and Territorial Stewardship Manager for the Lil’wat Nation, Maxine Bruce; and Flo Devellennes, the Squamish-based founder of ridesharing app, Poparide, have joined the list of speakers for the May 7 conference, taking place at the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre (SLCC) in the Upper Village.

“The three speakers we are announcing today round out what I consider to be the perfect lineup for this year’s event,” said TEDxWhistler executive producer Anoop Virk in a release. “Each and every speaker truly exemplifies our theme of Purpose. They all have exceptionally valuable ideas about living a life of value. I know attendees will come away from the event enriched and energized. I personally can’t wait!”

Previously announced for the lineup are: the SLCC’s award-winning ambassador and cultural leader of the Spo7ez Performance Team, T’ec Georgina Dan from the Lil’wat Nation; the SLCC’s executive director and 2017 Whistler Citizen of the Year, Heather Paul; Khelsilem, an Indigenous and LGBTQ2+ leader, Squamish Nation councillor, and non-profit founder; Carey Newman, a multi-disciplinary, Coast Salish, Indigenous artist, master carver, author, mentor, public speaker, and the creator behind the powerful art installation, ‘The Witness Blanket”; and Ashley Freeborn, co-founder and CEO of popular loungewear company Smash + Tess.  

Headlining this year’s bill will be former Prime Minister Kim Campbell, still Canada’s first and only female head of state.

Organizers said general admission tickets are 50-per-cent sold, while VIP tickets are 85-per-cent sold. Virtual tickets to livestream the event are also available.
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