TEDx is coming to Penticton

A writer and certified laughter leader, physicist, chef and longevity expert are among the presenters at TEDxPenticton this Saturday.

Now in its second year, the focus of TEDx  will  be “where do we go from here” from a multidisciplinary perspective.

“It is looking at the future from 10 different sets of eyes,” said organizer Brian Hughes. “And one of the most important elements is the attendees, because the event tends to attract open minded folks.”

It was Hughes, who  held  the Philosopher’s Café for many years, and his friend Nikos Theodosakis, organizer of the Beach Blanket Film Festival, who decided to do the first TEDx in Penticton last year.

Held in the new Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College its theme was beyond sustainability.  This year’s is more of a true TED event.

TED, which stands  for technology, entertainment and design, is a nonprofit event started in 1984 as a conference to bring people from those worlds together.

In addition to the eclectic group of speakers, there will be several musicians on hand.

Here is a look at the line-up:


  • Dorothy Tinning – visual artist
  • Dr. Tom Landecker – Principal research officer, Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory
  • Dr. Donald McLeod – Longevity specialist
  • Derek Evans – International development
  • Chris Remington – Passionate chef
  • Jessie Campbell – CEO Penticton and Wine Country Tourism
  • Neal  Carter - Okanagan Specialty Fruits
  • Tom Lowry – Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre
  • Hugh McLelland – Writer
  • Robert Bettauer – Sport performance expert PISE
  • Performers:
  • Henry Piovesan and his B3 Hammond organ
  • Bobby Bovenzi  and his drum circle
  • Beamer Wiggly,  a 9-year-old singer/songwriter
  • Musician Thomas Tumbach
  • Singer Saige Carlson

The event will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Penticton Lakeside Resort. Tickets cost $65 and there are a limited number remaining. To attend, click here.

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