TEDxRoyalRoadsU Event Site 2017-09-22T01:41:38+00:00

TEDxRoyalRoadsU Videos

Missed out on attending TEDxRoyalRoadsU? Watch the videos on our YouTube channel!

Main Event Talks

This year’s theme is REINVENT: inspiring people to reinvent themselves through learning and innovation. The event will bring together local thought leaders, performers and reinventors.


What is TEDx?

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Our event is called TEDxRoyalRoadsU, where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxRoyalRoadsU event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.

About Royal Roads University

Located in one of Canada’s most beautiful National Historic Sites, Royal Roads University has a long history of reinvention. Hatley Castle has served as a private residence, military college, mutant academy and public applied research university. With a vision of “connecting people, ideas and experiences to change lives and the world”, Royal Roads is a cornerstone in many mature students path to reinvent themselves through learning and innovation. This is increasingly relevant in today’s political, cultural and environmental climate.

Learning and leadership has taken place on the land for thousands of years. Royal Roads University rests upon the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish people; the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) nations.

When & Where is TEDxRoyalRoadsU?

Join us on July 29, 2017 at the Learning and Innovation Center on the Royal Roads University campus, or online via livestream.


Join us for the official TEDxRoyalRoadsU afterparty.

This year’s theme is REINVENT: inspiring people to reinvent themselves through learning and innovation.The event will bring together local thought leaders, performers and reinventors.

The TEDx speakers will be in attendance, fresh off their inspiring talks.

Come mingle with local innovators and inspiring speakers in downtown’s newest outdoor event space.

Come out and listen to The Lost Buoys and DJ Mount Doyle!

Get your tickets here:


Adam Braidwood

Cheryl Heykoop

Lee Herrin

Jeff Ward

Joel Kroeker

Jill Doucette

Nikki Lineham

Rob Abbott

Paul Allison

Taylor Conroy

Mark Shapiro

Yarden Zilber


Who Are We?

TEDxRoyalRoadsU is a student-driven event. We hope to spark meaningful interdisciplinary dialogue and create stronger connections throughout campus and the greater community. We are a mixture of students from the Bachelor of Commerce in Entrepreneurial Management and the Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication programs.

Kyle Ingram | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Kyle Ingram


Kim Poduch | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Kim Poduch


Samantha Armstrong | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Sam Armstrong

Website Lead

Josh Marshall | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Josh Marshall


Nam Vu Nguyen | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Nam Vu Nguyen

Executive Producer

Sina Banki | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Sina Banki

Marketing & Social Media Lead

Lee Pope | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Lee Pope

Finance Lead

Jeff Philavong | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Jeff Philavong


Amanda Horricks | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Amanda Horricks


Dhruv Sarang | TEDxRoyalRoadsU
Dhruv Sarang



Our mission is to highlight profound ideas and perspectives from our network of thought-leaders and encourage dialogue around the world.


Our vision is that TEDxRoyalRoadsU will provoke impactful dialogue throughout the Royal Roads campus, Greater Victoria, and the world, that will in turn spread awareness and education on important topics.


The TEDxRoyalRoadsU team values curiosity, bravery and ideas worth spreading.





How many minutes a day does the average person spend in #nature WITHOUT their phone? Not enough, argues garden maker Paul Allison. Clear your mind and reduce your #stress with Paul's technique, discussed in this inspiring #TEDx talk.

#naturalist #garden #outside #mindemptiness #connection #technologyfree #TED #TEDx #RoyalRoads #university #reinvent
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The word corporation comes with a certain connotation - both negative and positive. Check out Jill Doucette's #transformational talk on how to turn corporations into #activists.

#sustainability #engaging #community #business #modern #strategy #TED #TEDx #RoyalRoads #university #reinvent
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How does a neighbourhood transition from isolated to engaging, run-down to thriving? Lee Herrin shares a success story from our very own #Victoria, #BC in his #TEDx talk here.

#gentrification #community #engaging #together #city #neighbourhood #Fernwood #TED #RoyalRoads #university #reinvent #development
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So much of what we as a modern society long for and aspire to has a materialistic basis. How can we look past this, and work towards a more fulfilling life? Find out, in Rob Abbott's #TEDx Talk.

#inspire #transcend #progress #motivate #materialistic #soul #connection #meaning #life #TED #RoyalRoads #university #reinvent
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Check out Taylor's gripping #TEDx talk to find out how hitting rock bottom in life, can actually be a blessing in disguise.

#inspire #motivation #entrepreneur #powerful #moving #TED #RoyalRoads #university #reinvent
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Gold Sponsors

South Island Prosperity Project
Royal Roads University Student Association
FaceToFace Broadcasting Corporation
City Studio Victoria
Royal Roads University

Silver Sponsors

RBC Royal Bank


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