TEDxVictoria is speaking to us all

Plus, how Victoria's Joni is giving back to the community

Welcome to this week’s Midweek Memo. In this issue, read about the TEDxVictoria speaker lineup, how technology helps the vision impaired, construction on a $242M film studio, and Joni’s initiative to give back.

Now, onto today’s briefing. It’s 674 words, a three-minute read.

TEDxVictoria is speaking to us all

Nine years since its last appearance in Victoria, TEDxVictoria is back. With Victoria’s Redbrick as presenting sponsor, this year’s theme, “it’s up to us,” will bring Victoria together to challenge inaction and encourage personal, local, and global change.

An initial speaker list for TEDxVictoria has been released and includes a deep-sea explorer, teen novelist, rainforest photographer, urban planner, and wildfire fighter, with more to come.

Some of the speakers announced so far include:

  • Luke Mari: Mari has 15 years of experience as a land economist and professional urban planner. He’s an advocate for data-informed design and diverse housing in all neighbourhoods, which means fostering a strong vision for what a city can be—and acting on it.

  • Moronke Harris: Harris is an award-winning deep-sea explorer with experience in climate engineering, blue economy, and intergovernmental research expedition planning on the high seas.

  • Jonathan Reimer: Reimer has led the response on hundreds of emergency incidents across the country, including Canada’s largest wildfire disaster. His research draws from real-world experiences to help emergency decision-makers meet challenges with innovative, evidence-based methods.

“We have an exceptional lineup of speakers representing such a broad range of inspirational topics that anyone can attend and feel engaged. Getting all these ideas under one roof feels like the beginning of something big for Victoria,” said Marco Pimentel, CMO of Redbrick and TEDxVictoria organizer.

TEDxVictoria is set to take place on May 15 at the McPherson Playhouse in downtown Victoria. Tickets are available now.


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📰 More Victoria innovation news

👀 I can see clearly now: Michael Moore, a lived experience consultant for Victoria’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion office, shared their story of how technology can help the vision impaired and what the City of Victoria is hoping to do with it.

✨ Let’s get it started: Beverley Dondale, founder and CEO of Victoria’s Alpha Select Production Services, shared that construction on a $242-million carbon-neutral, zero-waste film studio located on the territory of the Malahat Nation is set to begin towards the end of 2024.

🎁 Give it away: On its fourth birthday, Victoria’s Joni celebrated by launching the Joni 4for4 initiative, which awards four women-led small businesses prizes valued at $1,000. Nominations are open.

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