Orillia’s inaugural TEDx speaker series is set to launch on March 30, 2019, at the Orillia Opera House. Special guests Bob McDonald and Charles Pachter have recently been added to the line-up of local and regional speakers.
The theme of the event is “transformation” which is fitting for Pachter, a celebrated Canadian artist who recently restored and repurposed several derelict properties in the heart of downtown Orillia for his Moose Factory of Orillia home and studio.
“I am pleased to be participating in this first TEDxOrillia event,” said Pachter. “I think the exposure is timely for this charming small Canadian heritage city on the verge of being rediscovered by an active arts community.”
McDonald is a renowned Canadian author and science broadcaster who was raised in Orillia and went on to host a variety of science-based programs and documentaries and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2011.
“Orillia is my hometown,” said McDonald. “If you had told me when I was a skinny kid running around Couchiching Park collecting pop bottles for penny candy that I would one day become a national science broadcaster, I wouldn’t believe you. It has been an amazing transformation that I still find hard to believe.”
TEDx events are independently organized. TEDxOrillia is organized by Rick Talbot, a local author and former theatre producer, and sponsored by the City of Orillia Economic Development Department.
“The spirit of TEDx events are to amplify ‘ideas worth sharing,’ TEDxOrillia will not only bring together a stellar line-up of speakers who will share their unique ideas, but will also engage an audience of change makers who will no doubt harness these ideas and spark change and innovation throughout Orillia. We are very excited to have both Charles Pachter and Bob McDonald for this debut event,” said City of Orillia Mayor Steve Clarke.
Seven speakers have been announced to date: Beth Grixti, Erin Dixon, Emma Reynolds, Risha Yorke, Yvonne Heath, Nancy Osborne, and Ligaya Byrch.
Tickets for this event are limited, as the inaugural event licence allows a maximum of 100 ticket holders. However, this event will set the foundation for TEDxOrillia in future years, and once the primary organizer attends the TEDSummit in July 2019, Orillia will be eligible to expand to an unlimited number of attendees for future events.
A reception, featuring delicacies by Eclectic Café, and a book signing with several TEDxOrillia speakers will follow the event.