TEDxWhitehorse videos now online

You can view all of the great talks from the November 23 TEDxWhitehorse event on the TEDxTalks YouTube channel.

You can also view each talk on the speaker’s profile page: http://www.tedxwhitehorse.com/speakers

What’s Up Yukon article: TEDx comes to Whitehorse

Thanks to Glenda Koh and What’s Up Yukon for the great article!

"It is often noted that Whitehorse is a place where people can reinvent themselves periodically without anyone blinking an eye. And in the midst of our current technological society that seems to undergo a complete overhaul every decade, it seems appropriate to take a day to ponder the theme of reinvention."

See more at: http://www.whatsupyukon.com/article-view.cfm?ArticleID=4740#sthash.VGCYAaol.dpuf

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Schedule for TEDxWhitehorse

10:00 Welcome ~ The Power of Reinvention - Lyn Hartley

10:10 Session One: Re-invention of self + family

Larry Gray - Choosing conscious elderhood.

Boyd Benjamin – Re-inventing your life path.

TED.com - Meg Jay: Why 30 is not the new 20.

Chris RiderRe-thinking the Internet and guiding youth in a connected world

Dr. Nicole Letourneau - Un-inventing the modern family.

11:15 Break

11:30 Session Two: Re-thinking: Technology + Science

Dr. Norman Fraser - Change the question, change the world.

Dr. JP Pinard– Imagine: A cold wind heating Yukon homes.

TED.com - John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal.

Shawn Ryan – The second gold rush - a prospector’s perspective.

1:00 Lunch

2:00 Session Three: Re-design: Arts, Entertainment + Design

Ben Barrett-Forrest – The history of typography and why fonts matter (12 minutes)

TED.com - Phil Hansen: Embrace the shake

Jack Kobayashi – Re-inventing northern buildings and the space between them.

TED.com talk Amanda Palmer: reinventing the music business by letting people pay what they want.

3:00 Break

3:15 Session Four: Re-envisioning Society

Janet Clarke - Little Free Libraries: a community’s mini-agora

Chief Mathieya Alatini – Reinventing self government under modern treaties

TED.com - Salman Khan: Let’s use video to reinvent education

Jane Koepke Building a DestiNation, one trail at a time.

Diyet – Who Am I Kidding? I Was Born In A Tent

Here is the speaker line-up for #TEDxWhitehorse on Nov 23

  • Jack Kobayashi: Architect, business owner
    Re-inventing northern buildings and the space between them
  • Dr. Norman Fraser: IT entrepreneur
    Change the question, change the world
  • Dr. Nicole Letourneau: Norlien/ACHF Chair in Parent-Infant Mental Health & RESOLVE Alberta Coordinator
    Rethinking the family
  • Jane Koepke: Trail coordinator
    Building a DestiNation, one trail at a time
  • Dr. JP Pinard: Energy consultant
    Imagine: A cold wind heating Yukon homes
  • Shawn Ryan: Prospector
    The second gold rush - a prospector’s perspective
  • Larry Gray: Instructor, Environmental Studies
    Choosing conscious elderhood
  • Diyet: Musician
    Who Am I Kidding? I Was Born In A Tent
  • Chief Mathieya Alatini: Chief of Kluane First Nation
    Reinventing self government under modern treaties
  • Ben Barrett-Forrest: Designer / Student
    The history of typography and why fonts matter
  • Chris Rider: Executive Director of BYTE Yukon
    Being a good online citizen
  • Janet Clarke: Librarian, Little Library owner
    Little Free Libraries: a community’s mini-agora
  • Boyd Benjamin: Musician
    The Flying Gwitch’in Fiddler

Diyet: Who am I kidding? I was born in a tent


How does one become comfortable with who they truly are when they’ve lived so many roles and played so many characters? A humorous examination of Diyet through her many “Re-Inventions” on her journey to becoming the artist that she is today. My talk will examine how we can use “re-invention” to avoid living our dreams because we have to confront the things that we fear the most.

Bio: Born in a tent, raised in a cabin, classically trained in opera, songwriter, First Nation politician, administrator and now a touring musician. This sub-Arctic-Southern Tutchone-Japanese-Tlingit-Scottish-Yukoner is your typical Canadian (the result of a long cold winter)!  Diyet’ music is like her life, a mix of this and that but deeply rooted in the values of a traditional northern life. When You Were King, Diyet’s sophomore album is a moody contemplation of time and place, individual and society. With melodies that stick and bold instrumentation; it makes you want to sing out loud yet at the same time turn inwards and reflect.  When You Were King has message, meaning and like Diyet has healthy dose of cheekiness. In concert, Diyet engages audiences in an intimate and uplifting experience as she invites them into a soundscape of rhythm, melody and storytelling. Her warm and resonant voice conveys the emotion and passion of the happy and heartbreaking things that happen in her world. At the end of the day Diyet is an optimist and her music leaves listeners with a sense of hope and possibility.


Boyd Benjamin: The Flying Gwitch’in Fiddler


Bio: Boyd Benjamin came to his instrument naturally, as fiddling runs deep in his family. After discovering the fiddle at the age of 14, Boyd has never looked back as he honed both his fiddling skills and obtained both his pilot and helicopter licenses. He pursued these life dreams achieving a special youth award at the 2008 national aboriginal achievement awards. He went on to play at the 2010 Vancouver Cultural Olympiad and he and fellow player Kevin Barr continue to be in high demand playing festivals and performances all over the north.

Shawn Ryan: The second gold rush - A prospector’s perspective


In a few short years the Yukon went from less than $7 million in mineral exploration in 2002 to more than $300 million in 2011. The 2010/11 season saw over 120 junior mining companies come up to the Yukon and stake over 200,000 claims, a true staking rush that Canada hasn’t seen since the discovery of diamonds in the NWT 20 years earlier. How did modern technology and the pursuit of an idea help a “traditional prospector” in Dawson City spark this second gold rush in the Yukon?

Bio: Shawn grew up in Timmins Ontario and began his career in exploration in the early 80’s working with Kidd Creek Mine’s geophysics team. He worked in the exploration industry for the next 8 years. Shawn moved to the Yukon in 1990 to collect wild mushroom and settle in Dawson City. In 1996 he decided to try his luck as a Prospector. He focused his prospecting in the Dawson District looking for the sources of all the alluvial gold. His research led to perfecting soil sampling techniques that led him to mapping out many new gold discoveries. He has been honoured with the Yukon Chamber of Mines Prospector of the Year in 1998 for the Horn, a high grade gold skarn discovery in the Tombstone Mountains north of Dawson City, and jointly with his wife, Cathy Wood, with RyanWood Exploration in 2009 for initiating what is now called “The Yukon Second Gold Rush”. Shawn received the Spud Huestis Award for excellence in prospecting and mineral exploration from AME BC in 2010 for the White Gold Discovery. In 2011 Shawn was also honoured with the Bill Dennis, Prospector of the Year Award by the PDAC for prospecting success with a Canadian discovery on the White and Coffee Projects.

Chris Rider: Guiding youth in a connected world


What does it mean to grow up in a world of 24 hour connectivity? How is the internet changing childhood? What is “digital citizenship” and what’s the deal with “cyber bullying”? This talk by BYTE’s Executive Director, Chris Rider, will explore these questions and some of the answers may surprise you!

Bio: Chris Rider is the Executive Director of Whitehorse based youth charity, BYTE. An Australian native, he has a Masters Degree in Commerce (International Business) from Swinburne University in Melbourne and has worked in non-profit management since 2008. Chris has a passion for the environment and developing equity. He feels incredibly privileged to work for such an amazing organization.