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Event Agenda

Doors Open – 9:00 a.m.

Opening Ceremony – 9:05 a.m.

Opening Remarks – Curator/Senior Team – 9:15 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.

TEDx Talk # 1 - 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Creating the Future We Want by Steve Kenzie, Executive Director - UN GCN UK

In our daily lives, it's easy to get caught up in the immediate, focusing on the next weekend rather than the decades ahead. But this short-term approach might not lead us to the future we truly desire. In the 21st century, our world faces monumental challenges, and ignoring them now could lead to catastrophic outcomes. Back in 2015, leaders from across the globe came together to craft a plan aimed at guiding us toward the future we truly want by 2030. This plan is embodied by the UN Sustainable Development Goals, which serve as a blueprint for a world where all individuals can flourish while preserving the health of our planet. In this compelling TEDx talk, we'll explore this blueprint, illuminating the path to a better future and, hopefully, inspiring you to play your part in bringing it to life. Together, we can shape a world where humanity thrives in harmony with our environment, ensuring a brighter and more promising future for all.

TEDx Talk # 2 - 11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Embracing The Fullness of Life’s Journey by Joan Kelley Walker - Philanthropist and Entrepreneur - Ambassador of World Vision Canada

"Embracing the Fullness of Life's Journey: Shifting Perspectives and Attitudes on Aging,"  relates to the “Futurity - Embracing the Power of Tomorrow”  by offering a new perspective on how to measure time.   Attendees will embark on an exploration of the concept of aging that challenges preconceived notions and redefines the narrative of growing older in today’s world.   

Audience members will discover how to discard the limiting stereotypes and societal pressures associated with aging, and instead celebrate the richness and wisdom that come with the passage of time. Through inspiring stories, practical tips, and thought-provoking insights, the talk encourages a more inclusive and accepting view of aging.

As we navigate the various chapters of our lives this talk empowers individuals to unlock the potential of their later years viewing aging as a gateway to new experiences, personal growth and a deeper appreciation of the present. By the end of this talk attendees will leave with a renewed sense of optimism and enthusiasm for the unique journey that aging offers.

TEDx Talk # 3 - 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Mastering your Digital Destiny: The Power of Data Sovereignty by Craig McLellan, Founder and CEO - ThinkOn

Craig’s talk, in line with our theme “Futurity – Embracing the Power of Tomorrow,” centres around the importance of Data Sovereignty. In his talk, Craig highlights the role Data Sovereignty plays in empowering local communities, companies & governments to control their digital destinies. In a world where data fuels innovation, commerce, and security, Data Sovereignty has never been more crucial. This talk will delve into how it impacts privacy, cybersecurity, and even geopolitical stability, ultimately shedding light on how Data Sovereignty is a driving force in shaping a more just, equitable and secure digital future for us all.