Did you know that TEDxYYC is entirely powered by the creative energy of volunteers? That’s right! An event like TEDxYYC only comes together with the support of many talented people, with diverse backgrounds and skills.

The combined experience of our team and the grassroots approach to collaboration are what make TEDxYYC so impactful! We know the diversity of talent of our team is a huge asset, giving us the ability to create a memorable event year after year.

Board of Directors

Shandra Carlson, Chair
Lisette Marion,
Kurt Archer, Licensee
Jared Mardian, Treasurer
Kaylee Somerville, Secretary
Philip Calvert, Member

TEDxYYC Organizing Committee


Jason Mehmel, Head of Curation
Teale Masrani, Operations Manager
Keeta Gladue
Harpreet Dayal
Iam Coulter
Kurt Archer

Speaker Coaches

Iam Coulter, Speaker Coach Lead
Patricia Morgan
Jason Mehmel
Barb Higgins
Jilliane Yawney
Philip Calvert
Teale Masrani
Richard Harrison
Kurt Archer


Mike Skwara, Production Lead
Syed (Omair) Hyder


Kelly Schuler, Co-Head of Partnerships
Karen Sidhu, Co-Head of Partnerships
Mitzi Godberson, Partnerships Coordinator
Marcus Latansa, Partnerships Coordinator

Marketing & Communications

Paige Greenhough, Marketing & Communications Co-Director
Linda Luu, Marketing & Communications Co-Director
Li Kang, Marketing Coordinator
Alysson Torres-Gillet, Social Media Lead
Maribelle Sawma, Social Media Coordinator
Mariangel Ramirez, Website Specialist
Riya Dalal, Website Specialist
Nada Demasy, Digital Analyst
Hannah Benner, Email Marketing Specialist
Andrew Guilbert, Writing & Communications
Kelly Schuler, Writing & Communications
Freshia Corpus, Content Writer
Sidney Ritz, Content Writer
Simone Pabreza, Public Relations Coordinator
Dhuha Nader, Podcast Coordinator

Creative Team

Tania Castillo-Pelayo, Head Graphic Designer
Emily Epp, Graphic Designer
Vivian Lee, Graphic Designer
Syed (Omair) Hyder, Video & Animation
Mike Skwara, Stage Design

Experience & Guest Services Team

Marla Kimball, Experience Team Co-Lead
Parisa Rahimian, Experience Team Co-Lead, Guest Services Lead
Stanton Thai, Student Experience Coordinator
Sodaba Niazi, Student Experience Lead
Bahara Niazi, Volunteer Coordinator
Sebastian Lepe – Promotions Coordinator
Jodi Funk – Alumni Coordinator
Rosa Cai – Merchandise Coordinator
Lyka Cantilero – Ticketing Coordinator
Deanna Boyden – Activations Coordinator
Avani Luhar – Virtual Experience Coordinator
Jesse Arndt – Virtual Experience Coordinator
Marjory Aquilar Villavicencio – Virtual Experience Coordinator
Harold Velasquez – Virtual Experience Coordinator




This year’s committee is made up of teams that direct and execute everything needed to pull off an event of this magnitude: curation, experience, marketing and communications, partnerships and guest services, speaker logistics, speaker coaches, creative and design, finance, artist-in-residence program, front of house, ticketing, web design, motion design, event day, production, student experience, and yes, even the volunteers need coordinating! It’s an exhaustive list but allows us to ensure we manage every area carefully.

Our committee members, partners, presenters, performers, and event day volunteers join forces to bring this event to life.

Without the passion, energy, and drive of everyone involved, TEDxYYC could never be what it is today – Calgary’s largest and most well-attended independently organized TED event.