About TEDxWhite Rock


The Team


Jamie MacDonald

• Organizer Lead

Jamie is a visionary professional who fully commits to developing and promoting a worthwhile vision of the future. He builds teams to defy expectations.

Jamie began a 13-year career in the financial services industry where he was a major contributor to new, highly innovative services. He spent the next 12 years as a consultant and trainer. His passion is helping people achieve at a higher level.

Jamie currently serves as the Community Liaison at Peace Portal Seniors Village, a Retirement Concepts residential care community.

Jamie is a two time British Columbia champion for Toastmasters international.  He finished as one of nine finalists in the World World Championships in 2010.


Alan Warburton

• Curator

Alan Warburton is a retired school principal. Since his retirement, he has been very active in Toastmasters and has represented District 21 (Toastmaster clubs in BC) at the semi-finals of the World Championships of Public Speaking on two occasions, in 2009 and 2013.

Alan is delighted to be the Curator for TEDxWhite Rock as it provides him with the opportunity of connecting with so many bright, insightful, dynamic people who want to share their “idea worth spreading” at our inaugural TEDxWhite Rock event.

Alan is working with a dedicated Selection Committee who are committed to ensuring that TEDxWhite Rock has an outstanding line up of speakers for the big event on May 31, 2018!




Gary Drouillard

• Co-Organizer

Gary enjoyed a 30-year career working for major telecom companies in Canada and the United States in roles involving installation, computer programming, and marketing. His greatest professional achievement was pioneering a 10-year mission to make it possible for Canadians to use their cellphones around the world. Now he’s reveling in a post-career afterlife living with his wife in South Surrey, BC.

He’s the father of two grown daughters and soon to be a grandfather for the first time. He keeps busy serving in various volunteer roles at a Food Bank, Toastmasters clubs and within his strata.

Ron Newell

• Event Manager

Ron is a Distinguished Toastmaster and currently is on the Executive of 2 clubs, a member of Professional Edge Toastmasters and past member of the Toastmasters District 21 Leadership Team.

He recently retired from a long and successful career with Sysco Food Distribution where he held various leadership roles and was an 11-time recipient of the prestigious Pacesetter Award for top Sales Management performance.

Ron is a dedicated husband, father of 3 and “Papa” to 5 beautiful grandchildren.   He also sits on the Board of 2 non-profit organizations and works with select business owners to uncover their potential.

He feels privileged to be part of the leadership team of TEDx White Rock, having the opportunity to develop and support the speech participants, organizing the venue and is looking forward to the big day on May 31 2018

Trevor Marples

• Communications Director

Trevor is the founder of event video production company Leaders Media, where he empowers Vancouver’s speakers, authors, and coaches to amplify their message to the world.

His 7 years studying the craft of public speaking has given him a unique set of tools to assist professional speakers and trainers to capture their message in a succinct and powerful way. Trevor and his team specialize in filming live events, crafting keynote speaker reels, and producing marketing content for the experts industry.

Bob Milliken

• Website Manager

Bob is a Toastmaster and is on the Executive of 2 clubs; Early Edition and Spontaneous Speakers.

He recently retired from a long and successful career as the owner of Cascadia Systems Group, an IT consulting firm specializing in Cloud Computing. In retirement, he has turned to other ventures in the IT world by sharing his expertise and helping companies to excel in their business. Bob is also an Author and regularly appears in several publications in the lower mainland.

Bob considers it an honour to be part of the TEDxWhite Rock team and having a say in the success of the venture.

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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