2012 Conference

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On February 25 and 26th, 2012, hundreds of critical thinkers, from inventors to philanthropists, will come together in Victoria, British Columbia for the third time to share their thoughts and engage each other in dialogue about ideas and their place in the world.

IdeaWave is a forum where critical thinkers are able to mix and mingle in a highly engaging environment.

Each day of the conference starts at 9am (registration starts at 8:30am on the 25th!) and consists of a series of ten minutes talks with frequent discussion breaks. Talks are designed to be a snapshot of the speaker’s idea and to open the door for discussion about the talk. There is no limit on subject matter and topics will range from business to cultural to lifestyle ideas. It will once again be hosted at the Ambrosia catering and event centre!

We will be posting talks to this page as they’re accepted, so check back regularly. Submit your idea!

Tickets are sold on a tier based system, the earlier you purchase your ticket for the week-end, the lower the price, so don’t delay. Register now!


Thanks to our venue sponsors!

  • Ambrosia Catering and Event Centre
  • Temple Events and Catering


Confirmed speakers so far:

30 Days of Fernet Branca: An experiment in healthy drinking
Janice Mansfield
Cities are People
Yuri Artibise
Citizen Science: opportunities and hazards in a patented world
Brian White
Creating an economically viable exercise program for people with Parkinson’s Disease
Karla Gallagher
CSA: The Acronym of our Time
Rhona McAdam
Diamagnetics, an almost unknown force that may be the keys to a new type of deep space drive
Jim Harrington
Do you say yes to the demon?
Helen Cook
Feminism, race, social media as a social movement
Janni Aragon
“Growing Young Farmers”™: An innovative answer to Food INsecurity!
Dave Friend
Hacking biology
Derek Jacoby
How borrowing can change everything
Reed Botwright
How to be an AND-man!
Dave Morris
If Fences Make Good Neighbours, Gates Create Great Communities
Nikki Tate-Stratton
Individualized Apps for Developmental Disabilities
Mitchell Temkin
Language lost? Culture lost.
Rob Jirucha
Low level external nuclear radiation can improve health
Ian Soutar
Marine Plants as Food
Nancy Laird
Mind Mapping --- Phantom Limbs & the Left Handed Centipede
Mark McLaughlin
Mindfulness 2.0
Mike Vardy
Moto Logistics: A New Approach to Development in Haiti
Greg Bennick
My language and culture are terminal - will the plug be pulled?
Bernard von Schulmann
Occupying Social Media
Lorraine 'raincoaster' Murphy
Practical ideas to make your new or existing home more energy efficient
Hermann Thoene
Student-Built Nano-Satellites
Nigel Syrotuck — Justin Curran
Student Politics: An Illusion of Power
Sebastien Guillemot
Students for the Exploration and Development of Space
Justin Curran — Kerry Lynch
Take me to your Makers!
Vanessa Pattison
Taking Tony Buzan’s Mind Mapping into the 21st century
Joshua Caldwell
Talking Tech, strictly PR
Ryan Levis
The 3 Vs of differentiation: for community, business and life
Janis La Couvée
The Emotional Revival
Genessa Krasnow
The Importance Of Stories
Kevin Koch
The Promise of Utility Grade Computing
Gregg Ferrie
The Reality of Mental Time Travel
Anthony Hamilton
Think like a designer
Natalia Delgado
Turquoise Battery Project - creating superior, economical batteries
Craig Carmichael
What else is possible?
Christine Yole
What I learned at Summify Before Twitter Swooped Down and Snatched-Up My Team
Robin Campbell
Writing a poem in 3 minutes or less
Dvora Levin


Our friends at Harbour Air and Westcoast Air are offering a 20% discount to everyone flying in who is pre-registered with the conference. Please note that all rates are subject to HST, fuel surcharge and a carbon offset fee. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions. In order to receive this special discounted rate, delegates must contact our Reservation Department directly by phone at 1.800.665.0212 or by e-mail at and quote the promotional code HAID2012.

Doors open at 638 Fisgard Ave at 8:30am both days (Feb 25 & 26th, 2012) for registration, the conference will start at 9:00am and run until 5:00pm with breaks throughout the day including lunch.

The initial schedule is posted below. Due note this schedule will change until late Friday night, as we’re still accepting speakers, so check back often:

Saturday 25th Sunday 26th
Morning Morning
Greg Bennick Karla Gallagher
Robin Campbell Nancy Laird
Craig Carmichael Nikki Tate-Stratton
Derek Jacoby Dave Morris
Dvora Levin Janni Aragon
Kevin Koch Reed Botwright
Brian White Hermann Thoene
Janice Mansfield Rhona McAdam
Helen Cook  
Afternoon Afternoon
Bernard von Schulmann Ryan Levis
Lorraine Murphy Dave Friend
Natalia Delgado Mike Vardy
Mark McLaughlin Nigel Syrotuck
Rob Jirucha  
Justin Curran Mitchell Temkin
Sebastien Guillemot Vanessa Pattison
Yuri Artibise Anthony Hamilton
Ian Soutar James Harrington