Here is the exciting line-up of speakers for this year’s TEDxBrentwood!

Speaker #1

Our 1st speaker - Scott Crr

Scott Carr

Belief Trumps Talent

Scott’s Topic – 5 Things You Need To Know Before 20

Scott Carr is a trainer, mentor, coach, and founder of Belief Trumps Talent (BTT).  He’s built athletic and academic programs in international schools throughout Asia and has pursued a passion to make learning as current and applicable to the ‘real world’ as is possible. As he raises his 6, 8 and 11 year old daughters ‘solo’, he looks to pioneer mindset education and philosophies to help both youth and parents achieve harmony in their relationships while reaching their true potential. Scott has inspired hundreds of students from over 30 nationalities to learn how to seek balance and perspective in their lives and to develop the mindsets that allow them to achieve their best possible results.

Speaker #2


Fischer Woodbridge

Grade 12 Brentwood Student

Fischer’s Topic – The Lost Art Of Exploration

Fischer Woodbridge was born a Canadian citizen in the city of Vancouver in beautiful British Columbia. He moved to the Napa Valley at a young age where his father fulfilled his dream of becoming a winemaker. Since then Fischer has acquired a very keen interest in business and entrepreneurship. He has a wide range of hobbies that such as playing the piano, writing poetry, rugby, writing theories, public speaking, cooking, and shark conservation. Fischer believes there are 3 quotes to live by in order to achieve success and enrich yourself within your lifetime. “never, never, never give up”- Winston Churchill. “ Its okay to fail”- Arnold Schwarzenegger. “Pursue the unknown”- Anonymous

Speaker #3


Michelle MacLaren

Director, Producer, Brentwood Alumna

Michelle MacLaren started as a production assistant working her way up through locations, assistant directing, and production managing to Producing and Directing. Michelle has produced 11 made for television movies, becoming an Executive Producer when she co-wrote the CBS movie “Music from the Heart”. Michelle has been an Executive Producer and Co-Executive Producer in series television on such shows as, Breaking Bad, The X-Files, Harsh Realm, and the “Night Stalker” pilot.

While Executive Producing Breaking Bad, Michelle directed 11 episodes of the Emmy winning series. Michelle began directing on the X-Files and has directed shows for NBC, CBS, FOX, ABC, TNT, Starz as well as multiple episodes of AMC’s The Walking Dead, HBO’s Game of Thrones and an episode of HBO’s The Leftovers.

As one of the Executive Producers on Breaking Bad, Michelle has been awarded two Emmys, a Golden Globe, a PGA award as well as several other nominations including two nominations for Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series.

Speaker #4

Andrew Higginson

Andrew Higginson

President, Higginson Consulting Ltd., Brentwood Alumnus

Andrew’s Topic – Ask Why?

A Mill Bay local and Brentwood College graduate, Andrew is proud to call the Cowichan Valley home to his team of engineers at Higginson Consulting Ltd. His passion for working on fun, innovative, and unique projects is highlighted by daring ziplines, towering indoor climbing walls and unique custom homes within the company’s portfolio, showcased by work on Canada’s longest zipline in Whistler, BC. Outside of the office, Andrew is an active member of the South Cowichan Rotary Club and a director and rescue technician for the Cowichan Search and Rescue Society. His business acumen, coupled with his commitment to the community, has earned him an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow from the South Cowichan Rotary Club in 2011, a spot on the 2012 list of Vancouver Island’s Top 20 under 40, and a Business Achievement award from the Chamber of Commerce in 2013.

Speaker #5

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Michelle Atterby

Director and Founder of Spirit Gate Farm

Michelle’s Topic – Equine Leadership

Michelle Atterby is founder and director of Spirit Gate Farms in the Cowichan Valley. A lifelong horsewoman, her coaching and group work are on the forefront of Equine Facilitated Leadership Development.

Michelle was a top-ranking national level athlete with ten years in the fitness and health industry, hosting a weekly fitness segment for CHECK news and fitness coach for  the  DND. She has a four-year diploma in Energy Medicine & Somatic Therapy and a four-year diploma in Traditional Chinese Medicine. She has been practicing and teaching  meditation for the past fifteen years. Her background with horses includes extensive training in Equine Experiential Learning, Natural Horsemanship and equine psychology.

Michelle is deeply inspired by the pure beauty and sensuality of nature and last year relocated Spirit Gate Farm from Victoria to fifty-five acres in the Cowichan Valley, with her herd of thirteen horses. The farm is developing a permaculture orientation with organic sustainable farming practices.

Spirit Gate Farms’ Equine Facilitated Leadership Development clients include: Royal Roads University, Brentwood College, St. Michael’s University School, Camosun College, Microsoft, B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development Vancouver Island Health Authority plus countless transformed individuals.

Speaker #6 


Maia Hoeberechts

Ocean Networks Canada

Maia’s Topic – Cabled Ocean Observatories: Transforming Ocean Science for Everyone

Maia Hoeberechts is a member of the Ocean Networks Canada science team based at the University of Victoria. In her role as Associate Director, User Services, she manages the Data, User Access and Learning & Engagement teams, the groups responsible for creating products and services which meet the needs of the scientific and broader user community. Maia joined Ocean Networks Canada in 2010 as the Staff Scientist for Computer Science and Engineering, a role which she held for three years before assuming her current position in October, 2013. She continues her research involvement as Adjunct Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Victoria focusing on interdisciplinary connections between ocean science and computer science, principally in the areas of computer vision, automated event detection and data visualization.

Before joining Ocean Networks Canada, Maia worked as the project manager on an interdisciplinary research project at Western University to develop and market an emotionally adaptive computer music composition engine. She is passionate about science outreach and has been involved in a variety of outreach programs targeted at researchers, students, children and members of the general public. She helped establish the London, Ontario chapter of the IBM Women in Technology program and served as its leader for 3 years. In 2009, she received the Western Faculty of Science Outreach and Recruitment Award.

Maia holds a PhD in Computer Science in the area of computability theory and a BSc in Philosophy and Computer Science from Western University. Her doctoral research focused on the interface between theory and practice in computer science.

Speaker #7


Brent Barootes

President and CEO Partnership Group – Sponsorship Specialists™, Brentwood Alumnus

Brent’s Topic – Work Life Integration

A Brentwood alumnus, Brent Barootes has had a series of careers that require fast pace, odd hours and constant multi tasking. In addition to his work he has been an avid volunteer and community benefactor since the University. His career took him into sponsorship marketing where he worked for such organizations as the Montreal Canadiens farm team in Fredericton, New Brunswick on the broadcast side and marketing, then to the Calgary Flames and Ottawa Senators radio broadcasts designing, selling and implementing corporate sponsorship programs. From the pro sport world Brent moved into both the non-profit industry at the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation overseeing fund development and corporate sponsorship. In 2001, Brent launched his own company, now a leading national sponsorship marketing agency in Canada

Brent works to “balance” his work and family while volunteering for over 20 hours a week with his daughter’s Cub pack, her hockey team, dedicates community service through Rotary all in Calgary and also sits on two non profit boards in BC. This is all in addition to over 150 travel nights for business a year and 25-35 public speaking engagements per year. He has concluded he cannot make his work and life “balance”, so he integrates the two and will tell you all about that in his TEDxBrentwood Talk.

Speaker #8


Garey Gan

Brentwood Grade 12 Student

Garey’s Topic – The Race To Adulthood

Garey Gan is a grade 12 from Brentwood College School, originally from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He is a very friendly person who is always happy to meet new people and make new friends. Ever since Garey was young, his teachers would always comment on his genuine nature to seek understanding and reflect “why”. With this, he combines his love for public speaking to propose ideas he believes are worth sharing. To see others grow from something he has done is a reward that truly brings him happiness.

Speaker #9


Gord Macdonald

Conservator, Master Carpenter

Gord’s Topic – Shift

Gord is a master carpenter and building conservator with more than 30 years’ experience working with historic timber building. He has led his carpentry teams through a range of interesting and award-winning projects from the restoration of medieval castles to the re-creation of a 30-ton Roman war machine for BBC Television. God has worked at many diverse locations including the equatorial jungles of Suriname and the Ross Sea area of Antarctica. He is an instructor with the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria where he teaches practical building conservation. Gord is the CEO of Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing, and he also serves as a director with Heritage BC. He lives in Cowichan Valley with his wife and daughter.

Speaker #10


Lesley Hayes

CEO NoDrama Media Inc.

Lesley’s Topic – Transforming Transformational Leadership

Entrepreneur, academic, wife and mom.  I have founded, built, sold and been challenged by businesses since I was 25.  Trained as a graphic designer, recently completing an MBA and working away on a PHD in Entrepreneurship.  I am passionately exploring Leadership, in theory and in real life.  I serve on the boards of a few public companies, love our small business in Costa Rica, am the Global Chair of the Leadership Committee for Entrepreneur’s Organization and volunteer in my local community.  I am halfway through my journey to learn, love and laugh with amazing people from all over the planet, swapping stories and experiences to learn and grow.

Speaker #11


Daniel Riley

Alumni, Veteran, Athlete, Brentwood Alumnus

Daniel’s Topic – Life Happens

A US Marine and veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts. On December 16, 2010 after stepping on an IED, Daniel sustained injuries resulting in the amputations of both legs above the knee, and part of his left hand. Since then he has been actively involved in sports and recreational therapy. Whether it be out surfing, biking, or skiing: he is trying to enjoy retirement and a life without limits. Living in Edwards, Colorado, Daniel currently serves on the board of directors for the Vail Veterans Program, and has been awarded the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, and Good Conduct Medal.