Dr. Malu Celli is a biologist who joined the Calgary Zoo to help transform their Animal Department. Her career spans almost 25 years, from researcher to filmmaker, animal trainer and zookeeper, across five continents. Passionate about wildlife and traveling, she traded the urban jungle of Sao Paulo, Brazil, where she was born, to the dwindling rainforests of Guinea, West Africa - where she saw firsthand the impact of education on species conservation.
Dr Celli earned a masters and doctorate in Science from Kyoto University, but chose to go beyond academia. To connect people with nature, she explored producing wildlife documentaries in Japan and Namibia, and dedicated the last 14 years to engaging zoo guests in the UK and now Canada. Today she is responsible for the welfare of gorillas, giraffes, penguins and 200 other animals, and collaborates with other professionals across the world to improve animal care and develop the role of zoos.
She is actively involved in supporting various conservation activities, including education and public awareness to the importance of wildlife conservation.
Bob McDonald is one of Canada’s best known science journalists, bringing science to the public for more than 40 years. In addition to hosting Quirks & Quarks, the award-winning science program that is heard by 500,000 people each week, McDonald is also science correspondent for CBC TV’s The National and host and writer of the children’s series Head’s Up.
Watch his TED presentation here.
Professor of Mathematics Education,
Author Mathematical Mindsets
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society
Richard Zurowski Meteorologist / Author
Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as "a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life's diversity." In recent years his work has taken him to East Africa, Borneo, Nepal, Peru, Polynesia, Tibet, Mali, Benin, Togo, New Guinea, Australia, Colombia, Vanuatu, Mongolia and the high Arctic of Nunuvut and Greenland.
Canadian adventure educator and speaker Geoff Green has been leading expeditions and adventures from Pole to Pole for the past two decades, and inspiring thousands around the world with his passion for the awe and wonder of Planet Earth
Social commentator and editorialist, the one and only Rex Murphy is a trusted face and voice across Canada on CBC TV and CBC Radio One, whose intellect and biting humour strike through the heart of the profound social and political issues. From politics to pop culture, he brings a unique and always controversial perspective to the news.