Past Markham Event: VOL 16

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VOL 16

September 29, 2017
@ Markham Village Library

Connect with Markham’s creative communities at PechaKucha Markham! We know what you’re asking: What is a PechaKucha? PechaKucha (the Japanese word for chit-chat) is not your typical slide show: presenters share their ideas in 20 slides x 20 seconds each, no exceptions.

The Markham Public Library and the Varley Art Gallery have partnered to host Markham’s PechaKucha nights, featuring artists, thinkers and innovators from Markham and beyond. The event is the official launch to Culture Days in Markham and a celebration for Markham Reads

Culture Days is a non-profit organization that raises the awareness, accessibility, and engagement of Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities. 

Markham Reads is an annual celebration that gets everyone in Markham reading (and discussing!) the same book. Pick up your copy (announced September 1st) and join us for some amazing workshops and events throughout October. 

Tickets available Sept. 1 at and will sell out fast!

Admission is Pay What You Want so please give generously. $1 from each attendee's donation is contributed towards the Global PechaKucha Night fund to support the over 900 cities holding these events around the world. 

Grab a glass of beer or wine (cash bar), and enjoy complimentary appetizers and music. Stick around for the Post-PK party for more meeting and mingling!

Refreshments provided by:

Smash Kitchen and Bar

Mr. Black Coffee, Your Coffee Butler

The Cupcake Line

Contributing Sponsors:

Regional Councillor Nirmala Armstrong



Supporting Sponsors:

Bansal & Giga - Chartered Professional Accountants


Community Partners: 

Design by mad Studios

Photography by JiaJia Kong Photography

Communications support by Business & Office Centro

Live music and DJ by Creativity through Arts youth council.

Speaker Boxing presented by Speakerbox and York Region Arts Council

Creative production by Makerwiz



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Loving a Writer (and some cats)

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 29, 2017

Rebecca Rosenblum is the author of two short story collections. Mark Sampson has published five books. Can two creative people live under the same roof? Mark  and Rosenblum talk about marriage, writing, and cats.

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Turning Challenge into Opportunity

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 29, 2017

Karen Leckie is a corporate trainer, agent of change, and breakthrough coach. Karen facilitates workshops and training on leadership development, coaching, employee engagement and organization development and is a best-selling author of books. She shares how you can change your mindset on life’s difficulties and obstacles, and learn how to turn any loss into gain!

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@ VOL 16 ON SEP 29, 2017

Chris Cluff is fascinated to distraction, often. This superpower leads him to really interesting opportunities. Storytelling has become his go-to tool to connect the diverse array of people, places, and lessons he encounters in life and the classroom, and feels like education is 'tuned-up' by celebrating the single stories of all learners. 

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Anyone Can be a Speaker

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 29, 2017

A former creative director, actor & comedian, Nick Kindler has coached hundreds of speakers at TEDxToronto and Singularity and dozens of Fortune 500 companies. He is the Co-Founder, a Speaker, and Executive Speaker Coach at Talk Boutique and thinks anyone has it in them to be a speaker. 

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Make Me Laugh, Grownup!

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 29, 2017

Naseem Hrab loves to write funny things for children and adults. Her comedy writing has appeared on McSweeney's Internet Tendency and The Rumpus and she is the author of the picture book Ira Crumb Makes a Pretty Good Friend. Everyone thinks kids' books need to teach lessons, but that's not why adults read novels. Why do we think kids are any different? 

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Towards Reconciliation via Innovation: Markham's Partnership with Eabametoong First Nation

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 29, 2017

Asare Kester-Akrofi works for the City of providing strategic support to the executive leadership team and senior staff. He shares his personal experience of his voyage to Eabametoong First Nation and the significance of Markham's partnership, which he helps to manage.

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Be Bretter

@ VOL 16 ON SEP 29, 2017

Bretter is a 20-something year old slop tart that made a bunch of bad decisions that got him kicked out of university. Fortunately for him, it's because of those bad decisions that he now gets to do what he loves - talk to people!  He talks about how The Power of Positive Decision - How simply choosing to #dobetter and #bebretter can affect positive change in your life.

Chris Cluff
Educator in Newmarket
Naseem Hrab
Writer, Kids Can Press
Karen Leckie
Organization Development Consultant
Asare Kester-Akrofi
Executive Coordinator, City of Markham
Nick Kindler
Partner/Speaker/Executive Speaker Coach, Talk Boutique
Brett Bartlett
Cruise Director, Be Bretter