TEDxVancouver names Riaz Meghji host of 2012 program
Breakfast Television personality to host city's largest TEDx event on October 21
VANCOUVER, Oct. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - TEDxVancouver is pleased to announce Riaz Meghji, co-host of Citytv's Breakfast Television Vancouver, as the official host of this year's program dubbed, "Confluence." On Sunday, October 21, 2012 at the Orpheum Theatre, Meghji will take this year's attendees behind the talks to expose and reveal who this year's speakers really are and how their ideas were shaped.
"I am a firm believer every conversation counts and it's exciting to be a part of a production with a dialogue that will enlighten and possibly change perspectives," said Riaz Meghji, 2012 host of TEDxVancouver. "This year's line-up of speakers is very impressive and I'm honoured to share the Orpheum's stage with them on October 21st."
Born and raised in Delta, BC, the always charming Meghji always had a love of educating and engaging audiences, starting in 2002 working in radio and TV, including Z953FM and MTV Canada after graduating from Simon Fraser University. Following several successful hosting stints in Canada's media epi-centre, Toronto with Sun TV, Bell Media and the Toronto International Film Festival, he returned to Vancouver in 2008 to wake up Vancouverites weekdays hosting Citytv's Breakfast Television.
Off camera, Meghji is a thriving philanthropist, serving as co-founder of 1Karma. He also supports many organizations, including the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. Additionally, he is writing his first book, travels and stays active with Crossfit, ball hockey and yoga.
HOW TO GET TICKETS TO THIS YEAR'S PROGRAM:
Since its inception in 2008, TEDxVancouver tickets have sold out. Tickets for Confluence are trending this way and are presently available. Interested attendees are invited to register to attend the October 21st event at www.tedxvancouver.com. The conference will be accompanied by a select offering of optional pre- and post-event activities, catering to diverse tastes and interests. A live webcast of the event will be available in high-quality video for free live viewing on the Internet.
TEDxVancouver is part of the TEDx family of events. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized meetings that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The event is called TEDxVancouver is, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Edinburgh, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to organize local, independent TED-like events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/registration
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