Setting the Stage for Life's Greatest Lessons

    Ontario schools set out to prove that their "Profs deserve Props" as
    nominations begin for TVO's Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition IV

    TORONTO, Sept. 8 /CNW/ - Everyone remembers the "one" - the teacher who
changed their whole way of thinking; the educator who stood out as the most
inspirational teacher they'd ever had; the mentor so motivating, so
enthusiastic, so engaging that the whole class would sit up and take notice -
that one lecturer who instilled a sense of school pride and accomplishment.
    Beginning this September, TVO wants to hear about it! Once again, TVO is
asking students and alumni from Ontario's post-secondary schools to take part
in the Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition and make their school proud.
Sponsored by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex, nominations for the Best Lecturer
Competition will be accepted from September 8 through to October 12, 2008. Big
Ideas is TVO's popular televised lecture series, offering lectures on a
variety of thought-provoking topics which range across politics, culture,
economics, art history and science.
    Created to recognize the best and brightest lecturers at Ontario's
colleges and universities, the Best Lecturer Competition invites Ontarians to
nominate professors whose love of learning has helped to stimulate
imaginations, open eyes and push boundaries in institutions of higher learning
across the province.
    "We at TVO abide by the belief that knowledge matters greatly. At times
of rapid and often unsettling change, the role of compelling teachers cannot
be underestimated", says Big Ideas producer Wodek Szemberg. "For the past
three years, the success of the Best Lecturer Competition series has
demonstrated that our viewers are truly engaged with this competition, and
feel the need to recognize and reward the lecturers who display their love of
knowledge and the pleasure they take in conveying it."
    To spur on some friendly competition between university and college
campuses, TVO has upped the ante, offering not only much deserved recognition
and bragging rights to the winner, but also presenting a $10,000 TD Insurance
Meloche Monnex scholarship to the winning school. As an added incentive to
support one's school, nominators will automatically be entered into a contest
to win one of 2 iPod touch devices.
    Students and alumni can nominate in one of two ways: by emailing with the subject line "BL 2009 Nomination" and including in the
body the full name of the professor, the University/College and department
where they teach, a short description (between 50 and 100 words) detailing the
reason(s) a professor should be nominated as Best Lecturer, and the full name,
email, address and telephone number of the person submitting the nomination.
    Secondly, participants can nominate through his or her mobile device by
texting PROF to 333111. After submitting the nomination form, a TVO producer
may respond by email for more details.
    Last year, Professor Christopher diCarlo took home the title of Ontario's
Best Lecturer, garnering the $10,000 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex scholarship
for the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa.
    This year, a panel of judges will choose 10 finalists from the nominee
list who will then be invited to deliver complete lectures on Big Ideas
beginning Feb. 28th 2009. Viewers will be invited to grade each of the
finalists and cast their vote for Ontario's next Best Lecturer.
    For complete entry details, please visit

    About TVO

    TVO is Ontario's public educational media organization and a trusted
source of interactive educational content that informs, inspires and
stimulates curiosity. TVO is committed to supporting citizen engagement in
Ontario: by helping children be successful learners, partnering with parents
in their children's education and encouraging people of all ages to become
active participants in the important issues of our time.

    About TD Insurance Meloche Monnex

    TD Insurance Meloche Monnex is proud to be the presenting sponsor for the
fourth edition of TVO's Big Ideas Best Lecturer Competition. For over 55
years, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex has been a dedicated supporter of Ontario
university alumni, providing high-quality home and auto insurance to its

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