As Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver, Riaz Meghji wakes up the city every morning with humour and style. On the show and in his life, he has learned that a candid conversation can carry a profound effect—the inspiration behind his talks and his mantra (and web series), “Every Conversation Counts.” A seasoned media and stage professional, he is also an excellent and highly sought-after Master of Ceremonies and moderator.
Riaz Meghji is the Host of Breakfast Television Vancouver, covering topics in current affairs, arts and pop culture, philanthropy, entertainment, sports, and business. Before transitioning to television, Meghji worked in radio; and before joining BT, he was a host with MTV Canada, CTV News, Bell Media, and the Toronto International Film Festival. He has spoken at TEDxSFU and hosted TEDxVancouver.
Meghji is the co-founder of nonprofit 1Karma, which has supported Covenant House, Aga Khan Foundation, and the Canadian Cancer Society by fundraising and raising awareness. He is also the originator of Every Conversation Counts, a website that shares insights from leaders, celebrities, athletes and philanthropists all with one common thread—memorable conversations about success, purpose, and life-altering moments. Raised in Delta, British Columbia, Meghji attended Simon Fraser University and received a degree in finance.
“Riaz Meghji was a great keynote speaker at our Construction Conference. The impact of an inspirational keynote after a day of learning is exactly what our clients needed. When Riaz took the stage he asked the audience “what has been the most important conversation in your life?” and it grabbed their attention. Riaz had everyone thinking and laughing throughout his presentation and led to the group to an eventful evening of discussions. I would highly recommend Riaz to any organization in all sectors.”Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers
“This was our second consecutive year with Riaz Meghji as our host. Riaz did an incredible job working with the entire team to develop a concept and theme for the event. He also did a great job bringing together our underlying message as an organization and connecting the vision with his personal experiences in life. The audience's reaction to Riaz's interaction with various staff led to an amazing atmosphere. We look forward to having him join us again next year!”RBC Royal Bank
“Finding the right speaker is often hit and miss. From the moment Riaz and I spoke about him opening our conference in Cancun, Mexico, I knew we had the right person. Riaz took the time to understand our audience and the culture of our organization and tailored a presentation that was outstanding. Of the four speakers we invited, Riaz received the most favourable reviews. His message is crisp, and he took us through a roller-coaster of emotions—from laughter to tears, it was without question a memorable experience.”Mortgage Architects
“Best keynote I've experienced in a long time. Engaging, informative, thought provoking.”Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
“For the third time, Riaz hosted our annual leadership conference and he was just brilliant. His personal touch, sense of humour, and insight into what makes people successful was skillfully weaved throughout the entire day. Riaz was an outstanding addition to our conference.”Rogers Communications
“Riaz did an amazing job hosting our live Q&A. Not only does he deliver high quality work, he’s wonderful to be around, his energy is infectious!”Cactus Club Cafe
“Riaz Meghji truly embodies the characteristics of a perfect conversation. As a speaker he is articulate and eloquent. As a personality, electric and gravitating. He is the most positively received host we have ever hired.”TEDxVancouver
“Riaz showed us how every conversation counts towards what really matters in life: relationships. The people we connect with, the friendships we develop, and the conversations we have help to shape who we are. He has a wonderful way of weaving a combination of narratives, information, and personal stories into an engaging, humorous, and enlightening message. I heard from many delegates that Riaz's opening presentation set the tone for our conference. I know that everyone walked away inspired to pursue authentic and meaningful conversations as a source of encouragement and motivation to live happy and fulfilled lives.”Tourism Industry Association of BC
“Riaz captivated our audience from beginning to end. His warm personality and engaging delivery translated into a powerful connection with the attendees at our annual general meeting. He tailored his “Every Conversation Counts” presentation to our audience, delivering a compelling and inspiring message that resulted in a standing ovation. In short, we loved him!”Vancouver Island Real Estate Board
“Riaz did an absolutely amazing job. He is so accommodating, enthusiastic, and passionate about the event. He was once again very engaging. We couldn’t have asked for a better emcee. Every year, he exceeds our expectations.”Dairy Farmers of Canada
“Riaz is a lively and entertaining host and appropriately infuses humour to engage the audience. He truly helped make SFU's 50th Anniversary Kickoff celebration a grand experience. We're definitely proud to have him as one of our alumni!”Simon Fraser University
“Riaz was a fantastic speaker and really connected with our audience. Not only was he incredibly charming, but his stories and examples of important and life changing conversations he has had in his life were entertaining and presented with confidence, wit and class. His comments struck a chord with most of us working in the hospitality and meeting industry and reminded us that in an era where we are constantly communicating, but in broken, syncopated beats, it is important more than ever before to realize that people are seeking authentic conversations and that everyone has a story worth hearing. Everyone loved Riaz, so want to thank you once again for bringing him on board as our keynote speaker.”International Conference Services, Ltd.
“Riaz is super charming and just one of those guys that everyone likes and wants to be around. We heard nothing but positive feedback regarding his presentation. In fact, I haven’t heard that much positive feedback on any other speaker we’ve ever had at the awards night! So he definitely impressed our crowd with his relevant and engaging speech. As soon as he got there, he and his fiancée worked the room and chatted with everyone, and even made such an impression on one couple, that they volunteered to take them on a guided hike the next day! We really enjoyed having Riaz at our event, and I hope that he enjoyed his time in Fernie.”Fernie Chamber of Commerce
“I would highly recommend Riaz Meghji for your next speaker event. The presentation shared with our organization on “Every Conversation Counts” was inspirational and thought-provoking to our team. We appreciated Riaz’s sincerity and the engaging delivery of his presentation. Impactful!”The Foray Group
“Riaz did an outstanding job delivering the keynote at our summer networking event. He tailored his speech, Every Conversation Counts, perfectly to our audience and the theme of the evening. Our guests were impressed with his powerful delivery and his speech resonated with them.”Boughton Law Corporation
“Not only was Riaz Meghji a terrific speaker, he engaged the audience, demonstrated a warm and genuine connection with volunteers, staff, speakers, and guests. We were fortunate to have Riaz emcee our inaugural Gift of Love gala. Riaz’s tremendous support helped us reach our goal to increase awareness about Canuck Place and fundraise to support the operations as BC’s pediatric palliative care provider. We are thrilled Riaz shared his talents to make a difference for the children and families we care for.”Canuck Place
“Riaz Meghji captivated the audience from the start with his genuine personality and positive energy. His practical advice on making the most out of every conversation challenged listeners to really stop and think about how they connect with the person they are conversing with. Words are powerful; we can change conversations in a positive way. He was inspiring, engaging, and provided the perfect ending to our conference.”Local Government Management Association of BC
“Riaz did much more than entertain our notable young professional readers. He brought deep insights and thought leadership. His words resonated and stuck—he really nailed it.”NOTABLE.ca
“Riaz is a very engaging and inspiring speaker. He has a remarkable ability to captivate an audience, entertain them, and humor them while at the same time ensuring important messages and information are effectively communicated. He does all of this while demonstrating humility and an ability to relate to a diverse range of audiences.”Amica Mature Lifestyles
Every Conversation Counts How to Build Meaningful Connections
We need to build meaningful relationships to be successful and to build trust with those we work, live, and play with. In order to create solid relationships, we must to be willing to engage in meaningful conversations and have the tools to do so. In this talk, Riaz Meghji documents the memorable conversations that some of the world’s most fascinating figures have engaged in to achieve success and—more importantly—realize their true sense of purpose.
This presentation is a candid and far-ranging look at how creative conversations can help you reinvent yourself, re-energize your brand, and further develop your business. Audience members are reminded that the potential for game-changing conversations can occur at any given moment, and will be given tips on how to establish powerful relationships by making every conversation count.
Drawing from fifteen years of intimate conversations with established leaders, Meghji will teach audiences the three power questions to build meaningful relationships; one single strategy to transform surface conversations into unforgettable interactions; the secret to remembering names; how to tell stories that will leave a lasting impact on your audience; finally, the simple yet powerful principle to building trust in relationships.