Ziya tong

Speaker, Celebrity


Ziya Tong

Co-Host, The Daily Planet, Discovery Channel

Award-winning host Ziya Tong shares her love for wonder, science, and technology, every day as the co-host of Daily Planet, Discovery Canada’s flagship science program. Bringing a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the stage, Ziya speaks on leadership, on how to shift perspective, and the role of science and technology in society in her riveting and eye-opening talks.

Before co-hosting Daily Planet, Ziya served as host and field producer for PBS’ national prime-time series, Wired Science, produced in conjunction with Wired magazine. In Canada, Ziya hosted the CBC’s Emmy-nominated series ZeD, a pioneer of open source television, for which she received a Gemini Viewer’s Choice Award nomination. Ziya also served as host, writer, and director for the Canadian science series The Leading Edge, and as a correspondent for NOVA scienceNOW alongside Neil deGrasse Tyson on PBS.

In New York, Ziya served as a senior producer for Orientation.com, a global internet news portal for developing countries partnered with the BBC and UNDP. In 2003, Ziya launched the Ethical Media Division for Cowie and Fox Creative, one of Vancouver’s leading interactive agencies, to promote green branding for non-profit and environmental groups. A strong supporter of public broadcasting, Ziya also participates in Media that Matters, a conference that promotes social change and media activism.

Ziya received her Masters Degree in communications from McGill University, where she graduated on the Dean’s Honour List. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the World Wildlife Fund and is the founder of Black Sheep.


Shifting Perspective

What does science say about our perception of reality? You’ve heard the old saying that a fish doesn’t know that it’s swimming in water, but are we also unaware of the dimensions we inhabit? When it comes to our worldview, Ziya presents a case to suggest that our modern ideas about time, space, the environment, and even our place within the universe, are fundamental constructions that can be seen completely anew with a shift in perspective.

The Sixth Great Extinction

Since the time of the dinosaurs, we have not witnessed such a dramatic loss of species. It is the single greatest environmental catastrophe that we face today. Ziya argues that our human appetite is largely responsible. From bush meat, to caviar, and from shark fin soup to tuna sandwiches, we take a culinary and scientific tour of the wide array of animals that are being eaten to extinction. We are the apex predators of this food chain, but what will happen when our food is gone?

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