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Pooja Handa

Award-Winning Broadcaster and Event Host

Pooja Handa

The co-host of CHFI’s hit radio show, The Pooja and Gurdeep Show, Pooja Handa is one of the friendliest voices and faces in Canadian media. She is the former host of CP24 Breakfast and a regular on such popular programs as Breakfast Television, Cityline, CTV’s The Social, and The Marilyn Denis Show. An engaging and experienced host and keynote speaker, Handa knows how to capture the eyes, ears, and hearts of her audience.

Handa began her career in television as a traffic reporter and entertainment host for Global Morning News in Toronto in 2003. She joined CP24 as an anchor and host of CP24 Breakfast in 2008, where she helped it become the number one morning show in Toronto. Throughout her decades-long career, she has had the opportunity to cover some of Toronto’s biggest news stories and events, including hosting broadcasts for the annual Pride Parade and the Caribbean Carnival Grand Parade, as well as reporting live from the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Handa holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s Studies from York University and a diploma in broadcast journalism from Seneca College. As a second generation South Asian Canadian, Handa is very active in her community. She has worked with several charities and continues to mentor young women in their career paths.

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Presentations listed below include in-person and virtual keynotes, as well as workshops, fireside chats, and other presentation formats.

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  • Pooja organized and hosted an online sales launch for one of our buildings recently. She was a pleasure to work with; always prepared, engaging, and funny. She presented very well and the audience loved her. Her experience in the industry helped us shape the appropriate script and itinerary for the engagement. Our event was a great success, and we look forward to working with Pooja again soon.

  • I had the pleasure of working with Pooja on a panel event in November 2022 at American Express as apart of our DEI Diversity Days speaker event. Pooja was extremely well prepared, interactive, engaging, and was an immediate favourite of the hundreds of American Express attendees both in person and virtual.

    The one thing that stood out to me the most about Pooja, was her ability to be authentic and relate to the people in attendance, and that is a big reason why our Bluebox network still talks about her today as one of the best panelists we have ever had. I would without a doubt, recommend Pooja for any speaking opportunity.

  • Pooja joined us to co-host a special event at our Brampton plasma donor centre. The event was organized to bring the community together to learn more about the lifesaving impact of plasma donation on patients in Brampton and across Canada. Pooja helped make the event enjoyable and inspiring for all involved. She was well-prepared and enthusiastically engaged with donors, staff, volunteers, and supporters of Canada’s Lifeline. We’re grateful to Pooja for taking on this instrumental role and making our event a success.

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