Award-winning host Ziya Tong has been sharing her passion for science, nature and technology for almost two decades. Best known as the co-host of Daily Planet, Discovery Canada’s flagship science program, she brings a wealth of knowledge, experience, and enthusiasm to the stage. Tong speaks on leadership, 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, Tong served as host and field producer for PBS’ national primetime series, Wired Science, produced in conjunction with Wired magazine. In Canada, Tong hosted CBC’s Emmy-nominated series ZeD, a pioneer of open source television, for which she was nominated for a Gemini Viewer’s Choice Award. Tong 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 May 2019, Tong released her bestselling book The Reality Bubble. Called “ground-breaking” and “wonder-filled”, the book has been compared to The Matrix. It takes readers on a journey through the hidden things that shape our lives in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways. It was shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize and won the Lane Anderson Award for best science writing in 2020. Tong also participated in and won CBC Canada Reads in 2019 for defending Max Eisen’s holocaust memoir.
Tong is currently filming a feature documentary called Plastic People, which explores microplastics and their impact on human health. She also serves on the board of WWF International and previously served as the Vice Chair of WWF Canada.
Tong received her master’s degree in communications from McGill University, where she graduated on the Dean’s Honour List.