General Sessions


Opening General Session | November 2 | 9:00 - 10:30 AM
Authentic Human Connection - Building Extraordinary Relationships in a Changed World

Long before the era of ‘quiet quitting,’ loneliness was a pandemic in our society. In an age of polarization, disconnection, and shallow substitutes for real relationships, every leader needs to know how to build and maintain meaningful relationships. Meaningful human connection is the biggest opportunity for companies to drive engagement, retain talent and boost belonging. In this opening keynote, learn how to create conversations that lessen loneliness at work and create a more connected culture.
Riaz Meghji has committed his career to uncovering the key habits of human connection that build extraordinary relationships that move your business forward. Learn how to:

  • Build extraordinary relationship
  • Created connected cultures
  • Boost belonging at work


Jessica Pettit, Stand-up Comic & Educator

Riaz Meghji
Human Connection Expert

Riaz Meghji is a human connection expert and author of the book Every Conversation Counts: The 5 Habits of Human Connection That Build Extraordinary Relationships. His insights have been featured in Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, and Financial Post. After one conversation led him to take a dramatically different career path that changed his life for the better, he became dedicated to exploring the ways that authentic human connection can change lives and organizations.

Riaz has hosted for Citytv’s Breakfast Television, MTV Canada, TEDxVancouver, CTV News, and the Toronto International Film Festival. He is a natural storyteller with a proven ability to conduct engaging, in-depth conversations across various disciplines.

Off-camera, Riaz dedicates himself to philanthropy and causes he cares about including Canuck Place Children’s Hospice and Covenant House. He holds a degree in business from Simon Fraser University and studied leadership communication at Harvard Extension School and the Canadian Management Centre.