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Marci Ien

Broadcast Journalist & Co-Host of CTV's The Social

Marci Ien is the co-host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL, a daily program that delivers up-to-the-minute news, pop culture, and lifestyle topics that matter most to Canadians in a socially interactive format. Prior to joining the show in 2017, she was the News Anchor and co-host on CANADA AM for more than 13 years. She received a 2016 Canadian Screen Award nomination for Best Host in a Variety, Lifestyle, Reality/Competition, or Talk Program or Series. On-stage Ien also shines as an emcee, interviewer, moderator, and speaker.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Mastering the Art of Career Transition
Navigating transition — especially when unexpected — can be one of the most challenging milestones of one’s journey. But, when empowered with strategies for success, it can also be one of the most pivotal. You’ve seen Marci on The Social, a fun and fresh daytime talk series airing daily on CTV.  But Marci’s career started two decades earlier, after graduating from the Radio and Television program at Ryerson University and landing a reporter gig at CHCH-TV in Hamilton. Her next move was to CTV news, earning national spotlight with her award-winning reporting on the most influential stories of the decade. In 2003 Marci landed the coveted role of news anchor on Canada AM, the longest running and most-watched TV morning show in the country. After an eight-year run (during which she gave birth to her first child), Marci was appointed to Co-Host and held the position for five years (where she became a mother for the second time). Her thirteen-year tenure with Canada AM helped elevate the program to its legacy status and earned her countless accolades and award nominations. Then in June 2016, Canada AM announced it would air its last episode after 43 seasons. Media headlines declared it a ‘major shake-up in Canadian TV’ and while audiences wondered what was next, Marci Ien was getting to work designing the next phase of her evolving career.

In this presentation, Marci shares key lessons learned along her professional journey and how they too can help you navigate transition on your journey to advancement, including. She explores lessons around knowing your worth, facing discomfort head-on, finding your passion, leveraging your network and channeling your influence. 

Platform Plus

Event Host/Emcee

One of the broadcasting world's most experienced on-air hosts, Marci's well rounded in all the skills that make a great host, on screen and at events. She brings an upbeat, positive energy to the stage keeping audiences engaged throughout. Marci is very informative, summarizing key learnings throughout the event and making sure the event stays on schedule.

Moderator

In the span of her career, Marci has moderated discussions with some of the most recognizable names in Canada. She has the rare ability to dig deep & get individuals thinking and talking about the information most relevant to attendees. Her skills in making guests trust & feel comfortable around her are incomparable. Marci is a great option for a moderator for a wide range of events.

Awards

2016
African Canadian Achievement Award | Excellence in Media

2014
Planet Africa Award | Excellence in Media

Summary Profile

A graduate of Ryerson University, Ien was previously appointed distinguished visiting professor at Ryerson University’s Radio & Television Arts (RTA) program. In that role, Ien lead guest lectures and participated in workshops, and presentations with students and faculty offering insight on the latest developments in television. In November 2016, Ien was appointed to Ryerson University’s Board of Governors.

In 2014, Ryerson University Radio and Television Arts (RTA) bestowed upon Ien the distinction of having an award co-named in her honour by the RTA School of Media. The Marci Ien and Dwight Drummond Award celebrates students from under-represented and marginalized communities who show great potential in any three of RTA’s programs. In 2013, Ien was inducted into the RTA Wall of Fame for her significant contributions to the field of media.

Her career in television spans over three decades and has taken Ien from Halifax, where she joined CTV National News as a reporter in 1997, to Vancouver, where she was the News Anchor for CTV’s OLYMPIC MORNING at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. Ien’s work in media has been recognized with multiple awards, including a 1995 Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) Award for News Serial for “Journey To Freedom: A Look at the Underground Railroad,” the 2008 BBPA Harry Jerome Award, 2014 Planet Africa Award, and the 2016 African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Media.

Ien’s charity work has seen her travel the globe. In 2008, she travelled to Sierra Leone on behalf of Journalists for Human Rights, where she met with reporters and led training workshops. She also works with World Vision for whom she traveled to Sri Lanka to report on the situation following the 2004 Tsunami. Ien is also a member of Children First Canada’s Council of Champions and is a mentor with Trust15, an afterschool program based in Etobicoke, Ontario that offers mentorship and life skills to young men and women.

Before joining CANADA AM, Ien was a reporter based in CTV News’s Atlantic bureau from 2001-2003. Prior to this, she reported for CHCH-TV in Hamilton. In 1995, Ien began reporting at Queen’s Park, covering daily political news for CHCH-TV’s regional newscast, as well as its British Columbia-based evening show CANADA TONIGHT. Ien’s first television job was on the Canadian children’s television series CIRCLE SQUARE at the age of 10.