Ellen DeGeneres coming to Vancouver for Q&A session this fall

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      American comedian and talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres will be in Vancouver on October 19 for a special Q&A session.

      Titled “A Conversation with Ellen DeGeneres”, the event will see DeGeneres moderating a discussion presented by TD Canada Trust and organized by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade. She’ll speak about her decades-long career as a standup comic, actor, producer, and television host, as well as her work as an LGBT activist.

      The Q&A takes place at Rogers Arena. Tickets start at $99 online beginning August 15.

      “We are thrilled to have an opportunity to host Ellen in Vancouver this fall for a candid discussion on her life, career, success, and overcoming adversity,” Iain Black, President and CEO of the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, said in a news release.

      Black says that DeGeneres is a highly requested figure among the business association’s 5,000-plus members. The group regularly conducts networking and speaker events that feature politicians, industry insiders, and global influencers. “We are very excited to be hosting this inspirational and uplifting evening with one of the world’s most eminent media personalities,” he added. “Her own history, and her phenomenal success building her brand, shared in her own words, will surely offer many valuable insights for our members.”

      A household name and leader in the daytime talk-show genre, DeGeneres has hosted her Emmy-winning flagship program since 2003. Prior to that, she starred in two television sitcoms, Ellen and The Ellen Show, the former on which she became the first lesbian actress to play an openly lesbian character on-screen after she came out in 1997. DeGeneres is also a philanthropist and active in humanitarianism, and LGBT- and animal-rights advocacy.