Shaaz Nasir

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Terry Fox Day in Turkey?

In Advice, Canada, Culture, Exercise, Experience, Globalization, Meeting, Ottawa, Success, World on September 19, 2010 at 9:54 am

Each year representatives from the Canadian Embassy work closely with the Istanbul Technical University to organize the “Terry Fox Run” in October. Every year, the Terry Fox Run for Cancer Research, a ten kilometer fun-run and walk, is held in over 5,000 locations throughout the world to raise money for innovative cancer research.

Terry Fox knew first hand the need for cancer research. At age 18, bone cancer resulted in the amputation of his right leg. During the treatment that followed, Terry witnessed the pain and despair caused by cancer and he became determined to do something about it. Terry’s dream was to run across Canada and raise money to help find a cure.

On April 12th, 1980 Terry dipped his artificial leg in the Atlantic Ocean and set off Westward to begin his “Marathon of Hope”. For the next 143 days he ran an average of 42 kilometres per day. Sadly, on September 1st the cancer had spread to his lungs and he was forced to stop.

Terry died on June 28, 1981. In memory of Terry’s efforts, the run has taken place all over the world, including Turkey. Ankara hosted the 12th Terry Fox Run while Istanbul organized the first of many to come. This important event marked the beginning of a long lasting relationship between the Canadian Embassy, Istanbul Technical University, the Turkish Cancer Society, and in fact, the people of Turkey and those worldwide who will benefit from innovative cancer research.

The will of a Canadian hero has transcended cultures and nationalities across the world. Whenever one needs inspiration look no further than to Terry Fox’s timeless legacy.

http://www.international.itu.edu.tr/

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TED.com comes to Ottawa!

In Advice, Blog, Business, Canada, CBC, China, Economics, Exercise, Experience, Faith, Fashion, Globalization, Hotel, Interview, Lunch, Meeting, Traveling, University of Ottawa, World on August 25, 2010 at 8:27 am

TED (Technology Entertainment and Design) is a global set of conferences curated by the American private non-profit Sapling Foundation, formed to disseminate “ideas worth spreading”. The talks have been offered for free viewing online, under a Creative Commons license, through TED.com.

TED was founded in 1984 as a one-off event, and the conference was held annually from 1990 in Monterey, California. TED’s early emphasis, was largely technology and design, consistent with a Silicon Valley center of gravity. The events are now held in Long Beach and Palm Springs in the U.S. as well as in Europe and Asia, offering live streaming of the talks.

They address an increasingly wide range of topics within the research and practice of science and culture. The speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include Bill Clinton, Jane Goodall, Malcolm Gladwell, Al Gore, Gordon Brown,Richard Dawkins, Bill Gates, Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin, and many Nobel Prize winners.

Coming to Ottawa?

Yes, now a select few will have the chance to be filmed for 5 minutes in which the speaker will cover 1 life changing moment she/he has experienced thus far.  Another topic can be 1 life lesson that everyone should adhere to in order to succeed in life.

These mini ted inspired talks will be posted on Mind the Gap for all to learn from and discuss about!

The goal is to foster an environment where the citizens of Ottawa can use MTG as a medium to communicate to everyone….Ottawa is one of the most educated cities in the world…a responsibility  is bestowed upon us to share this knowledge.

I am drafting up the speakers from students and professional, if you want to take a shot at it …give me a shout through facebook or email.

Converting to Gmail

In Advice, Blog, Business, Canada, Experience, Global Vision, Meeting, Ottawa, Technology, University of Ottawa, Video, Youtube on August 21, 2010 at 8:25 am

Mr. Chow strongly recommended converting to Gmail to stay in touch with Junior Team Canada and better organize my life on the web. I have four solid reasons for the switch….

  • Treasurer  of uOttawa’s Tennis League
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Junior Team Canada Graduate / Canadian Trade Ambassador
  • Volunteer on Parliament Hill

All these titles/ jobs mean one thing: A TON OF EMAILS EVERYDAY EVERY MINUTE…which I love…but it can be daunting to manage and very important emails have slipped under the radar.

I also am going to try out “Buzz” from Google, in an attempt to reach out to citizens of the world wide web. One would hope that promoting your  brand to the world will yield some positive results. The transition is going smoothly as I am connecting my old emails to my new account on gmail…hopefully this results in faster response times and better results for the people I work for and with.

shaaznasir123@gmail.com

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I am Sorry.

In Canada, China, Economics, Global Vision, Globalization, Meeting, Traveling, University of Ottawa, World on August 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm

While waiting for my airplane at the HK airport, I  was just thinking about Mind The Gap “MTG”….

This blog is about to go through a massive overhaul, it has not lived up to my standards thus far….. simply do to my unrealistic expectations of blogging/uploading videos everyday while on the actual mission.

Time was simply not on my time….nor was technology.

Regardless, MTG blog has been averaging around 60-80 hits day from various people on the net..and I am very grateful for the ones who follow my journey. It has been a ‘hit” in those terms…..

Restart

Once I create the new series of blogs, personal China/HK videos, and some good ol’ life lessons….MTG will be what my Communications Manger (William Greenwood) and I envisioned.  A portal of life lessons about the gaps between all of us, from economic to cultural.

William has worked very hard in promoting MTG…..but I feel like I have failed him and everyone by not fulfilling the  blogging quota as originally planned.

I will make up for this.

ps. there have been some people who have misunderstood “MTG” and are attempting to make a joke out of it.

It’s unfortunate, but I suppose you can’t win them all. For those who do appreciate what William and I are trying to do, thank you for your support….please feel free to offer some constructive criticism. We always love to hear from our followers!

Alright….next blog I will re explaining what “MTG” is all about.

Me at the Beijing Hotel

KEEPING IT COOL

In Friends, Life, Lunch, Meeting, Tennis on July 28, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Has lunch with the Honourable Natalie Melanson.

Now I am chilling with the Honourable Natalie Melanson and the Respectful Molly Doan.

Will play tennis with Eric Eryou and the Gang in the Rain.

Great times!

Nothing meaningful with this post.

Peter just BBM’d Nat.

Good day.

City Councillor Extravaganza Update

In City Council, Global Vision, Greeting, Meeting, Traveling, University of Ottawa on July 27, 2010 at 11:22 am

The meeting went very well as we covered numerous topics ranging from economics to human rights, the Councillor insisted that I am ready to represent the city of Ottawa. Encouraging words are always welcomed and needed.

After the meeting I walked outside and BAM, the march began so I whipped out the camera.

Hope you enjoy them!

Ottawa my home

In Blog, Business, Economics, Food, Global Vision, Meeting, Technology, Trailer, Traveling, University of Ottawa on July 26, 2010 at 6:32 pm

“When moving forward, never forget where you came from”

I was walking to the bus stop from work when I noticed how gorgeous the Hill was looking today…. so I  sat down behind the Parliament Library to type up this post…..

A few words on my home

Ottawa is a stunning city with the perfect balance of lush green and bold concrete. Despite traveling to many places and living in Oxford England, Ottawa is still home and always will be.  From the architecture to its history, Ottawa has a permanent spot in my heart.

People whom dislike Ottawa simply live under a rock or have deep issues that need to be dealt with. Yes indeed, the nightlife is not on the same scale as London or New Deli, but as a friend once told me, people who blame all their worries on Ottawa ….let them run to another city ….the same problems will pursue them, you can’t escape yourself regardless of what city you run off to.

After meeting countless City Councilors and business/educational leaders from Ottawa I am ready to represent my home in China and Malaysia.

Sing The Night Away

In Beijing, Canada, China, Experience, Friends, Global Vision, Guitar, Life, Meeting, Music, Ottawa, Singing, World on July 25, 2010 at 10:04 am

Last Friday, the preparation for China/Malaysia mission was finally taking its toll on me. The constant GO GO GO GO mindset needed a time off.

So I was glad to have a relaxing lunch with some old friends at a french pub in downtown Ottawa. Will, Sal, Benazir, and I reflected on the “olds times”, it’s always nice to revisit the past. From there I took my Sal on a journey of self discovery, lets tone down the seriousness. We went window shopping as I recommended some styles to him. Eventually Eryou and I crashed Brown and Ana’s house, again I apologize to them as I thought Eryou asked before we came barging in.

That’s when Eryou sang us a song. (He’s a great writer and a good singer).

After a few good laughs, Eryou and I met up with Glendon and Lopez to have dinner at the classic mexican place in d-town. We decided to chill on Lopez’s epic balcony. They sang the classics as Lopez had the ability to play every song known to man kind on his guitar….

The honourable Natalie Melanson jumped into the signing party and we sang the night away….

in short,

Sal+ Benazir+Will + Eric Eryou + Ana + Eric Brown + Nat + Glendon + Lopez = epic times.

Now I am fully charged to carry on.

P.S. this video is for Glendon!

Chinese Robin Hood!

In Beijing, Canada, China, Economics, Experience, Global Vision, Globalization, Greeting, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kuala Lampur, Malaysia, Meeting, Packing, Shenzhen, Suit, University of Ottawa, Work, World on July 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm

Annie Wu established the first joint-venture company in mainland China.  In 1979, after Deng Xiaoping introduced his policy of reform and opening to the world, Annie Wu was the first entrepreneur through the open door. She beat the competition for the now-legendary No. 001 Joint Venture business license. Her company provides on-flight catering for Air China.

The Hong Kong businesswoman is the proud owner of business license 001, for Beijing Air Catering Company. Wu is chairperson of the World Trade Centers Association of Hong Kong, and her devotion to public service has been recognized through a string of awards.

Her upbringing had a big impact on her life. “My family was very progressive. People were always coming to the house to meet my father, and so I got to meet a wide range of people. We were not an average Chinese family. It was an innovative and encouraging environment,” Wu said. From her father, Wu learned “the business world is a world for men.” That, however, didn’t deter her.
Wu had a head start in life: She attended Sacred Heart Canossian College in Hong Kong, and St Godric’s College, a finishing school in Hampstead Heath in London.

How does she do it? “Anything is possible if you have good staff around you. I believe you can groom yourself into the style of life you want,” she says. “I wanted to be Robin Hood. He’s a hero of robbing the rich to help the poor.” It could be said that Wu has achieved her dream; while her business ventures have always stayed above board, she has focused her time and attention on convincing Hong Kong’s wealthy to donate money to the most needy in society.

She’s a modern-day Chinese Robin Hood.
 She has focused much of her charity efforts on children. Her work at the Chinese History and Culture Educational Foundation for Youth is aimed at educating Hong Kong’s young people about their cultural identity. “Hong Kong has no national identity. We want young Chinese to have a Chinese identity. Not only be patriotic, but to have a link with the mainland,” says Wu.

The organization arranges five-day visits to Beijing for Hong Kong children who would not normally have such an opportunity. “They get to know Chinese history and culture instantly.” What is her advice to children who dream of success? “Be assertive, flexible and congenial. Don’t sit around waiting to be served. Have ambition and develop your own goals.”

There are lots of people all over China who depend on Wu. The Chinese Government launched its Western Development Strategy in 1999, and Wu rose to the challenge.

Her footsteps are all over Yunnan Province and the Tibet and Ningxia Hui autonomous regions. With The United Nations Children’s Fund—UNICEF (China), she lobbied for funding from the Ministry of Health for a national hepatitis B vaccination program for children. Ningxia became the testing site for the project. Wu is a council member of UNICEF Hong Kong who has donated more than US $17.5 million to UNICEF (China). “This was not from corporate donors, but from people on the street. We organized pop concerts, video appeals and street stands,” she said.
 Wu has many roles: Successful entrepreneur, China’s Robin Hood, and fairy godmother to the children around her. So, when does she make time for herself? She doesn’t. Says Wu, “If you look at what you can do for yourself, you’ll become very small minded.”

for the full article

http://www.womenofchina.cn/Profiles/Businesswomen/15568.jsp

Watch out for Shenzhen!

In Business, Canada, China, Economics, Experience, Future, Global Vision, Globalization, Greeting, Meeting, Packing, Shenzhen, Traveling, University of Ottawa, Work, World on July 24, 2010 at 6:01 pm

One of the cities we will be traveling to …

China’s economic liberalization under the policies of reformist leader Deng Xiaoping, the area became China’s first—and arguably one of the most successful—Special Economic Zones.

Shenzhen’s modern cityscape is the result of the vibrant economy made possible by rapid foreign investment since the late 1970s, when it was a small fishing village. Since then, foreign nationals have invested more than US $30 billion for building factories and forming joint ventures.

It is now reputedly one of the fastest growing cities in the world. Being southern mainland China’s major financial centre, Shenzhen is home to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange as well as the headquarters of numerous high-tech companies.