Christine’s Restaurant at the Blackcomb Mountain Summit
Vikram Vij, Noted Chef, Restaurateur, Cookbook Author And Television Personality
Vikram Vij was born in India in 1964 and lived in New Delhi and Bombay until the age of 20, when he went to study, live and work in Austria. Vikram moved to Canada in 1989 to work at the Banff Springs Hotel in Alberta. In September 1994, Vikram opened Vij’s Restaurant in Vancouver, BC. In early 1995, a passionate and a creative Meeru Dhalwala joined him, and the two began collaborating on the menu. In 2004, Vikram and Meeru opened a second restaurant and market called Vij’s Rangoli.
In June 2014, Vikram opened his third restaurant, My Shanti, based in South Surrey. The theme of My Shanti is based upon Vikram’s culinary travels, and includes flavours, ingredients and influences from all over the world. Vikram Vij is a tireless advocate of Indian cuisine in Canada, and of buying and eating locally produced and sustainable ingredients. He considers it an honour to be able to speak about his life, his experiences and his background to audiences around the world.
Wayne Lee, Comedic Hypnotist and Performance Expert
Wayne Lee has been called Canada’s “crown prince” of hypnotism, boasting a mastery of the craft that few others come close to. With the belief that the mind is more powerful than most people understand, Wayne shows audiences―such as clients McDonald’s, Toys R Us, General Motors, Shell Oil and Princess Cruise Lines―techniques to access inner strength through relaxation and mind-focusing techniques in order to better handle stress and achieve dreams. With his trademark humour and easy-going approach, Wayne also entertains audiences with a “hypnosis show” that is guaranteed to incite laughter and delight.
Wayne’s interest in visualization and mind power led him to the art of stage hypnosis. In 1994, Lee performed his first hypnosis show in front of a sold-out crowd and was immediately hooked. Over the years, Wayne has used hypnosis to excite, entertain, and mesmerize thousands of audiences throughout North America. His passion for his career is evident the moment he takes the stage. Every presentation is unforgettable and filled with laughter and inspiration that allows people to explore the depths of their imaginations, break through their fears, and live on purpose with more joy, freedom, and love.
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