Shaheed Devji is a communication professional with a variety of specializations including: hosting, broadcasting, journalism, filmmaking and digital video.
Since he was very young, Shaheed Devji’s strongest skill has been communicating. This may be a surprise to his parents and relatives, who will tell you that as a kid Shaheed was reserved and shy. But there’s no question that when Shaheed wanted to – like when he decided on impromptu Jim Carey impersonations – he could captivate an audience with his ability to communicate. And now, he has made a career out of it.
Born and raised in Nanaimo, British Columbia, the son of two immigrant parents from East Africa, Shaheed attended Ecole Pauline Haarer Elementary before enrolling in and graduating from Nanaimo District Secondary School as his class co-valedictorian. He then moved away from Vancouver Island to the mainland for his post-secondary education at Simon Fraser University where he grauduated with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Communication.
During his time at SFU, Shaheed and one of his classmates and now TSN reporter/anchor, Nabil Karim, started a sports podcast – The Press Box – to get their (self-induced) start in broadcasting. The podcast had five seasons and the duo, along with their subsequent counterparts and co-hosts covered the NHL, CFL, WHL, and much more through commentary, interviews, feature stories and blog posts.
After his time at SFU, Shaheed attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology where he received a Diploma in Broadcast Journalism and graduated with distinction. Shaheed completed the two-year program in just one and a half years, after being offered and taking a job as a news videojournalist with CTV Southwestern Ontario in Kitchener, Ontario.
During his time at CTV in Kitchener, Shaheed reported and shot news and sports stories and anchored and produced news and sportscasts. He covered visits by the Prime Minister of Canada, the provincial election campaign, produced various investigative series, and local sports. After spending nearly a year in Kitchener, Shaheed was offered a job as a news reporter with CTV British Columbia back in what had become his hometown of Vancouver, BC.
Shaheed was thrust into his job immediately, covering breaking news of a plane crash at the Vancouver International Airport in his first week of work. During this coverage, Shaheed reported live several times in a two-hour span, while reporting and packaging a story for the late newscast. After a stint as a content and communication coordinator, creating videos and articles at the Richmond Olympic Oval, Shaheed was hired as a sports anchor and reporter at Vancouver Island’s longest serving television station, CHEK. In his role with CHEK News, he regularly reports and produces local sports stories, anchors sportscasts and as well as continuing his news reporting duties.
A die-hard and life-long sports fan, many of Shaheed’s career highlights revolve around sports. At the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver, he was a reporter for the Olympic News Service, covering men’s and women’s hockey at Canada Hockey Place (now Roger’s Arena). Shaheed regularly took part in mixed-zone scrums with athletes as well as pre- and post-game press conferences with coaches and management. The highlight was doing this for – and not to mention watching – the men’s and women’s gold medal games (which were both won by host Canada). He has also spent a significant amount of time doing sports play-by-play, one of his earliest passions of broadcasting, having been the primary broadcaster of Simon Fraser University Athletics for several years, calling games for the men’s hockey team, men’s and women’s soccer teams, and the men’s football team in its inaugural season in the NCAA.
Shaheed takes distinct pleasure in a live environment and in front of an audience. He particularly enjoys emceeing and hosting events and programs. He also has a keen interest in videography and filmmaking. He is the principal of a private production company, Mecca Creative, in which he produces commercial, private and documentary style videos.
Shaheed is a Shia Ismaili Muslim. He speaks both English and French. He married his girlfriend of 7 years, Sheeba, in 2012 and has one brother, Farhan, who is also a journalist.