Jill Belland Breakfast TV CalgaryEvery morning Jill Belland dishes up a serving of Breakfast Television to Citytv audiences from the lively streets of Calgary. As BT’s On Location Host, Jill can be seen scaling buildings with firefighters, feeding bats at the Zoo, and pole dancing her way to morning show glory. The excitement of performing, fast deadlines and having the opportunity to tell people’s unique stories, drove Jill towards a career in television. Jill got her start at Citytv by pouring coffee on the morning show after graduating from the University of Calgary in the Faculty of Communications and Culture with a concentration in Media Studies. Her hard working attitude earned her a job as a production assistant for the News Department. Jill has also delivered daily entertainment news segments on MTV Canada and was the host of Wired before returning to Citytv and joining the Breakfast Television gang as their On Location Host.

Jill is a trained singer, dancer and actress with a big passion for the arts. Her long list of accomplishments include an AMPIA (Alberta Media Production Industries Association) for “Best Host” in 2009 and 2010; being named one of the “Top 10 Hottest Women on Television” by HELLO! Magazine Canada; and being named “Favourite TV Personality” and “Sexiest Calgarian” by FFWD Magazine in 2010. Also high on Jill’s list of accomplishments was singing the national anthem as a Calgary Stampeeder in front of 35,000 hometown fans.

Most recently Jill has taken her talents to the stage in productions like “The Full Monty” and “Man Out of Joint”. Jill is also passionate about charitable organizations and is actively involved with Kids Cancer Care Foundation, Inn from the Cold, Safe Haven Foundation, Calgary Interfaith Food Bank and Breast Cancer Supportive Care to name a few.

She hits the right balance between serious and silly, sophisticated and sassy, making her a likeable, approachable and reliable figure on morning television and in Calgary’s culture scene.

I’m at my best in spontaneous situations and interactions. When I can figure out stuff on the fly — that’s what gets my adrenaline going.

The key to her success:

I’m at my best in spontaneous situations and interactions. When I can figure out stuff on the fly — that’s what gets my adrenaline going.

When you invite someone into your home first thing every morning, she’d better be good company, and Jill Belland is just that. With her winning smile and cheerful, spirited manner, Belland has star power that shines in the morning. As one of the hosts of Breakfast Television on Citytv, Belland reports live from locations around the city. She has trained with Calgary firefighters, made soup for local women’s shelters, covered Alberta Fashion Week and even tried ski jumping.

Never one to shy away from the spotlight, it’s Belland’s enthusiasm for trying new things and pushing her boundaries that got her on TV in the first place. She started out as the “Coffee Girl” — literally pouring coffee and doing other gopher tasks — on the A-Channel’s The Big Breakfast in 2002. She was sometimes called on to participate in the frequently goofball antics that are a staple of morning television and her aptitude for live TV was apparent almost immediately.

The producers of MTV Canada agreed, hiring her in 2004 as an entertainment reporter for MTV Select after she responded to an open casting call. Within two months, she was hosting her own show called Wired on A-Channel in Calgary, prior to Citytv buying the station. In 2006, Belland starting working on Citytv’s Breakfast Television.

Belland is constantly on the lookout for new opportunities and challenges, diving in headfirst when she finds them. “I’ve always felt this urgency to do more, to accomplish things, and I’m constantly looking forward to see what’s next,” she says.

In 2009, one of Belland’s friends asked her if she wanted to run the Dubai Marathon. Though not a runner, she said “yes” on a Sunday, began training on Monday, and four months later successfully completed what was her first marathon.

Belland focuses a lot of her energy supporting the arts as a patron and booster, sharing the inside scoop with her many fans and followers on Twitter and Facebook. As a public figure, she also lends her time and talents to charities including the Calgary Inter-Faith Food Bank; Bras for a Cause, which supports the fight against breast cancer; the Kids Cancer Care Foundation; and the Safe Haven Foundation. All told, she dedicates some 150 hours a year to hosting charitable events.

Belland won AMPIA’s Rosie Awards award for “Best Host” in 2009, 2010 and 2011 for her work on Breakfast Television. She has been a consistent presence, using her brand of wit and charm to demonstrate and celebrate what there is to love about the city.