Hassan Harake

Senior Portfolio Manager, Applications Solutions, MTIS at CBC/Radio-Canada
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“Joining our team is a path to building both a career and a life. Not just because of what we are and what we represent but the range of locations, the types of work we do, the variety of projects we work on and the continuous efforts to be better and do more.”

We sat down with Senior Portfolio Manager, Applications Solutions, MTIS at CBC/Radio-Canada, Hassan Harake to ask him about his career progression, what’s exciting about his role here and why he stays. It turns out, it all comes down to one thing: the freedom to grow as part of a transformative team.

What does a Senior Portfolio Manager, MTIS at CBC/Radio-Canada do?

In Applications Solutions, we manage a wide range of systems for CBC/Radio-Canada. My portfolio encompasses the Broadcast, Revenue and Rights systems for linear TV and Digital. These systems are changing the face of what broadcast means as the lines between On-Air, On-Demand, Streaming and Online all begin to blur. Is the audience experience seamless? Are we meeting our Canadian content mandate? Are we adhering to the number of episodic runs and geo-fencing conditions of our contracts? Are we delivering the audience numbers that our sales team pitched to an advertiser? At its core, my role is to oversee the team responsible for updating, maintaining and implementing the systems that allow us to answer these questions; we ensure that our clients’ needs are met to support their respective targets whether it be revenue, compliance or audience.

Can you tell us a little bit about your career progression at CBC/Radio-Canada?

I joined MTIS in the spring; but, I’ve been at CBC/Radio-Canada since 2007. What started out as a 6 month contract was extended to 18 months and eventually, I moved into a full-time permanent role. From a Business Analyst to Project Lead role then Senior Advisor and now a Senior Portfolio Manager; I have progressed continuously, learning as I go, collaborating with different groups and being part of a bigger mission. My expertise is in change management; ensuring everyone involved is brought onboard and buys into the solution, process or workflow change. I care about CBC/Radio-Canada and my approach has been to think about solutions that are best for the corporation as a whole.

Why do you love working within MTIS at CBC/Radio-Canada?

Public broadcasting is an essential part of our social fabric. I grew up in the Middle East and am acutely aware of the privilege of freedom of expression, inquiry and journalism. Public broadcasting is a uniting factor across the country. At CBC/Radio-Canada, we have a mandate to deliver entertainment and information to every Canadian across the country. I am fortunate to be part of that. I work with people who choose to be here and want to make an impact.

What would you say to someone to encourage them to accept a role as part of MTIS at CBC/Radio-Canada?

Joining our team is a path to building both a career and a life. Not just because of what we are and what we represent but the range of locations, the types of work we do, the variety of projects we work on and the continuous efforts to be better and do more. It’s not the same few tasks over and over again; it’s dynamic and allows for growth and expansion within the corporation. Your options are limitless.