Nadia Aftab

Supervisor, Project Lead, MTIS at CBC/Radio-Canada
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“No two days are the same in a very rewarding way. Acquiring new technical knowledge and being hands on is very important to me. As a technical group, if we have a course I want to take or tool I want to learn about that is related to a current or upcoming project, my senior manager will support that.”

We sat down with the Supervisor, Project Lead, MTIS at CBC/Radio-Canada, Nadia Aftab to ask her about her career progression, what’s exciting about her role here and why she stays. For Nadia, it’s multifaceted, from work-life balance to technology exposure to the humour and support of her colleagues.

What does a Supervisor, Project Lead, MTIS do at CBC/Radio-Canada?

My role as a Supervisor, Project Lead falls under Engineering Solutions. I lead a multi-functional team responsible for technical design and the implementation of capital projects for radio, television and digital program production and distribution systems. I provide expert technical advice to production partners.

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

I started as a Systems Designer in 2011 and I was promoted to Senior Systems Designer in 2014 where I was able to learn both technical and project management skills. My current role is a fairly new position (less than 6 months) and this gives me the ability to oversee not only my own projects, but other capital projects in our team’s portfolio.

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

No two days are the same in a very rewarding way. Acquiring new technical knowledge and being hands on is very important to me. As a technical group, if we have a course I want to take or tool I want to learn about that is related to a current or upcoming project, my senior manager will support that. For the new products that we bring in, there is a budget for training as well.  

Our industry is changing so rapidly to satisfy the consumer’s needs that we are continuously improving and updating our technology and workflows. In fact, CBC/Radio-Canada is internationally recognized as a leader in digital broadcasting. It’s very rewarding to be a part of this industry.

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

As a television and film buff, I was always interested in this industry. I believe in the value of a public broadcaster. In my country of origin, I grew up watching and listening to our public broadcasting stations and it contributed to my sense of community and national identity. When I moved to Canada, I was able to experience that again through the programs on CBC/Radio-Canada. When I saw this opportunity to combine my passion and my interests I jumped at it.

I work with great colleagues who are very passionate about their work and we inspire each other. As part of this team, you are motivated to collaborate and to do better every day. I’ve never felt like a fish out of water as a visible minority – I’ve always felt at home and part of the team. My direct managers are great. They value my contribution and my well-being. Last year I went through a personal tragedy and received an incredible amount of support and understanding.

I have achieved a good work-life balance – I have three volunteer roles and I can do that because of the balance I have achieved through work. I strive to develop skills outside of work that I can still come back and use to help CBC/Radio-Canada advance.

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

We are awesome. It’s about the people, the collaboration, and the new technologies. Whether you are just out of school and want to learn on the job or you are more senior and want to stay current, this is the place where you can grow your career and continue to have a life at home.