The East&West Dialogue with TV Industry Veterans

Everybody is welcome to the East&West Dialogue!  We organize this monthly special event to bring local people and immigrants together.  Our guest speakers volunteer their time and expertise to help immigrants learn about Canadian society, people and customs in depth.  This month, come to join Jeramy Burke and Harry Teng, two TV industry veterans.  Listen to what they have to say about their daily routines at work, the challenges and fun stories, and their insight into multiculturalism as well as social expectations.  Share your own experience, and ask questions!

Retired for 1 ½ years, Jeramy Burke leaves behind a long and successful career at CTV Toronto. His most recent position was Producer/Director, News.  To be a live television director you must be an expert at multi-tasking, controlling everything from camera selection, lighting, graphic design, talent cues, audio cues, music cues, timing, to show content and creation.  Meeting deadlines and working under pressure was a normal and daily event.


Making the transition from busy TV director to retirement is challenging.  At the same time it brings many new learning opportunities as well as time for Jeramy to reflect on the past, and concentrate on his other loves — skiing, cycling and long distance motorcycle riding.  He is also volunteering much of his time to lead the blind on tandem bicycles and guide the blind down ski mountains.


Harry Teng has worked in the media industry for more than twenty years working as a reporter, producer and instructor.  He started his journalistic career as a researcher and writer at Asia Times, a Bangkok and Hong Kong-based English daily rivalry of the Asian Wall Street Journal in 1995.  He wrote articles on China’s economy, financial system and the emerging stock markets.  He also contributed feature stories on successful Chinese businessmen, media professionals and artists.  After immigrated to Canada in 1997, Harry joined OMNI Television, formerly CFMT, working as a business reporter then a news reporter, and an acting producer.  In 2014, he established his own media company called GTA Chinese Communications which serves as the Toronto Bureau of Phoenix TV US, providing news coverage of GTA and Canada. The company also provides independent video production service, media training and event organizing.  As a distinguished Chinese Canadian TV personnel, Harry has covered a wide range of issues affecting the Chinese-Canadian community, including international and local politics, China Canada trade relations and much more.  He has witnessed the growth of Chinese news media in Canada throughout the years, loved its multicultural and multilingual environment, and the challenges it brings.


In his spare time, Harry volunteers to organize functions to help raise community awareness.  He is also a trained performance dancer (both classic and contemporary).  He has his own dance school called “Zhongqin Dance Studio”!


Students, professionals or home-makers, everybody is welcome!  Let’s meet, learn, and enjoy the conversations and friendships!


When: Thursday June 13, 2019 6:00-8:30 P.M.

(The first half hour will be meal and social time.  Dialogue will begin at 6:30 P.M. sharp)


Where: Iroquois Junior Public School

265 Chartland Blvd., Scarborough (near Finch & Brimley; free parking in the school’s parking lot or along the streets)


Cost: Free, including simple meals.  Please bring your own water bottle to save the environment.


Please RSVP as soon as possible, and by Wednesday June 12 at:  Thanks!


We look forward to seeing you there!

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