• Renato Zane

How My Background Relates To What I Do

Do you wish you knew someone outside your organization to talk to about your situation at work?

I’d like to share a little bit about myself in case you find my journey relevant to your career path.

For over thirty years, I worked for Rogers Sports and Media, most of those in a management capacity.

I was a producer and newsroom manager, working at OMNI Television. Our team produced daily news programs and weekly magazine shows in more than 20 languages. During my time there I became a company director. I managed newsrooms in different cities and learned how to support groups of people of very different backgrounds. At OMNI, we coordinated multilingual news coverage of numerous Canadian elections, current affairs debates and international special events. One example was a live broadcast of the Hong Kong handover to China in 1997, a program we produced for the Chinese community living in Canada.

With a key group of passionate collaborators, we also developed unique community-reflective coverage of the World Cup of Soccer in multiple languages over several editions of what is television's most watched sporting event.

Our service grew from a family-run TV station and community newspaper on Toronto’s Lake Shore Boulevard West. In the 1980s, Canadian business mogul Ted Rogers saw something valuable in this multicultural TV station and bought it. Through investment and smart management it grew to become a group of stations with production facilities in Ottawa, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto. We employed many talented immigrants and local graduates. I am proud to have been there from the early days of private ownership and to have been a part of that growth with Rogers.

In 2009 I became the general manager for both CityTV Vancouver and OMNI BC. This was the period in which our talented South Asian team began broadcasting NHL games in the Punjabi language, after an initial experimental period on the CBC.

As a manager I continued to grow. I served on multiple boards in industry organizations and not-for-profits. (Currently I’m the chair of the British Columbia Schizophrenia Society Foundation and the president of the Dante Alighieri Society of BC .) In 2007 I received the distinguished service award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for my years of service with that organization.

In my time, I’ve experienced downsizing, upsizing, technological change, regulatory change, cultural change, performance management challenges, and also some truly memorable mentorship and individual coaching. There is no doubt that I could have done a lot of things better, but on-the-job experience was second to none. I learned a lot.

I now help individuals develop their own potential though one-on-one conversations. I want to make my experience available to you in my role as performance coach. Feel free to connect with me if you are looking to invest in your future and would like a person to support you in confidence.

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