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Chamkaur Cheema

Chamkaur Cheema

"It's important that there's a voice in our society and our community that provides real, trustworthy information."

Chamkaur Cheema doesn’t mind that his former students considered him a tough teacher, joking that some of them never recovered from “the Cheema experience.” A professor at KPU’s business school for two decades, he knew it would help prepare them for the challenges they’d face in their future careers. “Learning happens when you’re out of your comfort zone, so I always pushed them,” he explains.

Chamkaur, who is a Knowledge Partner and former board member, values the learning opportunities provided by Knowledge and how it challenges people – including his own family – to think about issues facing our communities and the world. “I won’t say it spurs debates, but it spurs conversations. One of the things that happens a lot in our household is discussions around what's happening in the world. Public television is a really important part of that because of the knowledge it imparts. It helps us bring those conversations to the table.”

The documentaries on Knowledge have fuelled plenty of dinnertime discussions, including favourites Emergency Room: Life and Death at VGH and Search and Rescue: North Shore. That kind of programming really appeals to Chamkaur and his family, not only for the behind-the-scenes action, but because of the focus on our local communities. Overall, Chamkaur believes Knowledge does a good job of fairly presenting the issues we face today and is confident it will remain true to its values in the face of changing societal dynamics.

“I think if we're going to have real conversations in our society, it's vital to have a public broadcaster like Knowledge,” he says. “With the Internet, we have more information available to us than any other time in the history of our species. Unfortunately, that means we also have more misinformation available to us than any time in the history of our species. It's important that there's a voice in our society and our community that provides real, trustworthy information.”

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