Online Industry Night: Ask Me Anything

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Open to: Student, Alumni

All graduating students are welcome to join the Shumka Centre on May 19 for an Online Industry Night: Ask Me Anything, a forum where you can anonymously ask leading experts from your field the questions you’ve always had but were afraid to ask.


May 19, 2022 5:00pm – 8:00pm

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Ask Me Anything is an online event for the Emily Carr 2022 graduating class, where you can anonymously ask leading experts in your field the questions you’ve always had but were afraid to ask.

Send Shumka Centre your questions in advance and have them answered in an online setting. A moderator will compile the submissions and bring questions forward for discussion during the session.

Our guest experts will share invaluable insights relating to your career objectives and what the real story is with how things work in your field.

You are invited to attend one/all of these three 1-hour consecutive sessions.

Same Zoom link/room for all sessions:


5:00-6:00 Design, Technology and Product

6:00-7:00 Digital Media, Gaming, and the Metaverse

7:00-8:00 Art, Galleries, and Museums

We will be starting each session promptly - please sign-on to Zoom a few minutes before your session begins (or stay in the Zoom room if attending multiple sessions).

5:00pm: Design, Technology and Product

Farhan Virji, VP Operations, and Product, Design and User Research Lead,

  • What do you need to know if you want to work in a design role in a technology company?
  • Which is better- agency, start-up, or big company?
  • When considering a new job, which is more important - the company or the role?

Farhan Virji started his career in the tech industry over 20 years ago as a software developer, moving into different roles and various startups in Vancouver. He's currently the VP of Operations at where he spends his time ensuring the company has the strategy, processes, and frameworks to succeed. Later is a Product-Led organization, and design plays an integral part in its success. Farhan's passions are building and leading teams, solving customer problems, and continuously optimizing all aspects of the areas he is responsible for.


6:00 pm: Digital Media, Gaming, and the Metaverse

Hong Xing, CEO Meta Panda Verse and VP of EVOVOR

  • Where do illustration, animation, and gaming meet in today’s industry?
  • What is the metaverse and how will artists and designers fit into it in the future?
  • What kinds of creative roles will companies need as VR grows?

Hong Xing has 27+ years of experience in the gaming industry and recently joined Vancouver-based MetaHuman company EVOVOR in the role of VP. In past years, Hong has also served as Chief Business Officer of renowned NFT-based game Dream Card, VP, Operations at Good Gamer Entertainment, and VP at Coslight Games. Hong aims to help his team grow while guiding them towards massive success. Hong founded Meta Panda Verse to provide services for the Metaverse, NFT, Gaming, and business operations.


7:00 pm: Art, Galleries, and Museums

Diana Freundl, Interim Chief Curator, Associate Director, Vancouver Art Gallery

  • How does the art world really work?
  • How do emerging artists get their work shown?
  • What makes one exhibition opportunity better than another?
  • How do you meet curators and gallerists?

Diana Freundl is Interim Chief Curator / Associate Director at the Vancouver Art Gallery where she has curated exhibitions with a focus on Asian art. Prior to joining the Vancouver Art Gallery, Freundl was living and working in China and Taiwan from 1998 to 2013. She is Co-executive Editor of Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.



Once registered, make sure to send us your questions. A moderator will compile the submissions and bring questions forward for discussion during the session.