Board Members

Connie Edwards
Chair

Connie Edwards is a Producer and Director with Souleado Entertainment ,  an award-winning production company based in Edmonton, Alberta. She brings many years of diverse experience to her award-winning career in television and series production. Ms. Edwards is a tireless advocate for the production industry. Past President and long time Board Member of the Alberta Media Producers Industry Association, she has also served for many years on the Canadian Media Producer’s Broadcast and Regulatory Affairs Committee and Mentorship Committee. Currently she is the chair of DOC – The Documentary Organization of Canada. She served for 5 years on the Edmonton John Howard Society Board and is Past President of the Board of the CTV Good Neighbour Fund. In 2006 she was honoured with an RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year nomination. Connie continues to do work both professionally and in her private life that allows those who are marginalized to have a meaningful voice.

Anne Pick
Vice-Chair

An award-winning independent filmmaker, Anne Pick left a career in journalism with major Australian newspaper and television organizations, to travel the world and soon carved out a career for herself at the CBC in news and current affairs before striking out on her own to make documentaries. She has been producing, directing, writing, and story-editing docs and factual series for over 25 years, and has won many awards from the Geminis here at home, with the Gemini’s Awards and around the world including Australia’s AFIs. Under her company banner Real to Reel Productions Inc.. Anne has a reputation for engaging films with strong characters, in a variety of genres. She says learning to write from the front to the back pages of a newspaper ingrained a broad interest in subject matter from social and political issues, to history, sports, natural history. She has interviewed Prime Ministers, and world famous singers, actors and artists and many unsung heroes and survivors who continue to be an inspiration for her. She has also been a strong advocate for the doc community through DOC Canada and as a founding board member and former co-chair of Hot Docs. She current sits on the National DOC board as Vice-Chair and on the Board of ImagineNative Film & Media Festival.

David Vaisbord
Treasurer / DOC BC Representative

David Vaisbord, documentary filmmaker has made several award winning films, most notably the artist biography Drawing Out the Demons: a film about the artist Attila Richard Lukacs (2004), and Juicy Danger Meets Burning Man (1998), a cult classic about two Canadian performers and their personal journey at the Burning Man desert festival. David's most recent project, which became his MFA thesis, is an in-depth, longitudinal study of a low-income housing project which was emptied and largely demolished by the provincial government from 2007 to 2009 resulting in a community destroyed without just cause.  Launched in 2008, his Little Mountain Project  has consisted of a series of short films, a website, a gallery installation, and social and transmedia projects – all of which he refers to as “The Hyperlocal Documentary.” Point of View Magazine published Vaisbord’s thesis in its Summer 2013 issue.
In 2014 he launched a successful crowd funding campaign on Indiegogo to complete the feature documentary titled The Little Mountain Film. The project received considerable attention through print, radio, television and social media, receiving retweets of support from Judy Rebick and Margaret Atwood.
Vaisbord continues to raise funds for the Little Mountain Film and aims to finish it by 2015.  Meanwhile he continues work as a transmedia producer, educator and digital media consultant, and hopes to be able to contribute to the health of the documentary film through his work with DOC.

Ariella Pahlke
Secretary / DOC Atlantic representative

Ariella Pahlke is a documentary and video artist, curator, and educator living in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia. With a background in philosophy, Ariella has spent the past nineteen years creating documentaries and independent shorts, collaborating on multi-media performance pieces, curating, consulting, and teaching. Her film and video work has been shown on television, at festivals and in galleries throughout Canada and the U.S., and in Norway, India, New Zealand, and South Africa. Her teaching experience includes instructing video in the public school system, facilitating collaborative documentaries with community groups, mentoring for various artist-run organizations, and teaching video and documentary classes at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and at the Arctic College, in Iqaluit, Nunavut. She has been a video consultant for the United Way, the Dalhousie Medical School, the Community Access Program, and Creative Partnerships in London, England. Ariella is an active member of the Centre for Art Tapes, Visual Arts Nova Scotia, and DOC. She is presently working on an interactive documentary project with the NFB called What will remain?, examining memory and choice in the context of ageing and dementia, and is completing an independent experimental documentary called What you did before you were born.

Josephine Anderson
Member-at-Large

Josephine Anderson is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and digital storyteller based in Vancouver, BC. Last year, Josephine was selected as one of four filmmakers to participate in the NFB/CFC Creative Doc Lab, through which she is currently developing a feature documentary. Her first interactive documentary, The Sticking Place (2012), was recognized as an official Webby Award Honoree, won two Pixel Awards, and was nominated for a Digi Award. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of British Columbia, Josephine graduated from Capilano University’s Documentary Film program. In 2013, she was awarded the One to Watch alumni award from Capilano University, honouring alumni who have distinguished themselves early in their careers. Josephine is an alumna of Berlinale Talent Campus and DOXA Connexions. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Documentary Organization of Canada.

Marie-Hélène Cousineau
Member-at-Large
Marie-Hélène Cousineau is a videographer and filmmaker. Since 1991,  she has produced and directed some twenty films with Inuit women, partners in the production company "Arnait Video” whose films have made themselves noticed in several international festivals, art galleries and museums. She worked primarily in Igloolik , but also in Pond Inlet, Iqaluit, Inukjuak and Puvirnituq.
 
"My journey is not linear; I first studied history of art and experimented with sculpture , performance, video installation and photography. Then I focused on the production of experimental and documentary videos. In the early 90s, living in the Arctic, in the Baffin region, video became my tool to understand where I was and to explore this new cultural and natural environment. My collaborative work in indigenous culture led me to deepen my reflection on the modes of production of socially responsible art, on how our relationship with "the other,” to otherness, impact our creativity and allow up of both formal and political challenges."
 
Her newest documentary, SOL, co-directed with Susan Avingaq, won the Grand Prize of Best Canadian Feature at RIDM 2014 and the Best Documentary Program at the 2016 Canadian Screen Awards.
Carmen Garcia
DOC Québec Representative

Carmen Garcia grew up in Paris, where she studied humanities and was a member of an amateur theater group.

After arriving to Montreal in 1973, she worked in the field of journalism and publishing while she pursued an education in translation and communications.

Since 1983, Garcia has produced documentary films, working simultaneously as a producer, researcher, and screenwriter; taking on the additional role of film director in 1993.

From 2001-2002, she temporarily switched focus to work as an analyst for Telefilm Canada. However, Garcia returned to the field of film production in 2003, where she has continued to challenge herself ever since.

Barbara Hager
Member-at-Large

Barbara Hager (Metis/Cree) is a producer, author, documentary director and scriptwriter. Aarrow Productions, her Victoria-based company, has been producing factual series and documentaries since 2003. Hager has produced, written and directed more than 130 television episodes including 1491: The Untold Story of the Americas (2016), All Our Relations II (2016), Down2Earth I and II (2010, 2013), and the New Canoe Season 2 – 8 (2003 – 2009). Her one hour documentaries include From Bella Coola to Berlin (2006), Sounds Like Motown (2008) and Truth, Dance & Reconciliation (2016).  Barbara’s programs have been licensed to APTN, CBC, Knowledge, SCN, CTV and Bravo. She has chaired the Alliance of Aboriginal Media Professionals (AAMP) since 2010 and is a board member of the Victoria Film Festival. In 2014 she was part of an Aboriginal producers’ committee that negotiated a Terms of Trade Agreement with APTN.

Joanne Levy
DOC Winnipeg Representative

Joanne Levy is a producer, executive and consultant with extensive experience in the broadcast and production industries.  Her company, Scorpio Productions Inc.,  works in association with Buffalo Gal Pictures, one of the most active production companies in Manitoba.   She specializes in the creation of programs for all distribution platforms in all formats and genres.  Joanne has been a TV journalist, independent producer and senior broadcast executive.  As a broadcaster, she commissioned hundreds of hours of original, independently produced Canadian programs in all genres that have collected numerous awards.  She mentors emerging producers, serves on industry committees and studies the changes in media production trends, financing and regulation.
 

Nimisha Mukerji
Member-at-Large

An award-winning television director Nimisha Mukerji’s work has been featured on National Geographic and VICE. Her debut film 65_RedRoses was one of the first official selections by Oprah Winfrey for OWN’s Documentary Club. Distributed by PBS International, Ro*co and Hellocoolworld, 65_RedRoses was commissioned by the CBC and acquired by Netflix and Hulu. Mukerji’s second feature Blood Relative was produced for Knowledge Network and screened in competition at Hot Docs ’13, receiving 3 CSA nominations including Best Direction in a Documentary Program (Mukerji’s second nomination in this category). Her short narrative works include The Arrival Hour (TIFF Audience Award Emerging Filmmakers Competition), In The Deep (CBC’s Canadian Reflections) and Beauty Mark (Official Selection Telefilm Canada’s Not Short on Talent Program Cannes ’13), which she co-wrote and produced. Mukerji was the recipient of the 2015 DGC’s Mentorship Award and her latest feature, Tempest Storm was voted as one of Hot Docs Top 20 films of 2016 and is currently being distributed by Mongrel Media.

Nadine Pequeneza
DOC Toronto Representative

Nadine Pequeneza is an award-winning Director, Writer and Producer best known for her observational films offering unique access to character-driven stories about social justice. With more than 15 years international experience, she has garnered multiple nominations and awards, including; a Canadian Screen Award for Best Writing in a Documentary Program, seven CSA and Gemini nominations, a Gold Hugo from the Chicago International Film Festival, a Golden Sheaf from the Yorkton Film Festival, and a Silver Gavel Award honourable mention from the American Bar Association. Her films have screened at festivals around the world, including: Hot Docs International Film Festival, Montreal International Documentary Festival, Milan International Film Festival, Florida Film Festival, Atlanta Film Festival and Tel Aviv International Film Festival.

As the founder of HitPlay Productions, Nadine has produced and directed the company’s feature documentary projects, including: Road to Mercy, 15 to Life: Kenneth’s Story, Up In Arms, Inside Disaster, and Raising Cassidy. Her films have broadcast on CBC, SRC, TVO, PBS and Knowledge Network. She is currently in production on a feature film about social impact bonds, titled The Grand Experiment.

Nadine is a Fledging Fellow and member of the DOC Toronto board.

Lorna Thomas
DOC Alberta Representative

Lorna is a producer, director and writer of television documentaries and information videos, with a special affinity for stories that demonstrate effective social action. She has collaborated with many other film and video organizations and broadcasters including the National Film Board of Canada, CBC, Global TV, CTV, and Bravo. In addition to working as a filmmaker, Lorna also teaches workshops and classes on producing and directing documentaries and creating Digital Stories. A resident of Edmonton, Alberta, Lorna has been the Chair of DOC-Alberta (on and off) since 2013.