Order of Canada Honours Rudy Buttignol

Our warmest congratulations to Rudy Buttignol, President and CEO of British Columbia’s Knowledge Network, on the recent announcement of his appointment to the Order of Canada.

The Order of Canada, one of the country’s highest civilian honours, recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Buttignol is appointed for his “contributions to the growth and quality of Canadian documentary filmmaking”.

Through his work as an independent filmmaker, commissioning editor and network executive, Buttignol has always been a fierce advocate and supporter of the Canadian documentary community. He has been widely acknowledged for his role in advancing the creative documentary genre in Canada and more recently, for his transformative leadership at the Knowledge Network.

Italian-born Buttignol was a successful independent filmmaker from the mid-70s through the early 90s, when he joined the world of public broadcasting as the Creative Head of Independent Production for TVOntario. Through his vision and influence as commissioning editor at TVO a generation of documentary filmmakers were encouraged to produce truly independent cinema. Many DOC members across Canada have memories of their collaborations with him at TVO.

He has worked with leading documentarians such as Allan King, Jennifer Baichwal, Niv Fichman, Paul Jay and Mark Achbar, and commissioned films like The Corporation, Manufactured Landscapes, Dying at Grace, The Bodybuilder and I, McLuhan’s Wake, Bret the Hitman Hart, The Champagne Safari, Emmy-winner Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles, Oscar-nominated Hardwood, and many more.

He is currently President and CEO of British Columbia’s Network, and President of BBC Kids. Under Buttignol’s leadership, Knowledge has adopted new multi-platform digital services, introduced new programming and content and increased audience shares and revenues.

Rudy Buttignol is a founding Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada and a founder of the Hot Docs Forum. He has served in leadership roles on dozens of boards in the film and television world, including the Vancouver International Film Festival, Banff Media Festival, Canadian Media Fund, Hot Docs International Film Festival and many more.

Thank you Rudy for your outstanding service to our community, and congratulations on this much-deserved recognition!


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