Lisa Fitzgibbons stepping down from Canada’s DOC

After seven years heading the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), executive director Lisa Fitzgibbons (pictured) is to step down on December 31 to pursue consulting and advocacy work in the cultural sector.
December 16, 2014

After seven years heading the Documentary Organization of Canada (DOC), executive director Lisa Fitzgibbons (pictured) is to step down on December 31 in order to pursue consulting and advocacy work for the cultural sector.

A DOC spokesperson told realscreen that there is presently no news of her replacement.

During Fitzgibbons’ time with the organization – which advocates for Canadian independent doc makers – she oversaw a number of reports on the Canadian doc industry, including two editions of Getting Real: An Economic Profile of the Canadian Documentary Production Sector, and most recently, Growing the Pie: Alternative Financing and Canadian Documentary.

Among her achievements at the organization is the creation of the National Road Show on Fair Dealing and Documentary Production, which unites industry professionals in discussing the best practices for fair dealing in documentary production.

In addition, under her leadership, DOC members lobbied for the POV program, which encourages point-of-view docs for the English-speaking market.

“Lisa Fitzgibbons has demonstrated exceptional devotion to the documentary community through her tireless work on our behalf,” said Pepita Ferrari, chair of DOC’s national board of directors, in a statement. “We have been extremely fortunate to have had such an articulate and hard-working ally in our corner. She will be greatly missed and we wish her well with this next phase in her career.”

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