Hot Docs’ Heather Conway Moving to Advisory Role


Heather Conway, the executive director and co-president of Hot Docs, will be transitioning from her current positions to an advisory role.

“I love Hot Docs and have immense respect for the hard work and dedication of its talented team,” said Conway. “There is a strong mission in place for the organization and very capable people already there to realize it. I remain a passionate member of the community and look forward to working with Chris [McDonald, president of Hot Docs] to advise on strategic planning and contribute to the ongoing success of Hot Docs.”

Conway, who joined Hot Docs in November 2021, will take up her new role on May 13.

Long-time president McDonald will assume sole leadership of the organization. Hot Docs’ Erin Lau, managing director, and Paul Lewis, conference director of World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, have been named interim co-executive directors and will support McDonald as part of the leadership team.

Robin Mirsky, co-chair of Hot Docs Board of Directors, said: “We are extremely grateful for Heather’s tremendous contributions during her tenure and look forward to her ongoing involvement in Hot Docs’ future planning. Her decision to transition from her current role comes after much thoughtful reflection on how best to restructure the organization for greater success and how she could best contribute her considerable talents. We thank her for her valuable insight and commitment to Hot Docs.”