Canadian Hillman Prize Judges
Bonnie Brown is a long-time journalist at CBC. She has produced radio and television documentaries for The Sunday Edition, The National, The Magazine, and worked as a news producer at The World at Six. She is the recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s 2013 Stephen Hanson Award for Excellence in Journalism, and her investigative work on justice issues has been nominated and short-listed for other national prizes. Now based in Toronto, Bonnie was born and raised in Winnipeg, studied French at the University of Winnipeg, and has a law degree from McGill University.
Garvia Bailey is a co-founder of the award winning podcast production company Media Girlfriends Inc, which aims to amplify underrepresented voices in media. Garvia has a career in media spanning close to two-decades as a producer, host and columnist for the CBC and JazzFM. Garvia is the recipient of the 2019 RTNDA award for opinion writing and a 2017 Silver Medalist at the New York Radio Awards. Garvia’s work is centered on inclusion, care and excellence in journalism.
Neil Docherty is an internationally acclaimed documentary maker. He was a former senior editor and producer with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s investigative documentary program, “The Fifth Estate” and has produced and directed films for “Frontline” on America’s PBS network and for The CBC Documentary Unit. He runs Spin Free Productions, in partnership with his wife Sarah Spinks, and has won more than 40 awards for his films including an International Emmy, five Geminis, three Hot Doc Awards, a Hillman, a Peabody, and several Dupont-Columbia Silver Baton awards. In 2004 he was awarded The Gordon Sinclair Gemini Award as Canada’s best broadcast journalist. Docherty was “Frontline Producer in residence” at the University of California’s Graduate School of Journalism at Berkeley in 1997-98. In June 2006 he gave a master class at the Banff World Television Festival. His latest film, “In the Age of AI” was broadcast as a two-hour special on November 5, 2019, for “Frontline.”