Canadian Hillman Prize: 2021–2022 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 an arts journalist, broadcaster and producer. She has accumulated close to 20 years as a local and national radio host, commentator and producer for the CBC and most recently with JazzFM91 in Toronto. Garvia was a producer on a myriad of award-winning documentary teams throughout her tenure at the CBC. She was a regular contributor to CBC Radio’s Metro Morning and a contributor at cbcmusic.ca, CBC Television and continues to provide commentary on the CBC flagship news program, The National. Her work has been featured on CBC Radio’s Tapestry, Sunday Edition and Out in the Open. Garvia provides leadership on several boards around social justice issues and is currently working on her own major photo/storytelling exhibit with Toronto based Black Artist in Dialogue (BAND). Additionally, she is a producer and consultant with the award-winning multi-media production company Pop Sandbox.
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.”