Born in Montreal, Canada, and holds a degree in Film Studies from McGill University. He was Development Director for five years at the prestigious Canadian Film Centre, the advanced film, television and new media training centre founded by director Norman Jewison. Chris was appointed Executive Director of the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival (North America’s largest documentary festival) in October 1998. In 2013, he was named Hot Docs’ President. Prior to working at the CFC, Chris worked for two national environmental organizations. He sits on several industry advisory boards, and has served on panels and juries at leading film festivals and markets around the world.