Lesley Birchard (CANADA)
Executive in Charge of Production, CBC Docs

Lesley Birchard fuses success in television and digital production with a passion for mentoring and inspiring the next generation of documentary filmmakers.

As Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Docs at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Lesley oversees the award-winning CBC Short Docs, and her commissions include Sundance-winner Fast Horse, Academy Awards-shortlisted Frame 394, Canadian Screen Award-winner Take Me to Prom and viral Youtube success Finding Fukue.

CBC Short Docs have premiered and won awards at festivals worldwide including TIFF, Hot Docs, IDFA, Sheffield, Sundance, DOC NYC and many more. Lesley also ovesees high-impact television documentaries and specials including Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind and Gord Downie’s The Secret Path in Concert, the annual awards show The Indspire Awards for Indigenous achievement and launched CBC’s award-winning comedy tv series Still Standing.

Lesley is passionate about working with and highlighting the voices of filmmakers from underrepresented communities, and her commissions reflect that.


CBC is Canda’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. Deeply rooted in regions, CBC is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French, and eight Aboriginal languages.


CURRENTLY LOOKING FOR: Potential projects for The Nature of Things. Potential projects for CBC Short Docs.

STYLE: Creative Doc, Hybrid, Observational documentary, Presenter Led/Participatory

GENRES: Biographies, Environment, Human Interest, Indigenous, Natural History and Wildlife, Race, Science, Social Issues

FORMAT: Feature, Single/One-off, Series, Short-form, 52’/60’, 70+ mins, Online