Heather Conway, the topper at Hot Docs Fest, has decided to leave after five months

Heather Conway, the topper at Hot Docs Fest, has decided to leave after five months ...

Heather Conway, a veteran PR executive, will step down as executive director and co-president of the prestigious Canadian Documentary Festival in Toronto after five months in the post.

On November 4, 2021, Conway, the former executive vice president of English language services at CBC/Radio Canada, the country's public broadcaster, assumed the position of director of North America's largest documentary festival.

She served as CEO of Edelman Canada, executive vp marketing and communications at Alliance Atlantis Communications, a former film producer and broadcaster, and as TD Bank Financial's VP.

Conway attended a press conference in Toronto ahead of the festival's return to an in-person event during the epidemic. In my first year leading this incredible organization, I'm honored to have journalists and filmmakers returning to Toronto cinemas to share in this year's festival."

Hot Docs said on Thursday, two weeks ahead of its 2022 festival, Conway will step down as the organization's top executive officer and take on a "new advisory role on strategic planning," as long-time festival president Chris McDonald assumes the organization's sole leadership.

And Erin Lau, the managing director of Hot Docs, and Paul Lewis, the conference director of the World Congress of Science and Factual Producers, have been named interim co-executive directors of the festival.

Conway and McDonald could not be reached for comments on Hot Docs' abrupt senior management changes.

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