Being raised in Alberta may contribute to Catherine's bold spirit, curiosity-driven adventurousness and trailblazing ways. She wanted to be a writer from the time she could hold a pen but growing up watching TV, the draw of that magical combination of words, images and music, drove her to television.
Catherine attended Carleton University in Ottawa to earn her Bachelor of Journalism Honours degree. She began her career working on camera at the CBC, on bold and irreverent programs such as ROUGH CUTZ, and UNDERCURRENTS. She then moved behind the camera and into investigative documentaries for DISCLOSURE, winning awards for her innovative directing.
Captivated by what was called "reality TV" Catherine left CBC to pursue a freelance career in factual doc series and comedy as a director, then series story editor, and eventually showrunner/EP, including CBC's hit comedy series STILL STANDING.
Catherine's interests tend towards adapting and creating premium unscripted and scripted series, with complex characters, emotional, provocative and inspiring subject matter, based on true stories. She's always loved to pitch, develop and be part of what's next in television and Catherine has established relationships with crews, networks, production companies and distributors across Canada, the US and UK.
After writing and directing her first feature documentary, MET WHILE INCARCERATED and investigating, writing, developing and producing THE UNSOLVED MURDER OF BEVERLY LYNN SMITH, Catherine returned to her roots at CBC to help develop and create new series and streams for premium documentaries. She's working on a book including a collection of stories about the people she’s met through her investigative journalism career, called "Life After Murder."
Catherine likes to help develop and support the next generation of voices by volunteering and mentoring young filmmakers, directors and writers, especially women. She's been a mentor with the Women in Film and Television (Toronto) program for several years running. After being part of a volunteer opportunity for BIPOC filmmakers, Catherine developed an unofficial group of emerging artists who met on zoom weekly throughout the pandemic, to support each other’s goals and ideas.
She lives with her partner, daughter and crazy dog in Toronto.