Rudy Buttignol Appointed to the Order of Canada | Knowledge.ca

BURNABY, B.C. - Knowledge Network is proud to announce that President and CEO Rudy Buttignol has been appointed to the Order of Canada. His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, announced the recipients of the Order of Canada on December 30, 2016.

The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours, recognizing outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Rudy receives this honour for “his contributions as a champion of Canadian documentary filmmaking and for his transformative leadership at the Knowledge Network.”

Since joining Knowledge Network in 2007, Rudy has transformed the public broadcaster into a digital media service with television and web channels serving British Columbians across the province. Knowledge Network’s TV everywhere strategy has significantly increased audiences and revenue, and reduced its reliance on government funding.

“Rudy has devoted his career to supporting arts and culture in Canada through his significant contributions to documentary filmmaking and public educational broadcasting,” said Nini Baird, Chair of Knowledge Network Corporation’s Board of Directors. “We are thrilled that he is receiving such a prestigious honour. Congratulations to Rudy and the other appointees.” 

During his time at TVOntario, Rudy commissioned a number of internationally heralded documentaries including The Corporation; Manufactured Landscapes; Dying at Grace; The Bodybuilder and I; McLuhan’s Wake; Bret the Hitman Hart; The Champagne Safari; Emmy winner Let it Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles; and Oscar-nominated Hardwood. He is the founding Chair of the Documentary Organization of Canada and founder of the Hot Docs Financing Forum.