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Avi Lewis

Social & Political Commentator

Avi Lewis is an award-winning documentary filmmaker and television journalist. His first feature length film, The Take (2004), followed Argentina’s new movement of worker-run businesses and was released theatrically, winning several awards. In 2010 and 2009 Avi hosted Al Jazeera English Television’s Fault Lines.  He has also worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as the host of On the Map, The Big Picture, and counterSpin. Currently he is directing a feature documentary called The Message: the (r)evolutionary power of climate change.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

The Value of Education

Globalization and Development

New Forms of Workplace Organization

Canada’s Role in the World

Climate Change and the End of Oil

Duo presentation featuring Stephen Lewis and Avi Lewis:
Avi Lewis, CBC journalist, activist and documentary filmmaker speaks candidly with his father, Stephen Lewis, the former United Nations Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.

  • He did a great job getting the crowd going and keeping them on task throughout the evening…He was an excellent speaker and had quality conversations with our staff and the other not-for-profit organizations at the event.

    - Framework Foundation
  • Avi Lewis, the passionate and knowledgeable host brought his show's Town Hall style of spirited exchange...

    - Banff Television Festival
  • He was just amazing and gave such a great presentation and really engaged the audience.

    - VP Academic Students' Union, University of Lethbridge

Summary Profile

Avi Lewis is one of Canada’s most controversial and eloquent media personalities. His 2008 television series – Inside USA, examined the real issues at stake in the US presidential election – debuting on Al Jazeera English television network in February 2008.  His previous shows–On The Map with Avi Lewis, a daily half-hour of opinionated international news analysis and The Big Picture with Avi Lewis, combining hard-hitting documentaries and town hall debates–aired on CBC Newsworld in 2006 and 2007. In 2004, he directed his first feature documentary, The Take, which follows Argentina’s new movement of worker-run businesses.  An emotional story of hope and resistance in the global economy, The New York Times called it “a stirring, idealistic documentary.”  It was released theatrically in Canada, the U.S., and across Europe, was nominated for 4 Gemini Awards, and won the International Jury prize at the American Film Institute festival in Los Angeles. In the late 90s, as the host and producer of counterSpin on CBC Newsworld, Lewis presided over more than 500 nationally televised debates in three years.  In the early 1990s, he hosted City TV’s landmark music journalism show “The New Music.” At the same time, he was MuchMusic’s Political Specialist, pioneering political “uncoverage” for a youth audience and winning a Gemini Award for Best Special Event Coverage. In 2010 and 2009 Avi hosted Al Jazeera English Television’s Fault Lines.  He has also worked at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as the host of On the Map, The Big Picture, and counterSpin.

Avi is currently directing a feature documentary called The Message: the (r)evolutionary power of climate change.