Loc Dao

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Loc Dao
Nationality Canadian
Known for Chief digital officer (CDO) of the National Film Board of Canada
Notable work Welcome to Pine Point, Barcode.tv, Circa 1948

Loc Dao is a Canadian digital media creator who is the chief digital officer (CDO) of the National Film Board of Canada. Dao was named CDO in March 2016, after serving as executive producer and creative technologist for the NFB English-language digital studio in Vancouver since 2011.[1][2]

In December 2011, Dao was named Canada’s Top Digital Producer for 2011 at the Digi Awards in Toronto, formerly known as the Canadian New Media Awards.[3] His credits include the web documentaries Welcome to Pine Point,[4] the NFB/ARTE France co-production Barcode.tv,[5] Circa 1948, Bear 71, God's Lake Narrows, Waterlife, The Test Tube With David Suzuki and Cardboard Crash.[6][7][8][9]

Prior to joining the NFB, Dao worked on the Cultural Olympiad Digital Edition for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver as well as citizen journalism initiatives, and helped publishing companies transition from print to digital media. He previously worked at CBC Radio, working first as a sound engineer then a webmaster, then serving as a producer and executive producer. He created one of the first websites for CBC in 1994 and in 2002 was executive producer and co-creator of CBC Radio 3.[4][8][10]

Dao's replacement as NFB Digital Studio head is Rob McLaughlin, with whom he had previously worked with under the company name Subject Matter Inc., collaborating with Katerina Cizek to develop the NFB transmedia project Filmmaker in Residence, which won the Webby Award for Best Documentary Series in 2008.[11][12]


  1. ^ Smith, Charlie (16 May 2016). "Vancouver's Loc Dao becomes the National Film Board's new digital czar". Georgia Straight. Vancouver Free Press Publishing Corporation. Retrieved 20 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Hutter, Kristy (18 January 2012). "A documentary like no other documentary". Maclean's. Retrieved 19 January 2012. 
  3. ^ Maloney, Val (8 December 2011). "NFB and CBC win at Digi Awards". Realscreen. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b Mackie, John (11 June 2011). "NFB soars in cyberspace" (Cached copy). Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  5. ^ Anderson, Kelly (6 October 2011). "NFB, ARTE France launch 'Bar Code'". Reelscreen. Retrieved 7 October 2011. 
  6. ^ Rothman, Lily (17 April 2014). "Vancouver Street View, Circa 1948". Time Magazine. Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 19 April 2014. 
  7. ^ Romanek, Neal (14 October 2012). "Canadian crossmedia crosses borders". Screen International. EMAP Ltd. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Houpt, Simon (15 January 2014). "Meet the visionary behind one of the 'world's hippest' content hubs". Globe and Mail. Retrieved 23 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "NFB Wins 11th Digi Award". Northern Stars. 16 November 2016. 
  10. ^ "Executive Producer and Creative Technologist at the National Film Board of Canada". IDFA DocLab. International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam. Retrieved 9 December 2011. 
  11. ^ "NFB webdoc Welcome to Pine Point a two-time Webby winner". National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "A Mention in the Globe and Mail". Kat Cizek, Filmmaker in Residence Blog, May 7, 2008. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 

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