Montreal-born Christian Duguay was a graduate of Concordia University's film school, where his student projects earned him numerous awards. Duguay began his career as an editor and director of photography, and for several years, shot news documentaries around the world for four television networks.
He returned to Canada and worked on various commercials as a director of photography. Duguay was hired as a second-unit action director for a French television series called William Tell (a.k.a. Crossbow). He was asked to direct the second episode and ended up directing the show for two years.
In 1996, Duguay directed the much-acclaimed miniseries Million Dollar Babies, a Canadian-American co-production about the Dionne quintuplets, starring Beau Bridges and Kate Nelligan, which aired on CBS. His work on this project garnered him the Best Director Award from the Geminis.
Duguay has since earned acclaim as both a feature film and television director in Canada, the United States and abroad.
His television miniseries Joan of Arc, which aired on CBS in 1999, was nominated for 12 Emmy Awards and four Golden Globes, including in both instances nominations for Best Miniseries and Best Director.
Among his other major directorial film credits are the critically-acclaimed thriller The Assignment (1997), starring Donald Sutherland, Ben Kingsley and Aidan Quinn, and the science fiction film Screamers (1995), starring Peter Weller.
When not working on films, Duguay also directs award-winning commercials, including spots for Coca-Cola, Pepsi-Cola, Chrysler, General Motors, McDonalds, the Yellow Pages and Labatt Blue Dry.