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"Following your dream is an excellent career choice."

Words, stories, and images have been recurring themes in the accomplishments of Catherine Lough Haggquist.

Born in Vancouver, Canada, but raised early on in rural Canadian Prairies, Haggquist was drawn to various creative mediums through her exposure to regional Canadian television and storytelling in school. She returned to Vancouver at the age of 11 and at 16, a shared paper route between Haggquist and her brothers, Franklin and David Lough, led them all to being cast in a commercial, inspiring her to pursue more training as an actor.

On the acting circuit, Haggquist got her first big break as a stand-in for Holly Robinson on the television series, 21 Jump Street. Following appearances on TV mainstays like The Commish, Highlander, The X-Files, and Dark Angel. Haggquist added to her acting credits with lead roles on two Canadian series - The Unprofessionals and Rockpoint PD. To date, she has amassed over 100 acting credits in film and television, including such efforts as Supernatural, Stargate: SG1, Stargate: Universe, Fringe, Once Upon a Time, Bates Motel, Van Helsing, ZooGodzillaThe Good Doctor, and Life Sentence. She is probably most known for her work as “Inspector Nora Harris” on the last three seasons of Continuum. Currently she has an ongoing role as “Mayor Terry Sternholz” in the Aurora Teagarden mystery series for Hallmark Movies & Mysteries.

While Catherine Lough Haggquist has shared the screen with an impressive array of talent, her work off-screen has been equally influential in the Canadian industry and beyond. In addition to having served in four capacities – including Vice President - on the executive board of the Union of BC Performers and as a National Councillor of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists, she founded Biz Books in 1996 to provide a dedicated industry source for film, television, and theatre products. Over 20 years later, BizBooks.net remains an online haven of inspiration for the creative types to feel welcomed, encouraged, and supported in pursuing their own industry dreams.

The recipient of the 2008 Women in Film and Television Vancouver's Special Jury Award, Catherine Lough Haggquist is also very proud to have been named as the 2013 International Women’s Day Honoree by UBCP/ACTRA. In 2017, she was awarded a life membership in UBCP/ACTRA for her notable and lasting contributions to the union and industry.

In addition to her acting and the operating of Biz Books, Haggquist enjoys teaching actors career planning, business structure and audition technique at SchoolCreative Institute of the Arts.