Tim Southam has directed dramas and documentaries exploring life on the land, life in politics and life in the arts. He has also worked as a director on several high profile series.

His films include The Bay of Love and Sorrows, Drowning in Dreams, One Dead Indian, Trudeau: Maverick in the Making, L'Histoire de l'oie, Danser Perreault, Satie and Suzanne and Brent Carver: Home Through the Night. Recent series include Hell on Wheels, House, Animal Kingdom, Hap & Leonard, Bones, Colony and Bates Motel, serving on the latter as season four producing director. In the works is his third feature film Hey 45 written by Morwyn Brebner.

Before becoming a filmmaker Tim studied economics, philosophy and literature at the University of Toronto and gained a master's degree in political economy from the London School of Economics. He worked for the European advertising departments of two New York-based magazines, served an apprenticeship with filmmaker/ photographer Gregory Colbert, directed a dozen commercials and was a writer on the series Traders for showrunners Hart Hanson and David Shore. In 2014 he was elected National President of the Directors Guild of Canada, and was re-elected in 2016.

Tim was raised in the Quebec Ottawa Valley in French and English and is married to theatre director Eda Holmes.