After graduating from the University of Regina English program in 1996, Hildy W. Bowen joined Four Square Productions Canada Ltd. in February of 1997. That year she apprenticed under noted Saskatchewan producer Rhonda Baker (Tideland) as a production manager. She production managed Four Square’s subsequent Scarred by History series and the National Film Board of Canada documentary Sister Kay. In 2004 she traveled to the Czech and Slovak Republics as producer of the History Television/Czech TV co-production The Wars Against the Roma, a one-hour documentary lensed partially in the Roma slums of Eastern Europe.
Independently, in 1999 Hildy co-produced Daisy, which won the Best of Saskatchewan award at the 2000 Yorkton Short Film and Video Festival and a Special Jury Prize the 2000 Split Film Festival in Croatia. In 2000, Hildy co-produced Blueberry, a short film that went on to screen around the world, winning major prizes in film festivals from Anchorage to Brno in the Czech Republic.
In May 2003 Hildy joined Emmy-award winning Regina production company Partners in Motion, producing the popular series Disasters of the Century for History Television. In 2005 Hildy co-produced the one-hour drama Slatland for CHUM Broadcasting for Regina production company Bellimage. She also worked as part of the production staff for the 2-hour, $2.7 million Saskatchewan Centennial Celebration of the Arts Gala, an event attended by Queen Elizabeth and broadcast live on CBC Television.