As a producer he has been responsible for over 130 hours of television series drama, more than a dozen feature films and television movies, numerous drama specials, several documentaries and art installations. He has appeared in front of the camera and on stage as an actor, but his best performances have always been behind the scenes.
He produced both seasons of the widely-acclaimed Haddock Entertainment/CBC series Intelligence and the Intelligence movie as well as five seasons of the highly-lauded and popular series Da Vinci's Inquest and the single season of Da Vinci's City Hall. He is currently producing his second season of HICCUPS. Liimatainen also produced the Dominic Da Vinci movie Quality of Life and The Life, starring Bruce Greenwood, as well as Anne Wheeler's feature films Marine Life, Angel Square, Bye Bye Blues and Cowboys Don't Cry. He produced the television features Medicine River, Legend of the Ruby Silver and the second season of the series Jake and The Kid.
In addition to these projects for the screen, Liimatainen produced the film-based art installations Inconsolable Memories, and Klatsassin for the internationally-celebrated artist Stan Douglas for whom he also produced a grand scale (9 x 15 metre) still photograph installation Abbott & Cordova for Vancouver's new Woodward's building, and more recently, a series of urban portraits called Midcentury Studio.
Arvi Liimatainen has served on the Executive of the Alberta Motion Picture Industries Association, the board of the National Screen Institute-Canada and the Banff International Television Festival for which he was the Chairman for two years and remains an Honorary Lifetime Director. He has received Gemini Awards, Alberta Film Awards, Cable ACE Awards and British Columbia Leos. He lives in Vancouver where he likes to beat the odds at the race track.