In association with Founding and Presenting Sponsor, the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO)
Lisa Meeches, Indigenous Training Programs Advisor
Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the film industry and is Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation.
After studying broadcasting in North Dakota, Lisa began her career in 1986 with the Native Media Network. She later began news reporting for Craig Broadcasting Systems in Manitoba and Alberta, where she established a liaison team who connected the newsroom with surrounding First Nations communities.
Her journalism career recently came full circle with a Beyond Borders Media Award for her work on Taken as co-creator, executive producer and host, for which Lisa has also been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards (best factual series, best cross platform project). Lisa is also an episode director on the series.
She is the founding partner and executive producer of Eagle Vision, the most prolific production company in Canadian history with Indigenous ownership.
Lisa has produced numerous projects to critical acclaim including The Sharing Circle, Canada’s longest running Indigenous television series; Ice Road Truckers; Tipi Tales, a Parent’s Choice award-winning children’s series; and Elijah, a Gemini Award-winning MOW; and the three-time nominated, two-time CSA winner for JACK.
She executive produced the four-time CSA nominee and two-time winner We Were Children, which is widely praised by residential school survivors for its power to heal, while general audiences have been moved by its accurate and truthful portrayal of the impacts of Canada’s colonial past. Prior to this project, Lisa travelled the country with her team interviewing residential school survivors about their experiences for the Legacy of Hope project.
Most recently Lisa served as creative director/executive producer for the National MMIWG Inquiry. Her work was honoured with two gold medals at the international Shorty Awards for excellence in social media. Other Eagle Vision Inc. productions include the comedies Lovesick, Walk All Over Me, which premiered at Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and sold to the Weinstein Company, the politically-charged romantic comedy Blue State, and the Academy Award®-winning feature film Capote. Lisa is co-executive producer on the CBC/eOne series Burden of Truth.
Lisa also devotes considerable time to other causes. She has been critical to the success of the Manito Ahbee Festival since its inception 15 years ago where she has acted in the capacity of board chair on a volunteer basis until recently stepping down to assume the role of executive director.
True to her heritage, Lisa is a renowned champion fancy shawl dancer. Lisa is executive producer of Orange Daisy Project, a social action campaign in support of mental health for teen girls. Among her numerous awards and nominations are: 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communication, 2009 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the area of Creative Communications, University of Manitoba’s Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award, Women in Film and Television 2009 Crystal Award for Mentorship, Order of Manitoba, and she was even Ms. Chatelaine.
Lisa is also an alumna of NSI.
Tyler Hagan, Program Advisor
Tyler Hagan is a Michif-Canadian filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC. His producing credits include the feature debut from Kathleen Hepburn Never Steady, Never Still (2017; Shirley Henderson, Theodore Pellerin), The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open (2019) by Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn; and the three short films: No Words Came Down (2011), Jimbo (2013) and Never Steady, Never Still (2015).
The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open premiered at the Berlinale 2019 and all his films have played at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), followed by four selections by TIFF for Canada’s Top Ten. The Body Remembers … was picked up for distribution by Ava Duvernay’s ARRAY, who released the film on Netflix and in US theatres. The film received the prestigious Toronto Film Critics’ Association Best Canadian Film Award, as well as three Canadian Screen Awards (CSA) for best direction, best original screenplay and best cinematography; and three Vancouver Film Critics’ Circle Awards including best Canadian film.
Never Steady, Never Still was nominated for eight CSA awards, again including best motion picture, and won three awards from the Vancouver Film Critics’ Circle, including best Canadian and best BC film.
Tyler’s directorial work has shown at Berlinale and includes work with the National Film Board, CBC and the Museum of Anthropology in Vancouver.
He received his BFA in film from Simon Fraser University.
Lauren Grant, Program Advisor
Lauren Grant is the owner of Clique Pictures, a vibrant film and television production company that focuses on working with underrepresented creative talent in front of and behind the camera.
Clique Pictures recently launched Sugar Daddy at the Whistler Film Festival and is in post-production on The Retreat. They’re also developing a slate of television projects based on books, short films and podcasts for the international marketplace. Previous films include Riot Girls, Wet Bum, Picture Day and the documentaries On the Line, Metamorphosis and Traceable.
Lauren won a Canadian Screen Award for the short documentary Take a Walk on the Wildside and a Genie award for Savage.
The Hollywood Reporter named Lauren one of 15 Talents to Watch.
Lauren is an alumna of Trans Atlantic Partners, Rotterdam Lab, Berlinale Talent Campus and the Canadian Film Centre’s Producer Lab.
She is currently part of ACE 30 and is a founding member of the Independent Media Producers Association of Cinematic Talent (IMPACT) and the Producer Pledge.
Lori Lozinski, Program Advisor
Lori Lozinski is an award-winning filmmaker based in Vancouver, BC and the president of Violator Films Inc., an independent production company that has been telling maverick stories since 2007. She is recognized for producing socially conscious character-driven stories with female creatives.
Recent films are the Canada/Norway co-produced feature film The Body Remembers When the World Broke Open; feature film Sugar Daddy; short documentary The Pilgrimage which she directed and produced for CBC Digital; the immersive 5,000 sq ft installation Transmissions with acclaimed artist, Lisa Jackson; and the documentary Retake for CBC Digital.
Past films include Once There Was A Winter (Vancouver International Film Festival 2017). Lori also executive produced Never Steady, Never Still.
Lori is an alumna of the Canadian Film Centre, Trans Atlantic Partners, Women in the Director’s Chair, the Rotterdam Lab and was nominated for the 2019 and 2020 Canadian Media Producers Association Indiescreen Award for established producer.
Cheyenne Bruneau, Program Manager
An alumna of the 2012 CBC New Indigenous Voices program, Cheyenne values the thread of connective storytelling within the Indigenous screen industry – through the sharing of traditional teachings, while encouraging a collective healing.
She has assisted on television sets for Indigenous Day Live Inc. and Media RendezVous Inc. Cheyenne also studied filmmaking at the University of Winnipeg where she wrote and directed a variety of short films and music videos.
Cheyenne has had prolific careers in both the photography and music industries. She lived in Paris for a spell to pursue a dream of singing in jazz clubs near Le Louvre.
She thrives on encouraging and guiding fellow artists to excel in their field. She is thrilled to assist the NSI team in helping Indigenous producers move forward.
2021 associate faculty
Indigenous and life guidance
Colin Mousseau, Elder/Traditional Advisor
Coral Aiken, Aiken Heart Films
Jason Brennan, Nish Media
Ins Choi, writer/producer
Daniel Cross, Eye Steel Film
Michael Fukushima, National Film Board
Nicole Mendes, Lark Productions
Andrew Williamson, Cedar Island Films
Tara Woodbury, Sphère Media Plus
Paula Devonshire, Devonshire Productions Inc.
Karen Harnisch, Film Forge
Zoe Hopkins, director/screenwriter/producer
Kyle Irving, Eagle Vision
Maral Mohammadian, National Film Board
Ryan McMahon, writer/director/producer
Alex Ordanis, Stellar Citizens Inc.
Justine Pimlott, National Film Board
Jason Ryle, producer/programmer/consultant
Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, writer/director/producer/actor
Tina Apostolopoulos, production executive, Bell Media
Jesse Barkley, development production executive, Corus Entertainment Inc.
Lesley Birchard, executive in charge of production, CBC Docs
Sarah Fowlie, production for original programming, Bell Media
Andrew Johnson, executive in charge of production, Corus Entertainment Inc.
Adam Garnet Jones, director of TV content and special events, APTN
Sandra Kleinfeld, senior director, CBC Docs
Lea Marin, director of development, CBC
Michelle McCree, executive in charge of production, CBC Docs
Kathleen Meek, manager, original content/drama/factual, Corus Entertainment Inc.
Sarah Quan, executive in charge of development, CBC
Jennifer Shin, director of development, CBC
Amanda Vaughan, production executive, Corus Entertainment Inc.
Other industry resources
Todd Brown, sales agent
Paralee Cook, accountant/producer/actor
Matt Drake, producer/post-production supervisor/sound designer
Ingrid Hamilton, publicist
Sardé Hardie, distributor
Lauren Jacob, social media manager
Michelle Koerssen, production manager
Nathaniel Lyman, Indigenous lawyer
Kim Wheeler, journalist/media trainer
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NSI Art of Business Management – Indigenous Edition is funded by Founding and Presenting Sponsor the Indigenous Screen Office (ISO); Indigenous Training Programs Partner Directors Guild of Canada; Strategic Sponsor Telefilm Canada; Supporting Sponsors Super Channel, Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage; Industry Scholarship Sponsor Documentary Organization of Canada; NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. We gratefully acknowledge the private donors whose gifts support this program.