NSI Features First - Faculty

Presented by the National Screen Institute in association with Telefilm Canada

Melissa Kajpust, Program Advisor


As director of programming, international distributors and Canadian pre-sales for Super Channel, Melissa oversees the development and pre-licensing of Canadian feature films, series and feature documentaries. She also manages all international acquisitions.

Melissa has extensive relationships with producers, distributors and funding agencies in Canada, and with distributors in the US and UK.

Her earlier experience includes working as director of programming for the National Screen Institute. In 2013 she was honoured to co-receive a YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction award for her work on the CBC New Indigenous Voices program. Melissa is also an award-winning screenwriter, author and playwright.

Shelly Quade, Program Manager


As manager of programs and development, Shelly runs the NSI Features First course.

Shelly comes to NSI from Frantic Films where she was assistant to the CEO & executive producer. More recently, she had a hand in TV development from show creation to research with a special love for casting.

She has extensive knowledge of the film and television industry on a national level, great connections and is enormously passionate about Canadian productions.

When she was cast as an extra in the Canadian classic Meatballs, she knew film and TV was the industry she wanted to work in. She went on to study broadcasting and worked as a reader and book reviewer and brings those skills and enthusiasm to her current position.

Contact Shelly on 204-232-9755.

Associate faculty


Tom Alexander, Mongrel Media
Omar Chalabi, Elevation Pictures
Andrew Hunt, Raven Banner Entertainment
Michael Kennedy, Cineplex
Christina Kubacki, Entertainment One
David Miller, Agency 71
Michael Paszt, Raven Banner Entertainment
Brad Pelman, The Fremantle Corporation


Melissa Kajpust, Super Channel
Kathleen Meek, Bell Media

Story editor mentors

Melissa Kajpust
Linda Seger

Executive producer mentors & producer resources

David Barlow
Jonathan Bronfman
Isaac Clements
Damon D’Oliveira
Paula Devonshire
Murray Foster
Lauren Grant
Moira Holmes
Leah Jaunzems
David Miller
Darren Portelli
Jenn Shin
Jeffrey St. Jules
Glen Wood


Kathy Weinkauf

Financial and funding agencies

Alan Bacchus, Harold Greenberg Fund
Marcia Douglas, formerly with Bell Fund
Chris Dunn, Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC)
John Galway, Harold Greenberg Fund
Moira Holmes, Film Finances
Diane Konecny, Front Row Insurance
Tanya Lahiri, RBC
Dan Lyon, Telefilm Canada
Gabi Mandowsky, Aver Media Finance (BMO)
Frank Manzo, National Bank
Melanie Muncaster, Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation
Jenna Seguin, Aver Media Finance (BMO)

Casting agent

Stephanie Gorin, Stephanie Gorin Casting

Other industry resources

Gigi Morin, Duncan-Morin
Anne Marie Murphy, Eastern Script


Glenn Cockburn, Meridian Artists