NSI Features First - Faculty

Presented by the National Screen Institute in association with Telefilm Canada

Shelly Quade, Program Manager


As manager of programs and development, Shelly runs the NSI Totally Television and NSI Features First courses.

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.

Melissa Kajpust, Program Advisor


Melissa Kajpust is Super Channel’s head of creative development and outreach, directing a team of development executives and fulfilling the effective disbursement of the Super Channel Development Fund.

Previously, Melissa was director of programming for the National Screen Institute where she was accountable for the delivery of all training programs and ran the Movie Central Script to Screen program.

Melissa is a sought-after story editor, industry juror and workshop facilitator.

In 2013 Melissa was honoured to co-receive the YWCA Women of Distinction Circle of Inspiration award for her contribution to the NSI New Voices course.

Melissa is an award-winning screenwriter, author and playwright. She has written and developed programs for CTV, W, Slice, A-Channel, APTN, Treehouse, Citytv, YTV and Movie Central. Her two children’s books, A Dozen Silk Diapers and The Peacock’s Pride were published by Disney’s Hyperion Books for Children.

Her first feature film, Steel, a German/Canadian co-production, was produced in 2014.

Melissa is a graduate of the Canadian Film Centre.

Associate faculty


Robin Smith, Kino Smith
Omar Chalabi, Elevation
Michael Kennedy, Cineplex
David Miller, Agency 71
Christina Kubacki, eOne
Brad Pelman, Cinecoup
Andrew Hunt, Raven Banner


Kathleen Meek, TMN
Chris Bell, Movie Central

Story editor mentors

Melissa Kajpust
Linda Seger

Executive producer mentors & producer resources

Paco Alvarez, Chesler Perlmutter
Mark Montefiore, Montefiore Films
Kevin Krikst, Rhombus
Fraser Ash, Rhombus
Jennifer Kawaja, Sienna Films
Glen Wood
Eli Campbell, Blue Ice Pictures
Dan Bekerman, Scythia Films


Sean Garrity


Kathy Weinkauf

Financial and funding agencies

Moira Holmes, Film Finances
Lauren Grant, Clique Pictures Inc.
John Galway, Harold Greenburg Fund
Gabi Mandowsky, Aver Media Finance (BMO)
Frank Manzo, National Bank
Diane Konecny, Front Row Insurance
Dan Lyon, Telefilm Canada
Marcia Douglas, Bell Broadcast New Media Fund

Casting agent

Stephanie Gorin, Stephanie Gorin Casting

Other industry resources

Anne Marie Murphy, Eastern Script


Elina Levina, Harrison Artist Management
Glenn Cockburn, Meridian Artists