NSI New Voices - Faculty

Lisa Meeches, Aboriginal Training Programs Advisor


As one of the most dynamic and respected Indigenous producers in Canada, Lisa Meeches is an executive producer and the president of Eagle Vision Inc. and Meeches Video Productions, two Winnipeg-based production companies, and co-president of Century Street Distribution.

Lisa has executive produced a series of one-off documentaries, television specials and corporate videos.

Among her numerous awards and nominations, Lisa produced four-time Canadian Screen Awards nominee and a two-time winner docu-drama We Were Children; Canadian Screen Award winning TV movie Jack; and Gemini Award winning TV movie Elijah.

She also received critical acclaim for a number of past projects including The Sharing Circle, Canada’s longest running Indigenous TV series which she also hosted, and Tipi Tales, a Parent’s Choice award-winning children’s series.

Eagle Vision also co-produces movies for television and theatrical release. Projects include Walk All Over Me (2007), which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, Blue State (2006), and the Academy Award®-winning feature film Capote (2006).

Lisa received the 2013 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction’s Circle of Inspiration Award for her work on NSI’s New Voices course, the 2009 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the area of Creative Communications, the 2009 University of Manitoba’s Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award, the Women in Film and Television 2009 Crystal Award for Mentorship, and the 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Media & Communication.

Lisa is also the executive director of the Manito Ahbee Festival and sits on the national board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation.

Ursula Lawson, Manager


Ursula has been with NSI since 2004 and is a manager of programs and development, working on many of NSI’s courses.

As program manager of NSI New Voices and co-manager of NSI IndigiDocs, she has been instrumental in helping NSI develop and deliver culturally sensitive film and television training to emerging Aboriginal film and content creators.

In 2013 Ursula was honoured to receive the YMCA-YWCA Women of Distinction Circle of Inspiration award along with colleagues Lisa Meeches and Melissa Kajpust for their contribution to the NSI New Voices course.

Ursula previously managed the NSI Aboriginal Journalism pilot program; coordinated NSI Global Marketing, NSI Totally Television, NSI Aboriginal Cultural Trade Initiative and NSI Pitch to Win! She is also secretary of the NSI Board of Directors.

Prior to working at the National Screen Institute, Ursula held management positions in both the hospitality and healthcare industries.

Kaya Wheeler, Aboriginal Programs & Administrative Assistant

Kaya Wheeler

As Aboriginal programs and administrative assistant Kaya assists with the day-to-day running of NSI New Voices and pitches in wherever else she can.

She graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a degree in indigenous studies and since her graduation has worked within the indigenous community in Winnipeg.

Kaya spent a large portion of her life on the ‘fringes’ of the television industry, and you may even be able to catch a cameo or two (or more) of her on North of 60.

She loves to travel and find new adventures.

She currently lives with her partner and their very spoiled (but deserving) dog Max.

Associate faculty

Aboriginal and life guidance

Colin Mousseau, Elder/Traditional Advisor
Dr. Winona Wheeler, Indigenous History
Cecil Sveinson, Facilitator/Instructor, cross cultural education
Patricia Caribou
Ovid Caribou


Brendon Sawatzky, Inferno Pictures
Charles Clement, Media RendezVous
Jeff Newman, Nüman Films
Jesse Green, StrongFront Productions
Vanessa Loewen, Animike See Digital Productions


Cam Bennett, MTS
Iris Yudai, CBC
Kim Wheeler, CBC
Melanie Nepinak-Hadley, APTN
Paul Barnsley, APTN
Richard Cloutier, CJOB


Dennis Jackson, Dark Thunder Productions
Gary Yates
Noah Erenberg
Ervin Chartrand
Paula Kelly
Tim Southam

Writers/story editors

Jordan Wheeler, Writer
Shereen Jerrett, Director/Writer


Andrew Forbes, DOP
Damon Surzyshyn, Nomad Production, Cameraman/Mentor
Greg Barker, DOP, Cameraman/Mentor
Kim Bell, Cameraman/Mentor

Other industry resources

Allison Bite, Film Training Manitoba
Anita Lubosch, Sound Technician
Taavo Soodor, Production Designer
Julie Hackett, Film Editor
Monique Perro, City of Winnipeg
Liz Hover, National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI)
Steve Morrisson, William F. White
Michael Kluthe, On Screen Manitoba
Darcy Fehr, Actor