Member of the Order of Canada and Order of Manitoba, Lisa Meeches is one of the most dynamic and respected producers in the television and film industry and is Anishinaabe from Long Plain First Nation, Sandy Bay First Nation, and Ebb and Flow 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 that connected the newsroom with surrounding First Nations communities. Her journalism career recently came full circle with a 2017 Beyond Borders Media Award for her work on Taken as co-creator, executive producer, and host. Lisa also directed episodes of the series and has been nominated for two Canadian Screen Awards for it (Best Factual Series, Best Cross-Platform Project). Lisa has produced numerous projects to critical acclaim including as Co-Executive Producer on the CBC/eOne/CW series Burden of Truth (four seasons), 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 3-times nominated 2-time winner of CSA’s Jack. She Executive Produced the 4-time CSA nominee and 2-time winner We Were Children, 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.
She is currently executive producing Reclaim(ed) Snapchat’s first original Canadian series and the feature documentary Buffy Sainte-Marie: Carry it on. Lisa was also the Director, Events Planning and Artistic Programming for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 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. Lisa is Executive Producer of Orange Daisy Project, a social action campaign in support of mental health for teen girls. Lisa has been critical to the success of the Manito Ahbee Festival since its inception more than 15 years ago where she has acted in the capacity of board chair on a volunteer basis until assuming the role of Executive Director.
True to her heritage, Lisa is a renowned champion fancy shawl dancer. Among her numerous awards and nominations are the 2007 National Aboriginal Achievement (Indspire) Award for Media & Communication, the 2009 YMCA-YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in the area of Creative Communications, the University of Manitoba's Excellence in Aboriginal Business Leadership Award, the Women in Film and Television 2009 Crystal Award for Mentorship, and Ms. Chatelaine. Lisa was honoured as a 2020 Trailblazer at the Reelworld Film Festival. She is also proudly a member of the Board of Directors of the Banff World Media Festival.