Mentor in Residence

Meet the artists and arts workers offering free mentorship in 2022!

Learn more about the mentors and their offerings before clicking the register button below.

Please note: Mentorship sessions are currently paused and will resume in February 2023.



      Katia Café-Fébrissy is a bilingual award-winning Writer, Director and Playwright who tells stories on screen and on stage. Her directorial credits range from cinema verite, experimental docs and docu-drama to VR projects, corporate and institutional films to music video, episodic web series and plays.  She also writes podcast scripts, factual episodes and documentary series scripts for non-fiction television shows. 

Katia is a member of the Directors' Guild of Canada, the Playwrights Guild of Canada, the Canadian Media Guild and the Francophone Writers' Guild of Canada (SARTEC). Besides, she's an alumna of various talents labs---Berlinale EFM Doc Toolbox Lab, Hotdocs Fellowship, Academy of Women Directors, Netflix-Banff Diversity of voices, Women in the Director's Chair (WIDC) and Director's Lab North. 

Katia holds a Masters degree in Literature and Languages from the Université of Paris VIII, France and a Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking from the Varan Doc Film Centre, France.

When she is not working as a Podcast Host, Writer or Director for hire, Katia teaches directing skills at the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto and facilitates Diversity and Inclusion workshops for Directors Guild of Canada.

Connect with Katia if you want support with:

  • Creative Writing
  • Dramaturgical Advice
  • Communication and Leadership skills
  • Directing Actor Training


 Juan M. Gonzales-Calcaneo began his career as a filmmaker; kick-starting his real appetite for storytelling. Since then, he has worked tirelessly assisting brands in finding their core identity while leading them into the growingly complex and often puzzling world of brand communications, helping them direct their message to desired, targeted audiences. He began his career working in some of the most recognized non-profit arts organizations in Canada. Juan’s dynamic career also includes a successful four-year run as a panelist on a hit MTV show, which allowed him to build strong relationships with journalists and other key media leaders and tastemakers in the country. Spearheading campaigns with brands such as Bandit Brewery and Buffer Festival, and leading publicity efforts for organizations like Mayworks Festival of Working People and the Arts, Jane's Walk and Hot Docs, where he currently manages the organization’s media relations, have established Juan as a creative force and a unique voice in the industry.

Connect with Juan if you want support with:

  • Media Relations
  • Media Pitches
  • Communications & Messaging Skills Improvement

 Emily Gillespie (she/her) is a mad and autistic author, disability activist, and professional daydreamer. Gillespie has a BA in Gender Equality and Social Justice and an MA in Critical Disability Studies. She earned a certificate in Creative Writing from Concordia University. She had volunteered and worked in the disability community as an activist, researcher, and facilitator for over ten years. Gillespie is also an author and performance artist. Her work explores themes of memory, identity and mental health journeys. She enjoys working in community spaces and examining individual and collective experiences as a teacher and mentor. Dancing with Ghosts (Leaping Lion Books, 2017) is her first novel. Her poetry and short-stories can be found in several journals and anthologies. She is currently drafting her second grant funded novel.

Connect with Emily if you want support with:

  • Networking
  • Accessibility & Disability Justice
  • Creative Self-Care
  • Course Planning
  • Facilitation Skills
  • Publishing


 Jenn Paul (she/her) is a highly creative and versatile Producer with experience in film, television, and agency environments. With a specialty in Film Production, Jenn's career spans development, production, post-production, marketing, distribution and exhibition as well as DEIB advocacy. She started her career producing a number of internationally screened short films before working as a Film Marketing and Distribution Manager, travelling across the country with Canadian films and running market test screenings for films such as MAUDIE. She also worked as the Digital Media Supervisor on CBC’s KIM’S CONVENIENCE, before working as a Unit Manager at Bell Media for CTV’s YOUR MORNING, SIDES* on MUCH, and various Branded Content projects with large brands. During her time at Bell Media she also co-founded their first and largest Diversity & Inclusion employee resource group, representing 5000+ employees in all Bell Media offices across Canada. In 2018, she produced the first Canadian-Caribbean Afrofuturist feature film, BROWN GIRL BEGINS, which has screened at 20+ cities internationally and was nominated for two CSA’s including Best Adapted Screenplay. Jenn is a passionate Diversity, Equity and Inclusion advocate, most recently being appointed as ACTRA National's Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.

Connect with Jenn if you:

  • Are considering a career in film, television, marketing, or communications
  • Are Producing your first film and don’t know where to begin
  • Require feedback on scripts or in-progress cuts of your recent film project
  • Are a Board member or employer and want support with implementing Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Advocacy in your workplace


 Konrad Skorupa works as a Cultural Development Officer, Economic Development and Culture at the City of Toronto. His primary role is to develop and implement cultural programs and projects that foster and enhance the growth of Toronto as a creative city. Currently, he works on the City of Toronto's cultural grants portfolio (operating, capital, project and Indigenous), develops cultural policy, and oversees the City of Toronto Cultural Community Space Tenancies. He is a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education with a Master's in Education and Community Development and the Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Sector Leadership from the University of Victoria, B.C. Konrad is committed to elevating the creative and cultural identity of the city. 

Connect with Konrad if you want support with:

  • Grant Writing
  • Project design
  • Strategic planning
  • HR
  • Accessibility
  • Volunteer Management
  • Communication Skills Improvement.

*Konrad is no longer available to accept mentees.




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