Social Entrepreneur | Award-Winning Filmmaker | Global Adventurer
Elia Saikaly is an award-winning adventure filmmaker whose global adventures inspire others to find their most meaningful life and spark positive change. With over 16 high-altitude expeditions under his belt, Elia has proven time and time again that he has the determination, stamina, skill, resourcefulness, and vision required to meet the greatest of challenges. Through his extraordinary presentations, Elia shows others how to find the courage and strength to live out their dreams, embrace the unknown and contribute to a better world in the process.
On May 22, 2013, Elia stood on top of the world for the second time. Not only did he climb to the summit of Mt. Everest, he shot a reality television series, On the Top, which garnered him a CINE Golden Eagle Award. He also shared the journey with thousands of students in real-time via FindingLife, an interactive school learning program he created that empowers and educates youth through adventure.
In 2014 and 2015, Elia survived the two deadliest seasons on Mt. Everest, which claimed the lives of over 40 climbers. He broke his back in a paragliding accident while piloting solo in Nepal and, against all odds, recovered after dragging himself off of a roof. Resilience, perseverance, post-traumatic stress, and the power of the human spirit are but some of the themes that emerge that are explored through Elia’s experiences and presentations.
Elia recently co-starred in Discovery Canada’s Unclimbed: Reaching the Summit. His media appearances include CBS, NBC, CTV, CBC, BBC, Discovery, and many more. His most recent work, Everest: A Time-Lapse Short Film II, went viral and was shared online by news outlets around the world.
The adventurer, who speaks both English and French, spends much of his time working in partnership with charities, such as Moving Mountains Trust, Under the Same Sun and Child Haven International. In the fall of 2018, Elia led a team of women with albinism to the highest point in Africa.
Teacher | Author | Paralympian | World Champion
Victoria was born with a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa, but she asserts that facing the challenge of going blind was actually an opportunity – a chance to develop her grit and inner strength. Her determination propelled her to pursue excellence on Canada's Para-Rowing Team. She and her team have won seven medals for Canada. including gold when they broke the world record at the World Rowing Championships in New Zealand. Victoria is now Head, Stakeholder Relations and Community Engagement, for the new CNIB Guide Dogs program: following a 17 year career as a teacher in the Toronto District School Board. She is an author, tv host and proud member of Ontario's Standards Development Committee for Accessibility in Education.