Elia Saikaly

Speaker


Elia Saikaly

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 22nd, 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 and shared the journey with thousands of students around the world. He has participated in six Himalayan climbs and has led  multiple youth expeditions, all of which were broadcast online through FindingLife, an organization he founded to empower and educate youth around the world.

Once an actor, model, and MuchMusic reporter, Elia is now an adventurer and partner of epals.com, the largest K-12 social network on Earth. He is also the featured adventurer of a bilingual television series featuring Canada’s 15 UNESCO World Heritage Sites called Our Part of the World.

Elia spends much of this time working in partnership which charities such as Moving Mountain Trust and Childhaven International. His media appearances include Canada AM, CBS, NBC, CTV, CBC and various international media outlets in the Middle East and Europe. His most recent work Everest – A Time Lapse Film’went viral, hit the number one place on Mashable.com and was shared the world over.

Elia Saikaly est un entrepreneur social canadien dont les films honorifiques, les aventures planétaires et les initiatives d’engagement publique dynamique en inspire d’autres à DÉCOUVRIR leur VIE la plus positive et suscite un changement positif.

Le 22 mai 2010, en plus de se tenir sur le toît du Monde, il a partagé son parcours avec 20 000 jeunes canadiens en pleine salle de classe par l’intermédiaire du Vidéo HD, de sites internet Skype et des médias de société tels que Facebook et Twitter. Cette sensibilisation a appris aux étudiants qu’ils possèdent le pouvoir de changer le monde et a donné lieu à des fonds ramassés au nom d’une charité internationale venant en aide à des orphelins.

Qu’il voyage avec une tribu nomade du Sahara, ou qu’il escalade les monts les plus élevés de la planète (4 expéditions dans le Mont Everest), ou bien encore qu’il vive en communauté avec les ours polaires des fins fonds nordiques – Elia s’est démontré comme un homme possédant de la détermination, de l’endurance, des habiletés, de la débrouillardise et une vision qui lui permet de rencontrer face à face et surmonter les plus grands défis présentés à l’Homme.

Lorsqu’il n’est pas derrière la caméra, comme motivateur, Elia révèle sa passion intense de cinématographe et d’aventurier sur la scène emmenant avec lui les spectateurs dans les plus beaux et les plus dangereux endroits de la planète. Ciblé pour les jeunes, le public en général et des employés de sociétés diverses, chaque présentation démontre une richesse d’humanité extraordinaire, de messages inspirants, de sagesse pratique et de récits personnels mystifiants.

Ses expériences comme acteur, modèle et journaliste dans les arts musicaux lui ont fourni une expertise qui le met bien à l’aise devant la caméra. Il est le Nouvel Aventurier d’un canal Web innovateur à but non lucratif, WIGUP, le mentor médiatique destiné aux enfants.

Elia est aussi l’hôte dynamique d’une nouvelle série télévisée d’aventures qui met en primeur les 15 sites canadiens du Patrimoine mondial de l’UNESCO « La part du monde ». La série diffusée en 15 épisodes devrait entrer en ondes au canal TFO dès janvier 2011.

Elia passe le plus clair de son temps à travailler avec des organismes de charité tels que les Amis du Tibet, section Ottawa, « Ottawa Friends of Tibet » et  la Fondation d’accueil  international pour enfants « Childhaven International ». Il a récemment mené une initiative, par l’entremise de son organisme, Finding Life, de construction d’un puits au Népal pour les enfants en besoin avec l’aide des étudiants de partout dans l’Est ontarien; il a aussi collaboré à la campagne de financement à la construction d’une école pour orphelins à Katmandou.

Il vit présentement à Ottawa au Canada.


Discovering Our Life Purpose

Elia Saikaly tells an incredible story of challenge, courage, compassion, and taking huge risks in life in order to achieve one’s higher purpose. His underlying messages encourage awareness of the challenges and adversities we face, and help inspire an understanding of how they lead us to become who we were born to be.

Elia’s story takes his audience on an emotional, unforgettable and inspiring journey. From growing up as ‘punk-rock’ rebel, out of school and living on the streets, to breaking a world record at the young age of 17 through goal setting techniques and visualization. Elia tells the extraordinary tale about how he went from the lowest point in his life, to soaring high above the clouds at the highest point on Earth, Mount Everest, to honour the death of his mentor, who died during an Everest climb. Elia, at that time, had never even slept in a tent!

Elia’s delivers a jaw-dropping multi-media presentation that transports us into the world above 8000 metres, commonly referred to as the “Death Zone”. Using props, HD video and compelling soundtracks, Saikaly literally brings Everest to life. He introduces audiences to the most remote environments filled with incredible life stories, and shares lessons of success and failure during his adventure to the top.

His presentation often leaves audiences in tears and moved to action. While most struggle to place one foot in front of the other, Saikaly climbs, shoots, broadcasts and communicates to thousands during his expeditions.

Fitness, wellness, goal setting, teamwork, courage, calculated risks, resilience, believing in oneself, and the incredible rewards that come along with giving back to society are all explored through this rich presentation.

Reaching the Top

With over 16 high-altitude expeditions under his belt, including two summits of Mt. Everest, Elia has proven time and time again that he has the determination, stamina, resourcefulness and vision required to meet the greatest of challenges. While most struggle to place one foot in front of the other, Elia shoots, climbs and broadcasts his journeys in ‘real-time’.

In this visually jaw dropping and content rich presentation, Elia takes us around the world from the summits of the world’s tallest peaks, including Mt. Everest, to the hidden secrets of the Amazon jungle bringing to life lessons of failure, success and the strategies required to reach incredible heights. World-class expeditions require proper planning, training, teamwork, calculated risks and the ability to remain optimistic while all odds are stacked against you. Through the use of powerful imagery and video captured on his adventures, Elia illustrates these lessons in a dramatic, colorful and emotionally engaging fashion.

Being empowered by uncertainty, exploring the unknown and adapting to that which you cannot control are concepts that Elia communicates through real-life experienceson some of the world’s tallest mountains.

In this presentation, Elia recounts how his fateful journey on the slopes of Mt. Everest, where he set out to honor the life of his fallen mentor by carrying his spirit to the top of the world, propelled him onto a path of purpose and fulfillment. He connects immediately with his audience as he had never even slept in a tent! Through repeated failed attempts and the hidden lessons behind them, optimism, strategic planning and resilience, he transcends his strategies for success and communicates them with his audience leaving them inspired, empowered and ready to attain incredible heights.

FindingLife: Empowering Students Through Adventure

Elia takes us on an incredible journey and shares his vision of FindingLife – an organization that combines adventure, education, technology and charitable initiatives to inspire youth to create positive change. From summiting the World’s tallest peaks, to building classrooms in Kenya for disadvantaged communities, FindingLife transports students on interactive journeys all across the world. Audiences are empowered and encouraged to take action offline to make a tangible difference in the world. Saikaly’s interactive adventure-based expedition’s help students discover who they are.

FindingLife utilizes modern social media technology to captivate youth. Elia takes audiences to the summit of Everest, sharing how he interactively shot, edited, blogged and GEO mapped his team’s adventure while literally hanging off the side of a Mountain 26,000 ft. above sea level. His relentless pursuit of reaching the summit of Everest alone is enough to leave us inspired; but the real driving force is the story of how 20,000 students followed along daily and raised funds to support an international charity.

Throughout his presentation, he illustrates how high school students summited Africa’s 2nd highest peak while building classrooms in a remote region in Kenya. He takes us through an interactive Soccer tournament that brought technology to hundreds of children in a community who had never even seen computers!

The magic of FindingLife is that it is all broadcast in real-time, enabling school children to interact, learn and contribute to their neighbouring global communities. While some can travel physically, others can now travel virtually and connect with people all across the world.

Using an eye-catching, multi-media presentation, Elia leverages his film-making skills and manages to literally transport us into his world. He shares his innovative use of technology in remote and often inhospitable environments on Earth to move, affect, enable and inspire young people. His courage, vision, creativity and determination has not only contributed to a successful organization, but has inspired tangible change in our youth and in communities across the world. Audiences are inspired and are filled with endless creative ideas of how to use technology to engage on-line communities. “Through vision and commitment, using today’s technology, we create lasting effective campaigns that inspire global change