Elia Saikaly is the founder of FindingLife and an award-winning filmmaker whose global adventures are aimed at inspiring others to find their most meaningful lives and spark positive change.
Elia has participated in over 16 expeditions (scaling five of the seven summits), participated in eight Himalayan climbs and led youth expeditions which were broadcast on the Web and shared in real-time via FindingLife. A second summit of Mt. Everest in 2013 garnered him a CINE Golden Eagle Award for his film work of the climb.
In 2014 Elia helped the Google Maps team bring the Khumbu region of Nepal to life for the world to experience. One year later, while stationed on Mt. Everest, his team was hit by an avalanche that claimed the lives of over 20 people. Elia shared his images from Everest with the world-media and reported on the tragedy. From basecamp at 17,500 feet, he created a moving piece of video entitled a ‘Tribute to the Fallen’.
Represented by Speakers’ Spotlight as an inspirational speaker, Elia shares tales of his epic adventures and 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. He brings to life stories of humanity and transports his audience to some of the most remote, inspiring and often inhospitable environments on Earth.
A former actor, model, MuchMusic correspondent and world record power-lifter, the English and French-speaking filmmaker spends much of his time working in partnership with charities such as Moving Mountains Trust and Child Haven International. He recently led an initiative that saw schoolchildren raise money to re-build classrooms in Nepal in response to the devastating 2015 Earthquake that claimed the lives of over 8,000 people.
In 2005, Elia Saikaly was making a film about his mentor Dr. Sean Egan’s mission to become the oldest Canadian to scale Mt. Everest. Though he carried a message for people to live healthy, happy, meaningful lives Sean died tragically during production and never reached the summit.
Never having climbed a mountain before, Elia decided to honour Sean’s life by creating a legacy project in his memory. What began as a tribute film evolved into this FindingLife interactive educational platform aimed at inspiring youth.
FindingLife’s carefully selected interactive expeditions help shape students to become responsible global citizens. They’re encouraged to discover and live their passions, reach their full potential, live a meaningful life by chasing their dreams and meaningfully contribute to making the world a better place.
Dr. Sean Egan (1942 – 2005).