Elia Saikaly is an award-winning adventure filmmaker and high altitude mountaineer.
He began his film and television career working as video-journalist turned actor, director of photography, director and producer. Elia and his team won a Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Program for Aaron Sanchez: Limitless (2018). He was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Sports Program for “Anything is Possible’ in 2021, featuring Serge Ibaka and ‘Home and Really Far Away’ in 2015, produced by Sportsnet. Everest: On the Top, a series he shot on Mt. Everest, won the CINE Golden Eagle Award for Outstanding Reality Television Series. Elia also co-created and co-starred in a television series and branded content campaign with Discovery Canada entitled: Unclimbed – Reaching the Summit. The series was sponsored by Jeep Canada and won an OMMA marketing award.
Elia and his imagery has appeared in news outlets across the world. He survived and documented the 2014-2015 and 2019 disasters on Mt Everest where he reported and delivered images to the international press appearing in over 100 media reports. His Everest imagery is regularly sought after and licensed by television networks around the world including National Geographic, Discovery, ESPN, HBO, PBS, BBC and many more.
Elia Saikaly uses the power of his filmmaking and global adventures to inspire others to find their most meaningful life and spark positive change by giving generously of his time and working in partnership with charities such as The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada, Moving Mountains Trust, Under the Same Sun, Nepal School Projects and Child Haven International.
He’s the founder of FindingLife.ca, an educational learning platform that connects students in the classroom to world class expeditions.
Elia is represented by Speakers.ca as a professional speaker.
In production are two documentaries: one that tells the story of the disastrous season on Mt Everest in 2019 and the other the story of the disappearance of teammates John Snorri, Ali Sadpara and Chilean climber JP Mohr on K2.