Guest Speakers

Danielle Da Silva

Founder and CEO of Photographers Without Borders

Keynote: From Wedding Photographer to National Geographic

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Danielle Da Silva is an internationally acclaimed and award-winning photographer and director/filmmaker. She is Founder and CEO of Photographers Without Borders and is Co-Founder of the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary. She is also now a Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence and is a partner of Profoto Global. Her mixed ancestry derives from Central/South Asia, Europe and Micronesia. She is also a land and water protector, humanitarian, coach/mentor, writer, and speaker.

Danielle is most passionate about using storytelling to connect people to themselves, to the earth and to all the beings we share life with.

Danielle has worked with hundreds of NGOs, travelling to over 80 countries, and learning more than 6 languages including English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, some Swahili, Indonesian and Arabic.

“By becoming more connected to ourselves, each other and the land, we start becoming the change we seek to create.”

She is the recipient of the Canadian Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders Award, and was listed as number 2 in Matador Network’s Top 17 Female Photographers of 2017 as well as their Top 5 Women Changing Media. She has been nominated for the 2018 Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award; she has also been nominated for Canada’s Top 100 Powerful Women 2016, 2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards, and the 2015 Women in Biz Social Good Award. She won the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for over 10 years of Community Service in 2017 and was recently also named “Woman of the Week” at Women’s Post. She was also a founding Co-Chair of the Dandelion Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to creating consent culture and ending violence against women.

Danielle has created several short documentaries, some of which have earned awards at film festivals internationally. Danielle is known for her portraiture and documentary photography; her images have been published by the British Journal of Photography, National Geographic, the United Nations, The Independent, The Economist, and the book Cities, Slums and Gender in the Global South: Towards a Feminised Urban Future (Chant & McIlwaine, 2016), among others. Danielle is currently working on her first feature-length documentary.

“Storytelling allows us to visualize and manifest new possibilities.”