I’m a documentary filmmaker, content creator, adventurer, writer, speaker and conservationist — these are my passions and my mediums. With the planet's biodiversity rapidly disappearing, my work focuses largely on conservation action and reconnecting with "the wild". I also care deeply about reconnecting with our health and mental health. It all comes down to life’s interconnectedness — we’re not separate from the extinction crisis, what we put in our bodies, let into our minds, or what we create and do.
My home base is in Tofino, on Vancouver Island. I love the coastal and connected lifestyle, living on the ocean and amongst mountains. While I let my passions and work take me where I need to go, I'm grateful to call the Pacific Northwest home. My hobbies include running and surfing, skiing, adventuring with friends, playing music and reading.
The phenomena of the loss or decline of a species, resulting in the loss or endangerment of other species that depend on it, leading to cascading effects across trophic levels.
In 2017, Gloria Pancrazi and I met on Saturna Island. We'd both travelled across the continent to learn about endangered killer whales, the ocean's apex predator. But it wasn't long before we were met with a dark reality: the orcas were on a fast track to functional extinction.
The following year, we decided to journey across the Pacific Northwest to speak with scientists, Indigenous leaders, politicians, dedicated conservationists and industry representatives. We tracked orcas, trailed grizzly bears and sailed through remote waters. All this, and more, to better understand the orcas' rapid disappearance.
In the end, we discovered that this extinction story is about far more than endangered orcas. It's about the collapse of fisheries, loss of cultures, a warming ocean and an entire ecosystem failure. This is coextinction.
Visit www.coextinctionfilm.com to learn more.
Since my theatre days, I've always loved inspiring and storytelling on stage. Today, I'm speaking in schools, and at events, about conservation action and mental health. Whether it's motivating students or audiences to to reconnect with themselves, their purpose or the planet; or teaching others how to start and maintain a impactful brand; I'd love to speak at your school or event!
Speaking at the Surfrider Speaker Series, in Vancouver, about conservation action
"It has been a long time since I’ve seen an audience as captivated as Elena’s. By the flow and clarity of her presentation, you would think she has been speaking about the themes within Coextinction over a 20-year career, which only reveals how driven she is to stand for the oceans. She reaches past our eyes and ears, and directly connects our hearts. If you participate in the conversation, you’ll walk away with a new dose of inspiration and hope for this planet."
- Sam Rose Phillips, Filmmaker
For years, I've helped others share their stories, build their brands and grow their audience. My extensive, multi-faceted creative skillset, and experience in storytelling and marketing, enables me to help change-makers, artists and organizations develop more influence so they can have more impact.