Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers

Discover the amazing line-up of guest speakers who will present at VIMFF 2017 (click on their names for more details).

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 10th 2017

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Marc-Andre Leclerc 

20th Annual Opening Night
Friday Feb 10 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

Marc-Andre Leclerc is one of the worlds leading alpinists. He will talk about his fascination with winter ascents. From winter solo ascents in Patagonia to hard winter climbs in the Canadian Rockies. 

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 11th 2017

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Rebecca Rusch 

Mountain Bike Show
Saturday Feb 11 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

Rebecca Rusch is the Queen of Pain with a heart of gold. Join Rebecca as she shares what it takes to be a professional athlete for over three decades. The 7x World Champion has continually tested her own limits, and shattered the glass ceiling in whatever sport she tackles. 

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Justa Jeskova & Steve Storey

Mountain Bike Show
Saturday Feb 11 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

The Ups and Downs Of Bikepacking At 15’000 feet is the story of the highs and lows of 3 mountain bikers week long journey around the Ausangate mountain of Peru.

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Eileen Bistrisky

7 Continents
Saturday Feb 11 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

A passion for mountains, travel, and adventure has taken Eileen to all seven continents. She will share her stories and footage from each continent, and the lessons learned along the way.

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Lynne Quarmby

The Change I Want To See
Saturday Feb 11 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque MAP

Lynne will speak to the struggles of sustained and effective individual engagement in climate justice activism. How do we stay positive? Where should we put our efforts?

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David Lavallee

The Change I Want To See
Saturday Feb 11 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque MAP

David has directed multiple award winning documentaries. He will talk about how he hopes the films will bring a much needed sanity to not only the energy debate, but the struggle for an economic paradigm that actually makes sense.

SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12th 2017

Joe Grant

Trail Running Show
Sunday Feb 12 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

In the summer of 2016, Joe took on the Tour de Fourteeners, a self-powered link up of all of Colorado’s 14,000ft peaks by bike and on foot.

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Paul Romero

Trail Running Show
Sunday Feb 12 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

Paul is going to share what it means to #livelimitless, through some tales of his outrageous global travels and near death experiences.

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Sam McKoy

Ski Traverses in BC
Sunday Feb 12 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

Sam will be presenting some of his stunning photographs combined with short stories aimed at providing insight into the life and times of ski traverse expeditions.

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Manrico Scremin

Adventure Travel
Sun Feb 12 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque MAP

Follow Manrico as he and his companions enjoy a completely different type of adventure, a 19 day hike through the Dolomites in Italy ending in the town where he was born.

MONDAY FEBRUARY 13th 2017

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Kevin Vallely

Family Show
Mon Feb 13 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

A paddle journey down the Mackenzie would be a challenge for any explorer but for two young families with three kids in tow it promised to be an adventure of a lifetime.

Norm Hann

SUP Adventures presented by Red Paddle
Mon Feb 13 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

Norm Hann is at the forefront of the stand-up paddle movement. He has competed and raced around the world, and has extensively explored the waters of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest.

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Chris Christie

SUP Adventures presented by Red Paddle
Mon Feb 13 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

Join Chris Christie and Jean Francois Plouffe for a presentation on their 15 day Stand up Paddle Board Expedition to Bella Coola with a short film and still images from this 240km Coastal Journey.

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Jean-Francois Plouffe

SUP Adventures presented by Red Paddle
Mon Feb 13 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

Join Chris Christie and Jean Francois Plouffe for a presentation on their 15 day Stand up Paddle Board Expedition to Bella Coola with a short film and still images from this 240km Coastal Journey.

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Jimmy Martinello & Jon Burak

SUP Adventures presented by Red Paddle
Mon Feb 13 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

Join Jimmy Martinello and Jon Burak as they share some of their stories on Sup exploration through BC’s rivers and Wild West Coast.

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Brent Seal

Mind vs Mountain
Mon Feb 13 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque Theatre MAP

Brent Seal and James Frystak will present their funny, challenging and inspiring journey to North America’s highest mountain.

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James Frystak

Mind vs Mountain
Mon Feb 13 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque Theatre MAP

Brent Seal and James Frystak will present their funny, challenging and inspiring journey to North America’s highest mountain.

TUESDAY FEBRUARY 14th 2017

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Emily Cole

Kayak Night
Tues Feb 14 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque Theatre MAP

In ‘Paddling to Paulatuk’, Emily will share about a sea kayaking adventure on the Arctic Ocean, traveling 900km from Inuvik to Paulatuk, NWT.

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 15th 2017

Benjamin Jordan

MEC Canadian Adventure Show
Wed Feb 15 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

Last summer, Benjamin Jordan realized his greatest dream, by flying his Paraglider from Vancouver to Calgary, and becoming the first person to have free-flown from Pacific to Prairie.

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Evan Guilbault

MEC Canadian Adventure Show
Wed Feb 15 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

Follow Evan to the Eldred Valley in BC for a summer of living amongst big walls, exploring, developing new routes and linking big ridge traverses between the Toba and Jervis Inlets.

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Glenn Woodsworth & Dick Culbert

UBC Climbing Show
Wed Feb 15 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Frederic Wood Theatre, UBC MAP

In the 1960s, a group of young Vancouver-based climbers dominated the mountaineering scene in the Coast Mountains. Dick and Glenn were two at the forefront of exploration and first ascents.

THURSDAY FEBRUARY 16th 2017

Lakpa Rita Sherpa

Sherpa Show
Thurs Feb 16 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

Possessing unparalleled expertise in the mountains, Lakpa’s climbing and guiding achievements are significant, with 17 summits of Mt. Everest on over 23 expeditions.

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Jonathan Siegrist

Rock Climbing Show
Thurs Feb 16 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

Jonathan Siegrist is a professional American rock climber. His passion for climbing history, beauty, travel and pursuing the next challenge is palpable during his presentations.

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Nina Caprez

Rock Climbing Show
Thurs Feb 16 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

Nina Caprez is a professional climber from Switzerland who specializes in hard multi-pitch climbing - she seeks out the most aesthetic, hard, sustained climbs in the world.

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Lauren Blackburn & Steven Cossin

Hiking the PCT
Thurs Feb 16 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque MAP

Join two 2016 thru-hikers, Lauren and Steve, as they talk about their memories experiences on the Pacific Crest Trail.

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 17th 2017

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Greg Hill

Ski Show
Fri Feb 17 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

Greg is a world class ski mountaineer. Weaving through his adventures and misadventures Greg will explain how he developed his rules of risk.

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Jon Turk

Journey Into The Deep Wild
Fri Feb 17 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The RIO Theatre MAP

A storyteller's journey into a Consciousness Revolution based on a deep, reciprocal, communication with the Earth. 

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Elizabeth Leboe & Lenard Reid

Himalayan Life
Friday Feb 17 @7:30pm (doors 7:00pm)
The Cinematheque MAP

Join Liz and Len of “Jackets for Jasper” as they share the story of how their lives have completely changed course since their 2 months of trekking.

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 18th 2017

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Brette Harrington

VIMFF Finale
Sat Feb 18 @7:30pm (doors 6:30pm)
The Centennial Theatre MAP

Brette will be fresh off a trip down to Patagonia where she is currently attempting the first free ascent of Riders On The Storm, a mega 40 pitch route on the east face of Torre Central.