Danielle Da Silva is a director, photographer, activist,  public speaker, and sustainable development specialist. 

In Support Of —

Photographers Without Borders      Sambhali Trust
Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary
The Olive Branch for Children
Sexual Assault Action Coalition



Awards & Publications —

2016 Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders
2015 Nominee: Women in Biz Social Good 2016 Nominee: RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards



Danielle is a director, photographer, public speaker, activist and writer who specialises in sustainable development and psychology. Her main focus is communicating the extraordinary efforts of people around the world working to solve the most challenging problems. Her deepest passions are conserving parklands, fostering equality, and empowering ordinary people to find their power. Danielle is the Founder and CEO of Photographers Without Borders (PWB), a Co-Founder of the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary, and is also on the board of the Dandelion Initiative in Toronto.

Danielle is comfortable in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, some Swahili and Indonesian, and can read and write Arabic. She is hoping to familiarise herself with Hindi and ASL as well. Danielle has earned Bachelor of Science Degrees in Conservation Biology, Psychology and Global Studies with Honours from the University of Western Ontario, as well as an MSc. in Environment and Development from the London School of Economics.


Storytelling helps us visualise and imagine new possibilities. That way we can manifest new realities.
— Danielle Da Silva


Danielle has published research in the book Climate Governance in the Developing World (Held, Roger & Nag, 2013) and completed a distinguished Master's dissertation exploring the psychology of climate change messaging. She has had images published by National Geographic, the United Nations, and The Economist, among others. Danielle is a recipient of Canada's Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leader Award, and was nominated for the 2015 Women in Biz Social Good Award and for the  2016 RBC Canadian Women Entrepreneur Awards. Danielle also teaches a module at the Royal Ontario Museum in "Multimedia Narratives" for the Fleming College Environmental Visual Communications course. Danielle also teaches photo documentary workshops around the world and is sought after for public speaking engagements.

Watch Danielle's TEDx talk entitled "Grassroots Narrative" here.