WOMEN BUILT2SCALE | PowHERlunch Guest Speaker Announced: Dianne Whelan, Award-Winning Canadian Filmmaker

Award-winning Canadian filmmaker, photographer, author and multimedia artist, Dianne Whelan will be attending and speaking at our upcoming Regina PowHERlunch on Wednesday, September 26.

First it was the high Arctic in This Land.  Then it was Mount Everest in 40 Days at Base Camp, now extreme B.C. filmmaker Dianne Whelan is on a solo epic journey in 500 Days in the Wild as she hikes and films the longest trail in the world.  Come and meet Dianne, hear about her life-changing journey and how her lessons learned can relate back to your own leadership journey! 

Don’t miss out!  Both of our previous leader development + high-calibre networking lunches in Regina have SOLD OUT.  REGISTER NOW to guarantee your spot for this stellar event hosted at the RCMP Heritage Centre.

The September 26th PowHERlunch is part of an overall women-focused not women-only ACCELERATOR SERIES that takes place in Regina on September 26-28:

WOMEN BUILT2SCALE is a curated collection of events, workshops and targeted conversations over three consecutive days designed to convene a diverse cross-section of powHERful leaders to discuss what’s possible as we live, learn + lead from a place of our EPIC potential, taking tangible action for optimized impact.

500 Days in the Wild is an independent feature documentary about an artist’s attempt to do the longest trail in the world and make a film about it. Dianne is hiking, biking, paddling and snowshoeing the 24,000 km Great Trail.

Her five-year journey combines with stories of the land, people and communities she passes through.

From pushing 150-pounds of bike and packs over rocks to hiking through flooded bogs, paddling the largest lake in the world, snowshoeing through dense coniferous forests, skiing across wind blown plains, biking along pristine trails in all seasons, the trail beckons. Dianne travels the ‘Old Way’, the slow way of the turtle, seeking wisdom from those that live close to the land, asking the questions “What have we forgotten?” “What do we need to know?”

500 Days is the continuation of an old story – the artist dropping out of society and reconnecting to nature – but it is also a new story, a realization that we will not survive traveling solo.  500 Days in the Wild challenges us to revisit our past, our connection to the land and its people, to find our inclusive story that will carry us into the future.

More about Dianne:

In April 2010, Whelan traveled to Nepal and Mount Everest Base Camp to direct and shoot her award-winning documentary film 40 Days at Base Camp.  She also wrote a book about the experience called, Base Camp 40 days on Everest.  Whelan’s first book, This Vanishing Land (Caitlin Press) recalls her experience as an embedded media person on a historic sovereignty patrol in the Canadian High Arctic. Her award winning National Film Board documentary, This Land, is based on the same journey. The online interactive project was nominated for a Gemini.

PowHERhouse and Dianne come full circle, powHERfully:

On March 13th, 2015, PowHERhouse hosted a women’s event and fundraiser in honour of Dianne to help her kick-off her journey.

“All I thought was, what do I have to do today to move me closer?”

In July 2016, we caught up with Dianne for a follow-up interview.  View it here.

On June 14, 2018, Charlene spoke at RavenSPEAK and shared the profound impact Dianne and a gift she gave Charlene has had on her life.

On September 26, 2018, we are ecstatic to come full circle, re-connect with Dianne, celebrate this Canadian PowHERhouse, hear about her journey over the past three years, and introduce you to Dianne and her work in the world.






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