Vanessa LeBourdais, Executive Producer & Creative Director
Vanessa LeBourdais began her environmental journey as an organizer and chief songwriter of the Clayoquot Sound Blockades, which are widely considered to have sparked the Canadian environmental movement. As the Co-Founder and Executive Producer at DreamRider Productions, Vanessa is the Creative Lead on the Planet Protector Academy programs: producing, writing, directing, songwriting, singing, as well as building a kind, inclusive culture and a new evolutionary model of nonprofit governance. As a volunteer, she initiated and co-leads a successful equity movement in the 50K member nonprofit social media group, Nonprofit Happy Hour. Vanessa was recently recognized as a global leader in social entrepreneurship by Ashoka Changemakers after a three year vetting process. All her work is sourced from a deep connection with the land.