Agathe is an award-winning conservation and adventure photographer/filmmaker. She specializes in female adventures in remote environments, creating narratives around climate change and ocean conservation while giving voice to indigenous, disabled, people of colour and 2SLGBTQI+ communities. She won the honourable title of "Best Aerial Nature Photographer" by National Geographic in 2018 and collaborated with them in Northwest Territories and Utah/Nevada desert. She is currently developing a school curriculum through the National Geographic to support educators in teaching watershed mapping and engage them in the climate science studies on the Columbia Icefields of Nat Geo explorer and doctor in glaciology Alison Criscitiello.
She received scholarships from the Banff Mountain Film Festival, Storyhive, Columbia Basin Trust, and Canada's National Film Board. Her film Carving Landscapes was screened at the Banff film festival, in Holywood, New York, and Paris and is still touring worldwide (soon in Roma and India). Carving Landscapes is about pioneer glaciologist and photographer Mary Vaux working on the Illecillewaet Glacier in Victorian dresses.
Agathe just finished a film related to the Columbia River, exploring the disrupted landscapes and lives of people who lived on the Columbia River and giving voice to the Sinixt who were declared instinct and moved to the US during the construction of the Castlegar Dam. This film just won first place at the North Valley Film Festival. Agathe finds purpose in sharing her expertise and knowledge as an earth scientist to encourage people to be responsible, innovative and proactive in their decision-making while empowering people to live the life they have always dreamed of. She is working on a water resources college curriculum with the Vancouver Island First Nations.
Past expedition films include a scientific expedition aboard Sea Dragon, a scientific vessel correlating ocean plastic with human health in the Caribbean sea and short ski films about skier Leah Evans in Iceland.
In the winter, she formally worked as a backcountry guide. Her skills have allowed her to become a photographer/filmmaker and be very efficient at shooting action skiing. Through years of exploring remote areas, she accumulated much first-aid experience and resilience in difficult situations, from dealing with a hundred banditos in remote northern Peru and a team kidnapping to exploring remote areas of the Arctic, always with a heavy pack on her shoulders.
She recently completed a graduate certificate in Environmental Education and Communication at Royal Roads University to refine her communication skills and build resilience within communities while bringing important messages positive, inspiring, and hopeful.
Former Director of Communications for the North Columbia Environmental Society, she is now giving her time and skills to the Rugged Coast Research Society.
She continues to contribute her visual work and scientific knowledge for other NGOs with conservation and educational goals.
Agathe's work appeared in National Geographic, Patagonia Campaigns, Globe and Mail, Mountain Life, Powder, FreeSkier, Ski Journal, Kootenay Mountain Culture, Highline, Mountaineer, Kootenay Business, Canadian and international newspapers. In addition, she has periodically discussed scientific findings and projects on Canadian National radio CBC and collaborated on five book projects.
Nikon selected her as "100 of the best photos in 100 years".
You might get a glimpse of her and her best four-legged friend, Leo Burrito, somewhere around a snowy peak, a rugged coastline or cooking a delicious meal in her home on the road camper or her sailboat.