Amanda is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and journalist. Her multiple award winning memoir, A House in the Sky, has been on the Globe and Mail top ten list for over two years. In 2015 her work as a journalist included writing feature stories in Maclean’s, National Post and Flare, with photography for Flare.
Her book, A House in the Sky (the story of Amanda’s years as an aspiring television war reporter in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the 460 days she spent as a hostage in Somalia) has been optioned by Hollywood production company Annapurna Pictures (Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle). Development has started with Oscar nominated actress Rooney Mara to play the role of Amanda.
An internationally renowned public speaker, notable clients include Google, Bill Clinton and Richard Branson. In 2015 Amanda visited over 25 countries as a keynote speaker at events as large as 16,000 audience members.
Amanda founded the Global Enrichment Foundation, a non profit organization that raised close to 3 million dollars to help educate and empower women and children in Somalia and Kenya.
She’s travelled to nearly 70 countries. Notable adventures include riding a camel in Ethiopia for a week to the hottest place on the planet, trekking to Everest Base Camp in Nepal and sleeping with Kutchi nomads in Afghanistan.
Awards and Recognition:
Women’s Executive Network, Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women 2012
The University of Lethbridge, Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Laws 2013, received for contributions to Canada
Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012, contributions to Canada