CanazWest Pictures

CanazWest Pictures creates purposeful, high-quality content with a primary focus on compelling stories that portray the interrelationships between people, animals and the environment in diverse locations around the world, from the arctic to the tropics.

CanazWest Pictures was founded in Victoria, British Columbia, on the beautiful west coast of Canada, in 2005. Founder Patricia Sims has collaborated with celebrities, explorers, scientists and artists who are dedicated to wildlife and habitat conservation, and creating awareness about our relationships with nature.



Patricia Sims, Founder, Producer, Director, Writer

Michael Clark, Editor, Cinematographer, Animator, Developer, Programmer

Deanna Furnemont, Production Accountant

Alisa Kerr, Graphic Designer, Compositor, Editor

Anna Krebs, Office Manager, Coordinator


Before heading west, Patricia was the Vice-President and Producer of the Canaz Corporation, a Toronto-based, boutique production company that she co-founded with her filmmaking colleague Michael Clark. Garnering numerous international awards for their work together and individually, a notable feature of their collaboration has been the innovative camera systems and technology designed by Michael and implemented in their productions.

Today, from its headquarters in the historic district of Bastion Square, Victoria, CanazWest Pictures continues to create unique and compelling stories about the world around us. Since 2008, the company has been working on projects that bring awareness to the plight of the Asian elephant. Return to the Forest, the 30-minute award-winning documentary narrated by William Shatner, has screened at over a dozen international film festivals around the world. The follow-up feature documentary When Elephants Were Young, also narrated by William Shatner, tells the story of a young man and his young elephant street begging in Thailand, until the opportunity comes to release the elephant to the wild. The film was released theatrically in the USA and Canada, and worldwide on VOD on World Elephant Day August 12, 2016, and is currently broadcasting nationally in Canada on CBC Documentary Channel. 

Patricia Sims is also the co-founder of World Elephant Day, an annual international awareness campaign launched on August 12, 2012, to bring the world together in the fight to save elephants from extinction. For more information, visit: worldelephantday.org