Our Team

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John 

Executive Director | Canoe guide 

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Justin

Chief Financial Officer | Canoe guide

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Adam

Development Director | Climbing guide

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Dan

Partnership Coordinator | Mentor

The guides were all extremely down to earth people. They were skilled, positive, funny, introspective, encouraging... keep doing what you’re doing!
— WAC Alumni

The Situation


1 in 6 full time Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members are suffering from a mental disorder and 48% will experience at least one mental disorder in their lifetime. The situation for first responders is essentially the same with 44% suffering from one or more mental disorders. While many of our Warriors receive adequate and timely treatment, the reality of the situation is that countless veterans and first responders do not. Some are reluctant to raise their hand and ask for help, others do not respond well to traditional treatment options or they simply fall through the cracks of our mental health systems.

Our Warriors are faced with the toughest jobs on the planet in some of the most horrendous conditions imaginable. There is no doubt that these conditions are deteriorating the mental health of our men and women in uniform. But an enormous part of the mental health problem can be attributed to the conditions of our society and modern day culture. A sense of community is almost always lacking in every aspect of our lives today. We no longer associate to clans, or tribes, to which we are loyal and where every member has a crucial purpose. This lack of community in our world today is causing a loss of self worth and sense of purpose in our wounded Warriors. A sentiment we hear all too often. It is essential for our wounded Warriors to feel like a valued and contributing member of the team, not the opposite.

The mission to treat and heal our Warriors can not be accomplished from a single option, nor from a single source. Warrior Adventures Canada is providing another approach to treatment options for our wounded men and woman.

The Future


We are committed to improving the lives of our brothers and sisters. We have witnessed the terrible things that the stresses of the job can bring on. Our team has multiple overseas deployments in many different theaters of war. Returning from deployments and watching our friends struggle is not a good feeling. Feeling helpless or at a loss of what to do while our friends, attempt suicide, become dependent on alcohol or other substances and struggle to find their path in the civilian world. Witnessing this pain on our brothers and sisters is our driving force, and just like on the battlefield, we will leave no one behind.

Having spent so much time in the military and deployed on operations, we can see when things are done correctly. How some aspects of military life add massive positive effects to our overall mental health. Of course, months away from friends and family, in far off places, doing hard, dangerous and often unrecognized work is tough on our Warriors. But, we do see some positives. The teams, the mutual support, the brotherhood and sisterhood that is built through shared hardships and a common goal to complete the mission no matter what. These aspects of military life are a great positive to our mental health as a community and individuals. This is how we will accomplish our next mission of improving the lives of as many veterans and first responders as we can. Our program will mirror these positive aspects of military life and life as a first responder on the front lines.

Our vision is to have strong core of veterans and first responders running adventures across the country. The more ways, and the more places we can deliver care to those in need the better. We will strive to provide proven, high quality mental health treatment with our therapeutic adventure programming. As well as build a support network of Warriors and Warrior Adventures Canada alumni so we can support each other moving forward. We see this treatment as an option for both retired and serving members of the CAF and in the public safety sector. Men and women in uniform should be able to self-identify when the stresses of the job are building. Raise their hand, receive treatment and return to work. The stigma associated with received treatment for OSI's needs to be addressed. We need to address it like any other injury. This is how we will have our Warriors have long and fulfilling careers without 'burning out'