The Team

Our valor proposition is training and coaching from some of the most highly decorated and uniquely qualified members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces


The Team

Our valor proposition is training and coaching from some of the most highly decorated and uniquely qualified members and veterans of the Canadian Armed Forces


Major (Retired) Paul Carroll

  • Ivey MBA Class of 2016

  • JTF 2 Special Operations Assaulter

  • Eight Operational Deployments

  • Specialized in Counter-Terrorism and Surveillance Operations

  • 22 Years of Service

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Lieutenant-Colonel Eleanor Taylor

  • Masters Degree, Defense Studies (RMC)

  • Three Operational Deployments

  • Meritorious Service Cross

  • 2013 Women's Executive Network's Top 100 Women

  • Guest Lecturer at Oxford University

  • Advisor to the USMC on Gender Integration

  • 21 Years of Service


Lieutenant-Colonel alex haynes

  • Masters Degree, War Studies (Royal Military College of Canada)

  • Commandant of the Infantry School and Deputy Director of the Royal Canadian Infantry Corps

  • Numerous operational deployments to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Egypt

  • Leading developer of resilience training for 12,000 Canadian Armed Forces members and civilians

  • 24 Years of Service as an Infantry Officer

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Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) David Quick

  • Masters Degree, Psychology (RMC)

  • Ivey MBA Class of 2016

  • Infantry Battalion Commander

  • Star of Military Valour

  • Four Operational Deployments

  • Specialized in Airborne/Light Infantry

  • National Director at GARDAWORLD Secure Transport

  • Co-Lead in the Largest North Pole Expedition of its Kind


Captain Colin Laverty

  • Medical Doctor - Resident Physician

  • Board of Directors Quebec Medical Association 2013-2015

  • Special Operations Officer 2001-2012

  • Eight Operational Deployments

  • Specialized in Counter Terrorism, Physical Security, VIP Protection

  • 25 years of service

  • Commander CANSOFCOM commendation

  • Bachelor's of Engineering (RMC)

  • Master's of Defense Studies (RMC)


Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Steve Nash, CD

  • Master's of Education (Leadership, Queens)

  • Master's of Defense Studies (RMC)

  • Commanding Officer of CANSOF Special Mission Unit

  • US Army Ranger

  • Founder and President - Traditional Excellence

  • Training and Consulting

  • 8th Degree Black Belt

  • 25 years of service


Lieutenant-Colonel Chris Schmitt

  • US Army Special Forces (Green Beret)

  • Operational deployments in Afghanistan, Africa, and the Balkans

  • Master's of Science in Organizational Development (Central Washington University)

  • Bachelor of Science in International Relations (West Point)

  • Owner/Operator Azimuth Consulting Group

  • 30 years of service

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Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Nick Grimshaw, MSM, CD

  • Executive Director for Alberta Environment & Support Emergency Response Team

  • Bachelor of Applied Military Science & Masters of Defense Studies

  • Former Operational Plans Officer for Canadian Special Operations Forces

  • Meritorious Service Medal

  • Multiple Commendations

  • 5 Operational Deployments

  • 28 years of service

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LIEUTENANT-Colonel David Hill

  • Two Operational Deployments

  • Chief of the Defense Staff Commendation

  • United States Army Ranger

  • 19 Years of Service

  • Master's Degrees in Defense Management and War Studies

  • Six Sigma Project Manager

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Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Daniel R. Drew

  • Corporate Security Supervisor Royal Dutch Shell and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd

  • Royal Military College Bachelor of Military Science

  • US Marine Corps University Military and Political Strategic Studies

  • Order of Military Merit

  • Mentioned in Dispatches - Battle of Medak Pocket

  • US Army Ranger - Distinguished Honour for Leadership

  • Canadian Airborne Regiment

  • 5 Operational Deployments

  • 36 Years of Service

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Captain (Retired) Frances Lapare, CD

  • Director at Jones Lang Lasalle - Project Development Services

  • Ryerson University - Masters in Building Sciences

  • Royal Military College - Bachelor of Strategic Studies

  • Canadian Special Operations Regiment

  • US Army Ranger

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Lieutenant-Colonel (Retired) Robert Berube, CD

  • Director Channel and Executive Operations at Scotiabank

  • Master of Defence Studies

  • Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR)

  • Former Director of Special Operations Forces Training

  • Canadian Airborne Regiment

  • President and CEO CSOR Association

  • Multiple Operational Deployments

  • 25 years of service

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Lisa Hyde, MBA

  • Executive Advisor with the Business Development Bank of Canada’s High Impact Firms Team.

  • 20 years of experience in entrepreneurship, finance and funding, business consulting, executive coaching, and not-for-profit enterprises.

  • Co-founder Impact 360 Degrees Inc.

  • Co-founder AssetMine Global Inc.

  • BA from the University of Toronto

  • MBA from Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

  • International Coaching Federation’s (ICF) Associate Certified Coach (ACC) candidate.

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Dr John Dunn, PhD

  • Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation at the University of Alberta - Sport and Performance Psychology

  • Performance Psychology Coach for Joint Task Force 2 - 2009-2014

  • 20 years of experience coaching Olympic medallists and world champions

  • Mental training support staff for Canadian athletes at two winter Olympics.

  • Resilience and leadership coach to Canadian Armed Forces units and Canadian law enforcement agencies

  • Consulting services to National Hockey League (NHL) teams

  • Level 5 Master Course for the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP).

  • 40 papers in international peer-reviewed sport psychology journals on topics relating to personality, motivation, performance-based emotions (including anxiety and anger), performance-based cognitions (including confidence and optimism), and team building.

  • He models his professional conduct and personal life philosophy around a quote from the Stoic philosopher—and Roman Emperor—Marcus Aurelius: “What stands in the way becomes the way.”


Our Founders

Our Founders

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  • Chairman of SNC Lavalin
  • Managing Director at Callisto Capital
  • Served on numerous public company boards, including Forzani, Oshawa Foods, Sobeys, and CAE
  • Graduate of the Royal Military College and Harvard Business School
  • Honourary Doctorate (RMC)
  • Serves as Honourary Colonel of the Queens Own Rifles of Canada
  • Former CEO at Pep Boys
  • Former CEO at Chapters Inc
  • Former Managing Director at Bain & Company
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  • President & CEO at Dundee Sustainable Technologies Inc.
  • President at John W. Mercer & Associates Inc.
  • Former CEO at Bangor Metals Corp.
  • Former CEO at Knoch Manufacturing Company Limited
  • Former CEO at Brute Manufacturing Company Limited
  • Former Personal Assistant to the Commander of the Canadian Army
  • Former President and CEO at Dundee