Invictus Games Radio

Making sure that everything stays on track in Canada’s largest city and the fourth largest in North America, comes down to a team led by one man: John Tory, Mayor of the City of Toronto. With almost 2.8 million people, Toronto is the most ethnically diverse city in in the world with at least 140 different languages spoken.

How does the spirit of Toronto fit in with the upcoming Invictus Games Toronto 2017 presented by Jaguar Land Rover? That’s just what you will learn in this dynamic conversation. We get the chance to hear why Mayor Tory thinks the Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will be good for Toronto, what he thinks people should come and what makes the city a great host city. Mayor Tory also shares a memory from an historic Toronto event he attended as a child.

Kelly Scanlan is a woman who has always known her mind. From the time, she was 14 years old, she knew that she wanted a career in the military. When she turned 16 years old, her parents signed off on her application to join the Canadian Armed Forces reserves. Scanlan rose to the rank of Corporal in a career that has spanned over 10 years, and which has included a tour of duty in Afghanistan. Over the course of her initial training, Kelly sustained an injury which worsened during her time in Afghanistan. Once home, Kelly found that she was also struggling with anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress injury (also known as post-traumatic stress disorder). In this insightful podcast, we discover about what led Kelly to a diagnosis and how participation in sports and the Invictus Games have been instrumental in her rehabilitation. We also learn what it’s like for Kelly to rise to new challenges like her training as a new firefighter.

Capturing the imagination of the public is essential if you want to be able to fill the seats at the Invictus Games Toronto 2017. Chief Marketing Officer Steve Wallace is passionate about making sure that Canadians understand the reasons why it is important to get behind the Games. With a stellar career in marketing that has included stints at both the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Games and the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/ Parapan Am Games, Steve Wallace is more than up to the challenge. In this podcast hear how the marketing ideas are brought to life in this ‘story behind the story’.

In this podcast, with Kari Mariska Pries, we get the chance to explore the impact that service and injury have on the families. Captain Simon Mailloux, Kari’s husband, was injured in a bomb explosion in Afghanistan in 2007. His injuries included the amputation of one of his legs, but didn’t stop him from wanting to return to serve in Afghanistan in 2009. It is clear from this conversation that military service isn’t restricted to the soldiers, but that the friends and families are very much in the center of all of the decisions and realities of military life.

Invictus Games Orlando 2016 Team Canada Captain Bruno Guévremont sat down for a podcast interview to talk about his journey from injury with PTSD (or post-traumatic stress injury – PTSI as it is sometimes called). The charismatic Guévremont was impacted with his silent injury as a result of overwhelmingly stressful demands in his career with the Counter Improvised Explosive Devices Disposal Team (C-IED Team) during his second tour in Afghanistan in 2009. He speaks candidly about the symptoms and his ensuing journey to recovery with the help of his involvement with the Invictus Games movement.

The 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge happens on April 9th, 2017. Invictus Games Toronto 2017 will be represented in France. For the Vimy Foundation, this is the chance to commemorate and remember those fallen Canadian soldiers and to celebrate this milestone military accomplishment for the Canadian Forces. The Vimy Foundation’s Executive Director, Jeremy Diamond shares his knowledge and passion in this podcast.

To look at Natacha Dupuis today, you might never know her struggle to cope with PTSI (post-traumatic stress injury). Poised, confident and articulate, Natacha recounts her story in this interesting and insightful podcast.

Celina Shirazipour’s fascinating research is focusing on developing a comprehensive understanding of the role of adaptive sport and participation in promoting well-being for military service members and veterans specifically in relation to the Invictus Games. It makes for very interesting listening.

Major Retired Jay Feyko knows a thing or two about coming back from a devastating injury. As part of the first wave of soldiers to be deployed to Afghanistan, Jay was critically injured by an IED causing him to lose the vision in his right eye. In this episode of Invictus Games Radio, we talk about the transition from civilian to military life, creating a ‘new normal’ after injury and working with Soldier On.

Canadian military who served in Afghanistan suffer with PTSI (post traumatic stress injury) at a rate that is almost double that of the general Canadian public. Michael Landsberg is doing everything he can to bring the struggles with depression and mental health issues to light with his #SickNotWeak website and initiative.


Caroline McIntosh’s inspirational story takes us from her family roots of support of the military to volunteering at Invictus Games Toronto 2017. From being part of the group who named Ontario’s Highway of Heroes to convincing the Canadian Mint to produce a commemorative coin, she is a tour de force.


The author of ‘The Dependent, A Memoir of Marriage & The Military’, Danielle Daniel was married to Dr. Steve Daniel when Steve had a life-altering accident as something went terribly wrong during a routine parachute jump. This parachuting accident has left him as a paraplegic. As much as her husband’s, Danielle’s life changed in that instant too. What happens next is truly a study in human courage and perseverance and it is all laid out in this episode of Invictus Games Radio with Danielle Daniel.


Joel Guindon is retired from the Canadian Armed Forces and as a result of his service, he has been diagnosed with PTSI (Post Traumatic Stress Injury). He bravely shares his story of how he learned to cope with his injury and what the Invictus Games has meant to him.


The diagnosis and treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues is front and centre in this podcast with Colonel Rakesh Jetly, a psychiatrist and mental health advisor to the Canadian Armed Forces.

Michael Burns weighs in on Invictus Games Radio podcast, the first of its kind as a podcast from inside an international multi-sport Games like Invictus Games Toronto 2017, which takes place from September 23 to 30, 2017.


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