Bruno Guevremont is a Veteran, Entrepreneur, North Pole Explorer, and Invictus Games Ambassador – among many other things. From leading a team of 30 ill and injured soldiers and veterans as Captain of the Team Canada at the 2016 Invictus Games, to giving clients a new outlook on life through fitness and life coaching – Bruno is dedicated to supporting the health and wellbeing of the Veteran and Emergency services community.
Bruno himself is no stranger to the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and mental illness. After 15 years and two tours in Afghanistan, the difficult realities of military service took its toll. Bruno was part of an anti-explosives team in Afghanistan; a busy outfit that dealt with more than 100 IEDs (improvised explosive devices).
He was medically released from the Canadian Armed Forces in January 2014. After his release, Bruno had to find ways to recover and heal from his injuries. In 2014, Bruno participated in a challenging expedition in the North Pole with the True Patriot Love Foundation, a Canadian charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families. This grueling expedition shed light on the challenges of veterans’ transition and reduce the stigma of mental health issues.
The expedition transformed his outlook on life and Bruno was left inspired to do more to advance mental health awareness.
Having himself turned to fitness as form a therapy, Bruno opened his own fitness facility in Victoria BC, CrossFit Stasis, where he offers fitness and life coaching in a safe environment. He helps his clients, who include Veterans, military and emergency services, adults and families, to find healthy perceptions of themselves and strengthen their relationships so that they can know themselves as peaceful, complete, whole and safe.
Bruno’s great passion and openness has earned him a reputation in his community for being a true instigator of progress when it comes to promoting mental health awareness. He is honoured to have been named Ambassador for the 2017 Bell Let’s Talk campaign, where he will continue to smash stigmas around mental illness and promote mental wellbeing.