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Michael Perstinger, CD
President, CEO

Hello, I’m Mike, a former Infantry Sergeant who proudly served 23 years with the Canadian Grenadier Guards. My journey included two tours in Afghanistan and contributing during the St-Jean-Sur-Richelieu floods. I enlisted at 17, learning the values of hard work and determination. While progressing through various roles, a persistent back injury led to my medical retirement. Transitioning into the gaming industry, I missed the camaraderie of the military. This void inspired me to launch this project. After my own healing journey, I’m committed to helping fellow service members and veterans worldwide. Together, we’ll rekindle the unique bond born from shared hardships.

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David Morrow, CD
Vice-President, COO


I’m Dave, a former infantry officer in the Canadian Armed Forces and a civilian military cooperation officer in Afghanistan. My military upbringing taught me the value of hard work, teamwork, and motivating others during challenging times.

Returning from Afghanistan, I faced injuries and uncertainty. I pursued a teaching career but neglected my back injury, affecting my family life. Feeling lost, I hired a coach who helped me rebuild. This experience inspired me to support my fellow sheepdog community.

Now, I’m dedicated to helping others overcome physical and mental challenges. Together, we’ll rebuild and thrive, knowing that with effort, we can mend what life’s challenges have tested.

Board of Advisors

Jon Macaskill 
Mindfulness coach

Jon Macaskill (pronounced Muh-KAS-kill) is a retired Navy SEAL Commander turned mindfulness teacher and leadership coach.
During his 24-year Navy career, he served in multiple highly dynamic leadership positions, from the battlefield to the operations center and the board room. Jon’s unconventional yet highly effective style of teaching leadership is fueled by his passion for helping people and organizations become the best versions of themselves. He takes what helped him excel in his professional life and heal in his personal life and now shares this through mindfulness coaching, grit and resilience training, and keynote speaking, all in the pursuit of helping others achieve their full potential.

“Helping YOU live, love, lead, and learn with purpose, clarity, and compassion!”

Podcast: https://youtube.com/@mentalkingmindfulness

Keynote Speaker Videos: https://youtube.com/@mindfulfrogman?si=L0bzesBtN8o_9btQ

About Me: https://frogmanmindfulness.com/meeting-pros/

My books & other services & products: http://jonmacaskill.com/links

Rob Whitley 
Psychiatry Advisor

Rob Whitley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, McGill University, and a researcher at the Douglas Research Centre. He is also a Fonds de recherche du Québec-Santé Distinguished Research Scholar, and an Honorary Principal Fellow at the University of Melbourne. He has published over 150 academic papers in social and cultural psychiatry; and is the author of Men’s Issues and Men’s Mental Health (Springer, 2021). Whitley is particularly interested in suicide prevention and the promotion of recovery among Veterans. In his younger days (which were quite some time ago), Whitley served in the Royal Engineers (reserve)

Teimojin Tan 
Medical Advisor

Hi! My name is Teimojin and I represent a group of medical professionals and survival experts who operate in the most austere environments.

We create FREE OPEN-ACCESS educational material about survival and medical management in challenging scenarios.

You can find our content on Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, and TikTok @survival.doctors


For collaboration or business inquires please contact: teimojin@survivaldoctors.com