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True Patriot Love Foundation Announces Official Team for 2016 TPL Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica
Wounded Canadian soldiers team up with Canadian business leaders to battle the coldest continent in the world in order to raise awareness and funds for Canada’s military families and veterans
Toronto, Oct. 19th – True Patriot Love announced the official team for the 2016 True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica today. In January of 2016, 9 ill and injured soldiers and 17 Canadian business leaders will embark on an adventure to summit Vinson Massif – the highest peak in Antarctica and one of the world’s Seven Summits.
As with previous True Patriot Love Expeditions – to the Himalayas in 2012 and the North Pole in 2014 – the purpose of this journey is to bring attention to the challenges that face members of the Canadian Armed Forces, their families and Canada’s veterans each day. By bringing these challenges into the spotlight, True Patriot Love strives to provide inspiration to those facing these issues every day and also garner financial support and awareness from Canadians across the country. In 2014, the True Patriot Love Expedition to the magnetic North Pole raised a total of $2 million for programs and charities that True Patriot Love supports.
“We need to raise funds to increase awareness about veterans’ issues and to fund transition programs for our Canadian soldiers who are suffering from the effects of injuries, both physical and emotional, incurred while on duty,” said Anne-Marie Sorrenti, Civilian Team Participant. “We need to take care of our own. Our soldier team-mates represent all our soldiers who keep us safe and protect us from harm”
The Canadian Business Leaders who are on the Expedition Civilian Team are:
Andy Chisholm – Advisory Director Officer at Goldman Sachs
Anne-Marie Sorrenti – Leadership Consultant & Executive Coach
Anthony Longo – President and CEO of Longo Brothers Fruit Markets
Brian Carney – VP & Portfolio Manager at Canso Investment Counsel Ltd.
Claire Kennedy – Partner at Bennett Jones LLP
David Hodgson – Managing Director and Portfolio Manager at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc.
Geordie Young – VP & Portfolio Manager at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc.
Heather Moyse – Gold Medal Olympian and Motivational Speaker
Larry Stevenson – Managing Director at Callisto Capital
Michael Tait – Founding Partner and EVP of SHOP.ca
Philip Smith – CFO and Head of Operations of Scotiabank’s Global Banking and Markets Division
Rick Byers – Former Executive VP at Borealis Infrastructure
Shaun Francis – Executive Chair of Medcan Health Management and Chair of TPL Foundation
Tim Duncanson – Senior Advisor to the Deputy Minister of Finance
Tim Hodgson – Managing Partner of Alignvest Management Corp.
William Webb – Executive VP and Chief Investment Officer at Gluskin Sheff & Associates Inc.
The Canadian soldiers who are on the Expedition Soldier Team are Anouk Beauvais (Montréal, QC), Jeremy Blair (Petawawa, ON), Charles Hamel (Calgary, AB), Bojan Joksimovic (Meaford, ON), Simon Nadeau (Montréal, QC), Stephen Rice (Petawawa, ON), Glen Villa (Brampton, ON) and Thomas White (Petawawa, ON).
We are fortunate to be embarking on this expedition with strong leadership, including team captains Meagan McGrath (Soldier Team) and Scott Kress (Civilian Team). Both Meagan and Scott have summited each of the Seven Summits, as well as the North and South Pole. In addition to the team captains, TPL has recruited Dr. Markus H. Besemann, head of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation for the Canadian Forces Health Services Group, to keep the expedition participants safe and healthy before, during and after the expedition. Finally, TPL is lucky to have Canadian Scientist and veteran Dr. Sarah Dentry-Travis on board as our own Team Researcher. Dr. Dentry-Travis will be conducting important research for her work at the University of Manitoba about the effects of stress on veterans with PTSD.
The True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica is grateful to be supported by many generous sponsors and partners that allow funds raised to benefit Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families from coast-to-coast. The Presenting Sponsor is Scotiabank, the Official Outerwear Sponsor is Canada Goose, the Official Gear Sponsor is Mountain Equipment Coop (MEC), and the official Health and Wellness Sponsor is Medcan, the Soldier Sponsors are Loblaw Companies Limited, Longos, Frank & Debbi Sobey, Save-on-Food and Sobeys Inc., the Official Photography Sponsor is Nikon and the Silver Sponsors are BMO Capital Markets and TD Bank Group. Thank you to all of our sponsors.
About True Patriot Love Foundation
True Patriot Love Foundation (TPL) is a national charity that honours the sacrifices of members of the Canadian Armed Forces, veterans and their families in both times of peace and conflict. TPL funds unique programs and innovative research in the areas of family health and support, physical health and rehabilitation, mental health and wellbeing, and research and innovation. TPL is also committed to bridging the gap between military and civilian communities, hosting multinational symposiums and organizing ambitious global expeditions. Since 2009, True Patriot Love has committed more than $15.1 million to support military charities and research across Canada.
True Patriot Love gratefully acknowledges the ongoing support of our generous partners for the ‘True Patriot Love Scotiabank Expedition: Antarctica’: Scotiabank, Canada Goose, MEC, Loblaw Companies Limited, Longos, Frank & Debbi Sobey, Save-On-Foods, Sobeys Inc., Medcan, Nikon Canada Inc., BMO Capital Markets and TD Bank Group.
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