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ABOUT

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"When you're standing on one mountain and you want to reach the next, there's only one way: Through the valley between the peaks.” 

Meaghan Buisson understands that everyone faces their own mountains to climb, with obstacles that may at first seem insurmountable.

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A member of the Canadian inline speed skating national team (2000-2012), she was the first Canadian to compete professionally on the inline World Cup Circuit. She is a 47-time National champion, a 16-time Canadian record holder, 11-time international medalist; and the current world recorder in the solo marathon time trial. Her athletic accomplishments hid a history of sexual abuse as a young athlete. Meaghan coped by channelling her pain into performance. Injuries ended her career and sparked an agonizing downward spiral. Misdiagnosed and overmedicated, her ability to function deteriorated. She became homeless; struggling with addiction and devastating medical harms. 

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World 
Record 
Holder


47
Time
Canadian
National
Champion

After 15 years of psychiatric treatment, Meaghan left it all behind. Realizing drugs and diagnoses wasn’t her solution, she spoke out against perpetrators and found a different path. Over time, her life expanded to reflect her passions. 

Through wild spaces and medical realms, Meaghan Buisson helps people navigate with courage, resiliency and strength. 

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A professional wilderness guide, Meaghan facilitates transformative journeys of discovery through remote mountain and coastal terrain. A lead instructor for Outward Bound Canada, she guides multi-week expeditions for adults and youth, and trains new instructors. Meaghan leads hiking trips and teaches both survival and navigational skills courses for Island Alpine Guides on Vancouver Island. She is apprenticing to become a Wilderness Medicine Instructor with Raven Rescue and is an active member of the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association. Meaghan is a Leave-No-Trace Master Educator and teaches outdoor education at several Pacific Northwest schools. Her online and in-person workshops help women gain the confidence and competency to successfully plan and pursue backcountry adventures.

A recognized mental health speaker, writer and activist, Meaghan combines professional expertise with meticulous research and compelling anecdotes. Trained in veterinary medicine, she returned to school to complete a degree in Biological and Life Sciences. Her research capstone challenged the evidence base and frontline use of psychiatric drugs. Spanning conventional medicine, critical psychiatry and contemporary psychedelics, Meaghan's perspectives on mental health care are nuanced and well informed. Meaghan is internationally engaged in efforts to address research and ethical concerns in clinical drug trials and psychotherapeutic realms. She is writing a critical memoir of her journey through the same, titled "Contesting the Chemical Cure". 

Meaghan is a Member of the Province of Manitoba’s Order of Sport Excellence and the recipient of the Alpine Club of Canada’s Karl Nagy Memorial Award. She is the founder and past Executive Director of an award-winning national charity focused on youth mental health. Meaghan’s work has been featured by Quartz Magazine, New York Magazine, CBC, CTV and other media outlets. She is biographied in "The Ten Most Inspiring Canadians”.