Meaghan Buisson connects with courage.
As a member of the Canadian inline speeds skating national team, Meaghan was the first Canadian to compete professionally on the World Inline Cup Circuit. She is a 47-time Canadian national champion, a 16-time Canadian record holder, 11-time international medallist, and the current world record holder in the solo marathon time trial.
Her athletic accomplishments hid her sexual abuse as a young athlete. Meaghan coped by channeling her pain into skating. A serious injury ended her career and sparked an agonizing downward spiral in the medical system. Overmedicated and misdiagnosed, Meaghan’s ability to function deteriorated. She exhausted medical options yet failed to recover, struggling with homelessness and further abuse.
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 strengths.
Now a professional guide, coach and speaker, Meaghan is passionate about supporting journeys of discovery through wild spaces and medical realms.
In the wild, Meaghan leads youth and adults on multi-week journeys of self-discovery in remote mountain and coastal terrain. She instructs for Outward Bound Canada and leads women’s programs for Island Alpine Guides. She is a Leave-No-Trace Master Educator and an outdoor experiential instructor at several Pacific Northwest schools. When not guiding, Meaghan combines her love of mountains and risk management expertise as a Wilderness Medicine Instructor for Raven Rescue, and member of her local Search and Rescue Team.
As a coach, Meaghan empowers women. Her workshops help women learn and develop the skills and strengths required to safely plan, prepare and pursue their own wilderness trips.
As a speaker, Meaghan weaves expertise with unforgettable stories. After studying veterinary medicine, she completed a degree in Life Sciences with a critical research capstone assessing the evidence-base and use of psychiatric drugs. Spanning conventional medicine, critical psychiatry and contemporary psychedelics, her perspectives on mental health care are nuanced and well informed. She is internationally involved in efforts to address iatrogenic harm in mental health care; and is a featured contributor to the popular science, psychiatry and social justice webzine, Mad In America.
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. She is biographied in The Ten Most Inspiring Canadians.