special forces experience

Who we are

We’re a collective of individuals rooted in the belief that challenge and adversity can be a springboard for growth in all aspects of someone’s life and that for high-achieving individuals, this form of post-traumatic growth (PTG) activates certain virtues, possibilities, and leadership values that no other type of self-growth can trigger.

Why do we care?

While we may exist in one of the most cordial times in modern history, our communities today are faced with some of the most complex challenges of our time. Our communities are consumed by concerns over an antiquated education system, childhood obesity, economic uncertainty, political unrest and other seemingly uncontrollable forces. People are stressed, confused, anxious – they’re on edge.

When we think of leadership in times like this, you might traditionally look to the magnetic individual leader who can guide us through the chaos. But today’s effective leadership has made a shift from this dynamic leader individual toward a shared responsibility of smart, integral, and motivated individuals within a social system.

While there will always be strong individual voices, we believe true success will come from collective co-creations among groups of leaders developing far-sighted and innovative approaches to the systems that just don’t work anymore.

We believe that by facilitating intentional PTG in an expertly crafted warrior experience, high-performing individuals can expedite the activation of the highly sought-after qualities similar to those of today’s special forces operators.

While we come from diverse backgrounds and have different morals and values, we collectively do not represent:
  • Any specific political polarity
  • Any specific views on the personal ownership of firearms
  • Any specific views on the world’s militaries
We do not support and will not accept applications from individuals who are:
  • Training for the purposes of creating or aiding a civilian or foreign militia
  • Looking for a leg up on any SF selection
  • Looking to reteach what they’ve learned to their own organization
  • Members of hate groups or individuals who identify with organizations rooted in disdain for other cultures, societies, or communities

If we suspect any hint of ill intention like the ones mentioned above, we will report you to the appropriate authorities.


Jeff Depatie

Jeff Depatie

Chief Course Architect


Loyal husband and a retired JTF2 sniper/assaulter committed to being a good man serving the greater good of humanity.

Depatie is the co-founder and the Chief Course Architect of The Process. His vision is to identify superior non-military men and bring them together to see if they collectively can solve some of the world’s biggest issues from the ground up.

“Being a tier one operator, I’ve had to make decisions and carry out policy that may not have been the popular choices but certainly what I believed to be the necessary choices. While I don’t believe all decisions our governments make are morally correct, I know I’ve carried out unpopular missions for the greater good – the tough ones. The ones you don’t hear about. The debate of what makes a man a ‘good man’ is certainly one of morality. And since morality is tied to differing individual values, I define him as one who has the far-sightedness to serve the greater good of humanity on a micro and macro scale and not one that chooses to serve the popular decision.”

Depatie is committed to maintaining peak physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual shape – in addition to constantly improving the courage it takes to will that strength. For years, he’s been building his skills in the following crafts:

  • Human Optimization Processes
  • Elite-Team Selection
  • Tactical shooting: Depatie has taught pistol, shotgun, carbine, and long-range shooting to incoming tier-1 operators. He was a part of the sniper unit that has the current world record for longest confirmed kill at 3.5 km (2.2 mi)
  • Martial arts training in multiple disciplines: MMA, karate, combato, defendo, and spears
  • Skydiving and paramotoring: With multiple qualifications and course completions for each
  • Piloting aircrafts: Private, IFR, float/sky racing, general purpose bushcraft
  • Professional driving: On/Off road and multiple ATV variants such as UTVs, dirt bikes, and on/off road motorcycles
  • Open water scuba and diving
  • CCNA/CCNP Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • >50 confidential military courses and qualifications

Depatie has spent years of his life in deserts, jungles, extreme cold, and other hardly inhabitable geographies. He also co-founded Meraki Collective, a coworking space designed to help revitalize a failing small town in Ontario. He has been a student and a seeker of adventure and human possibility. In the words of Master Yoda, “failure the greatest teacher there is.”

Jessica Depatie

Jessica Depatie



Jessica Depatie is a shadow work educator, plant medicine apprentice, and podcaster who specializes in the decision-making psychology of what makes individuals pursue greatness. She dives deep into the why’s and hows of growth in the journey of living happier and healthier futures. Jessica is often quoted as saying, “if you help men, you help the world.” She believes the work being done through The SFE and other like-minded collectives to focus on the mental, spiritual and physiological growth of people today will make radical, positive shifts in the future of humanity.


Adam McMaster

Adam McMaster

Chief Ops Facilitator

Husband, Father, Educator, Sportsman

To wit, McMaster has had a thrilling life traveling the globe working as an educator. He’s currently a college professor, corporate team trainer, and real estate investor yet his number one priority is being the best husband and father he can be. As a Master Freemason, he’s a role model for their virtues of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.

He personally believes his God to be the Great Out Doors and finds his spirit is most connected when snowboarding, fishing, trail-blazing, and motorcycling. “Life is busy with a full-time job and 2 young kids, but I make sure I have time for the Great Out Doors. It’s revitalizing, decompressing and a spiritual experience I wish more men would make time for.”

Working long days in the hay fields as a boy with his grandfather, uncles, and cousins gave him strength, endurance, and tenacity. His sporting endeavors presented discipline, respect, and teamwork. His formal education and his act of teaching taught him open-mindedness,problem-solving and leadership abilities. Today, he strives to impart the attributes that have made his mark to his children, students, and clients so they can all make massive positive changes in their communities.

Aaron Guyett

Aaron Guyett

Chief of Physical Fitness

“Next One, Best One.”

Aaron Guyett seeks to serve, teach, and develop leaders of leaders at all levels, and for all teams and organizations. His servant-leadership style combined with his life experiences, gives him a vantage point that allows for deep insights and transformative actions that are unparalleled in the military, fitness, and corporate environments. He is a Staff Sergeant in the Marine Corps Reserves. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership. He holds countless certifications for the fitness industry, notably he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with NSCA, a Functional Range Conditioning mobility specialist, and a Functional Range Assessment specialist.

  • Chief Physical Strategist for The Process, The Trials, and The Special Forces Experience
  • Education Director for Living.Fit
  • Chief Instructor for Mobilization Training Battalion in the Marine Corps, School of Infantry
  • Creates and Lead the Curriculum and Process for Team building, Leadership Development, Tactical Skills, and Strategic Planning for 2,200 Marines and Marine Leaders as the Chief Instructor of Mobilization Training Battalion
  • Coordinated and Developed Highly Kinetic Responses to Active Shooter Scenarios with Border Patrol and Mobilization Training Battalion
  • Developed and Taught Leadership and Interpersonal Development Scenarios with Wounded Warrior Project
  • Designed the curriculum and culminating events for training Department of Homeland Security agents to improve their enhanced observations, behavior profiling, tracking, and navigating.
  • Provided Physical and Mental Training for 120 Marine Corps Recruited Poolees and the Marine Recruiters
  • Provided Physical, Mental, Leadership, and Teamwork Development for the 40 employees of Alkemist Labs over the course of two years
  • Developed and Led 4 Leadership Development and Team Development Events Called the Commando Course, for over 80 people and 9 Different Teams
  • Created, Developed and sold two successful fitness businesses. One in-person and one virtual/online.
  • He is consistently growing and developing the revenue, value, and following of Living.Fit
  • Certified over 3000 individuals with Battle Ropes and Metabolic Pathway conditioning.
  • His passion is being a loving husband, father, servant-leader of leaders, and philosophy student.

Rick Alexander

Rick Alexander

Chief Growth Operator

Wrote the manifesto for the average adverse.

Rick is an author, speaker, and educator who specializes in helping individuals and organizations understand themselves better so that they can; increase performance, find meaning in their work and build a life that is in alignment with their ultimate goals. As a former member of the Naval special operations community as well as ultra-endurance athlete, Rick crafts content to help lead people through adversity and into a life of meaning.

Rick has not only passed multiple rigorous special forces selection programs with attrition rates as high as 78% but also served on the cadre for the Naval Special Warfare Orientation course which saw as many as 2500 candidates per year try their hand at the hardest selection program in the world.

Rick served as an instructor, a counselor, and in many cases, a mentor for the students looking to become a Navy SEAL or SWCC.

L. Montgomery

L. Montgomery

Chief Examiner

“Believer in the power of perspective to change the world.”

L. Montgomery is an independent filmmaker, photographer, writer and committed storyteller, who deeply believes in the power of perspective to change the world. From the written word to the frozen frame – he is driven to capture and create that which might give us hope, insight, and a better future. Since childhood, he has had a burning passion for world travel, philosophy, and a good

In 2015, Montgomery formed a family business, The Montgomery Picture, specializing in the creation of cutting edge content for businesses, brands, artists, and athletes. His talented and loving family is, and always will be, his devotion and love #1 – Montgomery graduated from Queen’s University with a degree in Film & Media and Philosophy, and has since embarked on creative adventures at home and abroad. Behind the lens, he has worked in the prison system, national parks, international aid NGOs, tourism boards, industry productions, and more.

Leadership values, personal growth, mental health empowerment, and dissatisfaction with the status quo are just a few of the interests motivating Montgomery to work with The SFE now to capture and spark world change one human being at a time.

Jennifer McMaster

Jennifer McMaster

Chief of Health and Wellness

“Every piece of our lives is interconnected and contribute to the whole of who we are.”

Jenn McMaster is a health promotion specialist who works with individuals, organizations and communities to conduct needs assessments, plan, implement and evaluate health and wellbeing in a holistic manner.

McMaster has the gift of illuminating the strengths of people around her. And identifying how their weaknesses can be their greatest points of growth. The ability to shine light on the characteristics/qualities and strengths of individuals when they themselves are blind to them helps them stay steady on the course of change.

Identifying the appropriate pieces and parts to change and how to change them and evaluate what is and isn’t serving us requires objectivity, reflection and effort. She’s committed to the belief that anyone can change although not everyone will. What is familiar is comfortable, regardless of how much it no longer serves us. Trusting in the first step to acquiring the tools to keep you on the path of growth and achievement requires skills that few individuals will ever possess.

She states that co-parenting and co-creating a world with her two children has been one of her greatest honours, challenges and joys. She’s committed to herself, her family, and the communities she can touch to change and adapt, anticipating the unknown.

  • Corporate and Community Well Being Consultant
  • Certified Language Coach
  • Certificate in Holistic Nutrition
  • Registered Kinesiologist 
  • Health Promotion Program Specialist 
  • MA Health Promotion (Thesis: Organizational Change Management) 
Benson Coulson

Benson Coulson

Chief of Recreation Therapy

Passionate, enthusiastic, energetic, optimistic.

Benson Coulson is a Recreation Therapist and the founder of Be RT. He is a powerful public speaker, advocate, and facilitator. Benson founded Be RT in order to serve those struggling with mental health or other ailments and challenges. He uses the power of thought counseling, adventure, and mindfulness to help individuals actively engage in their strengths in interests to improve health and well being.

Dr. Danielle McGinnis

Dr. Danielle McGinnis

integrative Healing Coach

“Here’s to healing, starting with the individual.”

Dr. Danielle McGinnis is a Doctor of Physical Therapy turned integrative life coach. She is an empath at heart with a deep desire to help others merge the brain, body, and spirit. Dr. McGinnis specialists in helping women reclaim their power and connect more deeply with their bodies and spirits. She bridges psychology and physiology in her teachings and coaching practices.

  • Doctor of Physical Therapy
  • Coached 100’s of women on mental, emotional and physical optimization
  • Founder of AlphaFemme

Dr. Mike T Nelson

Dr. Mike T Nelson

Human Optimization Specialist, Researcher

“I read research for fun…”

Dr. Mike T. Nelson has spent 20 years of his life learning how the human body works, specifically focusing on how to properly condition it to burn fat and become stronger, more flexible, and healthier.

He’s been called in to share his techniques with top government agencies. The techniques he’s developed and the results Mike gets for his clients have been featured in international magazines, in scientific publications, and on websites across the globe.

  • Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology
  • M.S. in Biomechanics
  • B.A. in Natural Science
  • Professor of Human Performance at the Carrick Insitute of Functional Neurology
  • Adjunct Professor and member of American Colledge of Sports Medicine

Dr. Bryan Pankow

Dr. Bryan Pankow


“Human Potential Professional”

Dr. Pankow’s professional focus is on making the best even better. He quickly found himself working with some of the world’s top-performing special forces individuals, police, and athletes. Dr. Pankow currently owns two clinics in the Ottawa area and speaks publicly about health, wellness, and mindfulness.

Through Applied Kinesiology, Dr. Pankow combines his chiropractic background with eastern medicine, nutrition, osteopathy, physiology and emotional recall to address client’s structural, chemical, and emotional components to their health and performance.

Outside of his clinical hours, Dr. Pankow spends his time furthering his education in the human potential; across many forms of physical fitness, climbing, rugby, mental fitness and resiliency, and his own challenging endeavors.


Carina Huggins

Carina Huggins

Head of Analysis

Carina Huggins brings over a decade of experience in behavioural analysis and professional coaching.  She holds an advanced Professional Coach designation from the International Coach Federation and is certified in multiple psychometric instruments and assessment techniques.  A high-performance athlete specialist, Carina has worked with hundreds of national-level athletes on optimizing mindset, behavioural change, stress and priority management as well as identifying and honing leadership skills.

Trained at the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies, Carina holds a Masters Degree in Strategic Studies.  Supported by the Department of National Defence and Government of Canada, she conducted cutting-edge research into online threat-related behaviour and has shared her research internationally. She holds extensive training in social media intelligence and investigation.

An award-winning instructor at a top research University, Carina is now in demand as a critical thinking instructor, working with government and private sector clients at Toddington International Inc.

She has also entered the world of entrepreneurship, cofounding and helping to scale Five’21 Coffee Roasters.  Proudly part of a fire department family, Carina is a strong advocate for first responder and family mental wellness support.  Her greatest passion is coming up with new adventures for her three young children and first responder husband.

Her through-line is to help clients live intentional lives.  By equipping them with optimal strategic and tactical mental tools, Carina believes anyone can embrace adversity as growth and live an elevated life.

Ron Dubreuil

Ron Dubreuil


Bio coming soon.

Travis Eagles

Travis Eagles


Bio coming soon.

Ethon Burns

Ethon Burns

Lead Trainer

Bio coming soon.

Our Values

From Gene Keys’ Ring of Humanity.

Wounded from the outset, you must do battle with your shadows, overcome the limitations of your mind, surrender your need to control life, and find your true self before you can awaken.

 Acceptance – Unblocking flow

In order to accept something about yourself, especially something uncomfortable, it first must be recognized. This kind of acceptance takes place when you build up the courage to put yourself in situations where you can really look into your own shadows. Fear creates its own biofeedback loops, which maintains this constriction of the power inside of you. The only way of breaking this loop is to have the courage to simply feel the fear.

As soon as we strip you of your identity, you reduce fear down to its essentials. In The Process, you discover the great secret of acceptance. You no longer need to be afraid of fear. As the constriction of fear loosens its hold, you also access far more energy and optimism. Optimism isn’t the opposite of pessimism but your true underlying nature when freed from construction. Everything seems possible again as everything in your life begins to flow more easily.


Perseverance – The indomitable spirit of the underdog

At the ordinary level of perseverance, everything feels like a struggle. It’s a battle to find a sense of purpose in life, and in this sense, the provocation carries a feeling that can result in a destructive dynamic in your relationships. The only difference between the ordinary level of perseverance and the evolved version is the nature of the fight.

You only have to find the right fight and your whole experience changes. When you pour your mind, body, and spirit into fighting a fulfilling fight, it ceases to be a struggle. You will know the difference between meeting obstacles and fighting resistance. Obstacles will test your commitment and surrender allowing you to forge new skills and hone your excellence. You will be designed for obstacles – in fact, you will love them. You will begin to really thrive when you’re up against the odds. You’ll make the impossible look effortless, even while exerting yourself fully.


Far-sightedness – Precognition via the soul

It’s ironic that what often passes for reason in the world is really someone’s opinion dressed up in facts that happen to justify it. At the ordinary level of far-sightedness, the minds of leaders distort logic and facts for their own ends by building one argument and then concealing its counter-argument. The mass of humanity is easily influenced by one side or the other. It’s out of the mind’s duality that all human drama is born and the mass consciousness loves drama.

And yet, at the evolved level of far-sightedness, it’s not about having a kumbaya vision of reality that takes no sides and is beyond opinion. It’s a mentally dynamic gift that doesn’t sit idly by with passive acceptance. You will be driven by the evolved version of integrity to serve and uphold integrity by challenging all misrepresentations of truth in the world. Not only will your new activated version of far-sightedness see beyond opinion, it’ll also grasp the operating mechanism that gives rise to opinions and the human tendency to get caught up in them. Working with this perception gives us the ability to create better systems for future generations.


Authority – The new age of chivalry

Evolved authority is finding that delicate balance between allowing things to go on their way and assuming control of the way things are going. It is determined by intent. If you assert authority through the hierarchical base then you rule through control and fear which never inspires true loyalty. True authority unites rather than controls. The power of true authority occurs when both sides, surrender to each other. When the authority becomes the servant and the servant becomes the authority, then the relationship has true power. On the outer plane, such a relationship may appear to be one-sided, but on the inner plane, the balance of power is reversed. Only when this happens does the real meaning of authority become clear.

To activate this virtue of evolved leadership, you must have great courage. It takes a powerful man to surrender completely to another, whether through authority or submission. The fact is that surrender makes authority submissive and submission authoritative, which is precisely what will bring an end to poor leadership. If you speak and act from your soul and represent the will of your people, you will inspire loyalty in others wherever you go. It’s as simple as that.

Naturalness – Living your own myth

We’re all trying to be who we are, but many of us have been conditioned to be other than who we are. It’s been this way throughout our history, ever since we began to develop the complex neo-cortex. The moment the mind was equipped to reflect on itself, the primal question Who am I? was born. There’s a lot of tension inherent in the simple little question Who am I? and it’s the releasing of this tension around your identity that activates the power of naturalness.

You cannot be defined by any kind of label. Once you understand that you’re neither your name nor your actions, feelings, thoughts or beliefs, you realize that human nature is something far greater and wider than you ever suspected. When you lose your sense of identity, you simultaneously begin to feel centered in a wider context.

At a certain point, you will give way to a natural collapse and a subsequent letting go of all searching as you realize the futility of trying to find something that’s clearly indefinable. This will mark a huge transition point in your life and represent the release from your self-obsession.

You’ll then have something like a re-birth as you externalize what’s really inside you. The final phase of The Process of becoming yourself manifests as the emergence of your real individualized differentiated self. This is when you hit the peak of your own mythology and bring something entirely new into the world based on your life’s work and purpose.


Initiative – The thunder of your service

The leader who’s activated the value of true initiative ranks high in personal empowerment and genius. To follow your initiative is to step off the beaten track and to follow the dictates of your own inner being. There’s no safety net when you follow your own way – it’s a giant leap onto a path that no one else has ever traveled. The mass consciousness is both in awe and afraid of those who follow this path in life. It’s not possible for an individual to awaken true initiative without first stepping fully into their creative independence. This is a path often seen as a journey into the underworld in which the traveler will confront many challenges and tests. It’s also a path that eventually arrives home.

This type of leader is a warrior – but not in the traditional ways. This has nothing to do with fighting the collective fears and it has little to do with honor. This is the battle with your own fears and unlike perseverance – this does not involve a struggle – it involves a leap. It’s the shock of awakening from one level of being onto the next level. A single leader who has this gift can turn around an entire organization through the collective morphogenetic field of that company. The presence of a person like this in a pivotal position can propel the organiazation into a totally new level of functioning in which individuals are empowered rather than kept down and controlled.