Stéphane Grenier

Founder & Lead Innovator, Mental Health Innovations; Author of After The War

Stéphane Grenier is a nationally known mental health innovator, advocate, speaker and entrepreneur.

This summer, Stéphane was appointed to the Order of Canada and in 2015 was awarded an (honorary) Doctor of Laws degree by the University of Guelph and Humber College, for his contributions in the field of workplace mental health.

He retired from the Canadian military as a Lieutenant Colonel after serving 29 years. He participated in several overseas missions, most notably nine months in Rwanda in 1994/95, and six months in Kandahar, Afghanistan in 2007.

Faced with his own undiagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) upon return from Rwanda, he took a personal interest in the way the Canadian military dealt with mental health issues and helped his own workplace transform the support given to people struggling with mental health challenges.

In the spring of 2012, following a two-year secondment to the Mental Health Commission of Canada leading a national project, he retired from the military and created Mental Health Innovations (MHI). He and his business partners develop non-clinical mental health interventions as a compliment to traditional clinical care for both organizations and at the level of provincial healthcare systems.

His autobiography, After the War: Surviving PTSD and Changing Mental Health Culture, was published by University of Regina Press and released in February of 2018.

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