The Invictus Experience
An Experience of Lifetime!
That’s how I felt about my time at the Invictus Games. A few weeks ago, Bisep was selected to be one of 50 international companies to display their innovative medical device at the Accessibility Innovation Showcase at this year’s Invictus Games in Toronto.
From the moment I arrived, I could feel the motivation in the air, the pride of overcoming life-changing experiences and most importantly the sheer passion and support for the wounded warriors. It didn’t take long to realize that I was involved in an event that would alter outlook on life in a positive way.
I was able to meet physicians, physiotherapists, investors, other entrepreneurs and – of course – the competing athletes and their coaching personnel. Everyone I spoke to was impressed with the simplicity and potential of the ARMM device. In fact, a handful of people were interested in purchasing the ARMM right there and then. This was a major motivator as it reaffirmed my belief that there is demand and use for the ARMM device.
During the Accessibility Innovation Showcase I was honoured to have many respected and inspirational visitors to the Bisep booth.. Geoff Fernie (director, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute) who was fascinated by the ARMM and powerful impact it can have on the senior population as well as individuals completing injury-related rehab.
Joel Guindon, a veteran, the mentor for Canadian Invictus competitors and the reigning Invictus Games archery champion, was impressed by the simplicity and practicality of the ARMM device and how it could help soldiers accelerate the rehabilitation process.
I also had a chance to speak to Simon Mailloux, Team Canada’s captain. Simon’s left leg was amputated after an IED attack, and as a result he had to go through intensive ambulation rehabilitation. My hope is that the ARMM will eventually be able to accelerate the rehabilitation and increased the confidence of those going through the same difficult experience.
I feel so fortunate to have been invited to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and will cherish the memory throughout my lifetime. I will always be motivated to continue helping those with disabilities improve their quality of life. I will forever be grateful to those brave men and women who sacrifice their lives on a daily basis for our freedom and safety, and will always be a proud supporter of all wounded warriors and current soldiers and will cheer on the Canadian Team in the Invictus Games for the many years to come.