CHRISTIAN MARANDA, CD
My name is Chris Maranda. I am a speaker and a coach – my expertise converges on simple but difficult to grasp subjects: leadership, courage and resilience.
From 1996 to 2016, I served the Canadian armed forces (CAF), first as an infanteer and then as an infantry officer.
From 2002 to 2005, I completed an undergraduate degree specialized in Finance from the HEC Montreal.
In 2009, as part of the B combat team of the 2 R22eR Battle Group, my 45 soldiers team mission is to disrupt insurgent operations in the Zhari and Panjwayi districts of the Kandahar province of Afghanistan.
On August 1st of the same year, while trying to defuse an improvised explosive device (IED), I lost two of my brother-in-arms. I barely survived the explosion myself and was subsequently repatriated to Canada to be treated.
After a 30 month-long rehabilitation process, during which I relearned how to talk, walk and write, I became in 2012 the Canadian sprint kayak champion over 200 m in the legs, trunk and arms (KL3) paralympic’s handicap category.
Fastest Paralympic kayaker in North America from 2012 to 2015, I am regretfully forced to stop racing in 2015 due to the new handicaps classification protocol of the International Canoe Federation (ICF).
I now divide my schedule between CANU mandates, graduate studies at Laval University, conferences, coaching, my significant other and my two daughters, Arielle and Feyna.
And above all, I never give up.
Here are some key elements of my journey that could help you to figure me :
- Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (17 years) – 1996-2016
- Undergrad in finance from HEC Montreal – 2005
- Mentioned in dispatches for “… frontline leadership,
composure under fire and tactical acumen…” – 2011
- Members of the Canadian paracanoe National Team – 2012-2015
- Administrator of the Société du patrimoine de la
Citadelle et du Royal 22e Régiment – 2012-2017
- Honorary President of the CFER schools network’s
Réussite-Jeunesse Olympiad of the – 2017