Todd Holmes was born in Toronto Ontario in 1974 as the son of an Irish immigrant. He joined the Canadian Armed Forces as an Infantry soldier in 1991 by joining the Queens Own Rifles of Canada while still in high school. Within that first year he was hand picked to attend fast-track leadership training and became a Sergeant in the Reserves by the age of 21.
Transferring to the Regular Forces he joined the Royal Canadian Regiment and served as a paratrooper. Todd became a highly specialized commando and was trained as a Canadian Army elite Patrol Pathfinder. He switched career paths in the military transferring to the Airforce to become a Firefighter and served with the Navy becoming a specialized Navy diver. After the war in Afghanistan escalated in 2006 Todd transferred back to the infantry and served on two back-to-back tours in Afghanistan. During his tours he worked in highly specialized roles including coaching and mentoring elite Afghan Army commandos.
For leadership actions in combat operations, he was recommended by his commanding officer to be given a Queen's commission from the rank of Sergeant to Lieutenant upon his return from Afghanistan. He attended infantry officer training at the Canadian Combat Training Centre where he distinguished himself as the top office on his course. He was awarded the Commandant's Sword for Leadership.
Todd retired from the Canadian Armed Forces as a Captain in 2016. After his tours, he was diagnosed with severe and Chronic PTSD and major Depressive Disorder in 2014 and was medically released. In the years between his initial diagnosis and his release, Todd was basically non-functioning because of his mental health injuries. He rarely left his basement and had a hard time completing routine tasks. Todd decided, however, to change his story: He diligently worked through therapy and travelled the world finding ways to heal himself.
After meeting Tony Robbins, Wim Hof and Master Co amongst others, Todd got his life back together and created a new story. Upon release, he opened his own financial planning business with Investors Group and had two very successful years before being drawn back to his roots in the military after witnessing the suffering of his fellow comrades. By that point he had personally lost 17 friends to suicide. It took a heavy toll on him.
In January of 2018 Todd launched his new business called Pathfinder Strategies with the mission of helping others learn the strategies he used to help heal himself. Todd believes in Post Traumatic Growth and wants to show others how they can change their story and heal themselves.
As a certified Robbins-Madanes Strategic Intervention Coach Todd provides transition coaching for military and first responders leaving their former employment. His efforts have been rewarded. Since starting his practice earlier this year, he personally intervened and assisted eight suicidal veterans who have reached out to him. Guiding them through their darkness, he helped them get their lives back and in the process created a brighter future both for themselves and their families.
Todd supports many non-profit organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, Muscular Dystrophy, the Fredericton East Science Centre, Cooking for Cancer and he volunteers his time to bring issues such as domestic violence against women to the attention of his community. He currently resides in Oromocto, New Brunswick with his girlfriend, Stephanie and her two young children Jozi and Jaxon.