Jody Mitic, CD
Jody Mitic is a twenty-year Canadian Armed Forces veteran and was a Sniper Team Leader in Afghanistan when he stepped on a Taliban IED and lost both feet. A sought-after motivational speaker, he is a respected advocate for wounded veterans, people with disabilities, mental health and addictions. He openly discusses his past struggle with addictions secondary to his service having successfully completed rehab. Jody was awarded the sacrifice medal by the Governor General in 2009 one of the first to receive this award. One of Rick Hansen’s Difference Maker he received the General Sir Arthur Currie Award by Valour Canada in 2015. He received the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation from the Veterans Affairs in 2015. Heavily involved in the Invictus Games Jody was an Invictus ambassador and returned to Kabul, Afghanistan to light the Invictus flame in 2017.
He participated in season one of The Amazing Race Canada with his younger brother Cory and they battled their way to second place despite his disability. His memoir, Unflinching: The Making of a Canadian Sniper, was a national bestseller. His second book Everyday Heroes was an instant national best seller. He recently served on Ottawa City Council from 2014 to 2018. Jody still lives in Ottawa with his best friend and fiancé Kelley Shields and their service dog Athena. Jody developed a strong bond with Trevor while working on the book Everyday Heroes. If you ask Jody what his greatest achievement is, he will probably say “Being a father to two little girls.” Follow him on Twitter or Instagram.