ON JANUARY 12TH, 2010, A 7.0 MAGNITUDE EARTHQUAKE SHOOK PORT-AU-PRINCE, HAITI. HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS WERE KILLED, NEARLY ONE MILLION HAITIANS WERE RENDERED HOMELESS IN A MATTER OF MOMENTS.
Essential services, medical care, government agencies, clean water, were all disrupted. Images of the aftermath, of the tent cities, of the overflowing medical clinics, of the food lines, were broadcast across the world.
Two Marines, Jake Wood and William McNulty, knew they could help. Together with six other veterans and first responders, they gathered funds and medical supplies from friends and family and flew into the Dominican Republic. They rented a truck, loaded their gear, and headed west to Haiti. Team Rubicon was born out of this mission.
Six years later,
ON MAY 1ST, 2016, A WILDFIRE BEGAN SOUTHWEST OF FORT MCMURRAY, ALBERTA. WITHIN DAYS, THE FIRE WOULD SWEEP THROUGH THE CITY AND DESTROY MORE THAN 2400 HOMES AND DISPLACE MORE THAN 80,000 RESIDENTS.
The wildfire, which would come to be known as ‘The Beast’, would eventually grow to nearly 1.5million acres and cross into neighbouring Saskatchewan.
Having established a strong and well-known desire to create a Team Rubicon in Canada, a small team of Canadian veterans set to work with their teammates at Team Rubicon USA to assess how to best support the residents impacted by the Fort McMurray wildfire. Damon is a special advisor to Team Rubicon Canada, and sits on their board.