Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith

Calgary, Alberta
Inspiring Humboldt Broncos Crash Survivor and Mental Health Advocate
Tyler Smith is a surviving member of the 2017-2018 bus crash of the Humboldt Broncos hockey team. He aims to inspire and connect with others through public speaking engagements, using his own experience to further mental health recognition and healing after trauma. Tyler Smith dives deeper into his personal relationship with strength and struggle and the many misconceptions he had previous to embracing his own mental health journey.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Academia
  • Agriculture & Farming
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Awareness Days
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Celebrity


Tyler Smith has no memory of the worst day of his life, something the 21-year-old considers “a blessing in disguise.” On April 6, 2018, Tyler and his junior hockey team, the Humboldt Broncos, were on their way to a playoff game when a semi-truck struck their bus. He lost 16 of his teammates, staff members, and coaches, while he and 12 others survived.

After Tyler Smith physically recovered, Tyler returned to the Broncos. He made it back for ten games, and although his body felt fine, his mental health was starting to catch up with him. Tyler didn’t feel like himself and knew he needed to step away from the game and prioritize his mental recovery. Tyler Smith has made progress with his recovery, but the battle that Tyler is facing is an ongoing one – some days are better than others, and some will always be challenging, but he now feels better equipped to handle the difficult moments when they come.

For him, he never understood mental health or anything that related to it for that matter. Courage, vulnerability, bravery, Tyler Smith would have never attached those words to mental health before the accident. He never understood the power of a conversation. The power a meaningful conversation can hold in your healing journey. He was so used to artificial surface-level conversations and taking for granted the support system he had in his life. He never wanted to struggle or come to terms with the fact that he wasn’t doing okay.

As much as the physical injuries took their toll, it was the mental injuries that he should have focused on from the start. Understanding and acknowledging that you are struggling takes a lot of strength and courage. And Tyler Smith finally did that, he put himself first and allowed himself to take care of him for the first time in his life and what a relief that was now that he reflected. He accepted his emotions and had meaningful conversations with those who loved him.

He continually made small steps in his healing journey and now took advantage of self-care tools like counselling. Because he never thought he would be the one opening up to a complete stranger. Bottling things up and chucking them on the back burner of his mind was the easy way out for him and it was something he was so comfortable doing. He knew a journey was ahead, and he was okay with that now.

Public speaking was never something that Tyler imagined himself doing, but it’s now one of his true passions in life. Tyler Smith has seen the value of sharing his story and of hearing personal stories from others, which is why he is so passionate about sharing his story and being a mental health advocate. Tyler will dive deeper into his personal relationship with strength and struggle and the many misconceptions he had previous to embracing his own mental health journey. Tyler likes to take things day by day, but he knows that he wants to continue public speaking, advocating for mental health, and sharing his stories with those who may need them.

Tyler Smith shares his experiences navigating mental health and grief in the face of tragedy. He shares details about his life over the last five years, the experiences he’s gone through, and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Along with the public speaking space, Tyler has found two other major passions in his life which both happen to be in the world of mental health.

Tyler Smith co-hosts a podcast with NHL veteran Riley Sheahan of the Buffalo Sabres called ‘Speak Your Mind.’ With Speak Your Mind, Riley and Tyler hope to continue to normalize conversations around mental health with a wide variety of guests starting with the sports world, entertainment space and many more. Most recently Ty Smith and Kat

Tyler Smith has found his mental health awareness clothing line called ‘Not Alone Co.’ Not Alone is all about helping facilitate meaningful conversations around mental health with the messaging that is presented on Not Alone’s variety of apparel. Not Alone donates portions of the proceeds to different charities and foundations across Canada including Jack.org. Tyler hopes to build a lasting community with Not Alone that focuses on vulnerability and conversation.

Most recently, Ty Smith and his girlfriend Kat Kastner became participants in the Amazing Race Canada Season 9. Together Ty and Kat are racing for everyone they lost and for everyone who was impacted by the Humboldt Broncos tragedy. They want to inspire Canadians to find that light through the hard times, and to make the 16 souls watching over them proud. They are on a mission to bring more awareness to individuals who are suffering from mental health, PTSD and Trauma to create safe places for breaking the salience, reducing the stigmas and creating places of healing.



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Tyler Smith Topic Presentations

perspectives after trauma - mental health lessons fromtrauma

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  • Tyler Smith shares his experiences navigating mental health and grief in the face of tragedy. He shares details about his life over the last five years, the experiences he’s gone through, and the lessons he’s learned along the way. Public speaking has become one of Tyler’s greatest passions and he hopes that attendees will leave the session feeling hopeful and inspired.

resilience and recovery: overcoming tragedy and prioritizing mental health

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  • Tyler’s own journey of surviving the Humboldt Broncos tragedy and facing the mental health challenges that followed showcases the importance of resilience and mental well-being. In this talk, he can share insights on how to navigate adversity, prioritize mental health, and find strength in seeking help and support.”

not alone: breaking stigmas through open dialogue & safe spaces

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  • Tyler’s transformation from avoiding conversations about mental health to becoming a passionate advocate highlights the power of meaningful dialogue. He can discuss the impact of open conversations in healing journeys, share strategies for effectively communicating about mental health, and inspire audiences to foster supportive communities of acceptance, and the Not Alone framework.

    This presentation explores themes such as suicide prevention, mental health awareness and men’s mental health. With a deep-rooted understanding of healing processes, Tyler adeptly imparts wisdom on the art of seeking help, offering insights on overcoming barriers and nurturing one’s well-being. Tyler explains how individuals can recover personally, and professionally, with the assistance of peer support, therapy, and continuous work on oneself, while creating spaces with others for open dialogue to express emotions in a safe place.

creating lasting change: mental health advocacy and building communities

  • Virtual PresentationKeynote PresentationWorkshop SessionHalf Day TrainingFull Day Training
  • Tyler’s initiatives, such as the ‘Speak Your Mind’ podcast and the ‘Not Alone Co.’ clothing line, reflect his commitment to creating lasting change in the realm of mental health. This topic can focus on practical steps for initiating and sustaining advocacy efforts, fostering meaningful connections, and contributing to broader societal shifts in attitudes toward mental health. He shares the personal lessons learned along the way and the actionable strategies communities, organizations and individuals can take through advocacy, programming and creating a community of support networks.

unveiling the power of resilience, leadership, and teamwork

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  • Tyler Smith’s transformative journey embodies the essence of resilience, personal leadership, and teamwork under pressure. After surviving a tragic accident that claimed the lives of his teammates, Tyler’s unwavering spirit exemplifies the strength of the human heart in overcoming profound challenges. His story underscores the power of resilience in adapting to change and emerging stronger from adversity. From returning to his hockey team to co-hosting a podcast that normalizes mental health conversations, Tyler’s path illustrates the potential for personal growth through leadership and the strength found in collective support.

    Tyler’s narrative is a testament to the transformative power of embracing change and stepping into a role of personal leadership. He has transitioned from an athlete to a passionate mental health advocate, demonstrating how vulnerability can be a catalyst for growth. His engagement in projects like the ‘Speak Your Mind’ podcast and The Amazing Race Canada reflects the significance of teamwork when facing adversity. He uses the power of the stories that came from the aftermath of the Humbolt Broncos bus tragedy, to give actionable insights for individuals in teams to discover their potential, which resilience, personal leadership, and collaborative efforts can lead to a productive and prosperous future.


The number of takeaways I took from Tyler Smith’s story of heartbreak and personal growth is so large it is going to be hard to narrow it down to just three. I think the action I am going to take as a result of the lessons I learned from Tyler Smith’s presentation is I am going to try and work mentally to feel more comfortable opening up about my emotions. I’ve known people in my past and know some in my present that would not care or reason properly if I opened up to them.


Humber College

The action I will do as a result of Tyler’s presentation is the third takeaway. I will practice being available for others and offer them a place to express what they are going through in a supportive, non-judgmental way. I will be open and speak about my struggle in return. I will make my best effort to not compare struggles but help work through them. When someone survives a tragic incident, like the crash, it puts life into perspective. I can be better, and Tyler’s story helped...


Humber College

If there is one action I will take after listening to Tyler it will be prioritizing my mental health and being more open. In the past, I have dealt with anxiety and depression, my responses to my mental health were unhealthy as I would try and “power through it” and not open to others. This led to both m physical and mental health deteriorating and caused many problems in my professional and personal life. After listening to Tyler and his story it puts my own problems in a different...


Humber College

One action I take as a result of what I learned today from Tyler Smith is the need to not push people away. I’m someone who like Tyler keeps my emotions on the back burner. I don’t like to confront my feelings or even acknowledge them. What Tyler said about the feeling of vulnerability setting him free and making him feel better will stick with me for the rest of my life, and I can’t thank him enough for coming and speaking to us after all he has gone through.


Humber College

As a result of Tyler’s speech, one important action that I would take would be to take my current situation for the way it is, and not to take anything for granted because life can go away at any time. For that reason, Tyler has inspired me to deal with my daily problems headfirst, and not to be afraid to reach out whenever I need help from the close people in my life or when help is being offered. Tyler’s speech has truly inspired me to acknowledge any fears that I have and pushed...


Humber College

The way you show up to the mental health conversation is admirable. Your candor and vulnerability when speaking about your experiences is not only impressive but it’s clear that you recognize, and can articulate, the uniqueness of navigating through mental wellness. Particularly spotlighting, that what works best, looks different for each person. I appreciated your acknowledgement of how hard it can be to show up and do the work while also expressing the joy resulting from doing said...


Articles & Media

Humboldt Broncos tragedy survivor emerges as mental health champion


Really, it’s incredible that Tyler Smith ever went back to play for the Broncos, considering that the accident occurred just six or seven months earlier. Before Smith’s return to the ice in fall, 2018 as a forward in Humboldt, Sask., doctors had told him he wouldn’t play again for at least a...

'Always in the front of my mind': Humboldt Broncos crash survivor opens up on mental health

Edmonton Journal

A year and a half after the worst day of his life, Leduc’s Tyler Smith walks the halls of the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, where he’s a student in the school’s radio and television program.

Former Humboldt Bronco to speak in KL

Northern News

Tyler Smith, a survivor of the Humboldt Broncos Bus Crash will be speaking at the Kirkland Lake Campus of Northern College on January 23rd.

Global News


Tyler Smith's Movember mission


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