Tyler Smith

Tyler Smith

Calgary, Alberta
Mental Health Advocate | Humboldt Broncos Crash Survivor | Amazing Race Canada Winner
Tyler is a former Humboldt Bronco and is a survivor of the horrific bus crash that took place in 2018, taking the lives of 16 of his team members. Now, he is a full-time public speaker, podcast host, and founder of the clothing brand Not Alone - Which is dedicated to mental health awareness. Most recently, Tyler Smith and his partner, Kat Kastner overcome the impossible Winning Amazing Race Canada Season 9. Tyler captured the hearts of Canadians while exemplifying resilience and competitive spirit. Tyler Smith using his platforms to bring awareness, advocacy and share the lessons learned from his journey to create safe spaces for open conversations surrounding mental health, PTSD and trauma.
  • Change Management
  • Communications
  • Diversity & Inclusion
  • Employee Management
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Peak Performance
  • Personal Growth
  • Academia
  • Agriculture & Farming
  • All Staff Meeting
  • Annual General Meetings
  • Associations & Unions
  • Athletes & Sports
  • Award Galas & After Dinner
  • Awareness Days

TYLER SMITH BIOGRAPHY

Tyler Smith, and his partner Kat Kastner, came out on top of a tight final leg to become the winners of Amazing Race Canada Season 9. Team #TyKat captured the hearts of Canadians while dominating large portions of the race. After a long and hard-fought race, the couple battled together, to finish as champions of the Amazing Race.

Tyler Smith, a former Humboldt Bronco and survivor of the horrific bus crash, that took the lives 16 of his teammates, staff members, and coaches, while he and 12 others survived. 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.

The couple won 4 individual legs before the final, despite having a large target on their backs from most of the other teams, who attempted to take them out at multiple points, to no avail. Ty and Kat referred to “16 angels” often throughout the race, and Tyler’s heartfelt tribute to his fallen teammates during the finale was the perfect finishing touch to a race run with class, competitive spirit, and an undeniably fun and contagious energy.

Tyler Smith has been a KidSport Ambassador since 2022. 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. Before the crash, Tyler never understood the powers of a safe space for a meaningful conversation and the profound impact it has on the journey of healing.

Before suffering from mental health and trauma, Tyler’s everyday interactions were mostly surface-level conversations and taking for granted the support system he had in his life. As a young man, he never wanted to show others any hint of struggle or imbalance.

After the physical injuries healed, Tyler went through a deep reflection, trying to make sense of the incident for himself, and the families that lost their loved ones. After attending funerals, doing his best to avoid the public eye and surrounding himself with the people who could relate or support him as best they could, Tyler had to come to terms with the fact that he wasn’t doing okay.

Through deep reflection, going through the ups and downs of grief, and moving in and out of his support circles, Tyler realized he had to start seeking out help and find a new path to heal.  As much as the physical injuries took their toll, it was the mental injuries that he should have focused on from the start.

Tyler Smith finally 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. Understanding and acknowledging that you are struggling takes a lot of strength and courage. He accepted his emotions and had meaningful conversations with those who loved him.

Bottling things up and chucking them on the back burner of his mind was the easy way out for him at the time. He continually made small steps in his healing journey and now took advantage of self-care tools like counselling.

After years of inner work, realized he needed to give back. Tyler Smith has found his mental health awareness clothing line called ‘Not Alone Co.’ Not Alone is a social enterprise clothing company that promotes and all about helping facilitate meaningful conversations around PTSD, trauma, and open conversations surrounding mental health.

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.

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.”

Through is own sense of healing, Tyler Smith is now speaking to help others realize the importance of having a safe space for others to share their struggles and for communities, colleagues, friends, and family to support those who face challenges, illnesses and difficult environments others and themselves at risk.

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.

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Podcasts

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Speak your Mind

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Tyler Smith & Ryan Straschnitzki - Speak Your Mind: Humboldt Broncos Survivor & Mental Health Advocate
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Relentless - The Podcast

Kyle Dubé

Relentless Podcast with Tyler Smith. From Tragedy to Advocacy
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Speak Your Mind

Tyler Smith & Riley Sheahan

Michael Landsberg: Sick Not Weak — Destigmatizing Depression - Speak Your Mind #40

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

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  • 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.

Testimonials

Tyler was amazing to work with and we all left with new ways of approaching our daily lives. After listening to Tyler, I will never approach my mental health or the mental health of others the same way. Our audience left inspired, and we left to rethink how our organization approaches managing the health of our employees.

Mosiac Company

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.

Mount Royal University

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

Tyler Smith is a true hero. The messages he shared inspired us all to practice being available for others and offer them a place to express what they are going through in a supportive, non-judgmental way.

Timmons Chamber of Commerce

Tylers presentation was amazing. We are honoured to have him share his authentic story with us. His ability to connect with the audience while moving through his story allowed us to better understand our own mental health, and how to create spaces of trust so that we can speak up. We were all taken back on how he has gone through so much and has come full circle to spread awareness for his cause. The T-shirts we got were also a cherry on top. Keep it up Tyler!

Canadian Heritage Healthcare Engineers Society

The way you show up to the mental health conversation is admirable and we were all blessed to hear your message. Truly inspiring! Keep up your mission as you are changing lives!

Lloydminster Region Health Foundation

Articles & Media

'A target on our back': Calgarians Tyler Smith and Kat reflect on winning Amazing Race Canada

Calgary Herald

It wasn’t unusual over the summer for Calgarians Ty Smith and Kat Kastner to join family and friends when watching episodes of the ninth season of Amazing Race Canada. But on Tuesday night, the couple decided to relive their triumphant win and watch the season finale in a quieter fashion.
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Humboldt Broncos bus crash survivor and girlfriend guided by '16 angels' to 'Amazing Race Canada' win

Toronto Sun

“You know, we were surprised watching it,” Kastner said alongside Smith, a survivor of the 2018 Humboldt Broncos bus crash tragedy, following their big win this week. But she isn’t holding the strategic moves against any of the teams who worked together to try and get them ousted earlier in...
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'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.
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Former Humboldt Bronco to speak in KL

RBC Wealth Management

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

SBC

Former Humboldt Bronco Ty Smith, girlfriend Kat Kastner crowned winners of The Amazing Race Canada
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CTV News Calgary

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Calgary couple crowned champions of 'The Amazing Race Canada'
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Global News

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Tyler Smith's Movember mission
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