Community and connection is lacking in today’s society and Wellmen provides an avenue for like-minded men
to congregate around the ideals, environments, and experiences we once knew or have (lost touch with) longed to know.

The founder of Wellmen, Shea Emry, has a message for every man: vulnerability does not expose weakness, but rather strength - and men need to find the courage to show it in order to live better lives. Shea would know - he's a pro-football player and has done it himself on the national stage.

SHEA EMRY
FOUNDER

Award-winning, All-Star Middle Linebacker, Two-time Grey Cup Champion, seven-year Canadian Football League Veteran, and original Wellmen. After suffering a concussion, which put him out for the remainder of the football season in 2011, Shea found himself battling trials of the past. Negative self-talk, isolation, and an intensifying self-consciousness drew him back into the depressive state he had known as an adolescent; having been the victim of extreme childhood bullying.  In early 2012 Shea answered his true calling: unmasking masculinity. He began using his platform in professional sport to share his story with youth, inspiring self-care and conversation concerning wellness and mental health.

“The prevailing perception of masculinity, as well as the social conditioning pertaining to it, are inherently restrictive to the evolution of men, and perpetuate the predominant stigmatization of mental illness. Wellmen is after systemic socio-cultural change.”

Shea is an official Ambassador and Champion for Movember Canada’s Men’s Mental Health campaign, Bell’s ‘Let’s Talk Day’ campaign, The David Suzuki Foundation, and Canadian Men’s Health Foundation.  He sits on the Advisory Board for Watson Centre for Brain Health - a new facility based out of the University of British Columbia creating and testing programs that improve life long brain health.

CHAD WEIR
GENERAL MANAGER

A change catalyst, development specialist, strategic visionary, creative ideator, and athlete. Chad is a strategy and business consultant, project manager, omni-channel marketing specialist and senior events consultant/contractor with a focus on personal development and technology.

A visionary leader, Chad has led a number of change management initiatives in the corporate and philanthropic sectors.  Chad has a long-term vision with a unique ability to connect future variables, a process-driven systematic mindset with repeated success leading teams, facilitating complex projects, and delivering results. He exhibits a rare combination of technical virtuosity, uncompromising work ethic, collaborative leadership and strategic vision that allows him to see solutions that make him truly unique.  Chad has the ability to effortlessly inspire and mentor others to push boundaries and create desired results while building genuine relationships.  Chad is now aimed at developing his leadership and project management skills while facilitating a conscious global shift in personal and professional development, education and wellness.

An established entrepreneur, Chad founded his first company in 1995. Focus Events was developed to target the corporate, social change, entertainment and the athletic event sectors. Followed by Cognizance Consulting in 2003 a marketing, strategy and business development agency.  Chad also has a background in training and development, outdoor pursuits, early childhood development, education, product design, emergency management, logistics, health and fitness as well as digital media.

In addition to being a General Manager of Wellmen Inc., Chad is the Principal  Cognizance Consulting, Focus Events, Disruptive Media, and The Fellowship Project and Sports Wellness Summit.