In 2016, Scott Casey <Link to Bio coming soon> envisioned an annual cross-Canada motorcycle ride. The premise was to fight the stigma of PTSD and raise funds for programs or organizations that help CAF members, Veterans, and First Responders (both serving and retired) get treatment to live with the mental injuries they received from their service to Canada and their communities.
The initial ride in 2017 celebrated the 150th Birthday of our nation and also the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, where the ride derives its namesake. Canadians developed the “creeping barrage” tactic for artillery fire. It was the crucial component of the Vimy success. It is said that Canada was born in that battle, as all 4 divisions fought and declared victory together, when all others had failed.
The sound of rumbling motorcycles crossing Canada signifies The Rolling Barrage’s memorial to those who have sacrificed for our nation.
After four rapidly developing years, Scott felt the pressure of this incredible event and realized it was time pass the mantle of leadership on. It was not an easy decision, by any means. It was the right one though; he was burning out and needed to shift his focus back to himself, his amazing family, and his other many projects.
September 2020, Paul Harman <Link to Bio coming soon> accepted Scott’s offer to take over. With the help of some truly talented folks, Harm re-organized TRB into a truly nationally organized event, with a top-down structure, while maintaining Scott’s original dream and grass-roots approach.
The Rolling Barrage (TRB) has become a rolling community. It inclusively supports veterans, serving members and first responders, as a show of strength and unity, to conquer the stigma of PTSD.
Vimy is commonly recognized as Canada’s birthplace on the world stage as our four divisions fought together for the first time during the Great War. Success at Vimy was realized, not just because of the tenacity of its soldiers but because it employed techniques developed by Canadians, like its brilliant use of artillery fire. That rolling barrage of fire allowed the attackers to walk up the hill under its cover and take control within a short time frame.
The Rolling Barrage is about creating and maintaining our veteran and first responder community. And although we generate funds through registration, it is not our primary goal. The funds we raise go towards operational retreats across Canada.
We have met thousands of amazing Canadians. We’ve been entertained by some of the most patriotic celebrities too, like CCMA star, Julian Austin. Who has made many tours onto Canadian battlefields to play for our nations troops.
Canada was settled from the East to the West and our ride symbolically covers that path with the step off point in Halifax Nova Scotia to its Rally Point in Vancouver BC. Coast to Coast in 19 days. An epic motorcycle journey – a metal horse – akin to those who traveled across this land with living horses 151 years ago.
Registered riders and those who supporter, may join in at any point along the route and show a nationwide strength and unity that our Veterans, serving CAF members and first responders deserve. It is with this rolling community that we shall endeavour to conquer the stigma that surrounds PTSD and to provide care to those who need it through the service to our nation.
Our Continuing Story
In April of 2021, the Board of Directors of Military Minds Inc (MMI) realized that the focus on TRB was negatively impacting their goals, and wasn’t fully inline with the original focus.
At the time TRB was their primary fundraiser. They looked at the event, what it meant to its ridership, and where they could go on; they realized that it could continue and it became registered as its own Not For Profit Foundation with Corporations Canada.
Following a restructure (Sep 2021) we will move to support more evidence-based therapies, align with a research-based foundation, and partner with a major corporation who share our mission/vison and can help us achieve our goals.