Tom Regehr, self-employed since he was 14, is the founder of CAST Canada, http://www.cast-canada.ca/. CAST coordinates workshops, conferences and keynote speaking to help professionals and corporations to better understand trauma and unresolved grief in addictions, homelessness, chronic unemployment and mental illness. He reflects his own direct, lived experience with these challenges. He’s developed his materials by facilitating over 80 panel discussions in which individuals recovering from trauma and addictions offer feedback to helping professionals. He’s developed unique trauma-based workshops for service providers and clinicians. Many agencies and organizations have used his materials, which have been adopted as curriculum at McMaster University, for ‘all staff’ events. He’s been contracted by various organizations, government agencies and First Nations communities. He travels to Ontario High Schools to educate youth about addictions in their communities and their homes.