Sébastien Sasseville was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in 2002, the most severe form of the disease. Faced with this obstacle, he vowed that the condition would never keep him from living life to the fullest, and today his story is a testament to how challenges can be turned into opportunities, growth, and empowerment.

In 2008, Sébastien reached the summit of Mount Everest. He then completed six Ironmans. As if this wasn’t enough, in 2012 he completed the mythical Sahara Race, a 250 kilometer ultra marathon in the harshest desert on the planet. But it was in 2014 that he faced the biggest challenge of his life: Running across Canada from St. John’s, Newfoundland, to Vancouver, British Columbia — a 7,500 kilometer journey, which is the equivalent of running 180 marathons in nine months.

Sebastien holds a bachelor’s degree in communications; is a TEDx speaker; and he worked for Fortune 500 companies for the first 10 years of his career.