Keven Martel

Keven Martel was born on June 1st, 1985 in Arthabaska, Quebec, Canada. Having grown up with separated parents from a very young age, he constantly changed cities and schools; therefore, he quickly learned to take advantage of every place and every moment, which allowed him to develop, over time, the ability to adapt and a strong resilience, which has been very useful for him in his young adult life. Furthermore, during these difficult years, he found sports to be a source of motivation and well-being, which helped him to get through difficult times. From a very young age, his father instilled in him a strength of character, the idea of setting goals for oneself, and discipline. As for his mother, she taught him creativity, resourcefulness, and freedom, all very important qualities which will make him suitable to be an adventurer.

We can say that his real life as an adventurer began when he joined the Canadian Armed Forces at the age of 18. Keven quickly distinguished himself from the others through his fitness level and his leadership skills, which are remarkably illustrated in the numerous mentions and\or prizes that he has received throughout his career. Furthermore, from 2012 to 2015, Keven served within the Special Forces, Joint Task Force 2 (JTF2) and a new passion was born in him, wilderness survival. He took several courses in order to master and practice his passion, while testing his limits, in numerous hikes in the forest.

Keven has already started his training. In March 2017, he became the first person to circle the Magdalen Islands in the winter. A 187 km course that he completed in only 4 days, on foot and alone.

In regards to Coursing Through America, Keven decided to join the team because he sees this great adventure as an opportunity to deepen his knowledge of canoeing through this fine and competent team, experience; to discover new places; to learn about himself; but above all to use this experience to be mentally well-prepared in order to succeed in his next great expedition.

He now lives in Oromocto, New-Brunswick, Canada, where he will retire from the Canadian Armed Forces after 14 years of service to start this expedition. He will then pursue his dream and begin his second career, to be an adventurer/public speaker.