The Samurai Brotherhood is made up of several distinct groups that we call “Squads”. Each squad has 2 co-captains that act as leaders and facilitators for their respective squad.
TIGER SQUAD (FAIRVIEW) CO-CAPTAINS:
Nick Solaczek has been training with the Samurai Brotherhood founder, Phil T. Mistlberger, for over 5 years through one-on-one sessions, in-depth workshops and weekend retreats. With a commitment to personal development, Nick plans to bring his knowledge and passion to others seeking purpose in their life. Outside of the men’s group, Nick can be found running along the seawall, riding his bicycle to a Mexican restaurant or lifting weights at the Kitsilano Community Centre. As well as Tiger co-captain, Nick is second-in-command to Tribal Chief Phil T. Mistlberger.
Ben Goresky is an entrepreneur, men’s work facilitator and mentor. As a leader in the brotherhood, he draws on his experience in the realms of addiction, transpersonal therapy and his bachelor’s degree in counselling to support men in improving their relationships, and their success in the world. He offers an integrated masculine approach to 1-1 mentorship, and is also trained to facilitate various types of transformational breathwork. Ben hosts The Evolving Man Podcast on iTunes and evolvingman.ca.
CROW SQUAD (MT. PLEASANT) CO-CAPTAINS:
Brady Kirk is a long-standing member of the Samurai Brotherhood with more than three years of experience, and has been co-leading the Crow Squad since its formation in July of 2016. He is passionate about the need for men to connect in meaningful ways. Brady has an extensive background in construction and is currently employed with the Engineering Department of the City of Vancouver. In his spare time, he pursues his hobbies in 3D printing and online content creation. Brady is 31 and married.
Jason Chau was one of the original six members of the Samurai Brotherhood when it was rebooted in early 2015. Born and raised in Prince Rupert, British Columbia, his parents immigrated to Canada after the Vietnam War. He moved to Vancouver to study at UBC and has a BA in Sociology. After traveling Asia and teaching English, he went back to school to study classic 2D animation. A multi-talented individual, Jason makes a living creating web animations, paintings, as well as working in film. He is most excited about empowering others to find and fulfil their creative and personal potential. He’s also a boxer and was the first leader of the Samurai Brotherhood’s Ninja Division.
WOLF SQUAD (GASTOWN) CO-CAPTAINS:
Leo Cheung’s path of personal growth began on a bike ride from Vancouver to Mexico and later onwards around the world, studying meditation, western mysticism, eastern philosophy and eventually yoga. He pursued the path of teaching yoga professionally and had the fortunate opportunity to lead teacher trainings, workshops and retreats for many dedicated students. Leo later founded the Modern Yoga Podcast and interviewed senior teachers on topical issues in the industry as a means of cultivating community and providing education to other teachers. His focus now is in building the community of the Samurai Brotherhood, training in leadership development and giving mentorship and support to men involved.
Chris Solaczek is a Vancouver-based musician and writer with passions for psychology and personal development. As an aspiring facilitator, this community has been an ideal training ground in which he could refine his leadership skills and stay on edge. Originally inspired by solo backpacking trips, as well as philosophers such as Alan Watts and Marcus Aurelius, he strives to forge an integrated approach to life, bridging the domains of spirituality, cognitive neuroscience and practical entrepreneurship. He has been a member of the Samurai Brotherhood since its revival in the spring of 2015.
ELEPHANT SQUAD (KITSILANO) CO-CAPTAINS:
Steve Parr is a business lawyer and practices through his own firm, www.parrbusinesslaw.com. He also founded a vacation rental management company, www.hearthomes.ca, with fellow Samurai Ben Goresky. He’s passionate about challenging men to be successful and leaders in their professional and personal lives. Steve studied and participated in men’s work since 2007 when he published a thesis on the mythopoetic men’s movement. He has initiated with the Mankind Project and the Sterling Institute. He has been a member of the Samurai Brotherhood since December 2015 and loves to surf, camp in remote areas, attend transformational music festivals and immerse himself in new cultures.
Jordan Gray is an internationally acclaimed sex and relationship coach. His work has been featured in The Huffington Post, The Good Men Project, Psychology Today, and countless other publications. He cares deeply about men’s work and transformational work in general. When he’s not coaching clients or writing a new blog post, Jordan loves to take photos, immerse himself in new cultures, and savour slow-motion hang outs with his closest friends.
TITANS SQUAD (EAST VAN) CO-CAPTAINS:
Rey Brannen is a serial entrepreneur who has worked extensively in nanotechnology and internet marketing, and he is currently an active commercial real estate and stock investor. His hobbies and interests include men’s work, yoga, judo, lucid dreaming, weightlifting and traveling with his wife. Rey is fluent in Japanese, and is the author of The 7 Laws of Abundance: How to Win At Life and Influence Reality, available at The7LawsofAbundance.com
Luciano (Luc) Bruschetta is a father to two young adult daughters and the soul mate of a woman he’s known for 30 years. He’s passionate about his friends, family, music and riding anything on two wheels. Personal growth work found Luciano in 2001. He practices re-birthing, dynamic meditation, shadow and process work. A tribal elder, Luc has the distinction of being oldest of Samurai Brotherhood captains.
RED DRAGON SQUAD (DOWNTOWN) CO-CAPTAINS:
Joel Todd is a veteran IT System Administrator and is experienced as a photographer, Photoshop instructor and personal development Workshop Assistant. Psychology, photography, technology, physics, politics, and how people and the world tick, cover his interests. Joel is encouraged by those making a difference in the world but feels the question ‘should we’ do something rather than ‘can we’ do it needs to become a bigger part of the discussion. Joel’s favorite job is being a father to his young son; it allows him to be a guardian, guide and example to the next generation. He relaxes with music, hiking and nature along with enjoying the vast beer selection Vancouver has to offer.
Richard Dalton holds dual bachelor degrees in mathematics and computer science and a master’s degree in journalism, and has been a computer programmer on Wall Street, an adjunct journalism professor at Stony Brook University, and an investigative reporter, tech writer, consumer columnist and travel writer at New York’s Newsday. He founded the Beautiful Minds Radio show, which seeks to de-stigmatize mental illness. Owner of Your Score Booster, Richard created the PointsBooster® test-preparation method, which helps students gain entrance to elite U.S. universities. An American-Canadian whose husband is Colombian-Canadian, Richard enjoys hiking and biking to burn off (some) calories from hamburgers, poutine and chorizo.
LION SQUAD (NORTH VAN) CO-CAPTAINS:
Simon Kotyk has been a member of the Samurai Brotherhood since October 2015. He is committed to helping men reach their positive potential in the world. He also has a deep interest in psychology, spirituality and personal growth work. Simon has experienced some of the more rugged elements of life, having worked on oil rigs for many years.
David Weale is the founder of Grind Bar Natural Health Products Inc, a Vancouver based performance nutrition company. He spent his twenties skiing and biking in the mountains of Whistler, BC. In 2013 David broke his neck in a mountain biking accident which lead him to switch his life around and focus more on business. This also opened his mind to the world of meditation and spirituality. After a few years of study and personal development David created the Grind Bar. Shortly afterwards he got involved with the Samurai Brotherhood. Thanks in huge part to the support of the other men and the confidence that he built in himself through the work, David has quickly grown both his sense of self worth and his company. He is now grateful to be able to share what he’s learned and support other men on their journeys.
NIGHTHAWK SQUAD (FAIRVIEW) CO-CAPTAINS:
Chad McFarlin has founded technology companies and produced videogames for Nintendo, Electronic Arts, and Relic Entertainment. Currently, he is enthusiastic about artificial intelligence and is helping companies apply these technologies to their businesses through Tribal Interactive, which he founded in 2010. Chad has been with Samurai Brotherhood since Nov. 2016 and recently transitioned from Red Dragon Squad as a Lieutenant to Co-Captain of Nighthawk Squad. Chad is also on the production team of Young Men’s Adventure Weekend (YMAW), which is a three-day camping trip modeled along the lines of ancient tribal initiations and rites of passage. Chad loves learning Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and keeps fit with weight training, pilates, and yoga.
Doug McKegney has been doing men’s work for 32 years and has engaged with a wide variety of approaches: Sterling, Robert Bly and Michael Mead, the Mankind Project and Warrior Sage. He is the co-founder of an outdoor service retreat called the Grunt, in which he led groups of 50 – 80 men and boys to build trails for the Western Canada Wilderness Committee and do other similar projects. Doug consults to senior executives charged with leading business turnarounds, integrating acquisitions and implementing new business strategies. His work integrates strategy, system change and the personal development of his clients. Doug particularly enjoys partner dancing, riding horses in the mountains and reading extensively. He works out regularly to stay healthy and was on a Canadian champion rowing crew a few years after the invention of the automobile.
BEAR SQUAD (KITSILANO) CO-CAPTAINS:
Greg Dion is a restaurant manager by day, and a seasoned ‘side hustler’ by night. With experience in music management, graphic & web design, event management & operations, and sales – and having recently become part-owner of a global travel brand – he is not one to shy away from hard work. A member of the Samurai Brotherhood since August 2016, he has a new found commitment to personal growth and development, and a strong desire to guide other men on their journey to discover a better version of self. He is married to an amazing Australian woman whom he’s been with for 10 years. In his spare time he enjoys cycling, the Vancouver Canucks, and spending time with his dog, Winston.
Lee Hettig owns and operates a small business that offers services in Health & Fitness, nutritional coaching, lifestyle design & Injury Rehabilitation. Lee’s background includes 5 years of high level competitive boxing and boxing coaching. He’s been a Personal Trainer & Sports Massage Therapist since 2004. Originally from Auckland New Zealand, he graduated & moved to Europe for 5 years to start his business and deepen his education. He then moved to Vancouver in 2008 and built his business up again. Lee’s passion for health, psychology & learning are intrinsic with his character. He is committed to helping Men identify their gifts and define their purpose while strengthening their mental, physical, and emotional health.
HORSE SQUAD (LONDON, ONTARIO) CO-CAPTAINS:
Sam Gray is a personal development coach for young adults. He is an author, blogger, and daily vlogger. He is also an ex-cheerleader, magician, and powerlifter. Sam has done development work for most of his life and has experienced its power to transform. With his belief in this work and his intense enthusiasm, Sam started the Horse Squad in London, Ontario in September 2017. It is the first Samurai Brotherhood Squad in Canada outside of British Columbia.
Graeme Bartlett has been a member of horse squad since its creation in late 2017. He graduated from the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Degree in History and a Minor in Thanatology. Graeme embraces the opportunity to take a leadership position and strives to help his brothers on their journeys to becoming better, more conscious men.
Tai Whyte is the current Ninja captain. The optional martial arts and esoteric section of the Samurai Brotherhood is known as the Ninja Division. Tai has a background in martial arts and has trained in Shaolin Monastery in China. He has also been a student of Tribal Chief Phil T. Mistlberger’s shamanism trainings.