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Strive to Monaco is honoured to announce Guest Speakers Michael Coss and Glen Orris will be appearing at the event.

Michael Coss is the author of The Courage to Come Back: Triumph over TBI – A Story of Hope (2011) and the inspiration behind the creation of the Michael Coss Brain Injury Foundation. The foundation was created to raise money for children in need of financial support to access brain injury treatment and the proceeds from the sale of Michael’s book go directly to help the kids. The book is a moving account of Michael’s journey facing the challenges of traumatic brain injury.

Michael CossMichael is also the winner of the 2011 Courage to Come Back Award for Physical Rehabilitation (Coastal Health). Michael will tell you that his life was changed forever, and it’s been changed for the good. First though, he will usually tell you that he is the very proud father of twins, Nathan and Danielle who are now six years old.


Glen Orris was born and raised in Winnipeg until completing high school, after which he was recruited to play football for Simon Fraser University. He graduated in three years and was subsequently drafted into the CFL by Winnipeg. There, he played for three years while attending Law School at the University of Manitoba.

Glen returned to Vancouver and has been practicing law since 1973. Glen has been primarily practicing as a Defence lawyer for those unfortunate enough to be investigated for or charged with a criminal offence. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1987. Glen remains actively involved with the Lions, Bombers and SFU Alumni.

Glen will be speaking about the evolution of sport to prevent brain injury.


Ronnie Paterson, former Olympic Goalie, UBC graduate and local entrepreneur, will be introducing Michael Coss at the Strive to Monaco Gala. Ronnie played Varsity Hockey from 1977-1982 and was chosen as a member of Team Canada for the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. Following the Olympics, Ronnie went to work at Molson Coors Breweries where he was Director of Sales for 25 years. Since he left there ten years ago, he and his wife Kathy, have become well known and respected members of the hospitality industry in the lower Mainland. Ronnie and Kathy have been married for 27 years and currently reside in south Surrey where they have raised two terrific sons, Troy 23 and Tyler 18.