Empower Psychedelics was founded in 2020, focused on bridging the gap between athletes and first responders to address the global need for recovery solutions and alternative therapy options.
Today, EMPOWER is dedicated to pushing sports psychedelics forward as well as developing research for first responders, athletes and individuals towards treatment opportunities for mental and physical health conditions. Nigel Smith, a First Responder, retired Professional Minor Hockey Player and retired Professional Rugby Player Jonathan Hill are committed to shifting the psychedelic landscape.
In October 2020 EMPOWER made headlines across Canada, becoming the official sponsor for the Canadian Classics Rugby.
“We are proud to sponsor the Canadian Classics Rugby and commend the organization for their continued work with First Responders and Military Veterans. We have donated to a variety of initiatives in our rugby community, and will continue to support the development of Rugby in Canada.“-Jonathan Hill, Co Founder/Empower Psychedelics
“We believe that EMPOWER has the potential to improve the quality of life for first responders, military veterans and athletes… and are delighted that they have chosen to align these efforts with growing the sport of rugby in Canada and abroad.“-Darrin Chaplin, Executive Director/Canadian Classics Rugby
Empower Psychedelics Founding Team
Jonathan Hill is a retired rugby player with career highlights that include: first grade rugby union in Australia (NSW), UBC Varsity XV, selection to Canadian national team for three world university championships, and experience with national U20 and Men’s 7’s programs. Shortly after retiring Jonathan moved from the field to the boardroom, founding three startup companies and most recently Co-Founding Empower Psychedelics.
Nigel Smith is a Retired Professional/Collegiate Hockey Player with career highlights that include playing for the ECHL and a call up to the AHL. Today, Nigel is the Co-Founder of Empower Psychedelics, a First Responder, Entrepreneur and undertaking a Master’s in Clinical Neuroscience.
Canadian Classics Rugby
The Canadian Classics Rugby is a non-profit organization. They push to connect and build friendships throughout the global rugby community as well as establish a proud tradition of honouring First Responders and Military veterans. Over the last 25 years the Canadian Classics Rugby has focused on uniting former national team players, running kids camps and raising funds for key initiatives.