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David Posen, MD

"Doc Calm" - Bestselling Stress & Wellness Authority

Multi-talented David Posen, MD has been a successful international keynote speaker, author and seminar leader for more than two decades. As an authority on stress management, he delights audiences across North America with an interactive approach that never fails to captivate, motivate, entertain and inspire. His work with corporate clients has positioned him as a speaker of choice for executive workshops and VIP retreats throughout Canada and the U.S.

Toronto, ON, Canada


Workplace Stress: How it’s Hammering Your Bottom Line
Today’s corporate agendas are tied to the premise of more – more units sold, more clients seen, more billable hours. Everyone wants bigger profits and more growth. Unless you can measure it, it didn’t really happen. No one has taken a hard look at what the quest for more has really done to the bottom line. Until now. Join David for an up-close and honest look at what’s going on under the hood of corporate engines across North America.

Treating Workplace Stress: A Doctor’s Prescription
As the pace of work continues to increase, the economy sputters and jobs are in short supply, organizations and the people who run them keep ramping up the stress levels on their employees. Some workers wear their stress like a badge of honour; others resign themselves to what they see as the “new normal” and accept the situation as “the way it is”. The real truth is that workplaces are making people sick. Not enough people are talking about it, and when they do, no one is listening. David offers a revealing look at workplace stress – what’s causing it and what can cure it.

Be Good to Yourself and the Bottom Line
In today’s dynamic work world, a staggering number of people choose to take care of business instead of taking care of themselves. Not only is it a bad personal decision, but in the end it’s just as destructive for the business. The reality is that good health and self-care can not only co-exist with business success, but actually promote it. With a little persuasion and a touch of humour, Doc Calm will show you how to be good to yourself and improve the bottom line.

Change Mastery: Staying Afloat When The Water Gets Rough
We’re living in a time of unprecedented change. The abilities to be resilient and adaptable aren’t just good traits – they’re survival skills! But how do we meet the challenge and exemplify survival of the fittest? Packed with action strategies, Dr. Posen’s presentation addresses the three questions that open the door to mastering change: What will increase your comfort with change? What would make change easier for you? What tools will you need to be resilient?

Work Life Balance: The Lifestyle Balancing Act
With all the demands made on us by work, family and friends, finding a comfortable work-life balance can seem like a utopian dream. Take heart. Throughout this fully enjoyable and lively session Doc Calm has a trunk full of strategies to achieve it. David Posen helps us to envision what a pleasing balance would look like and teaches us that our jobs are not our lives. It’s all about balance – balancing time, energy and the way we look at ourselves.

  • Your presentation met and exceeded my expectations. You captured the total message I wanted delivered to my team to prepare us for the challenges and the excitement that 1995 will bring. In closing, David, I would like to say a special thanks for your professionalism and incredible sense of humour which helped to make our conference so successful.

    - Royal Bank of Canada
  • Dr. Posen was excellent, one of the best I've listened to. His delivery was humorous and engaging with an important message.

    - University of Michigan
  • I think the Q&A session at the end spoke volumes, as to how much attendees enjoyed you and the information you shared.

    - Kraft Foods
  • Your presentation to the Ontario Long Term Care convention registrants was a hit! It was obvious that you did your homework. Along with a number of personal comments I received, I can tell you that no other speaker generated such enthusiastic applause.

    - Ontario Long Term Care Association

Summary Profile

To really know David Posen, author, speaker, physician, athlete, musician and family man, imagine an adventurer who regularly stops to chat with people along his travels – to observe and, most of all, to listen and learn.

There are talkers and there are listeners. David is both: an interesting talker and a keenly interested listener. As a speaker, David has enthralled and compelled corporate and professional audiences across North America.

David’s ability to listen – to his patients, audiences, colleagues, friends and even himself – has resulted in three best selling, Always Change a Losing Game, Staying Afloat When The Water Gets Rough, which went into a second printing after only five weeks of its release in September 1998.  His most recent work Is Work Killing You.

David makes every keynote, conference address, convention workshop, or executive retreat a memorable experience.

Befitting an adventurer, David worked on a research project in San Francisco before graduating from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1967. He then interned in Edmonton, Alberta and practiced in the Canadian Arctic and Jerusalem before settling in Oakville, Ontario in 1971.

More than a decade into a highly successful family practice, David changed his game plan to focus on stress management and lifestyle counselling. Along the way, his buoyant approach to life’s challenges has helped countless people stay afloat!