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Dr. Greg Wells

Health & Human Performance Expert

Dr. Greg Wells’ presentations are designed to educate, inspire and lead people towards better performance and health by getting them to sleep deeply, eat smarter, move more, think sharply and to perform better. Dr. Greg Wells is a renowned and highly respected scientist and physiologist who believes it is possible for anyone to have better health, energy and performance.  After more than 20 years of experience working with elite and Olympic athletes and more than 10 years researching the significant benefits that improved exercise and nutrition has on those effected by chronic diseases, Dr. Wells offers unique understanding, insight and inspiration to BE BETTER.

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Presentations

Living a World-Class Life: How to Overcome Obstacles & Follow Your Dreams In this high-content and inspiring keynote presentation by Dr. Greg Wells, participants will learn the strategies that elite performers use to lead a world class life. In this powerful keynote presentation (also available in workshop format), Dr. Greg Wells shares tactics that can be used to overcome obstacles, improve health and enhance resilience. The presentation is based on the latest research and on techniques that have been used with great success by world-class athletes and elite performers across many disciplines. The information and strategies that Dr. Wells will present are specifically designed to address mental health and performance. Ultimately, participants will learn how to pivot from threat to challenge, distraction to focus and tension to flow.

Eat. Sleep. Move. How to Overcome the Greatest Health Challenges to Live a Healthy, High-Performance Life The world is in a health crisis. Consider these facts. We are in a global “sleeplessness epidemic” that affects close to 20% of the population. More than 30% of the population of the United States are obese and the rates of obesity are lower but increasing in other countries such as Canada, the UK, Australia, India and China. Non-communicable diseases (diseases that are not infectious) such as cancer, diabetes, cardiovascular disease are now the leading cause of death in all parts of the world except Africa. The world health crisis is being caused by three main factors: poor sleep, lack of physical activity, and poor nutrition. The answer to the world’s health challenge is therefore incredibly simple. We need to Eat Better, Move Better and Sleep Better. In this keynote presentation, Dr. Wells shows audiences how they can improve their health, fitness and performance using simple techniques that can make incredible differences in their lives.

The Corporate Olympian: Peak Performance Secrets for Business Leaders
In this presentation, Dr. Wells draws the parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances. He shows the audience how the science behind world-class athletes can improve the performance and health of people in the business world. Olympic athletes train and compete at the highest levels on a consistent basis over many years. They face the pressures and stresses of setbacks, change, travel, competition, and performance on demand, and still find a way to excel. These are the same challenges that are faced by business people, and the tools and techniques that Olympians use can be applied by anyone at any time to ensure success.

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Workshop: The Power of Challenge

In this powerful workshop, Dr. Greg Wells shares tactics that can be used to overcome obstacles, improve health and enhance resilience. The presentation is based on the latest research and on techniques that have been used with great success by world-class athletes and elite performers across many disciplines.

The information and strategies that Dr. Wells will present are specifically designed to address mental health and performance. Ultimately, participants will learn how to pivot from threat to challenge, distraction to focus and tension to flow.

  • I really enjoyed your talk, and am so interested in learning more. I am a sports enthusiast as well (basketball is my sport) and so I was quite taken with the commonalities between sports and everyday work life. I really love learning about how our bodies work scientifically, and how we can pull the best out of ourselves. I have already implemented many of the suggestions you made both ‘on the court' and in my business life as well.

    - Scotiabank Convention Centre
  • That was for me the best of the breakfasts I've been to. I really liked the way he presented, and of course, his content was top-notch.

    - Liam Scott
  • What a fantastic opening speaker! You have such a gift of weaving the personal with your professional knowledge, of combining heart and humor, and of linking the physical and the mental…

    - Conference Chair, OPSOA

Summary Profile

As a scientist, broadcaster, author, coach and athlete, Dr. Greg Wells has dedicated his career to understanding human performance and how the human body responds to extreme conditions. Dr. Wells is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto where he studies elite sport performance. He also serves as an associate scientist of physiology and experimental medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children where he leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program. There, he and his team explore how to use exercise to prevent, diagnose and treat chronic illnesses in children. Previously, he served as the director of sport science at the Canadian Sport Institute, and taught elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute.

Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at World Championships, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympics. He has studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the planet, like the Andes Mountains and the Sahara Desert.

Dr. Wells has had his own personal experience with the challenges and opportunities of adversity and human extremes. Late in his high school career, he broke his neck in a freak accident while swimming in the ocean and was in a halo brace before undergoing neurosurgery. Told by his doctor that he would never perform as an athlete again, he went on to compete at the international level in swimming. He has competed in events such as the Nanisivik Marathon – 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle – Ironman Canada, and the Tour D’Afrique, a gruelling 11,000-kilometre event that is the longest bike race in the world.

Dr. Wells is the author of Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes, which explores how genetics and DNA, the brain, muscles, lungs, heart and blood work together in extreme conditions. A sought after speaker on the topic of human performance, Dr. Wells has spoken at top events like TEDX and the Titan Summit, alongside Sir Richard Branson.

Dr. Wells is a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail and has been an expert source to other top media outlets like ABC News, “20/20,” The Discovery Channel, TSN, CBC and CTV. He also served as the sports medicine analyst for the Canadian Olympic Broadcast Consortium for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games.