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Dr. Greg Wells

Health & Human Performance Expert

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. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto and a Senior Scientist in Translational Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children. 

Toronto, Ontario, Canada


The Corporate Olympian: Peak performance secrets for business leaders
In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells, a scientist who specializes in extreme human physiology, 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. In this presentation Dr. Greg Wells 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. 

The Power of Challenge: How to Overcome Obstacles, Improve Health, and Enhance Resilience 
Do you ever look at professional athletes and elite performers and wonder how they manage to do it all? In this inspiring and content-rich keynote presentation, Dr. Greg Wells takes to the stage to show you how they do it and how you can, too. Audience members will learn strategies being utilized by some of the best athletes in the world to stay at their peak performance in many different facets of their lives. From the avidly active to the average joe, the tactics shared in this powerful presentation help anyone overcome obstacles, improve health, and enhance resilience. Learn how to turn threat into challenge, distraction into focus, and tension into flow. 

This presentation is specifically designed to address mental health and performance. Once put into action, the strategies presented in this keynote can help you think better, feel better, and perform better, allowing you to achieve the life you’ve always imagined. 

The Ripple Effect: Exponential Health and Peak Performance for A players 
The latest research findings show that humans now have the potential to live a healthy life for 120 years or more, making optimal health paramount to a life lived to the fullest. In this engaging and inspiring keynote presentation, Dr. Greg Wells shows audiences how they can leverage the power of exponential health technologies and techniques to perform at their peak and improve their overall health and well-being. 

Dr. Wells shares tactics to help balance health span and lifespan, how to combine mental and physical activation techniques, and how to optimize brain function to exponentially improve health and performance. These techniques have endless benefits for people of all backgrounds and professions, allowing them to supercharge their life, break through obstacles, and reach their full potential. Unlike other self-help presentations, Dr. Wells’ inspiring keynote also includes methods for putting lessons learned into action that help participants immediately implement these life-changing techniques. This presentation is based on Dr. Wells’ new book The Ripple Effect. 

Platform Plus

Workshop | Healthy High Performance Teams 

In this presentation Dr. Wells leads teams through a 5-step process for establishing healthy high-performing teams. This workshop is based on the Aristotle Project research at Google and Dr. Wells’ experience working with international level sports teams and extreme expeditions to some of the world’s most challenging environments such as the Sahara Desert and the Andes mountains. Participants will learn how to perform more effectively as individuals and as a team while improving their work environment to optimize mental health. 

  • Greg was our most highly rated speaker... I was very pleased with Greg’s performance, even with a power outage at the end of his session, he pulled it off like a pro and I have had many comments that people could have listened to him for another hour! We would highly recommend Greg Wells as a keynote speaker. He is personable, authentic, and relatable. He was able to raise the bar, presenting a common topic with new and interesting facts and personal stories. Our delegates LOVED him and could have listened to him all morning long.
    - Senior Director, Communications, College of Licensed Practical Nurses of Alberta
  • 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
  • The session was by far amongst the most highly rated session that we had throughout the 2.5 day divisional meeting. The entire division felt the enthusiasm, motivation, and definitely benefited from the number of practical tips that you discussed during your presentation. You did a fantastic job in bringing the focus of the organizational changes back to the things that we can all control… which are our actions.

    - Janssen Inc
  • His content was awesome and he was a great speaker/guy. He chatted with us for quite a bit before hand and seemed very personable. I know that anyone who attended the event took a lot away from it, so I would totally recommend it to anyone who’s looking take some extra effort to better themselves in every way.

    - St. Francis Xavier University
  • 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

Dr. Greg Wells was a 15-year-old competitive swimmer when his neck was broken by strong ocean waves. After neurosurgery, he was told by doctors that he would never compete again. That set him on a lifetime journey to learn how the human body responds to extreme conditions.

Dr. Wells is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto where he studies elite sports performance. He also serves as a Senior Scientist in Translational Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children. He leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program, and he and his team explore how to use exercise to prevent, diagnose, and treat chronic illnesses in children.

Dr. Wells has studied athletic performance in places like the Andes Mountains and the Sahara Desert, some of the most extreme climates on earth. He has coached, trained, and inspired athletes to compete in and earn medals at World Championships, the Commonwealth Games, and the Olympics.

In additional to his countless professional and academic achievements, Dr. Wells has not only recovered fully from his past injuries but completely surpassed all expectations. He has competed in events such as the Nanisivik Marathon, a marathon that takes place 600-miles north of the Arctic Circle, Ironman Canada, and the Tour D’Afrique, a grueling 11,000-kilometre event that is the longest bike race in the world.

Dr. Wells is a sought-after speaker and accomplished author of three best-selling books, Superbodies, The Ripple Effect, and The Focus Effect. He specializes in presentations that explore the endlessly interesting topic of human performance and has spoken at high profile events such as TEDx and the Titan Summit, alongside Sir Richard Branson, Robin Sharma, and Steve Wozniak.

Dr. Wells is a frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail and has been an expert source to other top media outlets like USA Today, 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.