Greg Wells

Speaker


Dr. Greg Wells

CTV Sport Science Analyst and Human Physiologist

In high performance business situations, the human mind and body have to work together for ultimate results. Dr. Greg Wells is a health and high performance expert who 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.

Dr. Wells is an assistant professor in kinesiology at the University of Toronto and an associate scientist of physiology and experimental medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children. At U of T, Dr. Wells studies elite sport performance, and at Sick Kids he leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program where his team explores how to use exercise to prevent, diagnose and treat chronic illnesses in children.

Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships and Olympics. He has studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the planet. And he has personal experience with the challenges and opportunities of adversity and human extremes.

As a high school student, Dr. Wells 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 grueling 11,000-kilometre event that is the longest bike race in the world.

Dr. Wells appears regularly on national television and radio and makes ongoing contributions to newspapers, magazines and scientific journals. He is the author of Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes. Known for making complex science accessible, interesting and fun, Dr. Wells helps everyone sleep, eat, move, perform and live better.


The Corporate Olympian

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.

Living a World-Class Life

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. Drawing on his experiences at the Olympic Games and from his own adventures cycling 8000km across Africa, running marathons 600km north of the Arctic circle, and recovering from a broken neck and neurosurgery, Dr. Wells highlights the best-practices that everyone can use to achieve their dreams.

Eat. Sleep. Move.

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

Half and Full-Day Workshops:

 

In this workshop 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.

In this workshop Dr. Wells will use examples from world-class athletes, people facing severe illnesses and to highlight how people can respond to pressure and excel in the most difficult circumstances. Dr. Wells shows people how to apply of these skills to overcome personal challenges. The ultimate objective will be to help each attendee perform at a higher level more easily when needed and to be healthier at the same time. Ultimately helping audiences Be Better. He will present solutions to help people perform better in both short-term pressure situations and where challenges remain elevated for extended periods. Each workshop will consist of a series of short presentations, followed by an activity where participants will develop personal applications of each topic. Individual follow up will be provided. Potential workshop topics include:

Audiences will learn and understand:

  1. How to go beyond goal setting to build and act upon their dreams.
  2. How to get in their high performance zone on demand and stay there.
  3. How to eat better to improve concentration and mental performance.
  4. How to move better to build physical and mental fitness.
  5. How to think better for improved creativity, problem solving, concentration and memory.
  6. Finally how to live better by recovering and regenerating after periods of pressure and stress.