Dr. Greg Wells

Dr. Greg Wells

Health and Performance Expert | Physiologist | Bestselling Author

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, as a scientist and physiologist, has dedicated his career to making the science of human limits understandable and actionable. In his informative and engaging keynotes, Wells draws parallels between elite athletes and top executives to help business leaders perform at the highest level, even when under the most extreme circumstances.

For more than 25 years, Wells has worked with some of the highest-performing individuals on the planet, including Olympic and World champions, as well as organizations ranging from General Electric to BMO, Deloitte, KPMG, BMW, Audi, Sysco Foods, YPO, and Air Canada. He is also committed to inspiring children and young adults through his close working relationship with several school boards and independent schools.

A veteran endurance athlete himself, Wells has participated in the grueling Nanisivik Marathon 600 miles north of the Arctic Circle; Ironman Canada; and the Tour D’Afrique, an 11,000 km cycling race that is the longest in the world. He is also a travel and expedition adventurer who has journeyed through every imaginable terrain and conditions in more than 50 countries.

Wells is the author of four bestselling books: Superbodies, The Ripple Effect, The Focus Effect, and his most recent, Rest, Refocus, Recharge: A Guide for Optimizing Your Life. He also hosted the award-winning Superbodies series, which aired on Olympic broadcasts worldwide in 2010 and 2012. As a speaker, Wells has travelled the world speaking at events such as TEDx and The Titan Summit, and has shared the stage with Robin Sharma, Richard Branson, Steve Wozniak, and Deepak Chopra.

Wells has a PhD in Physiology, served as an Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, and is currently a senior scientist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. He is also the CEO and founder of Wells Performance, a global consulting firm committed to achieving the moonshot of helping teams, schools, and businesses become places where people get healthy, perform optimally, and reach their potential.


The Focus Effect

Unplug and recover from a culture of relentless distraction to elevate performance

One of the major innovations in human history, the smartphone has transformed how we live and work. Along the way, it has ushered in a culture of distraction and stimulation that is detrimental to our wellbeing and limits our ability to focus on what really matters.

In this enlightening keynote, Dr. Greg Wells illustrates the negative effects of being instantly reachable and deconstructs the impact of constant distraction on our attention, creativity and ability to focus. In particular, he provides insights about how our brains manage energy, the myth of multitasking and the physiological impact of perpetual distraction. Translating complex science into action, Dr. Wells shares of tips about intentional technology use, unplugging, and how to structure our lives to optimize health and performance.

This presentation is based on the best-selling book The Focus Effect: Change Your Work, Change Your Life, which Dr. Wells co-authored with AMJ Campbell CEO Bruce Bowser.

Key Learnings:

  • Our addiction to distraction has the potential to cause mental health challenges.
  • Disengaging from distraction regains time and increases mental power.
  • Improving focus is one of the most powerful ways to master work and life.
  • Unplugging helps you improve performance, enjoy more success, and have more energy.
  • Rejecting the cult of busyness restores wellbeing and directs mental energy where it is needed.

The Ripple Effect

Leverage sleep, food, movement and mindset to amplify resilience and health

Let’s face it – you need every edge you can get. Be more alert? Generate more ideas? See problems more clearly? Stay calm in a crisis? Maintain peak energy? Rediscover the joy of living? All of this is possible through the science of exponential health and performance.

Based on his global best-selling book The Ripple Effect, Dr. Greg Wells offers dozens of insights about what it takes to sleep soundly, eat smarter, move more and think clearly. Engaging and personable, Dr. Wells translates complex science into actionable insights and tactics you can use to supercharge your life and reach your full potential.

It’s time we all embrace the fact that small daily decisions play a huge role in how we feel about ourselves, manage stress, recover emotionally from setbacks, strengthen mental health and live better overall. Beginning with the power of micro-improvements, Dr. Wells teaches audiences how to build world-class habits and routines to optimize brain function, extend lifespan and amplify healthspan.

Key Learnings:

  • Make 1% gains in health habits to earn exponential performance results.
  • Sleeping soundly is the principal foundation of health.
  • Physical activity improves memory and problem solving and makes you happier.
  • Better eating boosts the immune system, lowers inflammation, and increases energy.
  • Eating smarter, moving more, and sleeping soundly create a ripple effect.
  • The ripple effect enhances your mental health and ability to think clearly.

Rest Refocus Recharge

Apply the cutting-edge science of brain states to perform at the highest possible level

What would it take for each one of us to really thrive? Optimize our learning? Expand our creativity? Transform our lives? Dr. Greg Wells answers these questions so you can install the routines and strategies needed to amplify your focus, learning, creativity, innovation and performance.

Based on the latest research on brain and body function, interviews with world-leading health experts, and a lifelong study of ultra-performing individuals, Dr. Wells has developed a framework that enables us all to perform at the highest level while improving mental and physical health.

In this engaging session, Dr. Wells translates complex science about brain waves, activation pathways and mind-body connections into usable techniques and bio hacks. Learn how to energize the body to engage the mind, trigger brainwaves to amplify focus, and leverage sleep and nature to boost creativity.

Key Learnings:

  • Slow down to speed up.
  • Your brain wasn’t designed to be in constant go mode.
  • Constantly driving yourself undermines your performance and health.
  • Rest and relaxation are critical for peak performance and optimal health.
  • There are five different brain states, each with a distinct function: recovery, learning and strategic thinking, focused execution, creativity, and peak performance.
  • By intentionally triggering these brain states, you can achieve your potential, individually and as a team.

The Corporate Olympian

Apply the science of elite-level performance in business

What if every executive knew as much about human performance as an Olympic athlete? World-class results would be the norm. Delivering under pressure would be the standard. Unlocking the full potential of the body and mind would be routine.

Enter Dr. Greg Wells, a physiologist who specializes in the science of optimal health and performance. Throughout his career, he has worked with over 200 Olympic athletes, helping them leverage scientific insights to train and compete at the limits of human possibility – year after year.

Based on his bestselling book Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes, Dr. Wells delivers an entertaining and educative session that translates the science of optimal health and performance into tangible tips and practical techniques.

For executives looking to break through to the next level, this presentation holds the key to excelling in the face of setbacks, change, travel, competition and the perpetual pressure to deliver.

Key learnings:

  • Go beyond goal setting to build and act upon dreams.
  • Get in a high-performance zone and stay there.
  • Improve concentration and mental performance.
  • Build physical and mental fitness and stamina.
  • Think better and enhance creativity, problem solving, concentration and memory.
  • Perform better by recovering and regenerating after periods of stress.

The Ultimate Day

Craft a high-performance plan for your days and your life

Do you ever look at professional athletes and other elite performers and wonder how they manage to do it all? In this inspiring and process-rich keynote, Dr. Greg Wells shows you how they do it and how you can, too.

Audience members will learn strategies used by some of the best athletes in the world to stay at their peak performance in many different facets of their lives—not just their pursuit of sport. Excellence in every field takes more than narrow focus in one area. It takes a holistic approach to mental, emotional and physical performance and wellness.

The tools, tactics and strategies shared in this powerful presentation can help anyone overcome obstacles, improve health, and enhance resilience. Learn how to turn threat into challenge, distraction into focus, and tension into a state of flow every day.

Key Learnings:

  • Reimagine the future and set your vision before focusing on the now.
  • Set your morning, breaks, evening and last hour to achieve at your highest level
  • Understand and leverage periods of “power work.”
  • Eat, move and meditate to nurture and align mind and body throughout the day.
  • Master the art of team huddles to stay connected and optimize time.

Building Healthy High-Performance Teams

Unlocking the secrets behind world-class collaboration and performance

No matter where you look – from professional arenas to the boardrooms, trading floors, operating rooms, state houses and classrooms of the world – there is one thing that sets world-class performers apart: they are members of thriving teams.

In this engaging and inspiring keynote presentation, Dr. Greg Wells shares insights from a career spent studying ultra-performance. He has worked with over 200 Olympic athletes and high-achieving corporate teams around the world. He has also participated in expeditions to remote and extreme locales like the Sahara Desert and the Andes mountains. He’s also an industry-leading expert in the science of optimal health and performance.

Based on the Project Aristotle research conducted at Google, Dr. Wells leads teams through a five-step process to unlock the secrets of high-achieving teams. Participants learn how to create a healthy team culture, support risk taking, promote dependability and generate the kind of meaning, purpose and impact that will ensure movement toward a shared vision.

Key Learnings:

  • The path to excellence starts with clarity of vision and dream.
  • Psychological safety cultivates the ground for creative and productive risk taking.
  • Pivot from time management to priority management to reliably deliver.
  • Tap into the power of why to clarify meaning and purpose.
  • Align your life with your dreams to achieve maximum impact.

Workshops

Note that all of Dr. Greg Wells’ keynote topics can be delivered in a workshop format. Contact us to learn more.

The Focus Effect

Unplug and recover from a culture of relentless distraction to elevate performance

One of the major innovations in human history, the smartphone has transformed how we live and work. Along the way, it has ushered in a culture of distraction and stimulation that is detrimental to our wellbeing and limits our ability to focus on what really matters.

In this enlightening keynote, Dr. Greg Wells illustrates the negative effects of being instantly reachable and deconstructs the impact of constant distraction on our attention, creativity and ability to focus. In particular, he provides insights about how our brains manage energy, the myth of multitasking and the physiological impact of perpetual distraction. Translating complex science into action, Dr. Wells shares of tips about intentional technology use, unplugging, and how to structure our lives to optimize health and performance.

This presentation is based on the best-selling book The Focus Effect: Change Your Work, Change Your Life, which Dr. Wells co-authored with AMJ Campbell CEO Bruce Bowser.

Key Learnings:

  • Our addiction to distraction has the potential to cause mental health challenges.
  • Disengaging from distraction regains time and increases mental power.
  • Improving focus is one of the most powerful ways to master work and life.
  • Unplugging helps you improve performance, enjoy more success, and have more energy.
  • Rejecting the cult of busyness restores wellbeing and directs mental energy where it is needed.

The Ripple Effect

Leverage sleep, food, movement and mindset to amplify resilience and health

Let’s face it – you need every edge you can get. Be more alert? Generate more ideas? See problems more clearly? Stay calm in a crisis? Maintain peak energy? Rediscover the joy of living? All of this is possible through the science of exponential health and performance.

Based on his global best-selling book The Ripple Effect, Dr. Greg Wells offers dozens of insights about what it takes to sleep soundly, eat smarter, move more and think clearly. Engaging and personable, Dr. Wells translates complex science into actionable insights and tactics you can use to supercharge your life and reach your full potential.

It’s time we all embrace the fact that small daily decisions play a huge role in how we feel about ourselves, manage stress, recover emotionally from setbacks, strengthen mental health and live better overall. Beginning with the power of micro-improvements, Dr. Wells teaches audiences how to build world-class habits and routines to optimize brain function, extend lifespan and amplify healthspan.

Key Learnings:

  • Make 1% gains in health habits to earn exponential performance results.
  • Sleeping soundly is the principal foundation of health.
  • Physical activity improves memory and problem solving and makes you happier.
  • Better eating boosts the immune system, lowers inflammation, and increases energy.
  • Eating smarter, moving more, and sleeping soundly create a ripple effect.
  • The ripple effect enhances your mental health and ability to think clearly.

Rest, Refocus, Recharge

Apply the cutting-edge science of brain states to perform at the highest possible level

What would it take for each one of us to really thrive? Optimize our learning? Expand our creativity? Transform our lives? Dr. Greg Wells answers these questions so you can install the routines and strategies needed to amplify your focus, learning, creativity, innovation and performance.

Based on the latest research on brain and body function, interviews with world-leading health experts, and a lifelong study of ultra-performing individuals, Dr. Wells has developed a framework that enables us all to perform at the highest level while improving mental and physical health.

In this engaging session, Dr. Wells translates complex science about brain waves, activation pathways and mind-body connections into usable techniques and bio hacks. Learn how to energize the body to engage the mind, trigger brainwaves to amplify focus, and leverage sleep and nature to boost creativity.

Key Learnings:

  • Slow down to speed up.
  • Your brain wasn’t designed to be in constant go mode.
  • Constantly driving yourself undermines your performance and health.
  • Rest and relaxation are critical for peak performance and optimal health.
  • There are five different brain states, each with a distinct function: recovery, learning and strategic thinking, focused execution, creativity, and peak performance.
  • By intentionally triggering these brain states, you can achieve your potential, individually and as a team.

The Corporate Olympian

Apply the science of elite-level performance in business

What if every executive knew as much about human performance as an Olympic athlete? World-class results would be the norm. Delivering under pressure would be the standard. Unlocking the full potential of the body and mind would be routine.

Enter Dr. Greg Wells, a physiologist who specializes in the science of optimal health and performance. Throughout his career, he has worked with over 200 Olympic athletes, helping them leverage scientific insights to train and compete at the limits of human possibility – year after year.

Based on his bestselling book Superbodies: Peak Performance Secrets from the World’s Best Athletes, Dr. Wells delivers an entertaining and educative session that translates the science of optimal health and performance into tangible tips and practical techniques.

For executives looking to break through to the next level, this presentation holds the key to excelling in the face of setbacks, change, travel, competition and the perpetual pressure to deliver.

Key learnings:

  • Go beyond goal setting to build and act upon dreams.
  • Get in a high-performance zone and stay there.
  • Improve concentration and mental performance.
  • Build physical and mental fitness and stamina.
  • Think better and enhance creativity, problem solving, concentration and memory.
  • Perform better by recovering and regenerating after periods of stress.

The Ultimate Day

Craft a high-performance plan for your days and your life

Do you ever look at professional athletes and other elite performers and wonder how they manage to do it all? In this inspiring and process-rich keynote, Dr. Greg Wells shows you how they do it and how you can, too.

Audience members will learn strategies used by some of the best athletes in the world to stay at their peak performance in many different facets of their lives—not just their pursuit of sport. Excellence in every field takes more than narrow focus in one area. It takes a holistic approach to mental, emotional and physical performance and wellness.

The tools, tactics and strategies shared in this powerful presentation can help anyone overcome obstacles, improve health, and enhance resilience. Learn how to turn threat into challenge, distraction into focus, and tension into a state of flow every day.

Key Learnings:

  • Reimagine the future and set your vision before focusing on the now.
  • Set your morning, breaks, evening and last hour to achieve at your highest level
  • Understand and leverage periods of “power work.”
  • Eat, move and meditate to nurture and align mind and body throughout the day.
  • Master the art of team huddles to stay connected and optimize time.

Building Healthy High-Performance Teams

Unlocking the secrets behind world-class collaboration and performance

No matter where you look – from professional arenas to the boardrooms, trading floors, operating rooms, state houses and classrooms of the world – there is one thing that sets world-class performers apart: they are members of thriving teams.

In this engaging and inspiring keynote presentation, Dr. Greg Wells shares insights from a career spent studying ultra-performance. He has worked with over 200 Olympic athletes and high-achieving corporate teams around the world. He has also participated in expeditions to remote and extreme locales like the Sahara Desert and the Andes mountains. He’s also an industry-leading expert in the science of optimal health and performance.

Based on the Project Aristotle research conducted at Google, Dr. Wells leads teams through a five-step process to unlock the secrets of high-achieving teams. Participants learn how to create a healthy team culture, support risk taking, promote dependability and generate the kind of meaning, purpose and impact that will ensure movement toward a shared vision.

Key Learnings:

  • The path to excellence starts with clarity of vision and dream.
  • Psychological safety cultivates the ground for creative and productive risk taking.
  • Pivot from time management to priority management to reliably deliver.
  • Tap into the power of why to clarify meaning and purpose.
  • Align your life with your dreams to achieve maximum impact.