Experience groundbreaking insights on the future of health and performance in this unprecedented event.

Medcan and The Globe and Mail are thrilled to present this year’s inspiring and interactive Personal Performance Summit, where our selection of globally-recognized health innovators will share insights and ideas from the leading edge of mind, body and medical science. This event will open your mind to what you can do right now to maximize your wellness, performance and longevity. And you won’t want to miss it.

This Year’s Summit Speakers

 Keynote Speaker | Rethink the present to change the future

Michelle Gielan, National CBS News anchor and best-selling author of Broadcasting Happiness

New research shows 90% our long-term success is predicted not by our external circumstance but how we process the world around us. So what is the scientific key to our success? Optimism: the belief that challenges are temporary, and if we take action, we can improve our circumstances. In our opening keynote, Michelle Gielan shares proven strategies for raising our personal optimism quotient. Learn how to respond to challenges more effectively and channel this new mindset into tangible success.

Keynote Speaker | Resilience is about how you recharge, not how you endure

Peter Jensen, PhD., Founder and CEO, Performance Coaching Inc.

In the face of 24/7 demands, many people turn to time management strategies in hopes of keeping up with the growing list of to-dos. But time is not the solution. It’s the problem. Drawing on his experience of working with over 70 Olympic medal winning athletes, their coaches, and thousands of executives, Peter Jensen will introduce the concept of energy management and the moment-to-moment skills that allow elite performers to be more resilient and thrive in a 24/7 world.

Keynote and Breakout Session Speaker | 9 impactful things you can do to live 12 years longer

Dan Buettner, National Geographic Fellow and New York Times bestselling author

To find the path to long life and health, Dan Buettner and his team study the world’s “Blue Zones,” communities whose elders live with vim and vigor to record-setting age. In his talk, he shares the 9 common diet and lifestyle habits – Power 9® – that keep them spry past age 100. What should you be doing to live a longer life? Dan Buettner debunks the most common myths and offers a science-backed blueprint to live another 12 quality years.

Breakout Session Speaker | How bacteria can help make us healthier

Brett Finlay, PhD, Professor of Microbiology, University of British Columbia and co-author of Let Them Eat Dirt

We’ve heard that the trillions of microbes in our bodies have influence on our health. Scientific community knows for certain that a greater diversity of bacteria is important for better health. Many diseases—such as obesity, inflammatory bowel disease, allergic disorders and even psychiatric disorders—are associated with a loss of diversity. In this interactive session, Dr. Brett Finlay, co-author of Let Them Eat Dirt, will discuss what you can do to encourage diversity of gut microbes, in a way that promotes good health and resilience to disease.

Breakout Session Speaker | Making the most of every minute of exercise

Martin Gibala, PhD., Professor of Kinesiology, McMaster University and best-selling author of The One-Minute Workout

Everyone knows exercise provides tremendous health benefits to the body and mind but many of us have little time to prioritize it or simply don’t like it. Dr. Martin Gibala studies the beneficial effects of exercise at the molecular to whole-body level in both healthy individuals and people with chronic diseases. This interactive session will focus on how to make sure every minute you devote towards exercise counts towards your personal health goals, in both the short and long term.

Breakout Session Speaker | Unique strategies and advice to wake up feeling rested and energized

Charlene Gamaldo, PhD., Medical Director, Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Centre

The interactive session will review some of the common and unique variables that impact healthy sleep habits and established strategies that promote a sleep healthy state. The discussion will include an overview of the impact of sleep on the development and management of common medical conditions, and the role of sleep health in overall wellness and prevention.

Breakout Session Speaker | Maintaining our cognitive health as we age

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD., Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University and of How Emotions are Made: The Secret Life of the Brain

Cognitive abilities – including awareness, processing speed and memory – can gradually decline as we age. This interactive session will focus on proven strategies to slow or even reverse the decline and will offer insights into how to prevent dementia, while keeping your brain sharp and agile.

Breakout Session Speaker | Managing stress and using it to our advantage

Dr. David Posen, MD, Author of Is Work Killing You?

This interactive session will focus on managing stress, learning to be resilient to stress or even use stress in our favour. Dr. David Posen, one of today’s foremost authorities on stress management, takes direct aim at the bane of the beleaguered twenty-first century citizen: stress, burn-out, non-stop change and the elusive work life balance. Gain insight into how to reduce your vulnerability to chronic stress, exhaustion and burnout.


Capstone Presentation Featuring Medcan Founder Dr. Robert Francis and Michael May, President and CEO of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine

Dr. Robert Francis and Michael May, President and CEO of the Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine (CCRM) will inspire with a view on Regenerative Medicine (RM), which aims to harness the power of stem cells, biomaterials and molecules to repair, regenerate or replace diseased cells, tissues and organs, and has the promise to treat, manage and perhaps cure some of the most devastating and costly diseases in the world today. They will also highlight how commercialization of RM helps fulfill that promise by moving therapies from the laboratory to the clinic, and Canada’s excelling role in the sector.

Dr. Robert Francis, M.D., C.M., Medcan Founder

Dr. Francis has over 30 years of experience in private practice as a primary care physician, as well as corporate medicine. In 1987, Dr. Francis established the Medcan Clinic, a practice in which Canadians could go beyond the one-size-fits all healthcare model. He has been the Corporate Medical Director to several Canadian companies. Prior to founding Medcan, he pursued additional health care initiatives that included international and domestic government consulting projects and the development of Ontario’s first “walk-in” medical centres.


Michael May, President and CEO, CCRM

Michael is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of CCRM. Prior to CCRM, Michael was the President, Chief Operating Officer and co-founder of Rimon Therapeutics Ltd., a Toronto-based regenerative medicine company developing novel medical polymers that possess drug-like activity. Michael sits on a number of Boards and advisory committees, including: MaRS Innovation, 20/20 Vision, the Ontario Institute for Regenerative Medicine (OIRM), and many more.

Our premier summit in 2016 was an unforgettable experience.

“We are still talking about our very positive experience. Medcan and The Globe and Mail can be very proud of bringing this kind of stellar health and leadership event to Toronto. Kudos to everyone involved with this huge success. We hope you will make this an annual event.”
— Mr. and Mrs. L.

“The Medcan/Globe and Mail 2016 Summit brought together an incredibly talented and diverse range of speakers. It engaged participants to test their limits, take control of their overall health and most importantly find purpose in their day to day activities and routines. The finished product was impressive and to my mind took the conversation of health and performance to a new level.”

— Brett Hayhurst
Sector Leader, Consumer Products-North America 
Futurestep, a Korn Ferry company

“I thoroughly enjoyed the Summit. The quality and variety of the speakers were exceptional and made for an entertaining, educational and informative day. I received so much great advice on how to strengthen the health of my mind and body. I’m definitely looking forward to next year’s event.”

— Michael Stokely 
Principal and Creative Director
Stokely Design Associates Inc.



  • Seats are limited. Reserve your ticket and personalize your experience.

    Medcan exclusive pricing:
    $995 + HST

    per individual ticket
    (Regular ticket price: $ 1,295 + HST)

    Reserve Today