Toronto, ON – (October 20, 2018) — In recognition of his entrepreneurial achievement, philanthropic contribution and dedication to competitive markets, Medcan Chair and CEO Shaun Francis has been awarded the Fraser Institute Founders’ Award, the Institute’s highest honour.
The Fraser Institute is Canada’s top think-tank with a mission to improve the quality of life for Canadians, their families, and future generations by studying, measuring, and broadly communicating the effects of government policies and entrepreneurship. Founded in 1974, the Institute is headquartered in Vancouver, and ranks among the top 25 independent think-tanks globally.
“I am privileged to be able to share my passion for health and wellness, in an effort to make a positive impact on the lives of others,” said Francis. “This recognition by the Fraser Institute comes at a time when the need for strength and resilience – mentally and physically – has never been higher. The award contributes significantly to raising awareness of these issues on a global stage.”
In addition to his long-time involvement in the consumer healthcare industry through his work at Medcan, Francis was recognized for his philanthropic contributions to Canada.
Francis serves on the board of the Fraser Institute and is the Chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation, which he founded in 2009 to benefit Canada’s military families. He previously served on the boards of the Invictus Games Canada, which he collaborated with the Royal Foundation to bring to Toronto; the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR); Toronto Pearson Airport; Upper Canada College; and he was the Chair of both the Ontario Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the PC Ontario Fund. In 2013, he was asked by Canada’s Minister of Veterans Affairs to Chair the Veteran Transition Advisory Council (VTAC). The Council was comprised of Canadian business leaders and assisted the Minister in drafting strategic recommendations for the transition of service personnel to the private sector.
In 2010, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk, awarded Francis the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service, the military’s highest recognition for a civilian.
Earlier this year, Francis had his first book, Eat, Move, Think, published by Simon and Schuster in an effort to help people live a more active, healthier and more fulfilled lives.
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