Health and Wellbeing Summit
28 April 2017
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Dr. Greg Wells
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.
Dr. Wells is an assistant professor of kinesiology at the University of Toronto, where he studies elite sport performance. He also serves as an associate scientist of physiology and experimental medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children, where he leads the Exercise Medicine Research Program. Previously, he served as the director of sport science at the Canadian Sport Institute, and taught elite sport coaches at the National Coaching Institute.
Throughout his career, Dr. Wells has coached, trained, and inspired dozens of elite athletes to win medals at world championships, the Commonwealth Games, and the Olympics. He has studied athletic performance in some of the most severe conditions on the planet, such as the Andes Mountains and the Sahara Desert.
A frequent contributor to The Globe and Mail, Dr. Wells has served as an expert source to other top media outlets like ABC News, “20/20,” The Discovery Channel, TSN, CBC, and CTV. He also worked as the sports medicine analyst for the Canadian Olympic Broadcast consortium for the 2010 and 2012 Olympic Games.
Dr. Richard Horner
Richard Horner is a professor of medicine and physiology at the University of Toronto, and a Canada Research Chair. Horner authored the book The Universal Pastime: Sleep and Rest Explained. Additionally, he has written more than 100 research papers and chapters in textbooks on sleep science. His research identifies mechanisms of sleep, sedation, and anesthesia. Horner engages with TV, radio, and print media to discuss sleep and health. He also collaborated on a short play — Somniloquy with UK playwright Craig Baxter — that dramatized the workings of the brain in sleep. Leading undergraduate and graduate teaching on sleep science at the University of Toronto, Horner has won awards for his research and teaching, including from the Faculty of Medicine in 2015 for Sustained Excellence in Graduate Teaching and Mentorship and 2013 for Excellence in Linking Undergraduate Teaching to Research.
Dr. Dana Sinclair
Dana A. Sinclair is a registered psychologist who consults for many business organizations and professional sport franchises. Currently her sport client list includes powerhouses like the NFL’s Detroit Lions, MLB’s Los Angeles Dodgers, NHL’s Anaheim Ducks and Calgary Flames, NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, and myriad individual professional athletes.
Working with multiple Olympic teams, Dr. Sinclair went as team performance psychologist to the Olympics in Nagano, Japan; Sydney, Australia; and Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. A former international athlete herself, she served as captain of the Canadian Field Hockey Team.
Dr. Sinclair holds doctorates from the University of Cambridge and the University of Ottawa, and is a clinical assistant professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is a Certified Consultant with the Association of Applied Sport Psychology, and a member of both the United States Olympic Committee’s Sport Psychology Registry and the American Psychological Association. She has served as the Director of the Pacific Region’s Athlete Services Program for the Canadian Olympic Committee and was a Junior Research Fellow at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge.
As a partner with Human Performance International, a management consulting firm dedicated to improving effectiveness in both the corporate world and the sporting arena through a variety of training and developmental programs, Dr. Sinclair utilizes her extensive skills and experience to help athletes consistently play better.
Dr. Catherine Sabiston
Dr. Catherine M. Sabiston is a professor of exercise and health psychology at the University of Toronto and holds a Canada Research Chair (Tier II) in Physical Activity and Mental Health. Dr. Sabiston’s research primarily focuses on strategies to improve physical activity and reduce sedentary behavior among individuals across the lifespan, and how physical activity relates to mental health. Dr. Sabiston has written nearly 150 peer-reviewed articles, as well as numerous book chapters, and has shared her expertise in more than 300 conference presentations and community public health talks. She has garnered numerous career awards for her work in sport, exercise, and health psychology, and has earned $18.5 million in funding to conduct her research. This research has provided the impetus for television documentaries, radio and newspaper articles, and a lifestyle behavior show. She is also a director of the newly developed Mental Health and Physical Activity Research Center at the University of Toronto.