Shaun Francis
Shaun Francis is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Medcan Health Management, Inc., a leading healthcare services provider, and Founder of True Patriot Love Foundation, in support of Canadian military families.

Established over 20 years ago, Medcan's primary purpose is "keeping busy people healthy" by providing outpatient based preventive, diagnostic, and primary healthcare services to corporate executives, individuals and families. In 2010 Medcan was featured in the Globe and Mail as one of the Top 100 employers in the Greater Toronto Area and in 2011 Medcan was featured in the National Post as one of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies.

Prior to rejoining Medcan, Shaun was one of the founding employees and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Dallas based Broadlane, Inc., a leading business process outsourcer for over 900 US hospitals. In 2010, Broadlane was sold to MedAssets for US$850MM.

Prior to joining Broadlane, Shaun served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Medcan. Shaun also worked for Morgan Stanley's New York and Toronto investment banking division where he managed equity, debt and mergers and acquisitions transactions.

Shaun received his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and he received a nomination from President Reagan to attend the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland as a Canadian. While there he earned his Bachelor of Science with Honors and Merit and a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Canadian Army.

Shaun serves on the Board of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA/Toronto Pearson Airport), the Fraser Institute, and the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR). He previously served on the Board of Governors of Upper Canada College and was the Chair of the Ontario Chapter of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and the PC Ontario Fund. He also serves as the Chair of the True Patriot Love Foundation which he founded to benefit Canada’s military families.

In 2009 Shaun was selected by a national panel and featured in the Globe and Mail as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an award which recognizes a new generation of top achievers in business, the professions, academia and public service.

In 2010, Canada’s Chief of Defence Staff, General Walter Natynczyk, awarded Shaun the military’s highest recognition for a civilian, the Canadian Forces Medallion for Distinguished Service. In 2011, Shaun was the Convocation speaker at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario and received his Honorary Doctor of Laws from Canada’s Minister of National Defence, Peter MacKay.

Shaun is a frequent lecturer on healthcare policy and entrepreneurship at the University of Western Ontario and the University of Toronto and is a regular Op-Ed contributor to the National Post. He is married to his wife Stacy and has three boys, RJ, William, and Christopher.

Blog Entries by Shaun Francis

Merit and Starting on Third Base

(0) Comments | Posted January 21, 2013 | 5:07 PM

If the world were a perfect place, we'd all be fully recognized, rewarded and appreciated for our hard work -- and talent and perseverance would be the only way to get ahead. But in our fast-track world, does merit always mean success? That's what the MeriTALKracy initiative is all about....

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Drummond's Dodge on Healthcare

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 2:01 PM

Amid the hubbub following the release of the Drummond Report, I can't help but think of one of the biggest financial scams of the past century: Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme, which wiped out hundreds of formerly well-heeled investors. The lesson from Bernie? If something is too good to be true...

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Harper's Historic Health Care Pledge Meets Deaf Premiers

(18) Comments | Posted January 25, 2012 | 4:26 PM

Harper's hands-off approach could be the most important change to health policy since Tommy Douglas.

Last week, the provincial premiers disclosed how they would respond to the Harper government's exciting new approach to medicare. The response indicates that, yet again, provincial politicians just don't...

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PSA Test: What Some Doctors Don't Want You to Know

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2011 | 2:03 PM

Recently, the United States Preventive Services Task Force made a recommendation that healthy men should no longer receive the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer, the most widely used and most effective test for the second-leading cause of cancer death in men.

They came to their...

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Harm Reduction Good, But Private Health Care Bad?

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 5:18 PM

Thanks to last Friday's Supreme Court decision, Vancouver's Insite safe injection site is now legal. That's a fascinating development in light of regulators' hostility to a comparatively benign, but no less innovative, health-care facility, this one located in Whitby, Ont.

The establishment, the Mom and Baby Care Depot, was founded...

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There Are High Flyers Who Deserve Military Jet Planes

(7) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 5:38 PM

Who knew amortization could be so lethal? If we've learned any lasting lessons over the past week, it's that accounting hyperbole can do as much damage to our military's reputation as a weapon wielded by an Afghan insurgent. Hyperbole is exactly what's being used by media as they target the...

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