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Shaun Francis

Chairman and CEO, Medcan Health Management, & Founder, True Patriot Love Foundation

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.
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