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Just heard back from Transitions for Youth and they absolutely loved Frank, they said he was the perfect fit for their event, so thanks to you and Frank for making it a great success!

TheEvent Planner
Senior Account Executive

Outstanding Performance
Frank O’Dea’s powerful story brought attendees at the recent ICPA meeting in Montreal to their feet. The room filled with thunderous applause with some people actually wiping tears from their eyes. In a dramatic, surprising and at times deeply moving presentation, Frank took the audience on his inspiring journey from living on the streets of Toronto to becoming one of this country's most celebrated entrepreneurs and an internationally recognized advocate for hope. But Frank also did something quite remarkable - he made every single person in that room incredibly proud to be a Canadian, something many will never forget.

Reprint from ICPA newsletter (Insurance Conference Planners Association)

This is my third year as master of ceremonies for the 11th Annual AFP awards in Ottawa. We have always been blessed with inspirational speakers. Frank O’Dea was the first speaker to receive a standing ovation. You could have heard a pin drop when Frank was speaking, he had the audience spellbound with his emotional and inspirational message. As it turns out, Frank is just a plain nice guy. He put all of us at ease with his approachable manner and easygoing nature.

Queensway Carleton Hospital Foundation,
Bernie Forestell


Frank’s presentations are typically 45 to 60 minutes

Room set-up

A podium and a fixed microphone is required, along with a laptop computer, compatible for a PowerPoint file, a remote slide changer, and a projector and appropriate screen for the room. Please ensure that the screen is placed so that the light beam is not in the speaker’s eyes. For a group of 80 or more there will need to be a raised platform of 12 -18 inches to ensure that the speaker is clearly visible. Please consider the ceiling height when choosing the room.


This is a copyrighted presentation. It is agreed that audio or video recording in part or in whole is not to be undertaken by the organizers without express permission of the speaker. The organizers will agree that all publicity, audio or visual, will be approved in advance by the speaker’s office.

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Contact Us

For more information or to inquire about booking Frank to speak, please contact us at:

Cairncroft Management Ltd
Attn: Speaking Programs
3 Kilbarry Crescent
Ottawa, Ontario
Canada K1K 0G6

Tel: 1-888-205-0514
Email: speaker@odea.com

Or contact your preferred Speaker's Bureau


A speech by Frank O'Dea will be a highlight of your event.


Frank's inspiring story is retold in his best-selling memoir "When All You Have is Hope", available in bookstores and online. Buy a copy for someone who is important to you.

See and hear excerpts of speeches by Frank O'Dea