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One thousand emerging world leaders will gather in Bangkok to hear an inspiring Canadian 25-year-old, from Kemptville, Ontario.
July 5th, 2017

In August, my friend, Ryan Hreljac, will be the keynote speaker at the 8th University Scholars Leadership Symposium, in Bangkok, Thailand. One thousand emerging world leaders from 200 colleges in 70 countries will attend this Leadership in Social Change Symposium. Past UN Speakers included the Asst. Secretary-General of the United Nations and... more»

Congratulations to my friend Ryan Hreljac, the 25 year-old who founded Ryan’s Well Foundation 18 years ago (you do the math) @TheRyansWell
June 21st, 2017

Ryan has been tapped as the keynote speaker in October for the Atlantic Provinces Trucking Association, where he will share his wonderful, inspiring story for business people who are scratching their heads about the “younger generation”. Sure, young adults are texting instead of talking and they are playing their video games, but... more»

Many thanks to Dr. Sean Wise of Ryerson U. who chose to interview me for his entrepreneurship course, syndicated to 45 universities.
June 12th, 2017

This 45-minute interview is part of an on-going program to give business students an insider’s perspective on starting and running a business. https://youtu.be/ndE4Tu-_SeAmore»

20% of Canadians will experience a mental illness in their lifetime. That’s 7 million people!! If not you, then someone in your family?
May 12th, 2017

I am honoured that the Canadian Mental Health Association, Kelowna, has invited me to be the speaker at their awareness event in November. This is an annual event to help people understand that this illness can be treated and to help remove the stigma around mental health issues.  Because of that stigma, people are not coming forward to get the help that can save their... more»

The donors attending the Gala Fundraising Dinner for Mission Services of London in November are in for a treat. Canada’s sweetheart,
April 27th, 2017

Elizabeth Manley, will be the guest speaker there to support the Mission’s Community Mental Health Programs (CMHP). An Olympic and World Silver Medalist Figure Skater, Elizabeth will be sharing stories of some her own struggles with mental health issues that almost destroyed her career. Her purpose will be to impress upon the audience... more»

I am honoured to be the opening speaker at a provincial conference sponsored by The Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division.
April 7th, 2017

The Canadian Mental Health Association, Alberta Division is hosting a provincial conference titled “Now We Are Stronger: A provincial conference advancing community mental health” on May 9th and 10th, 2017in Red Deer, Alberta.

“Our goal is... more»

October 10 is World Homeless Day @StMikesHospital is one of the leaders in Toronto’s battle against homelessness.
March 24th, 2017

Homelessness is not declining in Canada, despite 10-year plans in several major cities, and is actually growing among specific groups such as families, youth and seniors in some cities, a new research report concludes. A report last year says a comprehensive national housing and homelessness plan is urgently needed to replace the existing... more»

The 3 Keys to success discussed in an interview on Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on March 7 @ENT_TV @Startup_Canada
February 22nd, 2017

Frank O’Dea will be one of the amazing entrepreneurs to be interviewed on the syndicated TV series, The Naked Entrepreneur, hosted by Dr. Sean Wise, an expert on startups & venture capital, where he will talk about his 3 keys to success that enabled him to go from homeless man to celebrated entrepreneur and... more»

Canada’s 150th is a good time to be celebrating Canada’s start up entrepreneurs who represent our future. @Startup_Canada - See 16 winners
January 20th, 2017

Just before the Christmas break, Startup Canada celebrated the winners of the 3rd annual Startup Canada Awards at 5 regional ceremonies before naming 16 amazing national winners at a red carpet ceremony in Toronto in December. ... more»

My first Christmas and I had nothing, except for a little bit of hope.
December 16th, 2016

My first Christmas and I had nothing, except for a little bit of hope.

Every year at this time of year, I am reminded of my first Christmas after I had stopped drinking just 2 days before. I can see myself in a very rough section of Toronto, sitting in the... more»

Canada is wonderful
December 9th, 2016

Canada is wonderful.

In our wonderful Canadian society, there are people everywhere who want to step-up and provide a helping hand to support those who are need, whatever their circumstances.

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How is this for a conference headline “Retired Canadian Spy delivering Keynote”
December 3rd, 2016

How is this for a conference headline “Retired Canadian Spy delivering Keynote

That is my friend JJ Brun who is indeed a... more»

Enthusiasm for “My idea of Canada” is already growing, even before the initiative is launched. Money to fund the program is coming in from ….
November 25th, 2016

Several iconic Canadian families, large corporations and even the Heritage Canada want to be a part of this country wide competition, which will provide a platform for Canadian youth to uncover and implement extraordinary ideas that will make Canada a better, stronger, and more innovative country.

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My friend Ryan, the founder of Ryan’s Well Foundation, is captivating audiences on his speaking tour in Mexico @TheRyansWell
November 19th, 2016


They are loving him where ever he goes. The Ryan’s Well... more»

Hot off the press (or wherever videos come from) “My Idea of Canada” promotional video hints at what’s to come.
October 27th, 2016

Hot off the press (or wherever videos come from) “My Idea of Canada” promotional video hints at what’s to come.

The... more»

Big Brothers Regina raised an unprecedented $60,000 at their fundraising dinner where Frank O’Dea was the keynote speaker.
October 14th, 2016

Big Brothers Regina raised an unprecedented $60,000 at their fundraising dinner where Frank O’Dea was the keynote speaker.  

When asked about the success of the event, Ash Noureldin, the Executive... more»

Homelessness is a local, national and global issue. @CAEHomelessness @Habitat_org @HabitatforHumanityCanada
October 6th, 2016

Homelessness is a local, national and global issue. @CAEHomelessness @Habitat_org @HabitatforHumanityCanada

Homelessness is a local issue everywhere and is therefore a global issue. Vast numbers of people just don’t have a place to live. Frank... more»

Business students love to hear Frank speak. Click here. and he will be back on stage in front of a thousand students in November.  
September 28th, 2016

Business students love to hear Frank speak. Click here. and he will be back on stage in front of a thousand students... more»

Big Brothers of Regina plans to raise big money at their big gala, with one of Canada’s most inspiring business speakers. @BigBroRegina
September 16th, 2016

Big Brothers of Regina plans to raise big money at their big gala, with one of Canada’s most inspiring business speakers.@BigBroRegina 

The gala and silent auction will... more»

An unusual venue was chosen to hold a reception with a guest speaker by the Montreal chapter of Entrepreneur Organization
September 9th, 2016

An unusual venue was chosen to hold a reception with a guest speaker by the Montreal chapter of Entrepreneur Organization

On September 8, Frank O’Dea spoke at the Accueil... more»

My friend, JJ Brun the Retired Spy, was a big hit at the AMCTO convention. His customized presentation was perfect for municipal officials
June 30th, 2016

My friend, JJ Brun the Retired Spy, was a big hit at the AMCTO convention. His customized presentation was perfect for municipal officials

The AMCTO Director of Programs wrote “JJ was amazing, He really hit a chord with our delegates, and hit every point we discussed... more»

In response to the email inquiries I have received, below is the ending of the poem Desiderata.
June 24th, 2016

In response to the email inquiries I have received, below is the ending of the poem Desiderata.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.more»

Congratulations to Ryan Hreljac, founder of @TheRyansWell, on receiving Canada’s National Volunteer Award
June 17th, 2016

Congratulations to Ryan Hreljac, founder of @TheRyansWell, on receiving Canada’s National Volunteer Award

 

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Another Canadian success story. A great team, led by Steve Leal, has turned a sleepy little collision repair business into a powerhouse
June 9th, 2016

Another Canadian success story. A great team, led by Steve Leal, has turned a sleepy little collision repair business into a powerhouse

I had the honor to be keynote speaker at the recent Fix Auto convention. They are a wonderful and enthusiastic group of people, with a... more»

Plans for charitable gala fundraisers this fall are in high gear and the top 3 Canadian speakers in demand are
May 27th, 2016

Plans for charitable gala fundraisers this fall are in high gear and the top 3 Canadian speakers in demand are

inspiring speakers who will shine a light on the work that you do, resonate with your donors and motivate them to be generous. Take a look at these three accomplished speakers who have a history of... more»

Franchisors from Canada and the United States gathered in Ottawa for the 25th annual CFA National Convention. The event kicked off with
May 6th, 2016

Franchisors from Canada and the United States gathered in Ottawa for the 25th annual CFA National Convention. The event kicked off with

a keynote presentation from Frank O’Dea, who shared his inspiring story of overcoming homelessness to co-found The Second Cup. His... more»

It was like old home week for Frank O’Dea as he gave the opening keynote at the Canadian Franchise Conference @cfafranchise
April 21st, 2016

It was like old home week for Frank O’Dea as he gave the opening keynote at the Canadian Franchise Conference @cfafranchise

Half a dozen of the over 200 franchises in the room have engaged Frank to speak at their Franchisee conference, from Toppers Pizza... more»

Congrats to my friend, JJ Brun the retired spy, now repped by one of the largest speakers’ bureaux in Europe, A-Speakers @frederickreader
April 15th, 2016

Congrats to my friend, JJ Brun the retired spy, now repped by one of the largest speakers’ bureaux in Europe, A-Speakers @frederickreader 

Interview of JJ Brun

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The Governor General & Frank O’Dea, teaming up for something special for Canada’s 150th @frederickreader @Startup_Canada @secondcup
April 8th, 2016

The Governor General & Frank O’Dea, teaming up for something special for Canada’s 150th @frederickreader @Startup_Canada @secondcup

Three years ago, over dinner with the Governor General, Frank O’Dea, a founder of The Second Cup, floated the idea... more»

A-Speakers International Inc. of Denmark kindly published this brief interview on their website. @SpeakersDotCom
April 1st, 2016

A-Speakers International Inc. of Denmark kindly published this brief interview on their website. @SpeakersDotCom

Interview with Frank O’Dea by Sabrina Koch

Keynote speaker Frank O’Dea talks... more»

I was thrilled to learn that my friend Pinball will be the guest speaker at the fundraiser for Mission Services of London @Mission1951
March 10th, 2016

I was thrilled to learn that my friend Pinball will be the guest speaker at the fundraiser for Mission Services of London @Mission1951

 

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It is a cliché but true #NeverGiveUp Read this @Startup_Canada "I failed 3 times in college. I applied 30 times to get
March 3rd, 2016

It is a cliché but true #NeverGiveUp Read this @Startup_Canada "I failed 3 times in college. I applied 30 times to get

 

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Cuso International gets $150,000 when Frank O’Dea recently received Rotary’s Lifetime Achievement Award @Startup_Canada
February 18th, 2016

Cuso International gets $150,000 when Frank O’Dea recently received Rotary’s Lifetime Achievement Award @Startup_Canada

Along with the award, Rotary offered to donate $10,000 to a charity of Frank’s choice. Frank chose... more»

A Speaker to watch for is Ryan Hreljac who has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice for his remarkable story.
February 11th, 2016

A Speaker to watch for is Ryan Hreljac who has been a guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show twice for his remarkable story.

Ryan is the founder of Ryan’s Well Foundation and has shared the stage with Prince Charles, dined with Prince Edward at Buckingham... more»

Lloyd Axworthy, Chair of the Board of Cuso International, has announced the name of the lead member of the organization’s new Finance Development Committee.
February 3rd, 2016

Lloyd Axworthy, Chair of the Board of Cuso International, has announced the name of the lead member of the organization’s new Finance Development Committee.  

He is Frank O’Dea, a... more»

Create a game changer and make the competition irrelevant. Business is tough enough, wouldn’t it be great not to worry about competition?
January 15th, 2016

Create a game changer and make the competition irrelevant. Business is tough enough, wouldn’t it be great not to worry about competition?

We were able to create a game changer when we began the Second Cup and it gave us a 10 year head start before the... more»

Frank O’Dea to receive their highest honour, the Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award @WestTORotary @FrederickReader
January 7th, 2016

 

Frank O’Dea to receive their highest honour, the Rotary Lifetime Achievement Award @WestTORotary @FrederickReader 

This year Rotary has voted Frank O’Dea to... more»

Congratulations to winners of the 2015 @startupcan Awards. Canada’s future is tied to entrepreneurs. They are the job creators.
December 23rd, 2015

Congratulations to winners of the 2015 @startupcan Awards. Canada’s future is tied to entrepreneurs. They are the job creators.

“Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Startup Canada Awards, each of whom embody the spirit of entrepreneurship and who have... more»

How to Start a New Industry: Podcast shows how we start whole new industries, making the competition irrelevant, http://bit.ly/BOS_cast
December 18th, 2015

How to Start a New Industry: Podcast shows how we start whole new industries, making the competition irrelevant, http://bit.ly/BOS_cast

Second Cup... more»

Canadians think too small when it comes to business, Frank O’Dea told the crowd gathered for @Startup_Canada at Algonquin College
December 10th, 2015

Canadians think too small when it comes to business, Frank O’Dea told the crowd gathered for @Startup_Canada at Algonquin College

Going global advice from a former coffee king

Second Cup... more»

Howard Rocket of Tridont Dental, Dr. Joseph Paradi, U of O, & @Frank_O’Dea, Second Cup are 3 of 12 judges @Startup_Canada awards
December 3rd, 2015

Howard Rocket of Tridont Dental, Dr. Joseph Paradi, U of O, & @Frank_O’Dea, Second Cup are 3 of 12 judges @Startup_Canada awards

The Startup Canada Awards celebrate and distinguish outstanding achievement in advancing Canadian entrepreneurship.

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The people who help people at Credit Canada Debt Solutions heard Frank O’Dea tell them that they are making a difference.
November 18th, 2015

The people who help people at Credit Canada Debt Solutions heard Frank O’Dea tell them that they are making a difference.

 

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Following the big success in the East, Check out the All-Star #EveryEntrepreneur Tour West Coast Line Up! @startup_canada
November 12th, 2015

Following the big success in the East, Check out the All-Star #EveryEntrepreneur Tour West Coast Line Up! @startup_canada

 

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Opening Ceremony and Opening Keynote Speaker – Frank O’Dea for The Health & Safety Conference Society of Alberta (HSCSA)
November 4th, 2015

Opening Ceremony and Opening Keynote Speaker  – Frank O’Dea for The Health & Safety Conference Society of Alberta (HSCSA)

HSCSA... more»

Join hundreds of entrepreneurs in Montreal Oct. 28 for a full day of non-stop action for @Startup_Canada #EveryEntrepreneur Tour
October 30th, 2015

Join hundreds of entrepreneurs in Montreal Oct. 28 for a full day of non-stop action for @Startup_Canada #EveryEntrepreneur Tour

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Startup Canada is travelling the country to provide on-site inspiration, mentorship, training and new opportunities to thousands of Canadian entrepreneurs as they start and grow their companies.

Registration includes a full... more»

Big success in Haifax last week with the launch of @start-up Canada 7-cityTour. Major sponsors including Intuit, Quickbooks are thrilled
October 23rd, 2015

Big success in Haifax last week with the launch of @start-up Canada 7-cityTour. Major sponsors including Intuit, Quickbooks are thrilled

 

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The @start-up Canada 7-cityTour launched yesterday in Halifax with a fabulous line up of speakers, including Frank O’Dea, once a homeless man.
October 15th, 2015

The @start-up Canada 7-cityTour launched yesterday in Halifax with a fabulous line up of speakers, including Frank O’Dea, once a homeless man.

Startup Canada is a grassroots network of entrepreneurs working together to build an environment for entrepreneurship in... more»

Vision without action is just a dream, O’Dea tells Oakville Community Foundation @Startup_Canada http://bit.ly/OakvilleHVA
October 7th, 2015

Vision without action is just a dream, O’Dea tells Oakville Community Foundation  @Startup_Canada http://bit.ly/OakvilleHVA

Hope. Vision. Action. That’s how Frank O’Dea went from a life of destitution as a teen... more»

Speakers collaborating create great public content. Ex: http://bit.ly/Gair-Reinvention is a smart Gair Maxwell/Frank O’Dea collaboration
September 17th, 2015

Speakers collaborating create great public content. Ex:


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Come for coffee. Come for inspiration. Come to help. Frank O’Dea to speak at @FairlawnChurch Sept 30 http://bit.ly/FairlawnU
September 10th, 2015

Come for coffee. Come for inspiration. Come to help. Frank O’Dea to speak at @FairlawnChurch Sept 30:


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On June 18th Options Bytown Launched a Capital Campaign to Mark 25 Years of Providing Permanent Housing and Ending Homelessness
June 25th, 2015

On June 18th Options Bytown Launched a Capital Campaign to Mark 25 Years of Providing Permanent Housing and Ending Homelessness

 

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Executives from a major food processor are gathering in Banff to hear how to create a game changer. @Startup_Canada @frederickreader
June 19th, 2015

Executives from a major food processor are gathering in Banff to hear how to create a game changer. @Startup_Canada @frederickreader

The former CEO of Wal-Mart Canada, Mario Pilozzi, one of my favorite business speakers, will be presenting in Whistler in June... more»

Volunteerism gets a boost from Time Auction.org. Volunteers bid their hours to meet Canadian legends. @TimeAuction @unitedwaytnc
June 11th, 2015

Volunteerism gets a boost from Time Auction.org. Volunteers bid their hours to meet Canadian legends. @TimeAuction @unitedwaytnc 

 

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CTV’s Kevin Newman wants to know about this entrepreneur and Big Ideas.
June 4th, 2015

CTV’s Kevin Newman wants to know about this entrepreneur and Big Ideas.

http://bit.ly/Frankinterview @startup_Canada @frederickreader... more»

While the internet devastated the travel agency business and is now hurting retail, it is helping the speakers bureaus.
May 28th, 2015

While the internet devastated the travel agency business and is now hurting retail, it is helping the speakers bureaus.

Apparently, too much choice is causing event planners to turn to the bureaus for guidance,... more»

Nearly 80 entrepreneurs came to UNB May 14 to meet the co-founder of The Second Cup, initiated by @startup_Canada Thank You @dshulkla72
May 19th, 2015

UNB Professor Dr. Dhirendra Shukla took the initiative when Startup Canada told him that Frank O’Dea, the former homeless man and co-founder of the Second Cup was coming to Fredericton, to speak at the Habitat for Humanity National... more»

Making Competition Irrelevant topic of CF PanWest Network webinar. @Startup-Canada @CFGrandePrairie #frankodea #business
May 12th, 2015

Have you ever noticed that some businesses do very well while many of the others in the same industry are struggling? For example: Walmart is doing well while Kmart, Woolco and Zellers have all gone out of business; In the 80’s, when most of the airlines in the world were being bailed-out through mergers, Southwest... more»

Jim Harrison, radio host on @RadioNLNews Kamloops, surprised listeners with a remarkable guest in support of the @unitedwaytnc.
May 5th, 2015

Harrison scooped all the other media outlets in BC and was first to interview Frank O’Dea, the day before he was due to speak at two United Way events in Kamloops. Harrison recognized the powerful value that O’Dea would bring to this year’s Inspiring Community event. Indeed he was right, O’Dea’s inspiring story... more»

Some of the least recognized heroes are companies that sponsor community events, like @unitedwaytnc such as @CoastKamloops Hotel and Canadian Western Bank.
April 20th, 2015

Some of the least recognized heroes are companies that sponsor community events, like @unitedwaytnc such as @CoastKamloops Hotel and Canadian Western Bank.

In this case, the event is the 2015 Community Spirit... more»

“We can fix this town. We can make more green grass grow where we want and we can make it thrive and it will be the greatest place on Earth,” [the Mayor] said.
April 16th, 2015

“We can fix this town. We can make more green grass grow where we want and we can make it thrive and it will be the greatest place on Earth,” [the Mayor] said.


These were the words of Mayor Craig Snodgrass following the very inspiring speech by Frank O’Dea in that town, as reported by Kevin Rushworth, reporter for the High River Times. During Frank’s tour... more»

Do not seek advice from the dumbest person in the room
April 8th, 2015

Do not seek advice from the dumbest person in the room

The cover story of the latest issue of divorce magazine is “Do The Next Right Thing”. It is written by Frank O’Dea, which is certainly novel, given that he is known as a very successful... more»

Community Futures Pan West Network gets the inside story on entrepreneurship and success via webinar
March 27th, 2015

Community Futures Pan West Network gets the inside story on entrepreneurship and success via webinar

This week, 90 offices of Community Futures Pan West Network and their clients will connect to a live webinar interview of Frank O’Dea, the former... more»

Tickets are still available to High River reception headlined by two powerful speakers in support of the recovery of the Town of High River.
March 19th, 2015

Tickets are still available to High River reception headlined by two powerful speakers in support of the recovery of the Town of High River.

The Town of High River, is hosting this event to support development of their local business leaders and re-establish... more»

YP-IT Data is a start-up with a big future in the digital age and has service for professors who apply for research grants.
March 10th, 2015

YP-IT Data is a start-up with a big future in the digital age and has service for professors who apply for research grants.

YP-IT Data is an Ottawa-based digital services firm that helps businesses, governments and other organizations improve the efficiency of their... more»

United Way in Kamloops, BC “Inspires Community”
March 5th, 2015

United Way in Kamloops, BC “Inspires Community”

Each year in Kamloops, the United Way brings together the people of the community, stakeholders, caregivers, clients and donors to report on the... more»

The flood damaged town of High River is on the road to recovery two years after being entirely evacuated for weeks.
February 26th, 2015

The flood damaged town of High River is on the road to recovery two years after being entirely evacuated for weeks. 

The Town of High River, is hosting this event to support development of... more»

I have probably told my story to five hundred thousand people over the years, in church basements, meeting rooms and great convention halls.
February 20th, 2015

I have probably told my story to five hundred thousand people over the years, in church basements, meeting rooms and great convention halls.

From my mail and email, I have come to learn that my story has profoundly touched the lives of a vast number of people. I have a... more»

Canada is a country of opportunity. This will be the message for attendees at the 12th Annual Internationally Educated Professionals Conference at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on February 27, 2015.
February 11th, 2015

Canada is a country of opportunity. This will be the message for attendees at the 12th Annual Internationally Educated Professionals Conference at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on February 27, 2015.

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A message from the author of “A Stroke of Luck” is an inspiring request for support.
January 20th, 2015

A message from the author of “A Stroke of Luck” is an inspiring request for support.

My friend, Dr. Howard Rocket, who is a very innovative and successful businessperson, has been fighting an inspiring battle of recovery from a stroke that left... more»

In a crisis, do you take advice from the dumbest person in the room?
January 13th, 2015

In a crisis, do you take advice from the dumbest person in the room?

Too often, our intelligence is overwhelmed by our emotions in the middle of a personal crisis. When neither flight not fight is appropriate, we are intellectually bereft. We become, in effect, the dumbest... more»

We are taking a break from publishing News Items until early January. In the meantime take a look at this excerpt from Desiderata
December 23rd, 2014

We are taking a break from publishing News Items until early January. In the meantime take a look at this excerpt from Desiderata

You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the... more»

My friend, Rose Adams, has a remarkable story of overcoming adversity, of perseverance and of the people who believed in her.
December 16th, 2014

My friend, Rose Adams, has a remarkable story of overcoming adversity, of perseverance and of the people who believed in her.

The child of a single, welfare mother, Rose Adams’ her earliest childhood was in... more»

A reporter with the Northumberland News asks some easy and some tough questions in this interview about what makes an entrepreneur tick.
December 9th, 2014

A reporter with the Northumberland News asks some easy and some tough questions in this interview about what makes an entrepreneur tick.

In an interview by Parvaneh Pessian of the Northmberland News prior to a... more»

Congratulations to @profbruce Firestone who will be the headline speaker for the Growing Rural Tourism Conference, in Camrose AB
December 3rd, 2014

Congratulations to @profbruce Firestone who will be the headline speaker for the Growing Rural Tourism Conference, in Camrose AB

The Growing Rural Tourism Conference is an initiative of the Camrose Regional Exhibition, in partnership with Alberta Tourism & Culture,... more»

Saskatchewan ‘preneurs at #startupday, when you get home check out @ManekMentorship for great local support
November 25th, 2014

Saskatchewan ‘preneurs at #startupday, when you get home check out @ManekMentorship for great local support

The Raj Manek Mentorship Program provides one-on-one mentoring by experienced business people who help less experienced business owners achieve... more»

#StartupDay on the Hill announces Frank O’Dea, Second Cup and Tony Lacavera, the mover and shaker behind Wind Mobile, as keynote speakers
November 20th, 2014

 

#StartupDay on the Hill announces Frank O’Dea, Second Cup and Tony Lacavera, the mover and shaker behind Wind Mobile, as keynote speakers.

Startup Canada Day on... more»

Rogers Communications chose a” remarkable entrepreneur and humanitarian” to speak at the Rogers Talks event in Ottawa November 12, 2014
November 13th, 2014

In an interview following the announcement by Rogers, Frank O’Dea told reporters that he was honored to be selected as a speaker for this event, which is part of a series of events put on by Rogers across the country.

Rogers Talks brings business leaders and small business owners together for a series of... more»

Congratulations to my friend Lt. General Andrew Leslie. His keynote speech was a great success at the recent PMI National Capital Symposium
November 3rd, 2014

Lt. General Andrew Leslie impressed attendees with his keynote address at the prestigious PMI National Capital Symposium, which took place in Ottawa last week. Below are some of the emails I received from the attendees who were impressed with his content-rich and emotionally inspiring speech.

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CKDO radio station inspiring interview brings fabulous insights to highlight the agenda of the Durham Region Business Summit.
October 22nd, 2014

Kyle Paterson of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce reported that the radio interview gave listeners a taste of what is in store for the business people who will be attending the summit, which is entitled Learn Lead and Succeed. It is the first ever Business Summit in the region, an inaugural event.

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The business owners of Whitby Chamber of Commerce have tapped Frank O’Dea as the main speaker for their 1st Annual Business Summit.
October 14th, 2014

The Whitby Chamber of Commerce has just released the poster advertising their big event with Frank O’Dea as the lead speaker:

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Regina Habitat for Humanity scores big following emotional speech by Frank O’Dea
October 7th, 2014

The Regina division of Habitat for Humanity was the beneficiary of a very successful fundraiser gala put on by the renowned law firm of Miller Thomson on Sep 18th. The guest speaker was Frank O’Dea, co-founder of the Second Cup who himself was once a homeless person. In an emotional and powerful speech he assured the donors that their... more»

Congratulations Peter Tarshis, winner of 2 tickets to see Frank O'Dea speak at Fred Victor Centre Reception
September 30th, 2014

Congratulations to Peter Tarshis of Toronto who is the winner of the Draw of the two tickets to attend the Fred Victor Centre reception to hear Frank O’Dea, who will be speaking there in support of the great work that the Fred Victor Centre has been doing in the community for 120 years.

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September is Recovery Month, (I’ll bet you didn’t know that!) and Frank O’Dea will be…
September 22nd, 2014

September is Recovery Month, (I’ll bet you didn’t know that!) and Frank O’Dea will be one of the celebrity voices on PSAs broadcast on radio stations across the country during the month. Here is a link to this 30-second audio clip.

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Win a pair of tickets to see Frank O’Dea on stage in Toronto at a fundraiser for the Fred Victor Centre on Oct 1, 2014
September 15th, 2014

You can win a pair of tickets to see Frank O’Dea on stage in Toronto at a donor recognition and fundraiser celebrating the 120th Anniversary for the Fred Victor Centre on Oct 1, 2014. Just send an email with your contact... more»

Tickets to see Frank O'Dea at Fred Victor Centre Available in September
June 25th, 2014

In response to the queries on our last post, tickets to see Frank O’Dea speak at the Fred Victor Centre will only be available in September.

Frank O’Dea who many years ago relied on the services of the Fred Victor Homeless Shelter will be bringing... more»

Homeless shelter invites former client who is now a successful businessman and humanitarian to speak at their 119th Annual General Meeting
June 13th, 2014

Frank O’Dea who many years ago relied on the services of the Fred Victor Homeless Shelter will be bringing his inspiring story of hope to the donors and frontline workers at this year’s AGM in October. Fred Victor is a multi-service community organization in Toronto, Ontario. Its mission is to... more»

Second Chance - on the way to the Second Cup - Thanks to a volunteer
June 4th, 2014

 “My life has been touched by volunteers, those who helped me personally and by volunteers who are responsible for the success of the many projects that I have been involved with, such as the Canadian Land Mine Foundation. This is a story that I have told often. It is about one... more»

Two shopkeepers in Mississauga doing their bit to bolster spirits and civic engagement of youth around their Second Cup store.
May 29th, 2014

In an effort to bolster spirits and civic engagement, Rudy Scholaert and his business partner, Mimoza Feka, worked in conjunction with the Mississauga Arts Council to hold open mic nights as well as display youth art on the walls of the coffee shop, which is adjacent to City Hall. Over the past month, Rudy Scholaert took youth outreach to the next level in the shop with the Wall of... more»

A leading trainer in Ottawa, surprised clients and colleagues when she expanded into the realm of successful keynote speaking recently.
May 22nd, 2014

My good friend, Francine Provost, who is one of the top trainers in Ottawa, moved into the realm of keynote speaking when she was called upon to deliver the keynote address at the AGM of the Project Management Institute in Ottawa last week. For the past 15 years Francine Provost has been the person that management calls in to... more»

Creating a better future for the world: This brief promo video includes Canadian business leaders and researchers.
May 14th, 2014

Creating a better future for the world: This brief promo video includes Canadian business leaders and researchers.

CIFAR, the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, was founded on the belief that Canada has an important role in finding new ways to create a... more»

CTV’s Kevin Newman wants to know what is the common factor to the variety of businesses and not-for-profits that Frank O’Dea has launched.
May 1st, 2014

This link below is a brief 8-minute video of Frank O’Dea on the TV program, Kevin Newman Live. Kevin refers to the extraordinary journey Frank has made, from a homeless person to celebrated business man and humanitarian, but mostly he wants to know. Why! ... more»

We receive a lot of communications from the audience following a speech by Frank O’Dea. But this one comes from the event organizer:
April 23rd, 2014

We receive a lot of communications from the audience following a speech by Frank O’Dea. But this one comes from the event organizer:

Hi Sean,

Frank was simply amazing. So many... more»

“Thrilled to see my book, When All You Have is Hope, back on the Globe and Mail’s the April 2014 Best-Seller-List” reports Frank O’Dea”
April 16th, 2014

“Thrilled to see my book, When All You Have is Hope, back on the Globe and Mail’s the April 2014 Best-Seller-List” reports Frank O’Dea”

When contacted at his home in Ottawa, Frank... more»

“I like big ideas that will make a difference”, said Frank O’Dea during his interview by Kevin on Kevin Newman Live (9PM CTV)
April 9th, 2014

“I like big ideas that will make a difference”, said Frank O’Dea during his interview by Kevin on Kevin Newman Live (9PM CTV)

This very popular nightly show on CTV revealed a unique side of... more»

Watch for YP-IT.com a new business service in the digital market space. A very mundane business with a very unique twist on its workforce.
April 2nd, 2014

Watch for YP-IT.com a new business service in the digital market space. A very mundane business with a very unique twist on its workforce.

YP-IT provides a number of digital related business services. For example it digitizes companies’ old paper... more»

Lt. General (Ret) Andrew Leslie, former Head of the Army, is a good friend and a fine speaker on issues of leadership.
March 26th, 2014

Lt. General (Ret) Andrew Leslie, former Head of the Army, is a good friend and a fine speaker on issues of leadership. 

The General recent spoke at a Chamber of Commerce event in Estevan, Saskatchewan on the subject of Leadership in the... more»

Vancouver donors almost wore out their credit cards at the Family Services of Greater Vancouver Annual Gala Dinner and Silent auction thanks to the great keynote speaker.
March 20th, 2014

Vancouver donors almost wore out their credit cards at the Family Services of Greater Vancouver Annual Gala Dinner and Silent auction thanks to the great keynote speaker. 

Here is the feedback that we received from the organizers:

Hi Sean!

…. I too have been anxious to tell you that we’ve received nothing but very positive feedback.  I watched the... more»

Vancouver donors almost wore out their credit cards at the Family Services of Greater Vancouver Annual Gala Dinner and Silent auction thanks to the great keynote speaker.
March 20th, 2014

Here is the feedback that we received from the organizers:

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Both of the O’Dea brothers were speaking at gala fundraisers on the same night last week, one in Saskatoon and the other in Vancouver.
March 6th, 2014

Paul Martin's Business News February 28th, 2014

Brother Sean took the stage in Saskatoon at the annual Raj Manek Mentorship Trust dinner which attracted a couple hundred business people – both mentors and... more»

Top 5 reasons that commercial financings are declined
February 27th, 2014

In Frank’s travels across the country, he spoke with a number of lenders on the subject of commercial loans and learned a lot about how they view the applications that come across their desks. He learned that when loan applications get turned down, it is generally for one of the following five reasons. For the most part, these are... more»

Yes, that is all very nice, but what are you doing now?
February 20th, 2014

Yes, that is all very nice, but what are you doing now?  is a question that Frank O’Dea gets during every Q & A when he is in front of business audiences. 

As you know, Frank’s business audiences are always impressed with his stories and experiences regarding the Second Cup and the other businesses that he founded. Equally, they love his humanitarian work with... more»

15 year old entrepreneur/filmmaker/social justice advocate wows industry panel
February 13th, 2014

Below is a copy of a letter we received about an extraordinary teenager that we just had to share with you

I'd like to introduce you to my daughter, Kasha, 15 year old social entrepreneur, photographer and aspiring filmmaker who recently took home a few accolades in what... more»

Trends in the meeting industry augur well for fundraisers
February 13th, 2014

The data pool of 200 respondents who hold meetings of more than 500 people provided these findings in an industry survey:

o             Sponsorship is up this year to 27.3%, compared with 16.2% in 2011. And over... more»

Breakfast in Red Deer. A simple meeting goes a long way.
February 13th, 2014

Breakfast in Red Deer. A simple meeting goes a long way. Read what happened when a group of people reach out and ask for a meeting.

Hi Sean

Thanks again for arranging for our CAPRA (Central Alberta... more»

 
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