Frank O’Dea

Frank O'Dea

Ottawa, Ontario
Inspiring Entrepreneur, Humanitarian And Innovative Business Expert
Frank O'Dea is a highly successful entrepreneur who has gone on to start numerous charitable organizations. The Co-Founder of the iconic Canadian coffee retail chain The Second Cup overcame enormous challenges in his professional and personal life. These challenges included overcoming an abusive relationship. His motivational and emotionally touching speeches get to the heart of his audience's underlying motives and encourage aspiration. After the business successes with The Second Cup, Proshred Security and Samaritan Air Ambulance Services, Frank O'Dea also started not-for-profit organizations like Street Kids International and the Canadian Landmine Foundation.
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  • Charities & Foundations
  • Community Engagement Events
  • Conferences & Summits
  • Corporate Audience
  • Executive Leadership & C-Suite
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  • Sales Motivation & Sales Kick Off


Frank O’Dea’s narrative of triumph against hardship in business and life inspires people worldwide. O’Dea rose from being a homeless panhandler to becoming a renowned international entrepreneur and humanitarian. He founded The Second Cup coffee shop chain and a worldwide document security business. He has founded several more innovative and successful enterprises and international non-profit organizations. His message connects with audiences who want to learn from his example and are yearning for hope for a better future.

Along with his commercial success, Frank co-founded Street Kids International, which helps homeless children in third-world nations, and the Canadian Landmine Foundation, which raises funding to demolish minefields worldwide. In collaboration with the United Nations and world heavyweights such as Colin Powell and Sir Paul McCartney, he coordinated the international fundraising event “Night of a Thousand Dinners,” held in 29 countries worldwide.

O’Dea has received numerous honours from two colleges, including the Order of Canada and honorary degrees. His most recent groundbreaking ventures include social enterprises such as a youth employment program across Canada and developing sustainable, cheap houses in Brazil utilizing Canadian technology. His grand narrative is chronicled in his book When All You Have Is Hope, which is now in its fourth printing and is available from Penguin Books.

Building on that success, he co-founded Proshred Security, a company that pioneered on-site document destruction. This company soon became an international organization with franchised operations in Canada, Europe, and the United States. Frank also founded Samaritan Air Ambulance Services.  

In the not-for-profit sector, O’Dea was also successful as the co-founder of Street Kids International, an organization developed to help homeless children in third-world countries, and the Landmine Foundation, an organization that raises funds for dismantling minefields around the world. Together with the United Nations and world figures such as Colin Powell and Sir Paul McCartney, he led an international fundraising event, “Night of A Thousand Dinners,” that was taken up in 29 countries around the world. 

Frank is currently the Chair of the Royal Roads University Foundation and serves on the board of directors of several private corporations and not-for-profits. Recognition for Frank O’Dea’s achievements includes the Ontario Volunteer Award, Lifetime Board Member Renascent Treatment Foundation, Paul Harris Awards, Doctor of Laws Royal Roads University, Doctor of Laws Carlton University, and Officer of the Order of Canada. 

He is also the author of two books: his memoir When All You Have is Hope and, in response to the demand from people who have reached out to him for help in dealing with their challenges, his newest book: Do The Next Right Thing, Surviving Life’s Crises. In addition to leading two social enterprises, Frank is Chair of “My Idea of Canada.” In celebration of Canada’s 150 Anniversary, “My Idea of Canada” is a multi-million dollar national initiative by the Governor General and the Order of Canada to get young people energized and involved in the future of Canada. 

Audiences identify with him and his unique message and are invariably moved, empowered, and hopeful. As one of Canada’s most sought-after speakers, Frank O’Dea is an investment that pays off hugely for any organization that books him. 




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Frank O’Dea Topic Presentations

the power of hope vision action 

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  • With hope – all things become possible. With hope, one has the courage to change the present into a very different future. With hope, dreams are possible; with hope, one has the persistence to follow the dream and with hope, one can – and will – become much more than you ever dreamed possible. Frank demonstrates this power of hope by using his own story and experiences of hope, courage, change, and persistence. Humble yet powerful, Frank relates how he went from the bowery, panhandling for nickels and dimes not so many years ago, to the successes he has achieved today. This is truly a motivational story. Audiences from all walks of life identify with this very real story of achievement, and Frank’s warm style convinces his audiences that he is speaking directly to them. 


the spirit of the entrepreneur  

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  • Frank shares with his audience how he started his various businesses. First, the engaging story of the early years of the Second Cup gives his listeners the inside story on the growth of a Canadian retail landmark. Then he talks about some of the challenges he overcame in starting Proshred Security, a document shredding service, today a national business stretching across Canada and into the USA and Europe, but one that his potential clients in the early days didn’t even think they needed. Bringing his entrepreneurial spirit to the not-for-profit sector, Frank’s listeners will hear about the serendipitous meeting that became Street Kids International, how the War Child (Canada) came into existence, and how a late-night phone call from the Minister of External Affairs became the Canadian Landmine Foundation. Tying all this together with his view on the three fundamentals that made all this work for him, Frank leaves his audience with fine examples of where one person can go and provides a roadmap on how to get there. 


blue ocean strategy  

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  • Frank O’Dea introduces his audience to the powerful theory and practical applications of the Blue Ocean Strategy – creating uncontested market space. These concepts are based on fifteen years of research across thirty industries by Professors W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne of the European business school, INSEAD. In today’s overcrowded markets, competing head-to-head and searching for competitive advantage results in nothing but a bloody” red ocean” of rivals fighting for a shrinking pool of profit.  Frank O’Dea is the international spokesperson for “The Value Innovation Network”, a worldwide group of experts supporting the Blue Ocean Strategy to the corporate community. Frank talks about a radically different way of thinking about business strategy, and he outlines how companies have created “blue oceans” by challenging conventional assumptions about their industries and making the competition irrelevant. With actual examples of these companies that have created uncontested market space by rewriting the rules of established industries, Frank’s presentation shows his audience that the methodology exists, along with the tools, for companies to create their own “blue oceans.” 

the new entrepreneurs 

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  • Frank has launched numerous successful enterprises over the last fifty years. In this presentation, Frank draws from his personal experience to discuss the great opportunities that this country has afforded all of us. He paints a picture of the changing face of entrepreneurship that is taking us into the next fifty years. Frank looks at the different motivations, lifestyle preferences, and rapidly advancing technology as new driving forces. This is an uplifting and inspiring speech about new opportunities and new entrepreneurs. 


You mentioned some phrases that I have been using since your speech. I give you the credit for it. I use the people can make a difference. I also like when you mentioned Leaving this place better than when you got here. You are an inspiration.


TD Insurance

Frank did a fantastic job… the franchisees were very engaged with his story, which is why they were so quiet. The feedback from them afterward was that Frank was much better than the speaker they had last year, who got rave reviews.  

C. White

Topper’s Pizza

I watched the audience regularly and Frank held everyone’s full attention from beginning to end. He masterfully wove FSGV throughout his speech and empowered everyone in the room to make a difference right there and then. Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for anything more. It was perfect. The financial results show it. Preliminary numbers more than doubled what we raised last year (not including a donation that was given in advance), and tripled the number of people who came on board as monthly donors.  


United Way Vancouver

“The event was everything we could have wished. Frank shared with our business community, which is still recovering from the devastating flood, how he was able to turn his remarkable personal and business adversities into thriving successes. He delivered an emotional and practical speech that touched these business people and their spouses on many levels. In the evaluations, which were excellent, we learned that a number of people came because they knew someone who heard Frank speak.”   

Town of High River 

Your message was very inspirational and I know it resulted in a lot of personal reflection on what is possible for all of us. I hope you are ok with me quoting you from time to time.  


Farm Credit Canada

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