Thomas Budd
Mental Health, Emotional Health, Suicide Prevention and Overcoming Adversity Expert
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Thomas Budd is a mental and emotional health, suicide prevention and; overcoming adversity expert known as philanthropist, mentor, community leader and Ssrvivor. Thomas Budd has a fearless and competitive nature, and an infectious personality that keeps the audience inspired as he talks of his journey from Investment Banker to Philanthropist.

Expertise in

  • Change Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth & Strategy

Speaker Types

  • Conference Keynote
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
  • Education & Teachers
  • Family & Parenting
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Funny & Comedy
  • Health and Safety

THOMAS BUDD BIOGRAPHY

Thomas Alan Budd, Retired Investment Banker, is well known for his business acumen, fearless and competitive nature, and was once considered one of the top deal makers in Canadian finance and mergers and acquisitions. He speaks openly about his rise to success from his modest beginnings in the Maritimes, the impact of his impulsive, compulsive and addictive behaviours, and his path toward self-awareness and self-discovery in his transformation from investment banker to philanthropist. Tom Budd today, is better known as a philanthropist, mentor, community leader and survivor. Tom Budd wants to share his story of survival to provide hope to others who seek work/life balance, and reveal his message that “Life is Worth Living”.

As the Founder of The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation Tom talks about giving back. His infectious personality, attention to detail, and tenacity keep the audience inspired as he talks of his journey from investment banker to philanthropist. Tom Budd promotes active participation, and in his own community, it is common to see Tom walking for the homeless, biking for Mental Health, joining the Ride for Cops for Kids, or driving one of his sports cars in the August Okanagan Dream Rally. Tom is an advocate for giving back and wants to share how he developed his vision for The Thomas Alan Budd Foundation. Learn how to “Give Back”.

In recognition of his generosity and philanthropic work, Thomas Budd received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award and the British Columbia Community Achievement Award. He has been awarded the title of Man of the Year at the Kelowna Civic Awards, received the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, and the Toastmasters International Communication and Leadership Award for his outstanding leadership within his community.

Thomas has survived the tragic suicide of both his sons, Dillon and Payton Budd. His painful loss has been the advent of a new journey and purpose – to share his story, to give people hope, and help get them through the hardest times in their lives by speaking out. Today Tom’s focus is on his own daily survival, and his journey involves helping others who suffer from life’s various challenges. He is an advocate for the benefits of “giving back”, increasing awareness surrounding mental and emotional health issues, and suicide prevention initiatives.

Youth have been an important part of Tom’s life. The emotional and physical pain of losing a child can be felt when Tom speaks of his trauma and survival after the loss of his two boys. He talks openly about the importance of encouraging and inspiring youth to seek help through various means, such as counselling, speaking, talking, and sharing. While in his hometown of Kelowna it is common to see Tom hitting tennis balls with a young player, giving guidance on writing a resume, or just talking about ways to deal with the challenges and risks in today’s society.

Thomas Budd has embraced his community. He is a leader, a listener and a speaker. He strives to inspire others to do their best. He is a passionate sports enthusiast, tennis player and car racer, but most of all values the quality time he spends with his family and friends or people in need. He is a man who chooses to make a difference in our community and around the world.

PHYSICAL HEALTH AND EMOTIONAL WELL BEING

  • “Life is Worth Living”.

    We often hear the phrase that Life is Worth Living.

    “…..trust me, it’s real. I can feel the energy, I felt the impact, tears are pouring down my eyes uncontrollably, and I’m given my purpose. A purpose I’ve been searching for 6 years. I wake up asking God, ‘give me my purpose’, what am I supposed to do as this retired Investment Banker, doing this charity work. Give me a purpose”.

    And my purpose?

    Was ‘To go tell the world, that life is worth living’….:

    Thomas Budd’s story takes you through an emotional journey, sharing his story which demonstrates the impact of living an imbalanced life. The “Tom Budd” story is a mixture; it’s a story of success, it’s a story of failure, it’s a story of impulsive, obsessive and addictive disorders. It’s a story of self-discovery and recovery, it’s a story of tragedy, it’s a story of daily survival.

    Tom will deliver an inspiring presentation on the benefits of leading an emotionally and physically balanced life. The importance of physical fitness, and mental fitness.

    Tom Budd will share practical solutions to battle depression, and other effects of trauma after experiencing the tragic loss of two sons to suicide.

    Tom engages with the audience, discussing how his own experiences helped him find peace and will define where to look within your own life for peace and happiness.

    Find out why “Life is Definitely Worth Living”.

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SUICIDE AWARENESS AND SURVIVAL

  • “When I lost my second son, I had to go into major grief counselling, trauma counselling. I went down to the states, I’ve been to three trauma centres, with the war vets there, because my trauma is so bad…”

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THE TOM BUDD STORY - Overcoming Adversity

  • “Before I crashed, people considered me focused, competitive, aggressive, fearless, bright, quick, intelligent, powerful, lean and mean, in your face. They called me a thrashing machine. My nickname was “Rambudd, the Street Cleaner”, a pit bull. I was controlling, I was quick-tempered, I was reactionary, I was rebellious, stubborn, I was unbalanced, I was full of fear, insensitive, self-centred, and grandiose.” (quote by Tom Budd)

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THE ART OF THE DEAL - FOCUS ON BUSINESS

  • Have you ever wondered what it takes to get to the top? To achieve your goals?

    You are invited to hear Tom Budd’s tragic yet captivating story of his life, from his rise to investment banking stardom to his “crash” when he hit the wall.

    Tom Budd’s life had a humble beginning in the Maritimes of Canada. He will share his story using humour and personal experiences. Tom captivates the audience as he talks about growing up in a small family with his own set of challenging dynamics and eventually becoming one of the top investment bankers in Canada.

    His drive and “win-or-die-trying” attitude launched his career as one of the top Investment Bankers in Canada, earning him the title of “Masters of the Universe”.

    Tom Budd eventually conquered his goals, but with it came personal sacrifices and costs.

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FOCUS ON GIVING - BEING A PHILANTRHOPIST

  • You are invited to hear Tom Budd’s tragic yet captivating story of his life.

    Today Tom Budd speaks candidly about his rise to centre stage as he became one of Canada’s top investment bankers. The excitement, the adrenaline, the emptiness and loneliness and the lack of meaningful purpose.

    Tom will share his experience of “hitting the wall” as being the critical decision point in his life. He shares how he changed his personal values and his desire to help others and do more while seeking deeper meaning in life. Through business, Tom always had a need to share not only his wealth but also his knowledge and kindness, and this has now expanded greatly in his charitable giving activities.

    Today he shares his personal experiences leading to his decision to set up the Thomas Alan Budd Foundation. Tom talks about the transition from “Business to Philanthropy” and discovering the “Art of Giving Back” and being a “Philanthropist” and how this has positively altered his relationship with friends, family and his community.

    Being a philanthropist is about giving back to the community and its people. Making the World around you a better place.

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for speaking at the Mysterious Barricades Event on Saturday, September 15th, 2018. Your message and the absolute sincere delivery touched everyone at the deepest level. Your courage to allow us to witness your pain and by your example allow others to witness our own is hugely inspiring. I really feel that your presence made the event so very special and will help everyone to grow in their ability to speak about mental health and suicide prevention. You are a powerful speaker and I know that you have made and will continue to make a profound difference in people’s lives.

Rosemary Thomson

Music Director

Okanagan Symphony Orchestra

In 2018, I had the great privilege of hearing Tom Budd speak at a luncheon for the Cancer Centre. Rarely have I been as moved as I was listening to Tom’s words. The room was overflowing and you could have heard a pin drop as he recounted his journey. He spoke from the heart and a place of anguishing experience. I came away profoundly inspired with a higher sense of purpose and Tom received a resounding standing ovation. I highly recommend Tom as a keynote speaker!

Nicole Rustad

Founder and CEO

VortoVia

Over the past 10 years, I have come to know you, Tom, as a man that has made his community his purpose. I have counted on you for your business wisdom, your sage advice, your experiences to help, leadership, friendship, and your philanthropy to support our community. Tragically, your world changed with the heartbreaking death of your sons, Dillon and Payton. Our meetings are different now; as are your speaking engagements. You share your story with compassion, heart, and commitment that is compelling to your audience on every level. I have seen you reach out to others, knowing it would be painful for you. Amazingly, your life experiences, both at the board room level and today are all wrapped up in your delivery, as these have made you who you are. You speak with passion, wisdom and raw experience. Your audience is captivated by your compelling messages and guidance within the community. Thank you, Tom, for your strength to continue to forge forward, touching, and impacting so many lives as you share your journey through your touch, direct contact and speaking.

Gail Harrison

Past President & Grant Coordinator

Cops for Kids Chartiable Foundation

Tom Budd has been a keynote speaker at several of our events raising awareness about mental health, grief, loss and addiction, which Tom has experienced over a diverse life journey and successful career. Tom has learned much about the qualities it takes to live a resilient life, he uses experiences that have impacted and shaped him to discover the qualities it takes to live a life that brings hope, peace and true satisfaction. Uniquely qualified, and comfortable speaking to diverse audiences, Tom will captivate and challenge your group to live a more intentional life, or to corporate executives looking for meaning and purpose.

Ken Stober

Founder

Third Space Life Charity

IN THE MEDIA

PODCASTS

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MEDIA INTERVIEWS

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Thomas Budd CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Change Management
  • Health and Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health & Mental Wellness
  • Personal Development & Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth & Strategy
  • Business Management

Speaker Types

  • Conference Keynote
  • Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy
  • Education & Teachers
  • Family & Parenting
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Funny & Comedy
  • Health and Safety
  • Lifestyle & Health
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