2-Time Canadian 100m Champion
As a native Albertan Sam Effah has speed. He has represented Canada at three World Championships, three World University Games, two Commonwealth Games and most recently placed second on the Amazing Race Canada with Olympian teammate Sarah Wells. As a two-time Canadian Champion in the 100m, Sam Effah has an innate enthusiasm for sport, Olympic movement, and helping people find their true passions.
Battling injury during the last couple years has Sam Effah hungry as ever – to re-establish himself as Canada’s best. On the corporate side he has a passion for sports advertising, loves to speak and has established himself as a leader in the sponsorship and community development sector. Sam has worked in brand marketing, managing 18 Olympic athletes across the country.
Effah coordinates anything from speaking engagements, to athlete appearances and supports onsite event execution. As a 2020 Olympic hopeful while working in corporate – and excelling, Sam provides a unique perspective unseen in today’s industries.
• NACAC (North American Central American and Caribbean) U-23 Champion & Record Holder
• 100m: 10.06sec
• 200m: 20.65sec
• 60m: 6.57sec
• Two-time Canadian 100m National Champion & competed at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia
• Named “The Fastest Man In Canadian University History” & “Fastest Man In Alberta History”
• Represented Canada at 3-World Championships, 3-World University Games and 2 Commonwealth Games
• Placed 5th at the World Championships in Athletics (4x100m – Berlin, Germany)
• 3 – Time Athletics Alberta Athlete of the year
• 4 – Time and consecutive Canadian University Athlete of the Year
• 2 – Time and consecutive Dr. Fred Tees Memorial Trophy award winner – given to Canada’s top University athlete
Community Involvement and Awards:
• A featured speaker at WEDay Alberta 2017 – presented to 20,000 students at the Calgary Scotiabank Saddledome.
• A proud Right To Play Ambassador and speaker since 2011.
• Selected as an honoree at the “2017 Canada 150 Gala” by the Diversity Advancement Network Toronto.
• Presented at the TedX Youth Toronto 2017 Conference.
• Named as a Future of Ghana Top 30 Under 30 International Pioneer for 2016. This publication features international
talents who are outstanding leaders in their field and are of Ghanaian descent.
• Won the 2015 Athletes in Excellence Award by the Foundation of Global Sports development. Sam was awarded
$10,000 USD for his work with non-profits, volunteering, and speaking engagements worldwide.
• Obtained a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary.
Sam uses story telling to create a parallel between sport and finding one’s purpose. What motivates you?Money? Fame? Family? Career status? Sam will take you through his first World Championship race ever -against Olympic Champion Usain Bolt, and how he learned a tough, but humbling lesson.Being an athlete is more than stepping on the podium and getting medals–it’s about standing for something larger. Find out how Sam discovered his purpose, became a leader in community development sector and is hungry to represent Canada at the 2020 Olympics.
In this talk, Sam will help you“DiscoverYour Authentic Voice”. He was able to create his own self-marketing strategy, find sponsorship, align with social entrepreneurs and create a unique brand. To make an audition video, successfully get casted on The Amazing Race Canada–AND place second is no easy feat. Branding is extremely important in today’s day and age, and Sam has a unique view on the topic. Learn how you can be more effective in standing out from the crowd.
Sam speaks on how employees NEED to 'Manifest a Growth Mindset'.He went from having two broken hips, and under going surgery –to recovering completely and doing the unexpected.With help from the Anti-Gravity Treadmill, a state-of-the-art technology used by NASA,Sam is chasing his dream of competing at the Olympic Games in 2020.Without a growth mindset, Sam wouldn’t be where he is today. In order to be successful, sometimes you need to focus on your own self-development first.