Frank O’Dea

Frank O’Dea’s story of triumph over adversity in business and in his personal life inspires audiences around the world. Against all odds, O’Dea went from being a homeless panhandler to a successful entrepreneur and a founder of The Second Cup chain of coffee stores. He went on to launch a number of other innovative and successful businesses and international not-for-profit organizations. His message resonates with all audiences, not just those who are looking for hope for a better future, or want to learn from his example. It’s a rags to riches Made In Canada success story that will warm your heart and inspire you in ways you might not expect.  Among his many honours, O’Dea is an Officer of the Order of Canada and holds honorary degrees from two universities. His current ground- breaking projects are in the area of social entrepreneurship, using for-profit enterprises to create social benefit and change.