From Homelessness to the Founder of Second Cup

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 international entrepreneur and humanitarian. He is a founder of The Second Cup chain of coffee stores and is the founder of an international document security service (Now a division of Iron Mountain). He has also launched several other innovative and successful businesses and international not-for-profit organizations. His message resonates with audiences who are looking for hope for a better future or want to learn from his experiences.

Along side his businesses success, Frank co-found Street Kids International, helping homeless children in third world countries, and the Canadian Landmine Foundation, an organization that raises funds for the dismantling of minefields around the world. Together with the United Nations and world figures like Colin Powell and Sir Paul McCartney, he led the international fundraising event “Night of A Thousand Dinners” that was taken up in 29 countries around the world.
Currently, Frank is a member of the Advisory Committee of World Financial Group and is the Chair of Cuso International, an international development agency operating in 22 countries. He holds honorary degrees from two universities, and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. This incredibly inspiring story of resilience and triumph in the face of adversity is retold in his captivating autobiography, which is in its fifth printing by Penguin Books, “When All You Have Is Hope”.


“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), tripled the number of people who came on board as monthly donors.”

H. Scott
United Way Vancouver

“The event was a great success and Frank is amazing, all our agents love to listen to Frank Speak. Frank always does an amazing job for us and always delivers a great message.

C. Santos
World Financial Group
CAEH13 Keynote Speaker - Frank O'Dea 'Hope, Vision, Action
Frank O'Dea shares his story of Hope, Vision & Action | CBC Toronto


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