Frank O’Dea

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Interview with Frank O’Dea on Business in Motion

Frank O’Dea is a business builder, philanthropist, author and motivational speaker


Who is Frank O’Dea?

Former skid row panhandler

Founder of Second Cup – which became the largest chain of gourmet coffees and teas in Canada.

Co-Founder of ProShred Security – a company that pioneered the entire industry of on-site document destruction

Author of “When All You Have is Hope

In 1985 he co-founded Street Kids International, an organization developed to help homeless children in third world countries, through education and self-reliance programs. A few years later, he became the founding Chair of War Child (Canada), an organization that provides assistance against suffering and abuse of children in war affected countries. In the same year, Frank co-founded the Canadian Landmine Foundation, an organization that raises funds for the dismantling of minefields around the world

Officer of the Order of Canada


Insights from this radio interview

Second Cup started in 1975 selling dry coffee in bags to take home. That was a disaster.

So it morphed into selling gourmet liquid coffee by the cup.

Secrets about creating a new industry:

Find a place where no one else is. It’s risky. People will call you foolish. You need to be courageous and have a vision.

Currently building houses in Brazil. Lots of opportunity there.

I made lots of mistakes. That’s how I learned.

The longest I stay at something is 10 years. Then I get bored and move on.

The formula for success?

Hope – Vision – Action

Frank O’Dea


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George Torok

Founder and Host at Business In Motion
George Torok is the host of Business in Motion on 93.3 CFMU. He founded the radio show in Sept 1995. Since then he has interviewed over 500 business leaders. Listen to frank interviews with entrepreneurs, corporate executives, authors and association leaders. Capture ideas, insights and inspiration to help you with your business or career.
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  1. An inspiring interview.

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