Sam Thiara

Coach, Storyteller, Educator, Entrepreneur and Author

Sam Thiara

Sam Thiara is a professional who has created a personal journey as a coach, speaker, storyteller, writer, workshop facilitator, educator and entrepreneur.  His goal is to engage individuals in their personal and professional development and was recognized by the Governor General of Canada with the Canadian Sovereign’s Volunteer Medal and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. His work is reflected in the hundreds of individuals he has mentored and the thousands he has engaged. Added to this are the 45+ non-profits that he has worked with over the years.

Sam is currently working on numerous projects and his area of expertise is engaging with post-secondary institutions, administrators, educators, students and alumni to support the journey of all and the collaboration required to support each area.

Presently, Sam is the Founder and Chief Motivating Officer at Ignite the Dream Coaching and Consulting, a platform that engages his audience to define their path. He appreciates education and is a lecturer at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University where he blends academic and professional experiences into a rich environment that captivates his audience. He also spent many years in administration building a unique program focusing on activities out side of the classroom and saw a transformation of a student population of disengagement to active engagement.

Sam’s signature tagline is, “Everyone’s life is an autobiography, make yours worth reading.”

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  1. Lost and Found: My Diverse "Labels"

    In his Keynote Sam vividly recounts his adventure through India’s crowded roads—a journey filled with mishaps and surprising encounters, and a growing sense of purpose. Drinking in the beauty of the Taj Mahal and the Golden Temple, he finds himself connecting more deeply with his Sikh faith, while confronting the ugliness of the country’s poverty and injustice. Along the way, Sam also wrestles with his sense of self. A British-born Indian, living in Canada, whose parents came from Fiji, he questions: Am I Indian? Am I Canadian? Am I Sikh? Who am I?

  2. How to CARE During a Challenging Time: Four Key Perspectives to Success for your Business and People

    The world is changing – are you changing along with it?

    There is a need to focus on the internal business while adapting to the external environment. With CARE as a backdrop, Sam will guide you on how Collaboration, Adaptability, Resilience, and Empathy are critical at this time to help you, your team, and your business so you can best serve your customers.

    By being inwardly focused, you gain the ability to be outwardly successful.  CARE will provide you the pathway to maneuver during the challenging times.

  3. Not What but Who: Making the Voice Within Louder Than the Noise Around

    Society has us spend considerable time trying to determine ‘what’ someone will do or ‘what’ we will do but before we can do that, we need to better appreciate and understand who we are. Only by knowing who you are can you better appreciate what you can do. There are many lost individuals who are trying to figure out which path they should take.

    Through the keynote, we explore a concept of building a foundation for the individual called the Five Core Elements. It is more than just explaining the concept but how to create the Five Core Elements that become one’s foundation and compass needle to help discover their journey. Whether you are a student, professional or an educator, this conversation is for you.

  4. Transition to Transform: Appreciating the Student’s Journey

    As educators, we are called upon to empower, engage and educate our audience. How do you ignite your passion for teaching that activates the learner? It goes beyond the curriculum and sets the student up for their transition and transformation to their next chapter.

    Through this keynote, we explore the differences that are present between high school and post-secondary establishments and how we can better prepare for the shift. We also consider the international student and understanding their needs and how we might support their development. Finally, we share practical tips on how to transition successfully. This talk is geared for the student, educators and even parents.

  5. Hear to Serve: From Compliance to Commitment in the workplace

    This keynote focuses on supporting businesses and employees to better appreciate and understand each other. With senior managers retiring and millennials emerging, there are considerable misunderstandings on how we can work together.

    If we better understand our employees and learn about their strengths, we have a more committed workforce that are going to be your ambassadors in and out of the office. By helping the employee appreciate who they are, they are able to make their intentions better known and can try and seek out opportunities that align with who they are.

Sam has beautiful life messages to share, and everyone needs to hear them. Whether it is our professional or personal lives, we all have the potential to be “extraordinary” to the people around us. Through stories and engaging conversations, he inspired us to be our best
Sharon Lau
I have seen Sam speak at multiple events and every single time, I leave feeling more inspired and impacted by his talks. Sam speaks from his heart and is a true leader who encourages everyone he meets to redefine their finish lines. Sam has a way of engaging the audience and making everyone who hears him feel his presence.
Danielle Buchanan
Soul Survivor Coaching
Sam Thiara is one of the most inspirational and kind-hearted individuals I have ever met. To say that Sam has had a profound impact on my life would be an understatement.
Angie Rai
Independent Consultant
I can divide my university career into two parts: Before I met Sam and After. He truly changed my experience at university. He works harder than anyone I know, he shares his passion for leadership with everyone around him and he never wavers from his dedication to provide opportunities for students. Sam is that rare individual who doesn't just make the community better, he creates the community.
Larisa Topalo
Writer, Social Media Creative, Digital Communication Manager
I attended your talk today at the UBC co-op conference. When you talk about ‘why’ being the most important question to ask in your life pursuits, I finally understand now that my ability to find my way is defined by myself and nobody else. Your presentation has given me a whole new perspective on life and I would like to thank you very much. I hope that you will always be able to present to students like-minded and otherwise because I believe your message is kind and true and overshadowed by most people in my life. Your speech turned the conference into a positive in my eyes.
Sam M
UBC Arts Co-op Student

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