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Simon Thiara

Sam Thiara is a leadership lecturer and leader coach affiliated with Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Sam is a writer and blogger, with a passion to inspire and motivate others in their personal and professional development through his many adventures and reflections on life’s journey.

In 2004, Sam began as a lecturer at the Beedie School of Business and Fraser International College at Simon Fraser University. He created a conversation skills workshop series to help students with their soft skills as this is vitally important to help international students transition.

In 2011, Sam delivered a TEDx talk about ‘Discovering the Extraordinary in the Ordinary.’ This led to a published book on personal storytelling and helping the reader build their story-voice.

Sam completed his master’s degree in Leadership Studies at the University of Exeter in England, a double major in Business Administration and Political Science from SFU, completed a certificate in Life Coaching from Cambridge University, a community leadership program through Leadership Vancouver, a Human Resources certificate from BCIT, and adult education certification with Vancouver Community College.

Sam consistently strives to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary and his journey is documented at

His favorite sayings are: “Everyone’s life is an autobiography…make yours worth reading!” and “Leave a lasting impression, not just a footprint.”

Sam joins the CopDoc Podcast on Monday, March 21st, 2022.


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