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 Sams50-50.com.


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.