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Wilfrid Laurier University School of Business & Economics
September 18, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Sean O'Dea

Entrepreneurship Speaker Series
Sean O'Dean, Co-founder of The Second Cup; President, Cairncroft Management Limited
January 18, 2006

Mr. O'Dea is a former principal of The Second Cup, which he and his brother, developed into a national franchise before selling the business in 1985. He then became a principal, and President of Proshred Security, which he developed into an international chain that provides on-site document shredding services in Canada. In this business he "invented" a business-to-business service that nobody knew they wanted or needed. With this, they built a very successful business that, in turn, spawned an entire industry. Today, there are more than 400 such companies in North America offering a simlar service. Having sold Proshred in 2002, Mr. O'Dea is now the President of Cairncroft Management Limited, a company with an expertise in franchising that looks for opportunities to build franchise chains in Canada. During his time at Proshred Security, Mr. O'Dea was involved with the founding financing and start-up of Samaritan Air, Ontario's first fixed-wing patient transfer service, which grew into an international business with a fleet of airplanes moving patients between three continents.

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