Business Bio Tom Culligan

Co-Founder of The Second Cup

In the early ‘70s, Tom Culligan was the first person to look at an ordinary cup of coffee and see a goldmine – the result was a coffee shop that he co-founded with Frank O’Dea called The Second Cup.   Over the course of the next 15 years, Tom’s little notion grew into a nation-wide chain of 150 stores which stretched from coast to coast.   Currently there are 286 stores across Canada.  His phenomenal success set the standard for what turned into a booming industry that swept the continent.


1962-64         Canadian Army student Militia training & Leadership

1965              Maritime Birks student Leadership Award

1966-70        University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio: Theology, Philosophy, Latin and    English

1970-72        University of Dayton and Muskingum College, New Concord, Ohio.  MSc graduate Fellowship in University Administration, Counselling and Psychometrics Studies  [incomplete

1970             Who’s Who in American Universities Student Leadership Award

1972-75        Cambridge Leaseholds Limited, Canada Shopping Centre Management and Marketing

1975-89        Business entrepreneur Co-Founder and CEO of The Second Cup

1977 –            Over 40 Years’ Twelve Steps Principles Recovery – Service experience

1990-2000     Elke Scholz Muskoka Art Instruction and Miami Art Institute: Studying Drawing, Painting and Art

1991-              Real Estate Investments-Development in Canada and USA

1998-2002      Creation and publication of Teacups & Sticky Buns: Mom’s Story

2005-19         Creation and publication of Sixteen Steps,: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Healing