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Sam Sebastian has worked at Google for nine years now, with extensive experience in technology, building businesses, and playing the occasional round of rooftop mini-putt.
As Managing Director of Google Canada, Sam’s mission is to lead Google to earn the love of Canadian users, advertisers, and partners by helping them reach their potential on the web. Sam comes to Canada after eight years in Google’s Chicago office, where he was responsible for leading Google’s Local and Government Markets sales and operations organizations for North America.
Google opened its doors in Canada in Toronto back in 2001, making it one of Google’s first international offices. Today, Google Canada has offices in Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, Montreal and Ottawa and has been recognized as the #1 Best Place to Work in Canada by the Great Places to Work Institute and as the most respected brand in Canada by Marketing Magazine.
Sam has served on the Boards of the Business Marketing Association, the American Business Media Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and is currently a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization and the Canadian Council of Chief Executives.
Explore these videos to learn more about Sam, his approach to helping companies build their businesses online, and to take a virtual tour of Google Canada.
A graduate of The Ohio State University (BA Accounting) and Northwestern's Kellogg Graduate School of Management (MBA), Sam began his career as a consultant with Arthur Andersen LLP and came to Google from Classified Ventures LLC, an online joint venture of major U.S. newspaper companies, where he was the General Manager at Homescape.com and SVP Sales & Marketing at HomeGain. He lives in the Toronto area with his wife, Kathy, and two children. Sam was an intercollegiate tennis player and was captain of the Ohio State Mens Tennis team, a Big Ten Champion and two-time academic All-American.
Bidders on this auction can participate in the Google Hangout from anywhere. Bidders wishing to tour Google Canada's Toronto office must be able to get to the Google Toronto office (centrally located in downtown Toronto) on their own.
Webinar with Sam and tour of Google Toronto
Every bidder on this auction will automatically be able to participate in a Google Hangout webinar with Sam Sebastian. Bidders can ask questions in advance, and upvote their favourite questions. Additionally, two bidders will be randomly drawn to receive an invitation for them and a guest to tour Google Toronto, meet Sam in person, and practice their swing on the rooftop mini-putt. Since winning bidders need to provide their own transportation to the Google Toronto office , you can indicate during the bidding process whether or not you would like to be considered for the draw.