About GradusOne

We are a non-profit designed to inspire our future generation to take the first steps in their career.

GradusOne’s mission is to provide young individuals with the essential skills, resources and connections to become more self-aware, focused, and driven as they take the first steps in your career and get ready to enter the workforce. Through our events and programs, students can expect to walk away with a clear sense of identity and purpose, a well thought-out career plan, and the soft skills necessary to help you succeed.

Our goal is to minimize the gap between education and career readiness

Meet Our Team

Manny Padda


Manny is an Entrepreneur, Educator, Angel Investor, and Philanthropist. A self-made entrepreneur who built his first multi-million-dollar company at age 26, Manny is dedicated to providing education and mentorship to today’s youth. He sits on a number of advisory boards in the education and not-for-profit sectors, and is an active Advisor and Angel Investor globally and in Vancouver's tech community. He has been named the Canadian Angel Investor of the Year, Global Citizen of the Year and a Top 40 under 40 award recipient. Manny is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Private Equity & Venture Capital program, and is currently completing the Entrepreneurship & Innovation program at Stanford University Graduate School of Business. He holds an MBA from Queen's University and a BBA (Honours) from Simon Fraser University.

Sam Thiara


Sam Thiara is an educator, speaker, and author. Sam's passion is to inspire and motivate others in their personal and professional development through his many adventures and reflections on life’s journeys. In 2014, Sam published his book, Personal Storytelling: Discover the Extraordinary in the Ordinary. Since 2004, Sam has found his calling at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University in student engagement, community relations and more recently as a lecturer. Apart from other academic programs involving teaching and human resources, Sam has been involved with 30+ non-profit organizations. For his commitment to helping students and young professionals, Sam received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award.Sam received his Masters in Leadership from the University of Exeter and his BBA from Simon Fraser University.

Manisha Narula

Program Director

Manisha is an experienced leader and social innovator. Manisha's passion for education, youth development, community engagement and social innovation has translated into all aspects of her life and career. She has held several roles in the community and has a background in project management, human resources, project management, and marketing. She holds a BBA in Entrepreneurship & Innovation and Human Resources from Simon Fraser University and regularly mentors high school and post-secondary students to help them transition to post-secondary or the workforce. As a curious learner and storyteller, Manisha is dedicated to helping youth find their spark and face the question "What's next?".

What's Important To Us


We guide and support people through their personal and professional journey and help them realize their potential.


We appreciate and leverage everyone’s unique background and encourage individuals to create their own unique path.


We build lasting relationships through meaningful conversation and shared experiences and inspire you to make a positive impact on the community.


We offer programs designed to inspire our future generation to take the first steps in their career.

Step Up Summer Program

For post-secondary students and recent graduates

This 8-week program is designed for post-secondary students and recent graduates and will help you focus on your personal and professional growth. You’ll walk away with a clear sense of identity, a well thought-out career plan, and the soft skills necessary to help you succeed and thrive in the workforce!

What’s included?

  • Access to 20+ hours of instruction with activities, challenges, teamwork, discussion
  • Expanded network of top industry leaders from various fields and organizations
  • One-on-one guidance and career support
  • …and more!

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Program Overview

Summer Bootcamp

For Highschool Students

Our high school bootcamp is designed to help students receive the necessary inspiration and motivation to discover their next steps and transition after high school. Through speaker series, hands-on workshops, teamwork and discussion, students will have the opportunity to explore various career opportunities, connect with mentors and take actionable steps towards their career goals.

Program Details Coming Soon.

Come Chat With Us!

Want to chat about your career and get some tips and advice on how to take the next step?

We want to hear from you! Book a complimentary 30 minute visit with our GradusOne Program Director, Manisha Narula! Let’s ensure your career and professional goals are nothing short of exceptional!

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