Samuel, who has been teaching at LCC since 2007, was born in a small city east of the Rocky Mountains called Calgary. He participated as a performer for the 1988 Winter Olympics. He received many government scholarships to study abroad: New York City, Sweden, Poland and Estonia. Travel has become an important part of his life. After completing degrees in Kinesiology and Fine Arts, Sam moved to Japan and lived in Yokohama, Sendai and Sapporo. He has also visited South Korea, Australia, France and Morocco. Sam has enjoyed studying French, German, Spanish and Japanese.