40 Under Forty Awards


Kuula, Samantha (32)

Kuula, Samantha (32)

Samantha, a graduate of Laurentian University, is the strategic communications officer at SNOLAB. She volunteers with Miners for Cancer, Wild at Heart Wildlife Refuge Centre, Pet Save and many other organizations. She plays in a baseball and soccer league.

Q: What makes you happy about living in Sudbury?
A: I really enjoy the small-town feel of Sudbury. I like I can get from one side of town to the other in 20 minutes and always be five minutes from lakes and trails. There is always something to do: markets, festivals, shows and events to keep me busy and engaged in the city.

Q: What is your proudest accomplishment?
A: I have established myself in the international particle physics community but I also feel I have made a difference right here in Sudbury.

Q: What is the most important lesson you’ve learned?
A: To never say I can’t do something. When I was a student, I was given the advice to always say yes to new opportunities and challenges; even if I didn’t know how to complete the task, I should take the opportunity and learn a new skill.

Q: What is your personal motto?
A: “Alis Volat Propriis: She Flies With Her Own Wings.”

Q: What advice would you give the other young leaders?
A: Get involved! There are so many fantastic ways to get involved in the community. Having interests outside of work helps to maintain your work-life balance.