My childhood was typical. Summers in Rangoon. Luge lessons. In springtime, we’d make meat helmets. When I was insolent, I was placed in a burlap bag and beaten with reeds. It was pretty standard really.

Okay, okay. That’s not actually true. No luge lessons, sadly, and no burlap bags beaten with reeds. These are of course, references to some stellar Dr. Evil quotes from the movie Austin Powers. And if you didn’t know that, fret not, you’ll soon get to know more about that. There will be no shortage of references to Seinfeld, Curb, and Dr. Evil. So brace yourself.

Here’s what else you’re going to get on this blog: a challenge to become the father, mother, spouse and person you want to be. The best version of you.

That won’t come because I have all the answers. It will come because we will ask all the right questions, and we will seek the answers.

paulattia1My actual biography is pretty simple: I was born and raised in Toronto to hard working immigrant parents. They came to Canada with nothing and dedicated their lives to their family. I attended university south of the border on a scholarship and played NCAA Division 1 football. I returned to Canada to attend law school, and continued to play on two varsity sport teams. After I graduated I began a career as a trial lawyer; initially at one of Canada’s largest firms, before moving to the nation’s capital to become a Criminal Prosecutor, taking on cases of murder, assault, internet crimes, fraud and the like. Today, I continue my work as a Criminal Prosecutor. I have also delved into the business and entrepreneurial world as I oversee the daily operation of several stone quarries. I own and manage a few rental properties, do some work in sports nutrition, sit on a national board and (outside of this blog) write articles and speak on the topics of Family Business, Strategic Decision Making, and Family, Fitness and Finance.

I’m a natural born question asker who wants to draw out the best of the world around me. As a husband and father of four, I found the transition into fatherhood to be equal parts rewarding and challenging. I sometimes struggle with finding the right balance. I so badly want to achieve my goals in the work world, yet so strongly want to be the best husband and father I can be as well.

The world is telling us that we can’t always “have it all.” …That career success must come at the expense of family life. That family life must come at the expense of fitness. And that fitness will always detract from family and finance.

I refuse to agree with this sentiment. I am taking the contrarian approach. The truth of the matter is that not only can you have it all in each of these areas, but, it is in fact easier to, than not to.

Challenged. Inspired. Comforted.

My hope is that through Papa Alpha, you will laugh, you will be challenged, you will be inspired and you will be comforted.

You will be comforted to know that you’re not alone. That Pinterest parenting is not real. No one has it all together, all the time. Parenting doesn’t work that way. It’s tough. Damn tough. But you’re also going to be comforted to know that the world’s message that you must chose life vs. family life, is simply false. It’s just not true. You can own both worlds: They work together — not against each other.

We just need to be deliberate, strategic and consistent about it. Because when it comes to family, fitness and finance…the rules of the game are the same.

So what say you, will you ignore us, or will you join us?


For people who want to succeed in life in their role as a spouse, as a parent, and in their career. Success in any one of those three areas is tough enough; success in two of the areas is even tougher; and success in all three feels near impossible, on most days.

All great quests, begin with great questions. Asking questions is the genesis of growth and seeking the answers is the route to it.