Nigerian Canadian Association of Calgary (NCAC)

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WALL OF HONOUR

We would love to recognize and share the great joy and achievements that our fellow Nigerians are doing in community. 

Below is a list of Community awards that have been awarded to Nigerians.

DORATHY THOMPSON

Dorathy Thompson holds a BSC (honors) Geology degree from the University of Calabar, a certificate in Information Systems Management, and a diploma in Petroleum Geological Application from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary. In addition, Dorathy holds a degree in B.Ed. Education from the University of Calgary, Alberta – majored in (Mathematics) and a certificate in Special Education, Calgary. Dorathy is a member of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA). 

In 2020, Dorathy joined Healing Hands Health and Education Society (H3ES), an organization which is affiliated to Healing Hands Incorporated in Charlotte, North Carolina, a non-profit, and faith-based organization.  Dorathy and her colleague voluntarily started to deliver education to the under-served populations around the world with particular focus on Africa. She is involved in mentoring adult curriculum development and provision of educational materials and infrastructure to the less privileged people, and housing communities in distress.

On June 3, 2022, Dorathy was recognized by Knowledgehook (GIC) alongside 66 teachers in Canada as a top Impact Influencer because of her outstanding dedication to integrating research-based techniques in the classroom. In her free time, Dorathy loves public speaking, digital games, cooking, traveling, mentoring and research are at the forefront 

NCAC congratulates Dorathy on her achievements.

CYNTHIA OKAFOR

Cynthia Okafor is a nationally recognized community leader living and working in the unceded territory of Treaty 7 (Calgary, Alberta).    

Cynthia won the Calgary Black Achievement award in the community service and leadership group. 

Cynthia holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work with a specialization in social policy and community development and  brings over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sector.  She has practiced in a variety of settings such as the immigrant-serving and funding sectors, health-care, community development,  and social planning.

Currently, Cynthia works with the municipal government as an Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Consultant and supports both leaders and employees with advancing their priorities related to equity and inclusion.  As part of her work in the broader community, she provides training, education and awareness and guides organizations in working through a change-management and/or cultural change process using an equity or anti-racism lens.

NCAC congratulates Cynthia on her achievements.

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CHARLES OSUJI

Charles Osuji is a multi-award-winning lawyer and the CEO of Calgary’s Osuji & Smith law firm. He was chosen as one of Calgary’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Calgary Magazine and one of the top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada by Canadian Lawyers Magazine.

 

From law school in Nigeria to law firm CEO in Calgary, Charles’ rise to the top has been swift—only seven short years—earning him a LEXPERT Rising Star recognition for Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40.  With over 45 local and national recognitions and awards in the last few years, he is now leading one of the fastest growing mid-sized law firms in Canada. 

Outside of his practice, Charles spends his time mentoring other young professionals, running a free legal clinic that primarily serves Calgary’s newcomer population, and volunteering with his church. He also enjoys being with family and friends, playing piano, playing and watching soccer and other sports, and reading.

NCAC congratulates Charles on his achievements.

UGO UKPABI

Ugo was admitted to the Alberta Bar in 2008, and worked in the commercial litigation group of a Tier 1 National law firm, Gowlings (now Gowlings WLG). He was also the Compliance Counsel of Alberta’s largest utility company, ENMAX. Ugo volunteers extensively, and most recently, completed a Board membership role in an Alberta charity, the Fig Tree Foundation. Ugo is the Co-convenor, Calgary Association of Nigerian Lawyers. As well, Ugo is a member of the Law Society of Alberta’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee (EDIC) and the Provincial Court Nominating Committee (PCNC). Ugo is an Adjunct Professor of Professional Ethics at the University of Calgary, Alberta, Faculty of Law. Ugo is currently, Principal at YYC Lawyers- a corporate law and litigation boutique based in Calgary. Ugo received his Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation in April, 2022.

NCAC congratulates Ugo on his achievements.

SEUN OGUNSOLA

Seun Ogunsola is a believer in people and the power of the collective community. Seun believes everyone wins when the community prospers. Seun served as the PRO and President of the Yoruba Foundation Calgary (YFC), served as the Vice President and President of The Nigerian Canadian Association of Calgary (NCAC), served as the President of the African Canadian Golfers Club (ACGC). On the professional front, Seun is a senior banker in Canada who is well recognized and respected in Alberta. He spends a lot of his personal time mentoring many new immigrants on career options and financial matters. As a seasoned entrepreneur, Seun continues to advice many business owners on how to create a strong balance sheet. Seun continues to give to the community as a member of four high profile boards.

NCAC congratulates Seun on his achievements.

DR CHIDINMA THOMPSON PhD

Dr. Thompson is Partner at a major Canadian national law firm, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP (BLG). She has been honoured with the Women in Law Leadership Award and the Young Women in Energy inaugural Award. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Canada, a member of the ICC Canada Arbitration Committee, and a member of Arbitral Women.

She was appointed by the Government of Alberta as a member of the Environmental Appeals Board in February 2020 with a cross-appointment to the Public Lands Appeal Board, and was appointed Chair of the Environmental Appeals Board in December 2021.

NCAC congratulates Dr. Thompson on her achievements .

KENE ILONCHONWU

Kene is currently an in-house counsel at Parkland Corporation where he focuses on strategic business initiatives and commercial agreements relating to the safe transportation and marketing of hydrocarbon commodities. Kene is also a founding member of Parkland’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and Chair of the Parkland Black Action Committee.

Kene was recognized by his colleagues in 2020, when he was elected as the first Black Bencher of the Law Society’s 113-year history. Recently, Kene was recognized by Canadian Lawyer magazine as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada for 2021 and won the 2021 Calgary Black Achievement Awards’ Excellence in Law category.

He has been appointed to the City of Airdrie Subdivision andDevelopment Appeal Board and sits on the Boards of Pro Bono Law Alberta, Calgary Black Chambers, Global Lawyers of Canada, and Our Saviour Anglican Church, Calgary. Kene received his Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.) designation in April, 2022.

NCAC Congratulates Kene on his achievements.

CHI ILIYA-NDULE

Chi Iliya-Ndule, is a lawyer with Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP. Chi advises clients on general corporate and commercial matters, including mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, recapitalizations, project development and legal due diligence. Prior to joining Blakes, she practised in the Calgary office of an international law firm. Outside the practice of law, Chi serves on the boards of the Alberta University of Arts, the Calgary Black Chambers, a not-for-profit organization focused on providing mentorship and scholarships to foster the advancement of Black students, and Antyx Community Arts, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to engaging youth through the arts.

She also volunteers as a Civil Claims Duty Counsel and QB Amicus with Pro Bono Law Alberta, and mentors internationally trained lawyers through the Calgary Regional Immigrant Employment Council.

NCAC congratulates Chi on her achievements.

WUNMI IDOWU

Wunmi Idowu is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, instructor, performer, and producer and the Founder and Director of Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc.

Wunmi’s accolades in the art industry span winning the people’s choice Performing Arts in the category of Dancer at the Obsidian Award in 2016. The 24th Annual Immigrants of Distinction Award and the Canada Vendors Entrepreneur Award in 2020, both of which were for the category of Arts and Culture. She also won an Afro-Canadian (AC) Community Leader of the year Award in 2020.

Her recent achievements include nominations for the 2021 Doug and Lois Mitchell Outstanding Calgary Artist Award in addition to being awarded Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 in 2021.

By pushing for increased visibility of ethnically and culturally diverse artists in Alberta, Wunmi hopes that perceptions will shift around who participates in the arts.

NCAC congratulates Wunmi on her achievements.

DR AKOLISA UFODIKE

Dr. Akolisa Ufodike is an assistant professor in the School of Administrative Studies where he teaches auditing. He is also appointed to the graduate program in public policy, administration and law and teaches public sector finance at the graduate level. His research interests include accountability, actor networks, common pool resources, public sector finance and public-private partnerships. He is an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Business Ethics, Accounting Perspectives, Chinese Management Journal and Sustainability journal.

Dr. Ufodike is a Canadian FCPA, a US CPA, a UK FCCA and a Certified Fraud Examiner. He’s also a Certified Director ICD.D by the Institute of Corporate Directors. Dr. Ufodike sits on the Provincial Audit Committee for Alberta, the board of the Canada Nigerian Chamber of Commerce and the Senate of the University of Calgary.

NCAC congratulates Dr.Ufodike on his achievements.