Lanre Ajayi is a Professional Artist, Content Creator, and Actor who has received multiple awards and recognitions from Civic and International Organizations. As the Founder /Artistic and Creative director of Ethnik Festivals, the community organization behind Alberta’s premier Black History Month Festival (Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture), his goal is to curate, perform and promote artistic forms of expression in Calgary and Internationally. Ethnik Festivals provides a platform to showcase and celebrate the vibrant and beautiful cultures of the Afro-Canadian and the Caribbean.
Before becoming a mentor and inspiration to many people around the world, he started out his artistic career as a teenager. After practicing the arts, event promotion, and managing a printing press for over 10 years in Nigeria, he relocated to Canada with his family some years ago.
After relocating to Calgary Canada, he has worked to use his artistic and community-building skills to educate, entertain, and inform the members of his new community. For Lanre, art is more than just “work”. During his time in Canada, he has worked in conjunction with other professionals to use art as a therapeutic intervention, which has included working with traumatized immigrants from war-torn countries and children. As a community builder, he created a not-for-profit Art Collective for artists of color as a platform for expression and belonging. He also uses his artistic and community building skills to provide mentorship, guidance, and assistance to members of this group.
In 2018, he received the Mayor’s Art Champions Award for Newcomers to Canada in recognition of his efforts to create an inclusive and diverse society and promote the talents of others by using his leadership skills and through artistic endeavors.
Furthermore, he is the host and producer of major community outreach events on a variety of different platforms, including, My City Speaks To Me: a storytelling project about people, places, and events. This project was adopted by the City of Calgary through Calgary Arts Development to showcase happenings within the creative worlds of Calgary.
My City Speaks to me is a bi-weekly online show that he started years ago as a passion project to document happenings and events within his community. He has done this in many parts of the world he’s visited and it’s no surprise that he is doing the same thing here in Calgary. This platform has given him the privilege of speaking with different people from around the world to shed light on what makes our communities thrive. Lanre created this storytelling project to showcase communities, promote tourism, and highlight the unique beauty that exists in different places around the world.
His Global Talk-Active Series is an initiative to keep entertaining, educating, and engaging viewers as we all continue to fight the pandemic ravaging our communities, locally and around the world.
Lanre’s passion is making life beautiful for others through organizing charitable efforts and raising awareness to give food and shelter to those in need. His charitable efforts include donating time and resources to Shine FM’s Christmas Miracle event to make food available for those who can’t afford a decent meal, especially during the festive Holiday season. This is one of the reasons why Calgary Food Bank is dear to his heart- if the issues concerning food and poverty are addressed, communities will have an opportunity to do things creatively. In his country of origin, there is a proverb that says: “If a man is hungry, no amount of words or instructions given that will enter him unless food enters first”. One day, he hopes to have a bigger platform to help raise global awareness of these issues and to help provide food for as many people that he has the opportunity to help.
Olufikayo is a seasoned human resources professional with over 12years experience. A Chartered Human Resources Professional with the CPHR Alberta and Professional Human Resources international with HRCi USA. Olufikayo is a private chef and owner of Spoonishyyc, a catering and food service company based in Calgary, Alberta. She loves to read, cook and create new recipes, when she is not mentoring young HR professionals
Sunmbo Durosola is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) with decades of consulting experience on the inside in the Energy, Retail, and not-for-profit sectors.
His coaching approach helps leaders refine and build a strong executive persona, set clear organizational direction, gain commitment for performance, and foster alignment across the organization.
In 2016, Sunmbo started his independent practice and continues to work with clients on three continents (remotely and face to face) to help leaders increase their influence and credibility, lead with purpose and accelerate organizational commitment, alignment, and results. Much of his work in the last three years involves coming alongside Executives in a Canadian non for
profit with entities on six continents, as they navigate cultures and boundaries to build strategic alliances for mutual benefits.
Certified Executive Coach, (Royal Roads University, Victoria BC.)
Professional Certified Coach (International Coach Federation)
SHRM-SCP (Society of Human Resource Management)
CPHR (Chartered Professional in Human Resources)
PROSCI Method of Change Management
Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching, Royal Roads University, British Columbia
Masters in Industrial and Labor Relations, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Bachelor of Arts, Comparative Religion, University of Ibadan Nigeria.
Sunmbo is volunteers with charity organizations that provide opportunities to learners with multiple barriers and help individuals build new skills, increase confidence, and continue a path of lifelong learning. Sunmbo’s approach to coaching.
With a bachelors in Comparative Religion (beliefs and philosophies across cultures) he is trained to switch off his own inner voice of judgment and with an open heart, connect with others. A Knowledge Management and Leadership Development expert, Sunmbo is passionate about helping clients discern their own knowledge, values, and inspirations in building consciousness for action and moving in direction of their choice. As a strategic confidant, he creates a safe and supportive environment where leaders candidly discuss and explore challenges, develop a consciousness for creating a path for greater leadership success.
This is done through a framework of inquiry that helps people find their own answers, redefine, and generate new direction and purpose.
‘Jumoke’ as she is popularly known is a filmmaker, pastor, and mother. Her films have been shown in film festivals, international cable networks, and inflight entertainment. Prior to Filmmaking, she ran a charity organization that catered to underprivileged children in Warri, the eastern part of Nigeria. This got her to be celebrated as a Naija Diamond’ by Ebony Life studios, to celebrate Nigeria at 50.
As a pastor, she presides over a local church here in Calgary. The living Christ Evangelical Ministry. She is a mother of five children, three being her biological children and two of her nieces. She made the first Nollywood movie in Calgary in 2018 with A-list Nigerian/ Canadian actors.
Dami is an internationally trained lawyer originally from Lagos, Nigeria. She is married with two sons and practices as a lawyer with the Government of Canada. A patron of the arts, Dami is very interested in diversity and inclusion and believes that true wealth lies in our rich cultural heritage. When Dami isn’t working, she enjoys spending time with her family and reading
Alaba is a frequent speaker at Business and Finance functions and serves on the board of director of a major international real estate company. Alaba’s hobbies include soccer, singing and spending quality time with family.
12+ years’ experience comprising cross-functional roles in Engineering Project Management and Automation. Has significantly contributed in various capacities to the successful deliveries of a number of capital projects, working with many high-performing teams.
Enjoys challenges and problem-solving through analytical and lateral thinking. Disruptive technology and kaizen enthusiast, always seeking out-of-the-box, faster, and better solutions to technical and leadership challenges. Hobbies are chess, traveling and playing music gigs
Graduated in 1999 from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria where he earned his MBBS. He moved to the UK in 2005 where he worked in various specialties such as ER and anesthetic before proceeding to do his post-graduate in Family Medicine in the United Kingdom. He has a particular interest in Emergency Medicine, Surgical and Anesthetics. He also Enjoys both Women’s and Men’s health. He has been working at Oakridge Medical from 2016 until April 2018 when he decided to open his practice in the community of Cranston.
Oladayo Oni is an experienced Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) with over 15 years of progressive finance experience, focusing on financial reporting/analysis, risk management, corporate finance, and project management.
Throughout her career progression, she has developed a highly refined skill set centered on finance and risk management. Her ability to apply established skill set to developing innovative and thoroughly researched solutions in financial management matters, financial oversight, risk management, and institutional development has proven instrumental to the ongoing success of diverse organizations.
After relocating to Canada, Dayo has worked with organizations to:
• Identify best practices and trends in applying accounting policies, ensure compliance with accounting policies, and review the adequacy of control procedures in financial institutions.
• • Generate Financial, Investment, and Enterprise Risk Management Board reports aiding strategic decision making.
• Review compliance with investment policies and procedures for monitoring and reporting on their investment portfolio performance.
• • Lead and manage the Enterprise Risk program. Facilitate the risk management process, including identifying and evaluating organizations’ risks and uncertainties exposed directly or indirectly.
• Lead the annual review of policies (ERM & Corporate Investment), including validating risk appetites and tolerances.
• Dayo is passionate about helping the less privileged, she volunteers with charity and professional organizations as a tax consultant for low-income earners.
Leah Nicholson is an award-winning Producer, Director, and Writer with Downtime Productions as well as the past President of the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers.
She has completed many projects including web series’, music videos, and short films including an original musical she produced/directed entitled My Life is a Musical, winner of an Alberta Film and Television Award at the 40th annual Rosies.
Her project Fictions, a half-hour television show, was a part of the CBC Comedy Coup Program and was selected as one of the Top 50 new Canadian comedies.
She is currently in development with several film and television projects while continuing her work as a freelance Director.