More About Adetokunbo-Taiwo, Ejibola
Ejibola is the Coordinator for Student Projects at the College (GPRC) and she also coordinates entrepreneurial and innovative activities for the Grande Prairie Regional Innovation Network (GPRIN). Ejibola grew up in the city of Lagos, Nigeria where she acquired experience operating and coordinating the activities of a training school called the West African Capital Market School before proceeding to Kakawa Asset Management to work as an Analyst in the Investment arm of the company. She completed her Bachelor degree BSc (Hons) in Banking and Finance from the Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ogun State Nigeria in 2002; she is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers of Nigeria. She moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia in 2005 to pursue a Masters degree in Development Economics and immediately got a job at the MD Funds Management in Ottawa. A few years later, she moved into the banking world and worked in 2 of the Top 5 banks in Canada (CIBC and Scotiabank) rising to the position of Senior Small Business Advisor helping Canadian small business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses.
In 2017, Ejibola came to GPRC, she’s got extensive experience in entrepreneurship, small businesses, retail international trade, entrepreneurial supply chain management and she is applying these knowledge in helping out innovators and entrepreneurs in Grande Prairie and environ. Ejibola’s mantra is that meaningful development begins from local to global; her experience working with businesses and entrepreneurs have convinced Ejibola that significant innovative ideas and social impact ideas starts within a school environment and can come from the least expected person. She is a strong believer that GPRC can play a significant role in challenging student to see beyond their classroom and to challenge themselves to discover who they really are and the potentials and power that lies within them to make change, create impact and fill the gap within the community locally to globally.
“Travelling” – movement from one place to the other no matter the distance, is Ejibola’s #1 recommended tools for entrepreneurship, research, innovation and creativity. After almost 14years in Canada, she greatly misses the aroma of freshly made Nigerian food and the cockcrow that wakes her up at dawn. Time away from the College is typically spent attending the Community Enhancement Advisory Committee meeting she’s a member of, at the City of Grande Prairie; or working on her own projects (which earned her the recognition of “Ones to Watch 2019” by the Mompreneur organization Canada) and enjoying time with her family on or off the road.