Meka Okochi

Pays d'origine:

Nigéria

Thèmes:

Citoyenneté, Immigration, Histoire des Noirs/Patrimoine africain, Racisme/Discrimination, Droits de la personne et justice sociale, Identité et patrimoine, Multiculturalisme et diversité, Adaptation à la vie au Canada

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Biographie

Meka is a professional engineer with experience in business development, energy and urban infrastructure. He is currently the Vice President, Economic Development for the Regina Regional Opportunities Commission, the agency responsible for economic development and tourism for the Regina region.

In 2012, Meka ran for Mayor of Regina, an experience he calls his greatest leadership development exercise so far. In 2013, he was awarded a CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 Certificate of Merit for Distinction in Business.

Meka has studied and lived around the world, in countries spanning Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and Australia.

Meka is very active in his local community and has served on numerous boards and committees. He currently sits on the Boards of the Saskatchewan Economic Development Association and the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan.

Meka holds a Master’s in Environmentally Sustainable Process Technology from Chalmers University in Sweden and a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada.

Histoire

Arriving in Canada...

It was a cold February night in 2004 when I first set foot in Regina. I had come on a doctoral scholarship to study at the university. I remember the cold drive from the airport to the campus. I remember the walls of thick white snow on both sides of the road. Just a day or two earlier, the university had been shut down due to a snow storm. And in that moment I wondered whether I had made the right decision. But in the days and weeks that followed, I came in contact with the true spirit of Regina – strangers on the streets extending a warm hand of kindness and neighbours going out of their way to make me realize that I was truly welcome in their community. And in those actions, I knew that I had found home.

Being Canadian...

There is no one mould to describe a Canadian. We look different, sound different, and have different names. But we share a common history; a powerful history of immigration that spans centuries. The ever-inspiring stories of brave women and men leaving distant lands to find a new life and home in cities across this beautiful country. Stories of women and men who give their all, day and night, to provide better lives for their children and for future generations. A proud history built on the shoulders of heroes past, and preserved for future glory through the hard work of a present generation of humble custodians. And it is my hope that when the history of this moment is written, when those that come after us find our path and re-live our story, they also will find worthy shoulders to stand upon.