Obim Okongwu

Obim has been attending the Metropolitan Community Church of Toronto (MCCT) for close to twenty years. For the past four years, he has been volunteering as Worship Coordinator, and recently joined the Peace and Justice Strategy Team.  Over the years attending MCCT, he witnessed the impact the church has had in the community and on Canadian society; the church has also played a key role in deepening his spirituality.

In his professional life and career of twenty years, he has accumulated a wealth of experience, managing large projects, leading teams, delivering technology solutions, providing risk oversight, and supporting Boards of major financial institutions to meet their corporate governance mandates.  Having spent many years in the corporate finance sector and holding various senior leadership roles within investment and risk management functions, he decided to begin a consulting and advisory practice to leverage his experience and knowledge to help mobilize capital to solve social issues.

His personal experiences struggles and accomplishments, and ongoing reflections on spirituality and the human spirit have deepened his beliefs in the potential of each person and capability to thrive when given the opportunity.  As a black gay person who stutters, he understands the value of inclusivity and the right of each person to be treated with dignity, respect, and fairness. He feels privileged to have had the opportunity to live in two countries with very different cultures and societies, Nigeria and Canada.

He has served as a Director on the Boards of two non-profit organizations, and also volunteered with other Charities and non-profits.  He has a Master of Engineering degree from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business, York University.

In his spare time, he cycles, plays tennis, and writes creative non-fiction.