Black BIPOC Directors in Canada

Dr. Akolisa Ufodike

Dr. Ufodike is an Assistant Professor in the School of Administrative Studies (Auditing and Data Analytics) and the Graduate Program in Public Policy Administration and Law at York University. In addition to being an accounting professional, he writes about equity, diversity, inclusion, and civic engagement. His research interests include institutional entrepreneurship, accountability, public-private partnerships, and the intersectionality or race and accounting. He is an ad hoc reviewer for JBE, BAFA, AAA and CAAA, and a CPA case examiner and brand ambassador. Dr. Ufodike is a licensed public practitioner by CPA Alberta.

Prior to Academia, he spent 25 years as a finance executive with professional experience spanning telecoms, banking, oil and gas, utilities, and consumer packaged goods with organizations including Bell Canada and Molson Coors. He was co-founder and CFO for Jaguar Wireless, a participant in the 2007 Canadian wireless spectrum auction. His last role in industry was as CFO and COO of Corridor Communications Inc (CCI Wireless) one of Canada’s largest wireless ISP’s with revenues in excess of $30 million. CCI Wireless helped bridge the digital divide for underserved rural communities in Alberta and was acquired in 2020 by XPlornet.

A graduate of Haskayne’s PhD and Cornell’s MBA program, 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 the province of Alberta and the board of the Canada Nigerian Chamber of Commerce. He previously sat on the board of the Loyalist Group, a TSX Listed Company where he was also Chair of the Audit Committee. He has served on the board of several charities including, Peel Literacy Guild where he was treasurer and the Black Business and Professional Association. Dr. Ufodike has also previously served as treasurer for Scouts Canada (Chinook Council) and thereafter as the Chairman.