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J Herbert Smith Centre’s Dom Blakely receives Award of Honour by the Nigerian Canadian Association of New Brunswick

Author: UNB Newsroom

Posted on Oct 26, 2022

Category: UNB Fredericton

Dom Blakely

The Nigerian Canadian Association of New Brunswick (NCANB) awarded University of New Brunswick (UNB) professor Dom Blakely the Award of Honour for his contribution and involvement with the Nigerian community. Blakely was recently given this award as part of the association’s National Day celebrations marking 62 years of Nigeria’s Independence.

“I am humbled that I am worthy of such an honour,” said Blakely, who is also an innovation and entrepreneurship strategist at the J Herbert Smith Centre for Technology Management and Entrepreneurship.

“I believe that as an accepting society, we must make stronger efforts to allow a seamless transition for newcomers when they arrive in our towns. I understand that we cannot save and help every individual. Still, as a collective, we must try and offer a comforting smile, a shoulder to cry on, a voice of advice and information, and a caring attitude to show all individuals who arrive here in New Brunswick and at UNB that they are welcomed with open arms. Let’s build stronger, more inclusive communities where we can learn from each other.”

Blakely has a long career with UNB. He is an instructor in the master of technology management and entrepreneurship program and manages student support funds for prototype development, customer acquisition and travel. Blakely is the director of the I-STEM program and the program lead of the Global Technology Solutions program.

In addition to his involvement with the J Herbert Smith Centre, Blakely is also the UNESCO Chair in Anticipatory Systems for Innovation and Venture Creation.

“Dom has contributed immensely to the Nigerian Community through his involvement with the entrepreneurs from the TME program. Speaking with many of the students turned entrepreneurs, they all praised Dom’s influence and efforts behind the scenes and how much guidance he provides them. Earlier this year, he, alongside Dr. Dhirendra Shukla and other members of the JHSC, met with the Nigerian High Commissioner to Canada to discuss potential areas of collaboration,” said Adebayo Ogunleye, president of the NCANB.

“In summary, Dom has given his time and resources to members of our community, and we wanted to acknowledge and appreciate his efforts.”

The NCANB is a non-profit and non-political association promoting cultural awareness and events for the Nigerian community.

Media contact: Heather Campbell