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Marie Bassey

Life Lessons from Successful Immigrants Panelist

Marie has always been a strong advocate and a voice for the voiceless. In 2016, she founded an organization focused on empowering women and girls in her home country, Nigeria.

Since her arrival in Canada in 2017, Marie has volunteered in different positions at various non-profit organizations including Ambassador, Nanaimo Tourism; Ambassador, Dress for Success-Vancouver; Treasurer, Parent Advisory Council of Burnaby North Secondary School; Board Secretary of the Board of Directors of the Women’s Economic Council; and Board Member, MOSAIC. Marie is equally passionate about advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) causes in Canada. She has written many articles advocating for greater DEI advancements within Canadian organizations and schools.

Professionally, Marie spent more than 12 years within the Nigerian Banking sector supporting the participation of indigenous contractors within the Nigerian oil and gas industry. After arriving in Canada, Marie worked briefly in the Canadian banking sector and quickly pivoted into the provincial government where she supported the transformational move of the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia to a new business model. Marie was also appointed a Fellow of Canada’s foremost and prestigious Fellowship program. In 2021, Marie was appointed a Fellow of Canada’s foremost and prestigious Fellowship program – the Impact Canada Fellowship Program of the Privy Council Office. She is currently applying her expertise and education in supporting Canada’s federal priorities to benefit all Canadians.

Marie holds a Master of Business Administration with Distinction from the Vancouver Island University, and a Master of Science in International Management from the University of Hertfordshire. She is also a certified Canadian Risk Manager. You can catch Marie on most weekends at Burnaby Parks mentoring youths and women. She is a momma bear of three and loves to try new things, meet people, and enjoy a good laugh.