Risikatu Olasumbo Awogbemi is a shining example of resilience, dedication, and community spirit. A Nigerian-born Canadian, she has made significant strides since migrating to Canada in 2006. As the CEO of SMTN International Inc., a leading cargo company, and the Founder of the Advocacy Centre for Women and Family Matters, Olasumbo’s contributions to business and community advocacy are remarkable. Her journey, marked by numerous awards and active involvement in various organizations, showcases her commitment to empowering others and making a positive impact in Canada and beyond.

A Journey from Nigeria to Canada

Risikatu Olasumbo Awogbemi embarked on her journey to Canada in 2006. A devoted mother of four boys, she has called Brampton home for over 13 years, where she actively supports her community through volunteer work, including school trips and various local events. Her dedication to service is further exemplified by her membership in the Rotary Club of Brampton.

Leading SMTN International Inc.

As the CEO of SMTN International Inc., Olasumbo leads one of Canada’s premier cargo companies. SMTN International Inc. is renowned for its fast, reliable, and efficient air and sea cargo, warehousing, and procurement services, catering to customers across Canada and internationally. Located strategically at the Toronto Pearson International Airport Business District, SMTN ensures seamless logistics operations and easy access for customers. Numerous satisfied customer testimonials validate the company’s commitment to excellence.

Advocacy and Community Service

Olasumbo’s passion for community service extends beyond her business endeavors. She is the Founder and Executive Director of the Advocacy Centre for Women and Family Matters, a not-for-profit organization that supports women from various communities in Canada and beyond. The center provides essential counseling and protective services to empower women and children to stand against violence. Her involvement in various community-based programs, both locally and internationally, underscores her commitment to giving back and supporting humanity.

Risikatu Olasumbo Awogbemi
Risikatu Olasumbo Awogbemi, CEO- Smtn Cargo

Educational Background and Professional Achievements

Olasumbo’s dedication to personal and professional growth is evident in her academic achievements. In 2018, she earned a post-graduate certificate in Project Management from Humber College, Ontario, and she is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP). Her educational background also includes an MSc in Finance and an MSc in Transport Management.

Recognitions and Awards

Her excellence in entrepreneurship and community service has earned her numerous accolades, including:

  • Canada Vendors Entrepreneurship and Business Personality of the Year Award (2020)
  • NNC Business Personality of the Year Award (2021)
  • Afro Heritage Community Award of Excellence (2022)
  • ABEDORC Production Award of Excellence (2022)
  • CNP/CAP Power of Inclusion Catalyst for Change Award (2023)
  • Recognition for contribution to The Empowered Summit (2024) by the Honorable MPP David Smith

Active Community Involvement

Olasumbo continues to actively participate in various community organizations, including the Nigerian Canadian Association in the GTA and the Network of Nigerians in Canada (NNC), supporting Nigerian Canadian communities across the Greater Toronto Area. She is also a member of the Brampton Residence Association Council 2024.

Risikatu Olasumbo Awogbemi’s unwavering dedication to her community, both locally and internationally, highlights her passion for making a positive impact and empowering others.

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