Obasesam (Sam) Okoi is a proud husband and father, scholar, policy analyst, consultant, author, and community volunteer with over ten years of experience supporting organizations and programs that fight poverty and advocate for equal opportunity for women, children and seniors. He is the program coordinator of the AWG Consortium at the University of Manitoba—an initiative that unites scholars, students and professionals to explore ways of building peaceful and prosperous communities. He is a Research Affiliate at the Canadian Network for Research on Terrorism, Security and Society, where he contributes to research on deradicalization and counterterrorism in Canadian cities and local communities.
Sam is passionate about a society where families can thrive, where childcare is affordable, where health care is accessible, and where the rights of women, children and seniors are protected. He volunteers with the Race Up for Diabetes program, where he fundraises to support the fight against diabetes in Manitoba. He is also a co-founder of Winners Chapel International Winnipeg Fellowship and has played several leadership roles in the organization.
Sam served as a faculty member in the Department of Global Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario, and in the Human Rights department at the University of Winnipeg. His practical approach to teaching has enabled him to mentor and inspire a cohort of young Manitobans who have transformed their learning into real-world leadership endeavours.
He is the 2017 winner of the University of Manitoba’s Nahlah Ayed Prize for leadership and global citizenship, for demonstrating academic excellence and commitment to leadership actions that bridge the local and global communities. In 2016, the Universal Peace Federation awarded Sam the Ambassador for Peace Award for dedicating himself to practices that promote universal moral values and a culture of peace that transcends racial, national and religious barriers.
Sam holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Development from Trent University, a Master of Public Policy from Wilfrid Laurier University, and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Windsor. He received his Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Manitoba, specializing in economic conflict resolution.
He is a top-notch researcher with the ability to deliver high-quality analysis that reflects the challenges we face in a robotized economy where artificial intelligence is increasingly driving unemployment and insecurity and how to address these complex governance challenges. He founded Treasuregate Consulting Group in 2014 to provide consultancy services on economic conflict analysis and risk assessment.
Sam believes the failures of the Pallister government calls for reform in the healthcare and education systems as well as local economic development and would be committed to addressing these challenges.