Oyaje Omakwu’s Success Story

Oyaje arrived in Canada with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Ilorin, Nigeria, and over eight years of Project Management experience in Oil Services. She then obtained a Masters degree in Engineering Management at the University of Ottawa. Once graduated, Oyaje spent several hours a day doing job searches for several months, which were unsuccessful. She was then introduced to Professor Sawsan Abdul-Majid, founder of Advancing New Canadian Women in Technology, a bridging employment program for women newcomers with technical skills.

“The most daunting challenge a new immigrant in Canada faces is finding a professional job that aligns with his/her qualifications, skills and experience. This was the case with me until I attended the ANCWT employment-bridging program in February 2018. […] The program featured seasoned speakers from whom I gained some useful interview skills, and it also connected me to employers, which led to my recent job with Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO).” Says Oyaje on her participation to ANCWT.


Oyaje was part of the first cohort of women who participated in the program. Since then, she has been working as a Project Analyst for Fisheries and Oceans Canada, where she is bringing a great set of skills to the organization: “Oyaje has joint the Information Management/Information Technology Project Management Office (IM/IT PMO) as a Project Analyst contributing positively to the team with her broad and diversified experience. Her project management and analytical skills allowed her to quickly integrate and provide advice and oversight to project managers for a portfolio of more than eight (8) IM/IT projects. Her ability to apply her knowledge of technology and project management at DFO proves to be an asset to the organization” says Mireille Leroux, Manager, Project Portfolio Management at Fisheries and Oceans Canada.