Ola Ifidon is an experienced professional and an erudite scholar with a first degree with honours in Economics (B.Sc. Hons) and a merit award winner in Monetary Economics. She also has Masters in Business Administration (MBA) degree from both Cornell University in New York, USA, and from Queens University in Ontario, Canada. The first Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) in the province of Alberta from the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP®) from the Project Management Institute (PMI), Ola is passionate about delivering meaningful business results.
She has more than 15 years industry experience in facilitating business solutions by ensuring a fit for purpose use of technology to meet needs that deliver business value. Her core areas of expertise include Business Analysis, Strategy and Enterprise Analysis, SharePoint 2013, Client engagement, User Acceptance Testing, Requirements Elicitation, Business Value, Performance Measurements & KPIs, Business Consulting, Workshop Facilitation, Business Training, Project Management, and IT project delivery.
Driven to deliver value that matter to business clients, Ola believes in the philosophy that businesses don’t buy technology, businesses buy solutions and value should only be evaluated from the perspective of the client. She ensures alignment between business needs and solution delivery with focus on business value.
An Ex-Accenture Senior Consultant in the Strategy and Business Architecture service line, Ola’s professional experience span across various industries including consulting, oil and gas, utilities, and banking.
She has over 10 years of local and international experience in Africa and North America, primarily in the Canadian Oil and gas industry, facilitating business solutions by aligning strategic goals with information technology to deliver business value.
Passionate about knowledge transfer and the Business Analysis professional, Ola continues to seek ways to share her knowledge and experience. An experienced and recognised Business Analysis instructor, Ola believes strongly in releasing the potential of the workforce through relevant professional training to enhance organizational effectiveness and productivity.
An active member of the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®), Ola was on the IIBA Calgary Chapter board from 2007-2013 as the Vice President, Member Services. She was also a member of the IIBA® Chapter Growth Committee and a contributor to the IIBA Managing Business Analysts Book (@Rick Clare, 2011). She is currently on the Calgary IIBA Advisory board.
She likes constructive networking and as a member reputable professional associations including the Women of Influence Association, Calgary Chapter, she continues to enhance her skills, learn leading trends in the industry in addition to developing meaningful and valuable connections.
Asides her professional life, Ola is passionate about giving back, she is involved in many local and international charities, including Mustard Seed, Salvation Army, Mercy Ship and Gentle Hands. Ola is happily married with 3 boys.