WALE BALOGUN - ROLE MODEL & AMBASSADOR
Award winning Wealth Management Advisor
Officially Inducted into the “National Wall of Role Models” on June 7, 2014 ( See full list www.BlackCanadianAwards.com )
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
WaLe Balogun was born and raised in western Nigeria. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Engineering from the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University at the tender age of 21. An early career in the oil and gas industry immediately after college gave him an opportunity to travel the world for work and he decided to make one of his stops - Canada - home. His passion for building and preserving wealth drove him to obtain two graduate business degrees after working in the oil and gas industry for over 15 years. He has been running a successful wealth management practice for 6 years now through a very well known and respected financial services company in Canada .
WaLe has extensive knowledge of the markets, investor psychology and risk management. In 2012, he won the Financial Planner of the Year award for his region , as well as four other awards, including the Bamboo Tree Award – which reflects the highest growth from one year to the next, based on new business. He was also recognized 4 years in a row as the #1 Business Leader in his region amongst consultants of less than 4 years tenure and has also won a National Award for 2 years in a row with the same company. This places him in a top-producing band of more than 4000 consultants nationwide.
Tell us what many people may not know about you?
WaLe has always been and is still is a big fan of the martial arts. He practice Taekwondo during his college days and recently switched to Karate which he trains in a minimum of 2-4 hours every week!
What's your inspiration and how do you get motivated?
An overwhelming need to make a difference and create a legacy inspires WaLe to excel in his industry. He wants to create a financial awareness amongst immigrants who ignore this quite a bit, despite needing it the most. Working with young people and newcomers to Canada allows him to help them develop good habits for saving and investing, early on in life..
How did you get to where you are now and what more do you hope to achieve?
A genuine desire to add value to somebody else cannot be made up. People recognize this intuitively and resonate with it. I hope to be able to do this more often and on a larger scale
What would you like to be remembered for?
Principles, values and a belief system.
How do you balance work, family, friends and leisure?
Calendar management. Everything is scheduled well in advance. Family and work are equally important to me, and my commitment to following a well-managed calendar allows me to make time for both.
What's your favorite food, book, music and movie?
I really cannot lock on any favorites at this time. I tend to cut across a wide range of genres and topics too. It is probably my way of remaining open to everything and anything.
What's your experience as a Black person in Canada?
It has been very pleasant and rewarding. I think Canada is one of the best places n earth to live. Neighbors mow your lawn for absolutely no reason at all!
Are there as many opportunities for Blacks in Canada that can produce role models and institutions like TD Jakes, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Obama, BET, etc.
Definitely, the opportunities are limitless.
Mention a few of your favorite Black Canadian Leaders, Artists and Role Models?
Ralph Weekes, Michael Lee-Chin
Should & do Blacks support / patronize black music, events and businesses?
Absolutely, but it cannot and should not be the only determining factor.
What’s your understanding of Black History in Canada?
Aaron and Nathan Mossell were the first black people to obtain their graduate degrees in Law and Medicine respectively, from Pennsylvania University. Michaëlle Jean, a former broadcaster in Quebec, became the first black Governor General of Canada. Col. Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian man to walk in space. Michael Lee-Chin is one of the wealthiest investment executives in Canada, and happens to be of Jamaican and Chinese descent.
Some of these people are black, some are white, and some are in between. All of them are Canadian, and share the desire to be outstanding in their respective fields. I firmly believe in I am part of an environment where I can and will be reckoned with, and being black is nearly irrelevant to my success.
I am not oblivious to the fact that racial stigmas might exist in the world we live in, but I don’t use it as an excuse for not getting to where I need to be. One cannot change the way others think, but you have absolute control over how you think. All I tell myself is that being average is not an option. People will always recognize excellence, regardless of race, background color or religion.