For Immediate Release

March 16, 2022, Toronto, OntarioCanada’s Nigerian and Canadian Business Network (NCBN) recently presented Samson Arega, Ethiopian Regional Director USA, the NCBN Business Person of the Year Award.

“This is such an honour to accept this award by Nigerian business network here in Canada. During my time as Country Manager in Canada, I have been fortunate to make such valuable connections. It is genuinely heartwarming to receive this award,” said Arega.

Arega has since assumed a new role with Ethiopian Airlines as the Regional Director USA at the beginning of the year but was at the Toronto office last week to accept the award presented to him by Dr. Ola Kassim, Senior NCBN Advisory Committee board member and Mr. Malcom Williamston, Senior NCBN Executive Director and King Wale AdeSanya, National Chairman of the Nigerian and Canadian Business Network.

“Mr Samson Arega as Canada’s Country Manager of Ethiopian Airlines was able to show leadership during the Covid-19 crisis time by assisting Canada to provide needed logistics for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from and to Canada, ” said Mr. King Wale AdeSanya, National Chairman of the Nigerian and Canadian Business Network.

Mr. King Wale AdeSanya added that adversity during the pandemic has been a springboard for growth by accelerating and modifying existing trends. 

“For companies that held a strong leadership position before the pandemic, our experience is that this position was strengthened as a result. Conversely, the pandemic posed an existential threat to many travellers to Africa, ” said Mr. King Wale AdeSanya.

About the award NCBN Business of the Year Award

NCBN recognizes and promotes people to reach for their dreams and promote individuals to reach their dreams. NCBN make sure to fill in the gaps of in their ecosystems to make sure this is possible.


The Nigerian and Canadian Business Network (NCBN) is a Networking group of both Nigerians and Canadians synergizing together to provide lucrative opportunities and added value to the bottom line… we are power circles that enhance personal, professional, and Company Brands. NCBN symbolizes excellence, inspiration, celebration, and success for all Nigerians and Canadians doing business in both countries. We facilitate meaningful approaches to beneficial networking, embrace new ways of enriching our connections and raise awareness of our members. We are Bridge Builders. https://www.ncbn.ca/

About Ethiopian Airlines

Ethiopian Airlines (Ethiopian) is the fastest growing Airline in Africa. In its seven decades of operation, Ethiopian has become one of the continent’s leading carriers, unrivalled in efficiency and operational success. Ethiopian operates the youngest and most modern fleet to 93 international destinations across five continents. Ethiopian fleet includes ultra-modern and environmentally friendly aircraft such as Airbus A350, Boeing 787, Boeing 777-300ER, Boeing 777-200LR, Boeing 777-200 Freighter, Bombardier Q-400 double cabin with an average fleet age of five years. In fact, Ethiopian is the first airline in Africa to own and operate these aircraft. The airlines operates three direct flights weekly from Toronto to Addis Ababa with connections 53 destinations Ethiopian is currently implementing a 15-year strategic plan called Vision 2025 that will see it become the leading aviation group in Africa with seven business centers: Ethiopian Domestic and Regional Airline; Ethiopian International Passenger Airline; Ethiopian Cargo; Ethiopian MRO; Ethiopian Aviation Academy; Ethiopian In-flight Catering Services; and Ethiopian Ground Service. Ethiopian is a multi-award-winning airline registering an average growth of 25% in the past seven years.



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