Politician Profile

Teddy Ogbonna

Teddy Ogbonna

"It’s about transparency and accountability. It’s about open government. It’s about engaging Calgarians of all races, genders and faith. It’s about inclusion and participation. It’s about truth, justice and fairness. It’s about creating a sustainable City with a long view of passing leadership to young entrepreneurs and visionaries."

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climate, energy & Sustainability


philosophy & guiding principles


Teddy has two children, is married, and is the last of ten siblings. He was orphaned at the age of seven. He arrived in Canada in 2004 to participate in the World Youth Centre pilot project at the University of Toronto as one of the curriculum consultants and keynote speakers.

In 2006, he returned to Canada as an intern in the office of a former City of Toronto councillor, Adam Giambrone. In 2008, he moved to Calgary, which he loves and is proud to call his home.

Teddy graduated from the Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu, Nigeria, with a higher national diploma in Applied Arts in 1992, and from the University of Calgary with double majors in Law and Society and Political Science in 2019.

Teddy has worked with Shell Petroleum and Schlumberger as a contract safety officer in Africa. He worked at the City of Calgary as recreation instructor/leader, worked for a few security and real estate investment firms in Canada in leadership positions, and was on the board in his previous riding of Calgary McCall under the Progressive Conservative Party.

Teddy has co-owned a small business in Calgary. His overall experience transcends the not-for-profit development consulting on issues of transparency, accountability and good governance policies, the energy sector, coaching, customer service, communication, environment, human rights activism, community development and planning marketing and social entrepreneurship activities, youth work. He enjoys volunteering and helping young people to build leadership qualities through sports and capacity building workshops.

Teddy is a published author, was the vice-chair of human rights information at Network Nigeria, via the British Council. He has spoken at high level stakeholders meeting with the international systems, consulted with governments at all levels in Africa, Europe and North America, i.e. the United States government, British government, the United Nations, the World Bank, the British Council, Goethe Institute, and is involved in a number of non-profit initiatives locally in Calgary and abroad.

He founded an international youth organization (Youth for Transparency International/African Youth for Transparency) in 1998 which has an ECOSOC status with the United Nations and envisions a world where young people are integrated in decision making at all levels of development and policy making as change makers to social challenges and won the Nelson Mandela & Gracia Global Innovation Award in 2008. YTI operates in 10 countries independently.

Teddy’s hobbies are coaching kids’ basketball and soccer for free, reading, biking, swimming, hiking, golfing, working out and spending time with family and friends.

Education & Work Experience

University of Calgary (2015 - 2019)

  • Bachelor of Arts - BA, Double Major in Law & Society and Political Science

Founder (1998 - present) 

  • YTI's mission is to empower emerging leaders for positive development, by strengthening cooperation with youth groups, individuals, organizations and initiatives committed to developing local capacities and potentials through inclusive sustainable development goals that are transparent and accountable to build trust and legitimacy. 

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