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Johnson Babalola

With over three decades of legal practise in Nigeria and Canada and over 2 decades of focus on Canadian immigration practice and workplace issues, Johnson Babalola (JB) stands as a distinguished Certified Immigration Specialist Lawyer. His illustrious career has spanned various roles, from a sole practitioner and immigration consultant to the founding partner of Topmarke Attorneys LLP, a leading law firm in Toronto. His professional journey also includes being a founding member of the Ontario Centre for Public Policy and Strategy (OCPPS), a global project consulting service firm and a workplace consultant and a director of 360° Consulting, a leadership training firm based in Nigeria.

Beyond his legal prowess, Johnson is celebrated as a renowned author known for his captivating storytelling and thought-provoking narratives. His book, “Rejected,” and his blog “JB & Things” delve into the themes of identity, belonging, and the intricacies of the human experience, offering a reflective tapestry of the diverse nature of African society. Born and raised in Nigeria, Johnson draws inspiration from his rich cultural background, influencing both his legal career and literary works.

As the former editor of “ImmigrationNews,” a newspaper focused on Canadian immigration and settlement matters, Babalola now concentrates on writing about immigration, settlement, and various social issues. His eloquent prose and well-developed characters effortlessly transport readers to both familiar and unfamiliar worlds, encouraging them to explore life’s complexities.

Recognized both locally and internationally, Johnson Babalola is highly regarded for his mentorship of young and internationally trained lawyers. He extends his influence beyond Canada’s borders, frequently traveling as a workplace and training consultant to conduct trainings and seminars for leaders, organizations, and prospective immigrants. His topics range from strategic and sustainable leadership, business resilience to advocacy for diversity rights and inclusion.

Johnson actively contributes to various non-profit and business organisations dedicated to the holistic well-being of women, workplace issues, diversity, and inclusion. In his personal time, he finds joy in podcasting and writing under “JB & Things,” showcasing his multifaceted talents and commitment to sharing knowledge.

Johnson Babalola is not just a legal luminary; he is a dynamic figure whose impact extends far beyond the courtroom, leaving an indelible mark on the fields of literature, mentorship, and societal well-being.

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