Celebrating Black Excellence: Insights from Entrepreneur Temi Okesanya, Founder of Road Aider

Social Innovation

As part of our anticipation for the upcoming Elevate & Celebrate: Black Professionals Luncheon, we had the honour of engaging in a meaningful Q&A session with Temi Okesanya, the founder of Road Aider, a digital platform dedicated to delivering a comprehensive suite of prompt roadside assistance and member discounts. Temi’s entrepreneurial journey and commitment to innovation epitomize the spirit of excellence within the Black professional community. Here are the insightful highlights from our conversation:

The Entrepreneurial Journey
Temi’s journey into entrepreneurship was not instantaneous but rather a gradual realization. Growing up in an environment where traditional career paths were emphasized, Temi’s perspective shifted when he witnessed the success of mentors like Charles Osuji. “Observing his journey closely, I learned that entrepreneurship is attainable,” said Temi. The pivotal moment came during the COVID-induced layoff, coupled with a personal experience highlighting a gap in the market, which propelled Temi to start his own venture, Road Aider.

Calgary’s Business Community
Temi describes Calgary’s business community, particularly the tech ecosystem, as supportive and cohesive. The community’s culture of collaboration and assistance fosters an environment conducive to networking and pursuing entrepreneurial endeavours. Temi added: “The tight-knit nature of the community is evident, with a willingness among its members to offer assistance or introductions whenever needed.”

The Importance of Social Innovation
As a featured guest at the Social Innovation Hub, Temi underscores the significance of such platforms in empowering entrepreneurs to address societal challenges. The hub provides invaluable support, mentorship, and a platform for innovators to make a tangible difference in their communities.

“By dedicating this month to spotlighting Black professionals, we create opportunities for education, encourage businesses to champion equity, and contribute to the ongoing journey towards more inclusive workplaces and communities.” – Temi Okesanya

Road Aider: Revolutionizing Roadside Assistance
Road Aider, Temi’s brainchild, is a digital platform offering swift roadside assistance and exclusive member discounts – the intersection between safety and savings. Inspired by a personal experience, Road Aider fills a crucial gap in the market by providing a more efficient and user-friendly solution for car emergencies.

Spotlighting Black Excellence
In honour of Black History Month, Temi emphasizes the importance of spotlighting and celebrating the contributions of Black professionals. Beyond recognition, it promotes diversity, inclusivity, and cultural awareness within the business community. At the upcoming luncheon, Temi hopes to inspire attendees with his story and those of his colleagues. He aims to impart the importance of resilience, perseverance, and the pursuit of excellence in achieving both personal and professional success.

As we eagerly anticipate the Elevate & Celebrate: Black Professionals Luncheon, we embrace the opportunity to celebrate Black excellence, amplify diverse voices, and foster a more inclusive business community. Together, we can honour the past, empower the present, and shape a more equitable future for all.


This event is hosted by the Social Innovation Hub, a place where social innovators can get the support they need to scale and grow their businesses in a community of like-minded individuals. This event is open to members and non-members of the hub. 

Learn more about membership to the Social Innovation Hub.