Chima Nkemdirim is a born and raised Calgarian who is passionate about building strong communities. He is the Chief of Staff to the Mayor of Calgary. Prior to that, Chima practiced law with Dentons LLP.
Chima attended bilingual schools in both of Canada’s official languages. He earned a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Calgary and a law degree at the University of Ottawa. While practicing law, Chima served on the Advisory Committee of the Alberta Securities Commission and was an instructor at the University of Calgary’s law school.
Chima has long been active in politics. He has managed successful election campaigns and recently co-chaired the National Policy Convention of the Liberal Party of Canada. Chima is also an active member of the community and volunteers his time with a variety of non-profit organizations. Chima is a member of the Calgary Foundation’s Signature Grants Committee and a member of the board of Alberta Theatre Projects. In 2011, Chima was appointed as Queen’s Council by the Government of Alberta for his contributions to the legal profession. In 2012, Chima received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for his contributions to Canada.