Rimaz Abakar

Rimaz was born in Khartoum, Sudan. In 2003 Rimaz with her family came to Canada as government settled refugees and since then they have made Canada home. She graduated from the University of Ottawa with a bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering, and later went on to complete a master’s degree in Environmental Engineering at Lakehead University. She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.


As a founder and associate with BNC, Rimaz brings her multilayered identity and intersectionality to inform anti-oppression and equity education and awareness. Rimaz is the Secretary of African Canadian Caribbean Canadian Association of Northern Ontario (ACCANO). Also, she is the Program Lead for an OTF funded program helping newcomer parents with system navigation and access to resources. As a community representative, Rimaz sits on several city committees. She is the Chair of the Newcomer Advisory Committee of the City of Sault Ste. Marie’s Local Immigration Partnership.