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PATRICK BROWN, MAYOR OF BRAMPTON

Patrick Brown is the Mayor of Brampton; & former Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Ontario & Ontario’s Leader of the Official Opposition. Leading a City of Significant Diversity. Delegates will receive warm greetings from the Mayor of one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada and be updated on critical updates on projects and programs to strengthen its inclusive diversity, social justice, economic empowerment, and community equity.

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BONNIE CROMBIE, M.B.A, MAYOR OF MISSISSAUGA

Bonnie Crombie, M.B.A., is the Mayor of Mississauga; former Member of Parliament and Former Councillor, Mississauga City Council, leading a City of Significant Diversity. Delegates will receive warm greetings from the Mayor of one of the most culturally diverse cities in Canada and be updated on critical updates on projects and programs to strengthen its inclusive diversity, social justice, economic empowerment, and community equity.

THE HONORABLE JEAN AUGUSTINE

THE HONORABLE JEAN AUGUSTINE

The Honorable Jean Augustine PC CM OOnt CBE is a Grenadian-Canadian educational administrator, advocate for social justice, and politician.
Over the years she has earned hundreds of awards including the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award, the Ontario Volunteer Award, the UNIFOR Nelson Mandela Lifetime Achievement Award; and the Women’s Executive Network naming her one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women.
In 2009, Jean was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada for her extensive contribution to Canadian society as a politician, educator, and advocate for social justice. In 2012, she received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Most recently, in 2020 she was appointed to the Order of Ontario.
                                                               Today, Jean remains involved with community activities including co-chairing the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women gala event.
ALEX IHAMA

ALEX IHAMA

Alex Ihama is one of Canada’s foremost speakers and consultants on leadership, strategic management, and the strengthening of corporate culture and competitive edge through inclusive diversity and workplace equity.
With over two decades of corporate experience working for and with Fortune 500 companies to execute projects and programs valued at over a billion US dollars, Ihama is a global entrepreneur and management consultant that helps organizations to make and save millions of (US) dollars.
Ihama is also the author of bestselling books like Welcome to Greatness and The Mystique of Leadership, along with over a hundred transformational courses on personal development, leadership effectiveness, sales & marketing, customer service, and the Diversity Leadership Certification Program.
                                                               For more, visit alexihama.com 
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DR. SUSAN SWAYZE, MBA, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Swayze is a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategist and an expert researcher who conducts complex research and evaluation studies. She presents webinars and workshops to individuals and organizations on research, diversity, and inclusion topics.
Dr. Swayze’s mission is to transform people and their organizations through education and research. She currently holds a multi-faceted faculty position at The George Washington University where she develops curricula and teaches doctoral courses in qualitative research, quantitative research, and statistics.
Dr. Swayze is passionate about leveraging her teaching and research expertise to contribute to the larger conversation around diversity and inclusion.
WENDY CUKIER, MBA, Ph.D.

WENDY CUKIER, MBA, Ph.D.

Dr. Wendy Cukier is the founder of the Diversity Institute, the Academic Director of the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub, the Research Lead of the Future Skills Centre and a bestselling author.
The Diversity Institute has 75 research staff, 100 research associates from around the world, 200 industry partners and focuses on dimensions of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, future skills, and entrepreneurship and innovation.
Dr. Cukier founded the Diversity Institute in 1999 and has conducted ground-breaking research on diversity and inclusion in Canada, developed impactful programs like the Newcomer Entrepreneurship Hub, championed legislative change on Bill C-25, and has helped companies understand the opportunities of inclusion and develop tools to harness inclusion as a driver for success.
YONASON GOLDSON

YONASON GOLDSON

Yonason Goldson is the director of Ethical Imperatives, LLC. Moreover, Goldson is a TEDx speaker, trainer, coach, community rabbi, columnist, author, and retired St. Louis high school teacher. He works with leaders to create a culture of ethics that builds trust, sparks initiative and drives productivity.
Over the years, Goldson has published hundreds of articles applying ancient rabbinic wisdom to the challenges of the modern secular world, and six books. His most recent book is entitled “Grappling with the Gray: an ethical handbook for personal success and business prosperity.”
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ALETHIA O’HARA-STEPHENSON

Alethia O’Hara-Stephenson, CIP, BA, MBA is a highly sought-after speaker, author, and community advocate who is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives and advancing the needs of her community.
O’Hara-Stephenson holds a BA in Political Science from York University, an MBA in Leadership and Innovation from Edinburgh Napier University in Scotland, and a Chartered Insurance Professional (CIP) designation from the Insurance Institute of Canada.
As the founder and president of the Dufferin County Canadian Black Association, O’Hara-Stephenson has been the recipient of multiple awards including the RBC Global Citizen Award and the Town of Shelburne Community Excellence Award.
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GWYNETH CHAPMAN

Gwyneth Chapman is the Senior Advisor of Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism for the City of Brampton. She is also a Television Producer, Host, Photojournalist, Media & Communications Specialist, and Motivational Speaker.
Chapman in her role as Senior Advisor in the City of Brampton is responsible for the development and execution of the city’s Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural, Economic Empowerment & Anti-Racism unit.
As a former Special Adviser of Youth Engagement and Development, for the City of Toronto, & past president of the Canadian Black Caucus, Chapman is also an accomplished recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, the 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women Award, and the Black Business and Professional Association’s Women of Honour Award.
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ROWAN BARRETT

Mr. Rowan Barrett MBA is a Basketball World Champion, an Olympian; and the Executive Vice President and General Manager of Executive Vice President & General Manager of Canada Basketball.
After a 12- year professional basketball career which included stops at the Toronto Raptors, Philadelphia 76ers, six continents, and the privilege of being the captain of Canada’s Olympic Basketball team at the Sydney Olympics, Rowan went on to complete his MBA, gained corporate leadership experience with the Royal Bank of Canada and more recently, led Canada Basketball to its first-ever World Championship in 2017.
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COURTNEY BETTY

Mr. Courtney Betty, B.A., LL.B., is the President and Founder of the Diversity Business Network, the founder of Betty’s Law Office, and the CEO of Timeless Herbal Care. For over two decades, Courtney has been working with individuals, organizations, communities, and arms of the government to bring the Charter of Rights to life for minority groups in Canada.
 As a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and Bar of Jamaica and former Crown Attorney at the Department of Justice Canada, he is a renowned diversity strategist and leading advocate for the development of a legal framework for supplier diversity and the end of systemic racism in corporate Canada.
DR. ARDAVAN EIZADIRAD

DR. ARDAVAN EIZADIRAD

Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad is the founder and director of EDIcation Consulting, which offers equity, diversity, and inclusion training to organizations for transformative leadership and growth purposes to advance EDIcational outcomes.He is also an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Wilfrid Laurier University.
Prior to being at Laurier, Eizadirad was an instructor in the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson University and also the Master of Teaching and Bachelor of Education program at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education within the University of Toronto.
As a community activist with the non-profit organization YAAACE in the Jane and Finch community, Eizadirad is also the author of ‘Decolonizing Educational Assessment: Ontario Elementary Students and the EQAO’.
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Joyce Odidison

MA, PCC, CTDP,
President and CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc.
Joyce Odidison is a Conflict Analyst, Speaker, Author, and the world’s leading expert on Interpersonal Wellness Competency Mindset teaching. Joyce is President & CEO of Interpersonal Wellness Services Inc. as well as founder and host of the Annual Global Workplace Wellness Summit. Joyce has authored five books and is also a Certified Coach and Training Director of Coach Velocity School of Coaching. Joyce is a C-Suite level workplace wellness expert and trainer, working for over 24 years with the government, private sector, non-profits, and post-secondary institutions struggling with difficult work relationships or stressful situations. Joyce provides strategic solutions that build emotional wellness and interpersonal resilience for leaders and mid-career professionals to transform and heal professional relationships  so  they can excel at work.
Joyce has a Master’s degree in Conflict Management, is a Certified Training and Development Practitioner, former university and college instructor, who provides fast, holistic, and sustainable results for her clients. Joyce has been featured in local and international publications like Fast Company, CTV, City TV, Canadian Living, LinkedIn Live shows, and podcasts. She is also a contributing writer at Thrive Global.
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KELLY DAVIS

Kelly Davis is the Chief People Officer for Sunwing Travel Group, North America’s largest vertically-integrated travel company with approximately 24,000 employees across fourteen countries.
Kelly speaks frequently at various HR events and panels including most recently, the annual CHRO Conference held in Toronto in December 2019.
In 2018, Kelly was named on the “HR Hot List” as one of Canada’s top 27 HR professionals shaping the future of HR in HRD magazine. She recently joined the Black North Initiative as a member of their CEO Pledge Committee. The Initiative challenges senior Canadian business leaders to sign a CEO Pledge committing their companies to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism and create opportunities for all of those in the underrepresented BIPOC community.
FRANCES E. DELSOL

FRANCES E. DELSOL

Frances E. Delsol is the Executive Director of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA). The organization is Canada’s leader in supporting the business, entrepreneurial, professional, and overall social and economic development needs of the Black community.
As a community advocate, she has served in several capacities. She was founding President of the Council of Caribbean Associations Canada (CCAC). She served for multiple terms as the President of the Commonwealth of Dominica, Ontario Association (CDOA). She is also a Community Influencer, working with the Canadian Armed Forces to help build bridges into all of Canada’s communities.
Frances was acknowledged as one of 2018’s 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women in addition to several accolades and awards including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Award, RBC’s Canada’s Top 75 Immigrants, and the OECS Award of Excellence among many others.
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GREG HENHAWK

Greg Henhawk, a Mohawk of the Bear Clan from Six Nations of the Grand River FN in Southern Ontario, is the Indigenous Programs Manager at Sport for Life Society and a retired Secondary School teacher. Having spent over 30 years in the Ontario education system, Henhawk taught an “Alternative Education” program called SWAC (School Within a College) that assisted “at-risk young adult students” with completing their high school diploma and also earning College credits. He also led the adaptation of the program for Indigenous students.
Henhawk is presently a consultant for Leadership Training; Cultural Awareness; Indigenous Reconciliation; and Physical Activity and Literacy. He is also a member of the Coaching Association of Canada’s: Indigenous Coach Education and Development Advisory Group.
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ROBERTO HAUSMAN

Roberto Hausman is the Director of Client Services at Excellence Canada and the Director of Education and Training at the International Agency Group.
Hausman who was once named one of the 10 most influential Hispanic Canadians, over the years has received many Awards for his work, such as the “Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Award”, the “Top 20 in Diversity Award”, and the Medal of Honor from the Lieutenant Governor General of Ontario.
In the mid-1980s, Hausman founded the Canadian Law Enforcement Training College that helps young people complete the necessary courses to become law-enforcement officers. Staying true to his promise to give back, Hausman founded Needy Children Assistance, an organization that has made a difference in the lives of thousands of children both in Canada and around the world.
STEVE ANDERSON

STEVE ANDERSON

Steve Anderson is the Deputy Mayor for the Town of Shelburne and a Regional Councillor for Dufferin County. Mr. Anderson also has over 15 years’ experience as a senior litigation lawyer with the Toronto Transit Commission where he was received a number of awards for his distinguished service. Moreover, Deputy Mayor Anderson has extensive experience serving on numerous community boards such as the Ontario College of Kinesiology, Prologue to the Performing Arts, and the Community Care Access Centre-Brampton.
Mr. Anderson who was acknowledged for his outstanding community service by the House of Commons in 2013, was named as one of the Top 50 Jamaicans in the GTA in 2013 by the Toronto Star.
DAHABO AHMED-OMER

DAHABO AHMED-OMER

Dahabo Ahmed-Omer, is the Executive Director of the BlackNorth Initiative and a founding member of the justice for Abdirahman Coalition. She is also a human rights advocate with extensive experience in government relations, policy development, and equity and diversity sectors. Over the years, Ahmed-Omer has advocated against human rights violations, police brutality, and inequality in the education and public health systems.
In 2019, Ms. Ahmed-Omer was named one of the 100 most influential people of African descent under age 40, an international award in support of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent. She has also been the recipient of numerous other notable awards such as the Canada 150 Community Builder Award, The Hope Academy community contribution award, the Ottawa Black History Community Leadership Award.

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