SPEAKERS

 
OPENING KEYNOTE
Innovation in Black Communities
MODERATOR
Professor Marieme Lo, PhD
Associate Director, Education, School of Cities
Associate Professor, Women & Gender Studies
Director & Associate Professor, African Studies
 University of Toronto
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Isaac Olowolafe Jr.
Real Estate Entrepreneur
Angel Investor & Philanthropist
Dream Maker Inc.
 
Innovations in Mental Health for Black Communities

This panel seeks to engage in dialogue on mental health stigmas in Toronto’s Black communities, explore ways it can impair youth and adult development in the areas of education and employment, and seeks to explore programming and policy levers currently in place to provide a roadmap forward.

MODERATOR
Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best, PhD
Lecturer at York University, Department of Anthropology
Project Manager, Pathways to Care
Public Health Researcher
PANELIST
Dr. Beverly Jean-Daniel, PhD
Consultant, Founder of The Bridge
 & Professor, Ryerson University
PANELIST
Joseph Smith
Senior PhD student, Educator
& Co-Founder of Generation Chosen
PANELIST
Celina Caesar-Chavannes
Former Member of Parliament
Whitby
 
Black Northern Touch: Shaping Arts, Culture and Music

The goal of this panel is to explore the arts — a universal element in Black cultures — and how policy has shaped the arts scene in Toronto and for Toronto’s Black creatives. Has policy encouraged or hindered the growth and success of artists in the city? What else can be done to nurture the city’s creatives? How can creatives navigate the complexities of art policy in the city?

MODERATOR
Dr. Cheryl Thompson, PhD 
Author and Assistant Professor
School of Creative Industries, Ryerson University
PANELIST
Kevin Ormbsy
Artistic Director of KasheDance, Cultural Advocate & Arts Strategist
PANELIST
Cheryl Nembhard
Filmmaker, Playwright, Author
& Social Justice Advocate
PANELIST
Charles C. Smith
Lecturer, University of Toronto Scarborough
 
Enhancing Toronto’s Black Economy

This panel will explore innovative strategies to enhancing the financial success of Toronto's Black communities and Black-owned businesses. Panelists will tackle access to financial literacy in the city's Black communities and how to support Black-owned businesses in scaling up. This panel is timely as November is Financial Literacy Month.

MODERATOR
Nechelle Bartley 
Financial Strategist, Money Basics
PANELIST
Meryl Afrika
President, Canadian Association
of Urban Financial Professionals
PANELIST
Jillisa Brown
Director of Community Engagement, Intuit Consulting
PANELIST
Ryan Knight
Founder, Detailing Knights
& ACBN Canada
 
The Future of Work for Toronto’s Black Communities

This panel seeks to explore the future of work for Toronto’s Black communities and the challenges that may be encountered in this transition by the city’s Black professionals and youth on the verge of entering the workforce. How will technology change the way we work? What kind of work will be needed in the future? And what skills will be necessary to succeed?

MODERATOR
Lekan Olawoye 
Founder & CEO, TALENT X
PANELIST
Rosemarie Powell
Executive Director,
Toronto Community Benefits Network
PANELIST
Surranna Sandy
Chief Executive Officer
Skills for Change
PANELIST
Omo Akintan
Chief People Officer
People & Equity Division, City of Toronto
PANELIST
Liban Abokor
Executive Director, Youth LEAPS
 
CLOSING KEYNOTE
Political Activism: At the Table or on the Streets?

This in conversation keynote aptly closes the conference by exploring the topic of political activism and where it is most effective for Black community members. Is it on the streets with other activists, outside of the bureaucracy? Or inside the institutions, alongside politicians and policy-makers? Or both? Or neither?

KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Laura Mae Lindo
Member of Provincial Parliament
Activist & Educator
KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Marcell Wilson
​Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director
One By One Movement
More to come, check back often for updates!
For any questions regarding the Toronto Black Policy Conference,
please email
torontobpc@gmail.com

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