Innovation in Black Communities
Professor Marieme Lo, PhD
Associate Director, Education, School of Cities
Associate Professor, Women & Gender Studies
Director & Associate Professor, African Studies
University of Toronto
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.
Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best, PhD
Lecturer at York University, Department of Anthropology
Project Manager, Pathways to Care
Public Health Researcher
Dr. Beverly Jean-Daniel, PhD
Consultant, Founder of The Bridge
& Professor, Ryerson University
Senior PhD student, Educator
& Co-Founder of Generation Chosen
Former Member of Parliament
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?
Dr. Cheryl Thompson, PhD
Author and Assistant Professor
School of Creative Industries, Ryerson University
Artistic Director of KasheDance, Cultural Advocate & Arts Strategist
Filmmaker, Playwright, Author
& Social Justice Advocate
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.
Financial Strategist, Money Basics
President, Canadian Association
of Urban Financial Professionals
Director of Community Engagement, Intuit Consulting
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?
Founder & CEO, TALENT X
Toronto Community Benefits Network
Chief Executive Officer
Skills for Change
Chief People Officer
People & Equity Division, City of Toronto
Executive Director, Youth LEAPS
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?