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Black Prosperity: Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

Thursday, February 18, 2021

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The Empire Club of Canada Presents:
Black Prosperity: Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

Over the past year, anti-Black racism protests have elevated systemic issues that remain pervasive in society, serving as a catalyst for important discussions around racism and discrimination in Canada. These discussions have revealed a harsh reality: Black Canadians continue to be significantly underrepresented in leadership positions. This disparity is particularly pronounced in professional fields such as law, public affairs, politics and finance. In order to create lasting change to our society and institutions, a concerted effort is needed to identify and address barriers Black Canadians face in attaining leadership positions in the public and private sectors.

Despite countless obstacles and barriers, there are stories of success to celebrate and learn from. The Empire Club is pleased to host a panel discussion that will share the experiences of those who have secured leadership positions in their fields, lessons they have learned along the way and what today’s leaders can do to inspire and empower the next generation of diverse voices.

Asha Tomlinson, Award-Winning Investigative Journalist, CBC News: Marketplace and CBC News contributor; Co-creator, Co-producer, and host, Being Black in Canada program and Face Racism series

Zanana Akande, Interim Chair, Black Legal Action Centre

Al Ramsay, Associate Vice President, Sales and Strategy and Head LGBTQ2+ & Black Customer Segments, TD Bank

Charlene Theodore, President, Ontario Bar Association; Workplace Lawyer

Ray Williams, Managing Director & Vice Chairman, Financial Markets at National Bank Financial

*The content presented is free of charge but please note that the Empire Club of Canada retains copyright. Neither the speeches themselves nor any part of their content may be used for any purpose other than personal interest or research without the explicit permission of the Empire Club of Canada.*

*Views and Opinions Expressed Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed by the speakers or panelists are those of the speakers or panelists and do not necessarily reflect or represent the official views and opinions, policy or position held by The Empire Club of Canada.*