Advancing the Fight Against
Anti-Black Racism:
Awareness, Analysis, Action

About The Conference

Advancing the Fight Against Anti-Black Racism: Awareness, Analysis, Action will be a two-day results-focused conference virtually-delivered on October 21 and 22, 2020. Hosted by the Network for the Advancement of Black Communities (NABC), in collaboration with the Anti-Racism Directorate, the Cities of Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton and Brampton and various allies, the conference will engage various stakeholders to formulate policy and program solutions to address the impact of anti-Black racism.

Oct 21, 12pm

Welcome & Blessings: 
Elder Perry McLeod-Shabogesic, Nipissing First Nation

Welcome & Blessings:
Elder sipho kwaku

Opening Remarks:
Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism

The Anti-Racism Directorate and the Ontario Government’s Anti-Racism Initiatives
 – Presentation & Discussion

The Anti-Racism Directorate will present an overview of the province’s anti-racism initiatives that work to build a more inclusive society, identify, address and prevent systemic racism in government policy, programs, and services, including a focus on anti-Black racism.


Nosa Ero-Brown, Assistant Deputy Minister, Anti-Racism Directorate
Allyson Collymore Director, Anti-Racism Directorate


Oct 21, 2pm – 4pm

The Municipal Role in Confronting Anti-Black Racism

This panel will explore the role of municipalities in the fight against anti-Black racism. What can we learn from the City of Toronto’s journey in developing and implementing the five-year plan to confront anti-Black racism? Where in the journey are Ottawa, Brampton and Hamilton? How does this work intersect with other important dimensions of diversity? What are the opportunities for moving forward the municipal agenda of confronting anti-Black racism in Canada?


City of Toronto
Aina-Nia Ayo’dele
Director, Community Resources & Confronting Anti-Black Racism Plan

City of Hamilton
John Ariyo
Manager, Community Initiatives, City Manager’s Office

City of Brampton
Gwyneth Chapman
Senior Advisor, Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit

City of Ottawa
Jephtee Elysee
Manager, Gender and Race Equity, Indigenous Relations, Diversity and Inclusion Branch

3:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Networking, Reflections & Wrap up of Day

Oct 22, 12pm


Opening Remarks:
Deborah Richardson, Deputy Solicitor General and
Deputy Minister Responsible for the Anti-Racism Directorate

Race-Based Data Collection 

The Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD), Policy and Planning team will outline the journey of race-based data collection mandated under the Anti-Racism Act, 2017 and share how the ARD has been supporting public sector organizations across regulated sectors (justice, education and child welfare).


Jennifer Louis, Manager, Anti-Racism Directorate
André Lyn, Senior Advisor, Anti-Racism Directorate


Oct 22, 2pm – 4pm

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Advancing the Fight Against Anti-Black Racism

We cannot successfully fight anti-Black racism without collectively building solidarity and creating a common front against all forms of racism and hate. This panel will explore how sector allies and movements can advance the fight against anti-Black racism and all forms of racism and hate. What progress have we so far made in working together as allies? In pandemic times, what can we do more or do differently in building a common front? What cross-sectoral policy, practice and program opportunities are there to advance the fight against anti-Black racism in Canada?


Debbie Douglas, Executive Director
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants


Avvy Yao-Yao Go, Barrister & Solicitor
Clinic Director, Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic, Colour of Poverty

Nation Cheong, Vice-President
Community Opportunities & Mobilization, United Way Greater Toronto

Neethan Shan
Executive Director, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Sané Dube
Policy & Government Relations Lead, Alliance for Healthier Communities

3:30 – 4:00 pm: Networking
Reflections & Conference Wrap up


Elder Perry McLeod-Shabogesic
Nipissing, First Nation

Perry McLeod-Shabogesic of the “Crane Clan” is an Ojibway Anishinabe from N’biising (Nipissing) First Nation (NFN). He is the Manager of Cultural Services for the “Niinjaansinaanik Child & Family Services in Dokis First Nation. He is an Elder/Helper/Resource Person for our Member First Nations of Wasauksing, Shawanaga, Magnetawan, Henvey, Dokis, Nipissing and Wahnapitae First Nations. In this role he has been assisting Children & families and First Nation staff in the area of traditional medicine, teachings, ceremonies and workshops. Perry is also compiling a resource list of Traditional Helpers from all our member communities. This will assist in developing local and shared cultural growth in our catchment area.

Perry’s spirit name is “Anzoked”, which means “Story Teller” in Anishinabemowin.  He is a “Helper/Oshkabewis” of the Anishinabek Nation Eagle Staff & Bundle.  He is also a recognized Traditional Helper/Oshkabewis/Pipe Carrier assisting and facilitating ceremonies and traditional activities such as sharing circles, pipe ceremonies, sweats, medicine wheel teachings, western door/funeral ceremonies/teachings, medicine walks/workshops, traditional art, harvesting game & wild medicines and one on one or group counseling for individuals and families upon request.

Elder Sipho Kwaku
Director, Youth Strategy Woodgreen Community Services

Sipho Kwaku joined WoodGreen Community Services in 2002 as Director of Homelessness & Housing Help and Mental Health & Developmental Services and in 2008 he was appointed Director of Employment Services. in 2019 he assumed the Youth Services Portfolio.

 He has a great passion for community building and has volunteered with numerous local organizations and is also active in international development projects; key among them is his volunteer work with CUSO in Tanzania, East Africa, Ghana, West Africa, and with Yensomu Youth and Community Development.

He was educated and trained in the United States & Canada in Community Economic Development and holds a M.Sc. in Community Economic Development, and a B.Sc. in science.


Sylvia Jones
Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism

Sylvia Jones has served as Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon since 2007, and is Ontario’s Solicitor General and Minister Responsible for Anti-Racism. Previously, Sylvia served as the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport, as well as Deputy Leader of the Official Opposition. 

Her many critic responsibilities have included: Critic for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, Critic for the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Critic for Women’s Issues, Critic for the Attorney General, Critic for the Ministry of Government Services, Critic for the Ministry of Transportation, and Critic for the Ministry of Infrastructure.

Sylvia has lived in Orangeville for over 30 years with her husband David. They are proud parents of two children.

Nosa Ero-Brown
Assistant Deputy Minister, Anti-Racism Directorate

At Ontario’s anti-racism director it where she is working with partners across the Ontario public service to lead the government’s anti-racism initiatives to identify, address and prevent systematic racism in government policy, programs and services. Nosa has over a decade experience in change in and transformation across government.

As assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of transportation she had the mandate to maintain Ontario‘s record as one of the safest places to drive in the world. She also helped to drive an ambitious digital transformation agenda and oversee value creation and non-tax revenue totalling more than 1.9 billion annually.

At the Ministry of the Solicitor General, Nosa also helped to develop the capacity to reform Ontario’s Correctional Services, including managing several projects and initiatives to modernize support and services for over 10,000 inmates and 6,000 employees.

Previously, Nosa was the Director of Open Government within the Treasury Board Secretariat and was integral in helping the government promote an open culture, provide access to high-volume data and information to support innovation and strengthen public policy, and to use new public engagement methods to involve Ontarians in decisions on issues that impact their lives.

Nosa possesses a master’s degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto and a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Victoria, British Columbia.

Deborah Richardson
Deputy Solicitor General,
Deputy Minister Responsible for the Anti-Racism Directorate

Deborah Richardson obtained her undergraduate degree in Sociology and Law from Carleton University and completed her Bachelor of Laws at the University of Ottawa, and was called to the bar in 1996. In 1999, she was appointed Executive Director of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. In 2004, Ms. Richardson became the Regional Director General for Ontario at Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada. Ms. Richardson was recognized as a Top Leader under 40 in 2008 and was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ontario Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs, and would later serve as an Assistant Deputy Minister in the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines. In November 2014, she became Deputy Minister of the Ontario Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. She has led province-wide, comprehensive reconciliation efforts with Indigenous peoples, including a provincial response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action; initiatives geared towards ending violence against Indigenous women and girls; resolving land claims; implementing OPS-wide Indigenous Cultural Competency Training; and many economic development initiatives. In July 2019, she was appointed Deputy Solicitor General, Correctional Services, responsible for the operations and progressive strategic direction of one of Ontario’s largest ministries. 

Deborah Richardson is a proud Mi’gmaq woman with strong ties to her home community of Pabineau First Nation in New Brunswick.  Together, Deborah and her husband, Bob, have five children: Jasmine, Fiona. Katherine Faith, Griffin and Miigwans.

Nation Cheong
United Way of Greater Toronto’s VP of
Community Opportunities and Mobilization

For over 20 years, Nation has dedicated his professional and personal time to community development strategies. He started on the frontlines supporting individuals experiencing chronic mental health, addictions and inadequate housing. His work later focused on positive youth development for young people across the GTA including the influential Youth Challenge Fund and United Way’s Youth Success Strategy. Known for his integrity and ability to bridge diverse perspectives, he is a respected organizational leader, strategic partner, community animator, artist and teacher. 

As United Way’s VP of Community Opportunities and Mobilization, his role weaves relationships across public and private sector partners and community service agencies to plan and build better communities collectively. Nation oversees United Way’s Research, Public Policy and Public Affairs strategies, the Indigenous Collaboration Framework, Regional Engagement, and the advancement of Community Benefits practices across the GTA.

Allyson Collymore
Director Anti-Racism Directorate, Ontario Government

Allyson has almost 30 years experience working in social justice and human service organizations in the public and not-for-profit sectors, including those that serve seniors, women, children and youth, racialized and immigrant populations.  Applying a feminist, anti-racist and anti-oppression lens to her work, Allyson leads strategy, change and transformation initiatives in the areas of policy development, program design and service delivery.  

Allyson is committed to community service and has volunteered in a variety of capacities. These include Board Member at The Stop Community Food Centre, Engagement Manager at Endeavour Volunteer Consulting and Panel Chair at United Way of Greater Toronto. 

Allyson holds a Bachelor of Art in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Social Work, and a Master of Social Work from York University.

Aina-Nia Ayo’dele
Community Resources &
Confronting Anti-Black Racism
Plan City of Toronto

Aina-Nia Ayo’dele is currently the Director of Community Resources at the City of Toronto. She was the lead consultant and integral to the creation of the Toronto Action Plan to Confront Anti-Black Racism. In 2018 she established North America’s first government sanctioned strategy and permanent office to address anti-Black racism.

Before joining the municipal government, Aina-Nia was a leadership development trainer and life coach, and consultant for issues within racialized communities, particularly issues of gender and racial equity and African indigenous practices. Over a decade ago she founded Sacred Women International and the life transforming Sacred Leadership Training™ process. As a public speaker, she has presented to academic, corporate, Faith and civil society audiences across Canada, USA, the Caribbean and Ghana. 

Aina-Nia was recently recognized as one of Jamaica’s 58 Best at Home and Abroad by the Jamaica Gleaner Jamaica 58th Independence.  In 2018 Aina-Nia was named one of the 100 Most Accomplished Black Canadian Women in Canada and in 2016 one of the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada.  She has been recognized by the Ontario provincial government for her contributions to community in 2015 and in 2008 was nominated as one of Toronto’s Most Inspiring Women

Aina-Nia is featured in the Remembering Her Power documentary film, which was premiered at the 2018 Parliament of World Religions in Toronto, Canada and was the featured documentary on Global Africa Television Network. Aina-Nia is the featured in the YouTube web series, Souls of Women.


John Ariyo
Manager, Community Initiatives, City Manager’s Office City of Hamilton

John Ariyo is the Manager of Community Initiatives for the City of Hamilton. Based at the City Manager’s Office, his leadership is focussed on improving community outcomes by building a culture of public participation and working with diverse stakeholders to make Hamilton a more engaged, welcoming, equitable and inclusive community.

John is a community strategist, volunteer, keynote speaker and capacity builder. He is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Hamilton Immigrants Working Centre, the city’s leading full-fledged settlement service organization. He is also a Director and the Treasurer of the Hamilton Community Legal Clinic. 

John is a social scientist by training with Master’s degree in International Development Studies. He is credentialed as a Project Management Professional.

Debbie Douglas
Executive Director, Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants

Debbie Douglas is the Executive Director of OCASI -the Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants. Through her work in the NGO sector and particularly at OCASI, Ms. Douglas has highlighted issues of equity and inclusion including race, gender and sexual orientation within the immigration system and promoted the creation of safe, welcoming spaces within the settlement and integration sector.

Ms.Douglas is a member of the Immigration and Refugee Advisory Committee of Legal Aid Ontario and the federal government’s National Settlement & Integration Council, co-chairs the City of Toronto’s Newcomer Leadership Table and was appointed as a member of the province’s roundtable on Violence Against Women, and co-chaired the provincial Anti-Black Racism subcommittee. She also sits on the Toronto Community Housing Corporation board of directors, and was appointed as a member of the provincial government’s Income Security Reform Working Group, which in October of 2017 published Income Security: A Roadmap for Change.

Jennifer Louis
Manager, Policy and Planning, Anti-Racism Directorate Ontario Government

Jennifer Louis is the Manager of Policy and Planning at the Anti-Racism Directorate. She oversees work related to Ontario’s anti-racism legislative framework, data standards and key initiatives in the justice, child welfare and education sectors. Previously Jennifer led the teacher misconduct and discipline portfolio at the Ministry of Education, where she oversaw changes in law to strengthen protections for children in the public school system. Prior to her work in education, Jennifer led transformation in Ontario’s regulated professions to eliminate barriers faced by internationally educated professionals. She was instrumental in shaping federal, provincial and territorial priorities including labour mobility and immigration reform at the Office of Fairness Commissioner. Jennifer holds a Master of Business Administration from York University and a B.A in political science from the University of Western Ontario.

Nicole Bonnie
CEO, Ontario Children’s Aid Societies

Nicole Bonnie has dedicated her professional life to creating sustainable change at the systemic level in child welfare. In 2019, she was named the first Black CEO in the history of Ontario Children’s Aid Societies and in the province’s child welfare sector. She has championed prevention strategies through community development and addressing service disparities to marginalized identities. Currently, in her role as the CEO at OACAS, Nicole oversees provincial child welfare initiatives and remains committed to equity integration at all levels of provincial work, including CAS learning, policies, governance, service excellence, and research and data. Nicole continues to be a strong advocate and champion of marginalized children, youth, and families, and works to centre their voice and needs in government relations and legislative initiatives. She has made an extraordinary difference in the lives of children, youth, and families in the Ontario child welfare system.

Gwyneth Chapman
Senior Advisor, Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural and Economic Empowerment and Anti-Black Racism Unit City of Brampton

As a Senior Advisor, Ms Chapman holds responsibility for the development and execution of the City of Brampton’s Black African and Caribbean Social, Cultural, Economic Empowerment, and Anti-Racism unit. Guided by local community stakeholders, Chapman’s work will be centred on uplifting the social, cultural, and economic position of Brampton’s Black community. Ms. Chapman’s work background includes over 30 years in television, radio and print. Some of her credits include: story producer, on-air reporter for CTV’s “Canadian Living,” the executive producer, City TV’s “All About You”, Executive producer and host “Positive Images”, Vision TV, Host and Producer, Inspiring Youth TV, Rogers TV.

In 2006, Ms Chapman produced the `Inspiring Youth Awards`- Passing on the Torch, honouring African-Canadian icons and achievers. This event brings together living Canadian legends and young achievers which allows these iconic figures to provide mentorship to these youth. The Toronto Star called it the “Most inspiring event of the year.” In 2009 she launched the Canadian Black Caucus, a non-partisan organization that works towards effectively ensuring an African-Canadian presence within the Canadian political system.

With a desire to bring issues affecting the black community to the forefront, she single-handedly produced the first-ever debate forum for all mayoral candidates. After the 2010 Canadian Black Caucus Mayoral Debate, the Toronto Star reported, “for the first time issues affecting the black community are now part of Toronto’s mayoral platform.”

She was instrumental in introducing Mayor John Tory to Toronto’s black community and worked alongside him initiatives to help the community since 2003. Ms. Chapman served as Special Advisor, Youth Engagement and Development for Mayor Tory during his first term as mayor of Toronto. Ms Chapman received Queen Elizabeth II, Diamond Jubilee Medal, for her 33 years of community service to Canada in 2013. She is the recipient of several awards which include the City of Markham Outstanding Community Service Award, BBPA Women of Honour Awards. She was recognised by the USA’s National Society of Black Engineers and St. Lucia for her work in helping to bring scholarships to marginalised St. Lucian youth to earn degrees in STEM at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago resulting in 80 graduates.

Jephtee Elysee
Manager, Gender and Race Equity, Indigenous Relations, Diversity and Inclusion Branch City of Ottawa

Since joining the City of Ottawa, Jephtée Elysée has led several key initiatives that aim at making the city a better place for all residents. Initiatives such as the development of the City first Immigration Strategy, the rollout of the Equity & Inclusion Lens Training in the corporation, and the City’s first Rural Economic Development Strategy. 

She is the Manager of the Gender and Race Equity, Indigenous Relations, Diversity and Inclusion Branch. Leading a team that is developing, planning, and implementing integrated corporate-wide strategies for Women and Gender Equity, Anti-Racism, Diversity and Inclusion, and advancing commitments for Indigenous reconciliation.

Andre Lyn
Senior Advisor, Anti-Racism Directorate

André Lyn currently works for the Anti-Racism Directorate (ARD) as a Senior Policy Advisor to support the implementation of the implementation of the Anti-Racism Act, 2017 and related regulations and data standards, specifically race-based data collection and analysis by public sector organizations in the education, child welfare and justice sectors. Prior to joining the ARD, André worked at the former Ministry of Children and Youth Services (now Ministry of Children Community and Social Services) as the Project Lead for the establishment of a Backbone Entity to support the overall coordination and alignment of initiatives under the Black Youth Action Plan.  

Andre has a passion for driving equitable and inclusive policy-decisions to address economic, social and physical barriers faced by low-income and equity seeking groups. He has extensive academic research and community activism experience on issues related to migrant farm workers, immigration and settlement, homelessness, precarious employment and inequality.

Sane Dube
Policy & Government Relations Lead, Alliance for Healthier Communities

Sané Dube is a policy analyst and knowledge broker. Sané is committed to reducing disparities in health access experienced by marginalized communities. Her professional background is varied; she has worked in community development, health promotion, strategic communications and strategic policy development. She holds a Master of Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. Sané’s people are the Ndebele of what is now called Zimbabwe. She currently lives in Toronto.

Leo Nupolu Johnson
Executive Director Empowerment Squared

Leo spent eight years in refugee camps in Ivory Coast and Ghana, having fled from civil war in his native Liberia. In 2006, he resettled in Canada as a government-assisted refugee. In 2007, Leo founded Empowerment Squared, a charitable organization committed to building a world where everyone is empowered with the tools and opportunities to thrive and contribute to society through mentorship and access to education. Under Leo’s leadership, the organization has assisted over 10,000 newcomer youth and families with settling in Canada. The organization recently completed the groundbreaking ceremony for Liberian Learning Center that will house the only public library in the West African Nation of Liberia.

Leo’s work has been recognized for its impact all over the world. He has received the J.C. Holland Award for Youth Leadership and Excellence and the YMCA Peace Medal, been named one of the Hamilton Spectator’s Top Forty Under 40 and one of the top 75 immigrants in Canada, he also served as guest lecturer in the University of Toronto’s Global Health course. He was recently awarded the World Citizenship Award by the City of Hamilton, Gandhi Peace Award, McMaster University Global Community Impact Award and the Afroglobal TV 2018 Visionary Award. In 2019, Leo was one of 14 people selected globally as a Fellow for the International Decade for People of African Descent by the United Nations.


Clinic Director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic

Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of the Chinese and Southeast Asian Legal Clinic.  She received her B.A. in economics and management studies from the University of Waterloo, LL.B. from the University of Toronto, and LL.M. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the legal needs of low income individuals and families, the majority of whom are non-English speaking immigrants and refugees.  Immigration, human rights, and employment law are some of the main areas of law that she practices in. In April, 2019, Avvy was appointed as the first Independent Complaints Review Officer for the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council. Between 2001 and 2019, Avvy served for about 14 years as a bencher of the Law Society of Ontario.  She also served on the LSO’s Access to Justice Committee, the Equity and Aboriginal Issues Committee and the Human Rights Monitoring Group.  Between 2009 and 2011, Avvy served on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Justice Education Network.  Avvy served on the Advisory Council of the Canadian Human Rights Museum between 2011 and 2013.  Since 2011, she has been serving as a member of the Community Council of the Law Commission of Ontario.

Avvy has given numerous lectures and educational seminars in various areas of law.  She has also published articles in various publications including law journals, law books, community as well as mainstream newspapers dealing with a variety of subject matters, most notably legal and policy issues affecting immigrants and racialized communities.

Apart from her legal practice, Avvy spends much time doing community organizing and advocacy work.  She had been involved in a number of community organizations including as the President of the Chinese Canadian National Council (Toronto Chapter) and board member of the Urban Alliance on Race Relations.  In 2007, she co-founded the Colour of Poverty Campaign, a campaign to address the increasing racialization of poverty in Ontario.

Avvy has received numerous awards including the OCASI Life Time Achievement Award and the Order of Ontario.

Neethan Shan
Executive Director, Urban Alliance on Race Relations

Neethan Shan is the Executive Director of Urban Alliance on Race Relations (UARR). He is a former Toronto City Councillor and Toronto District School Board Trustee for Scarborough—Rouge River. From 2006-2010, he also served as a York Region District School Board Trustee.

Neethan Shan began his career as a Youth Outreach Worker in Malvern. Neethan went on to become a manager for youth programs in Malvern, where he developed and implemented over twenty programs in many different schools. He has served as a Math and Science teacher, a college professor, and is the former Executive Director of CanTYD and of the Council of Agencies Serving South Asians.

During his ten years as Executive Director of CASSA, Neethan advanced the health equity agenda for South Asian communities, undertook a campaign to make municipalities outside the GTA become more inclusive, spearheaded the campaign to establish anti-racism directorate at the provincial level, and brought over 100 organizations from across Ontario under a solidarity umbrella to advance social and economic justice for all South Asians and all other equity deserving communities.

Neethan’s extensive involvement in the social services sector also includes work with Parent Action on Drugs, Malvern Community Coalition, Community Use of Schools Council, and Scarborough Youth Task Force, just to name a few organizations.

Currently, Neethan is advocating for racial justice at all levels of government. He pushes for policy change at the systemic levels in education, employment, health and justice. He has led campaigns within diverse communities that fought back against severe cuts to education, healthcare and legal aid. He is currently leading an awareness and advocacy campaign to have all post COVID recovery and rebuilding initiatives to be centred on racial equity.

Neethan Shan has a distinguished human rights advocacy record, receiving many awards including the Race Relations Award from the Urban Alliance for Race Relations and the Vital People Award from the Toronto Community Foundation. As a Toronto City Councillor, Neethan was Toronto’s Youth Equity Champion and Newcomer Advocate

Leslie Toure Kapo

Leslie Touré Kapo est docteur en Études urbaines. Sa thèse intitulée « les aventures ordinaires des jeunes Montréalais.e.s racialisé.e.s. » (Kapo 2020) porte sur la jeunesse, la racialisation et les pratiques transgressives à Montréal. Ses travaux traitent actuellement des questions de genre, des sexualités et des masculinités racialisées dans le rapport à la ville et à l’espace urbain.


Dr. Vibe
Media Personality

Dr. Vibe™ is the host and producer of his own award winning online show The Dr. Vibe Show™. He has done over 2000 interviews with people from all over the world. Dr. Vibe™ is also a twotime award winner given out by the Canadian Ethnic Media Association. The Dr. Vibe Show was the winner of the “Best International Blog” category and a finalist in the “Best Podcast” category at the 2012 Black Weblog Awards. The Dr. Vibe Show was a finalist in two categories (Best International Blog and Best Podcast Series) at the 2011 Black Weblog Awards. Dr Vibe has done presentations on how to podcast for the Canadian Association of Black Journalists, Podcamp Toronto and has also been featured in the Canada’s national newspaper The Globe & Mail. Dr. Vibe was also a reporter for the Rogers Toronto TV show and Caribbean Headline News. 

Tracy Paulotte
Bilingual Facilitator

Tracy Paulotte is an undergraduate in Communication & Sociology, with a certificate in Human Ressources. Besides working for organizations that promote diversity, inclusion, entrepreneurship and creativity, she is a natural conversationalist and uses her talent to promote, facilitate and engage in community-building dialogues. She aspires to actively provide avenues to promote cross cultural learning and drive social change for the Black community through productive conversations, media, programs and experiences.

Jean-Marie Vianney
Coordination, Manager Comm.
Executive Director M9 Media / Africa Plus Group

Journaliste membre du Conseil national de la presse et des médias ethniques du Canada. 

Plus de 20 ans en communications et relations publiques Producteur, recherchiste, animateur radio et télé, journaliste, photographe, gestionnaire des réseaux sociaux et créateur de contenu numérique.

  • Réalisé plus de 2000 heures entrevues en tant qu’animateur à la radio de l’Université d’Ottawa et la TV-Rogers 
  • Couverture d’évènements journalistes (sommets, forums, colloques, festivals) 

Acteur, porte-parole et organisateur communautaire et culturel avec plus de 20 ans d’expérience en mobilisation et participation citoyenne.

Coordonnateur de projet ayant plus de 6 années d’expérience en planification, organisation d’événements communautaires. 

Maîtrise l’art de faire des présentations et de promouvoir les intérêts des groupes communautaires et marginalisés.


Patrick Brown
Mayor of Brampton

The Network for the Advancement of Black Communities (NABC) will deliver the conference in collaboration with the Ontario Government’s Anti-Racism Directorate, the City of Toronto, the City of Brampton, the City of Hamilton and various stakeholders and allies actively confronting Anti-Black racism and anti-racism.

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