2019 Toronto Black Policy Conference

TBPC 2019 Theme

The theme for TBPC 2019 was Black Inclusion and Innovation. Applying an anti-Black racism lens, this conference explored what innovation means for Toronto’s Black communities now and in the future. Conversations were guided by the following questions: Is the increasing use of technology, the city’s popularity and rising income inequalities a step-forward or a step back for Black-identifying Torontonians? Does this innovation transition present us with an opportunity or an obstacle?

TBPC 2019 Theme

The theme for TBPC 2019 was Black Inclusion and Innovation. Applying an anti-Black racism lens, this conference explored what innovation means for Toronto’s Black communities now and in the future. Conversations were guided by the following questions: Is the increasing use of technology, the city’s popularity and rising income inequalities a step-forward or a step back for Black-identifying Torontonians? Does this innovation transition present us with an opportunity or an obstacle?

Speakers

TIMESESSION BREAKDOWNSPEAKER
9:30am – 9:45am Opening Remarks
9:45am – 10:00am Opening Act
10:00am – 11:00am Opening Keynote (In Conversation)
11:00am – 12:00pm Morning Breakout
12:00pm – 12:55pm LUNCH Speed Networking (Optional)
1:00pm – 2:00pm Afternoon Breakout
2:05pm – 2:35pm Closing Keynote

OPENING KEYNOTE

OPENING KEYNOTE

Innovation in Black Communities

Marieme Lo

Professor Marieme Lo, PhD

Associate Director, Education, School of Cities Associate Professor, Women & Gender Studies Director & Associate Professor, African Studies University of Toronto

Moderator

Moderator

Isaac Olowolafe

Isaac Olowolafe Jr.

Real Estate Entrepreneur Angel Investor & Philanthropist Dream Maker Inc.

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

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.

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Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best, PhD

Lecturer at York University, Department of Anthropology Project Manager, Pathways to Care Public Health Researcher

Moderator

Moderator

Joseph Smith

Joseph Smith

Senior PhD student, Educator & Co-Founder of Generation Chosen ​

Panelist

Panelist

Dr. Beverly J-D

Dr. Beverly Jean-Daniel, PhD

Consultant, Founder of The Bridge & Professor, Ryerson University

Panelist

Panelist

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Celina Caesar-Chavannes

Former Member of Parliament Whitby

Panelist

Panelist

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?

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Dr. Cheryl Thompson, PhD

Author and Assistant Professor School of Creative Industries, Ryerson University

Moderator

Moderator

Cheryl Nembhard

Cheryl Nembhard

Filmmaker, Playwright, Author & Social Justice Advocate

Panelist

Panelist

Kevin Ormsby

Kevin Ormbsy

Artistic Director of KasheDance, Cultural Advocate & Arts Strategist

Panelist

Panelist

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Charles C. Smith

Lecturer, University of Toronto Scarborough

Panelist

Panelist

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.

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Nechelle Bartley

Financial Strategist, Money Basics

Moderator

Moderator

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Jillisa Brown

Director of Community Engagement, Intuit Consulting

Panelist

Panelist

Meryl Afrika

Meryl Afrika

President, Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals ​

Panelist

Panelist

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Ryan Knight

Founder, Detailing Knights & ACBN Canada

Panelist

Panelist

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?

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Lekan Olawoye

Founder & CEO, TALENT X

Moderator

Moderator

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Omo Akintan

Chief People Officer People & Equity Division, City of Toronto

Panelist

Panelist

Rosemarie Powell

Rosemarie Powell

Executive Director, Toronto Community Benefits Network

Panelist

Panelist

Liban Obokor

Liban Abokor

Executive Director, Youth LEAPS

Panelist

Panelist

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?

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Laura Mae Lindo

Member of Provincial Parliament Activist & Educator ​

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

Marcell Wilson

Marcell Wilson

Co-Founder & Co-Executive Director, One By One Movement

Keynote Speaker

Keynote Speaker

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