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Honouring Black History Month: Solidarity through action

February 23 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

 

The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council is proud to join people across the nation to celebrate the contributions and perseverance of Black Canadians during Black History Month and all year round.

We acknowledge that racial discrimination and anti-Black systemic racism is prevalent in Canada. It is our hope that the continued fight for equity and social justice remains at the forefront of our dialogue and reflection to inspire real action and change. As, The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade, we stand firm in our commitment to stand in solidarity with our Members and colleagues from the Black community and call upon Greater Vancouver’s business community to join us in listening, learning, and taking action to fight against anti-Black racism.

SESSION 1

In this session, our panel of experts from the local Black community will share firsthand invaluable insights to help us understand the barriers their Black colleagues and businesses face and provide tangible actions we can take to support and advance progress

This discussion will focus on:

  • Inclusive hiring practices and company culture
  • Board Participation
  • Supplier Diversity
  • Current Realities affecting Black businesses in Greater Vancouver

PANELLISTS:

Nerissa AllenRikka BousehTrish MandewoObrian MvunduraMichael Newman

Nerissa Allen, President, Black Business Association of BC
Rikka Bouseh, Vice President, HR & Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Envol
Trish Mandewo, Founder & CEO, Synergy On Boards Consulting Group | Coquitlam City Councillor
Obrian Mvundura, Director, Strategic Supply Chain Management, ICBC
Moderator: Michael Newman, Community Reporter, Global BC


Since July 2020, 300 and counting Senior Leaders from Canada’s most prominent businesses have co-signed to the Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism – BlackNorth Initiative. The Initiative is on a mission to end anti-Black systemic racism throughout all aspects of our lives by utilizing a business-first mindset.


SESSION 2

The BlackNorth Initiative believes that if corporate Canada can boldly take on the challenge to add gender diversity to Canadian boardrooms and executive suites by declaring policies, setting specific targets, and holding itself accountable, it can do the same work to create better representation for Black Canadians.

In this session, representatives from The BlackNorth Initiative will:

  • Introduce their Pledge to the Greater Vancouver business community
  • Share action and accountability
  • Share updates since their launch in July
  • Challenge Greater Vancouver businesses to take up the pledge and action

PANELLISTS:

Dahabo Ahmed OmerNadia Stewart

Dahabo Ahmed Omer, Executive Director, The BlackNorth Initiative
Moderator: Nadia Stewart, Videojournalist, Global BC

Members
This event is free for members

Non-members
Individuals:  $30 + GST

Schedule:
Online Program 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. PT

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Return to this web page and login to your GVBOT account – top right corner – using the same email that was used during registration for this event. This will unlock the video allowing you to watch the event from this page.

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Signature Sponsors:

https://www.rbcroyalbank.com/business/index.html
https://www2.deloitte.com/ca/en.html

Community Sponsors:

https://www.telus.com/en/business/small?linktype=ge-supernav
https://www.ea.com/en-ca

Production Partner:

Media Partners:

https://dailyhive.com/
https://globalnews.ca/bc/

 

This event is presented by the Greater Vancouver Board of Trade’s Diversity and Inclusion Leadership Council (DLC) Program. The DLC, an evolution of the Women’s Leadership Council program, is an inclusive program that champions and advocates for leadership that best reflects the diversity of the Greater Vancouver region. The DLC focuses on addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion to encourage allyship and enhance business innovation. The DLC is committed to investing in the participation and promotion of underrepresented groups, while supporting the business community to achieve their diversity and inclusion goals. Learn more boardoftrade.com/programs.

Details

Date:
February 23
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Venue

Virtual

Organizer

Greater Vancouver Board of Trade
Email:
events@boardoftrade.com
Website:
https://www.boardoftrade.com/login