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“We are working on a very exciting new program for 2017. Stay tuned”

Canada International Black Women Event is a premiere celebration of
Black Women in Canada.

Making it as a Black woman in Canada has never been easy, but they are defying the odds and making it in their respective fields. Come find out how they did it  to learn how you could too.

Adaoma Patterson

Advisor – Peel Poverty Reduction Strategy

Human Services – Strategic Planning, Policy & Partnerships


A Winnipeg born, Peel resident, passionate about people and community building.


A champion for progressive public policy and passionate about community development, Adaoma has held key volunteer roles with the United Way of Peel Region, Jamaican Canadian Association, and Greater Toronto CivicAction Alliance. She is also Vice-President of the Horace Patterson Scholarship Foundation, a charity dedicated to her father's memory....

Agnes Charly Lemassi Moumi

Advisor – Sunlife Financial, Co-founder of Urban Curls Toronto & Institut Keo


Charly Lemassi is an Entrepreneur and Business owner. She moved to Canada from Paris, France a few years ago with her husband and their 3 Kids – Dane, Kady and Phil-Williams. ...

  • With a double competence in Financial Marketing and Business Management, Agnes has worked for various top financial institutions, consulting firms and corporations in Europe and Canada. She launched here in Canada, her Business and Consulting Firm called 'Rolling Brain Agency' where she helps Business owners with their business and financial strategies, and families with financial saving and planning for a bright future.

    As a serial Entrepreneur, Charly's passion is creating and innovating. In her third year in Toronto she had already created several companies: 'Urban Curl Toronto’ - a fast growing salon concept for Natural and Curly Hair that she co-owns with Keina Morgan, one of the Toronto's top curly hair experts. She also founded a Business Club for entrepreneurs and business owners last year in October called the 'Smart Entrepreneur Club', where with her team of experts, every last Monday of the month she hosts a seminar to educate and empower business owners and professionals who want to take their business to the next level.

    Since a very young age she showed a passion for Art and design, her creativity over the years has developed her passion for Fashion Design, Hair and makeup.

    Her quest for perfection and her desire to master Curly hair took her to the United States, especially in North Carolina, to complete training in cosmetology with one the leaders in the industry. Agnes has been in the hair industry for more than 15 years with a proven competence in hair restoration techniques. In her career she has helped countless amount of women around the word with hair loss issues. Before launching her first company in 2005 in Paris, France; Agnes had been a consultant for cosmetic laboratories in the US and Europe and has also contributed to the improvement of many hair products line for textured hair. She also has her own Trade Show launched in Paris in 2009: The “Hair and Makeup International symposium”. In 2014 she also hosted the Canadian version of the show “Beyond Beauty and Color” in Toronto.



Aisha Addo

Founder/Mentor/Facilitator Power To Girls Foundation

Past recognition / Awards received:

• Black Diversity Group- 2014 Role Model

• Young Black and Gifted – Community Service Award – 2015


It’s been a long journey for me to reach this point in my life. I am still on my journey of discovery, yet I am grateful for the moments when I felt like giving up and the moments when I dreaded all was lost. My name is Aisha Addo and I am the founder of Power To Girls Foundation (PTGF), . ...

Ashley Jane Lewis

Interactive Artist and Youth Tech Educator


Ashley Jane Lewis is a 26 year old Interactive Artist and Youth Tech Educator.

As a senior undergrad in the New Media Program at Ryerson University, Lewis designed The Obama Board, a keyboard that swaps the sound of the note with a word from Barack Obama’s inauguration speech. After showcasing the project at the Toronto Mini Maker Faire she was invited to demo the installation at the Detroit Maker Faire for 20,000 people where she won ...

Bridgette Lacquer

Founder of the Bridgette by Bridgette Lacquer polish line


She is a savvy business woman with a seemingly infinite number of skills. Bridgette is a prime example of a mogul in the making.

Instagram: bridgettelacquer

Celeste London

Certified Metabolic Balance Coach

Celia Meikle, CPA CA

Chartered Professional Accountant


Celia is a Chartered Professional Accountant, licensed with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, and has over twenty years’ experience in public accounting, financial controllership and internal audit, servicing both publicly listed and private entities. Celia is currently a Partner in the firm Green, Meikle and Smith Chartered Accountants, and practices in Mississauga and Ancaster. ...

Christine Ross-Cargill


CEO Ross Gourmet Spices & Sauces


President Congress of Black Women (Brampton Chapter)

Daisy K. Badu

Director of Public Relations and Corporate Affairs, Paba Cosmetics Inc.

PANEL:  Making it in Media


 Daisy K. Badu is has been apart of Paba Cosmetics since the company's humble beginnings in 2001. Paba Cosmetics is a cosmetic line that was created for women of colour with locations in both Canada and Ghana. As a graduate of Ryerson's School of Journalism, Badu's main focus is the promotion and image of the company, building relationships with other individuals and companies as well, she is responsible for the day to day operations of the Canadian Paba store.

Denise Andrea Campbell

Director, Social Policy, Analysis & Research with the City of Toronto


Denise Andrea Campbell has been working nationally and internationally on social inclusion issues since the age of 16. Before joining the City of Toronto, she worked internationally on race and gender policies in numerous United Nations forums and more recently, the African Union.. ...

  • She's received numerous awards for these efforts and has been an avid media spokesperson on social inclusion-related issues.


    Denise joined the City of Toronto’s Social Development, Finance and Administration Division in 2004. She's worked in youth development, led the Toronto Strong Neighbourhoods Strategy, and as Director of Community Resources, oversaw the City's neighbourhood revitalization, Tower Renewal, community development, and community funding portfolios.


    In April 2014, she became the Director of Social Policy, Analysis and Research, bringing a community development approach to complex social policy development and implementation. Her current policy agenda includes poverty reduction, human trafficking, affordable transit, undocumented Torontonians, and youth equity.


    She holds a Masters of Voluntary Sector Management from McGill University and completed her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Women's Studies at the University of Ottawa and University of Toronto. She passionately invests in young leaders and serves as a community leader.



    "We have all been raised to think that the limelight is the only light worth seeking. That is not the case... Achievement is often anonymous. Some of the greatest things have been done by people you never heard of, quietly dedicating their lives to improving your own." - Madam Secretary



Dewitt Lee

2016 Scarborough-Rouge River - Liberal MPP Nominee


Dewitt Lee is a seasoned business professional who has helped hire youth and marginalized adults through his marketing company, L.E.A.P. Branding. He also is a two time mayoral candidate (2010 & 2014) whose first campaign began as a humble grass roots effort that gained traction and exceeded the expectations of many. ...

  • This inspiring campaign brought people together for a common goal of moving the city forward and upward.  The dedicated group of supporters decided to continue working on social issues and formed the Toronto Community Advisory Board, of which Dewitt is currently the chairman. Dewitt Lee has shifted his focus on broader issues and solutions by participating in a by-election in Scarborough- Rouge River to be the next Liberal MPP candidate, he is currently 1 of 6 nominees.

Diane L. Johnstone

Actor, Writer, Producer

PANEL:  Making it in Media


Diane L. Johnstone, was born and raised in Fairfield County, Connecticut. More than 20 years ago, she migrated to Toronto, Ontario Canada, after a divorce. She has since remarried and is a dual-citizen. She is the well-pleased mother of a very creative daughter, who earned a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from OCAD University. Diane, herself, has a love for the arts, as an Actor/Writer/Producer. More importantly, Diane credits her success to God. ...

Dione Mason

Fitness and Lifestyle Coach


When I started my career in Health and Fitness, particularly as a Zumba Instructor, I remember being told that no one would be interested in taking my classes and I wouldn't be successful.  I faced many obstacles along my journey to success including cyber bullying, career sabotage attempts and much more.  Today, I am one of the most successful and in demand Instructors in Toronto. ...

  • Some of my accomplishments include:

    •         Produced over 20 Fitness Events

    •         Appeared as a Guest Instructor in over 40 fitness events

    •         Led some of the largest fitness demos in Canada as:

    o   1, 000 ppl at Downsview Park for the Toronto Spring Sprint

    o   2, 000 ppl at Nathan Phillips Square for the Scotiabank Rat Race

    o   3, 500 ppl at the Princess Margaret Journey to Conquer Cancer- Run/Walk

    •         Featured in Sway Magazine, Breakfast Television, Snap Newspaper, Can-Fit-Pro Magazine, and Train Or Be Trained


    "We’re all in this race called LIFE together.  It’s not about who is the quickest or the strongest, but who has the unwavering will to survive, and while doing so, gives his fellow man a hand to make it, not a fist to break them." – Dione Mason



    Twitter: @dionemason

    Facebook Page:




Dr. Nadine Wong

CEO of Alabaster Wellness Clinic


Dr. Nadine Wong is an immigrant of Jamaica who has called Canada home for over 20 years.  She is the C.E.O of Alabaster Wellness Clinic and The Alabaster Gate Children’s Charity, creator of Alabaster Ointment Hair Care Products, and author of “What If Your Hair Could Speak, What Would it Say?" and is currently working on her second book “Revelation of my Hair Chronicle”. ...

  • Dr. Wong has always been intrigued with the wonders of the human body.  After graduation from Centennial College with certificates in Psychology and Interpersonal Group Skills, she decided to pursue her passion for hair care. Attending Marvel Beauty School; she obtained a Hairdressing Diploma and Black Hair Dressing Certification.  However the quest to learn more about the function of the body and how it affects hair growth at a cellular level did not end there. She completed further studies in Cosmetology and advance studies on Ethnic Hair at Dudley University, North Carolina.  Dr. Wong obtained her Doctorate in Cosmetology from the Dillard University and another Doctorate in Trichology from The International Institute of Trichology, Huntsville, Alabama (board certified with the American Drugless Association). Her academic journey came full circle at the California State Christian University where she majored in Psychotherapy. There she has obtained her General Practice Psychotherapist (GPP) and Clinical Psychotherapy accreditations.


    Dr. Wong is a Board Member of the following organizations: The World Organization of Natural Medicine (, The Board of Intergrative Medicine (, The Board  of Natural Medicine (, Education Beyond Borders, The Black Hair Dresser Association (Canadian Chapter) and The National Beauty Culture League Inc., Washington DC.  In addition to her practice, Dr. Wong is a sought after Motivational  Speaker.


    In 2013 she was the recipient of  Harry Jerome Health Science Award, The Parliamentary Award, also the 2003 Achievement Award, 2002 Trichology Student of the Year, and 2001 Pioneer Award. She also functioned as a guest Health advisor contributor on G98.7 FM (CKFG). Her personal aspiration is to unlock the harmony of individual’s mind through education based on complete wellness involving the mind, body and spirit.


    In 2010, Alabaster Gate Children’s Charity was established Dr. Nadine Wong, based on her desire that every child should be able to have an education and develop vital life skills. That each child should have the freedom to focus only on the lessons being taught in school, and not be distracted with concerns of a hot meal or finances to obtain the necessary school items.  The charity also has grown and now includes The International Skype Education Project.


    Dr. Wong is an active member of the following Organizations:

    Charity's link

Dr. Renée N. Rawlins

Department Leader/Guidance Counsellor, Student Services, TDSB

Sessional Lecturer, OISE/UT

Scholarship Fund Director, Black Pearls Community Services, Inc.

Partner, The Miss Education Project


Dr. Renée N. Rawlins, aka Miss Guided, has always prided herself on being relevant in the community and not merely apparent.  Dr. Rawlins attended Schulich School of Business at York University, where she graduated with honours, attaining a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in marketing. ...

Georgette Boma-Bibi


Kids On the Mission to Excel

Philanthropist/Community Mobilizer

Gwyn Chapman

TV Broadcaster, Community Advocate, Motivational Speaker, Founder of Canadian Black Caucus


Gwyneth Matthew-Chapman is a Television Broadcaster, Producer, Motivational Speaker, and a long time Community Advocate and organizer, President of the Canadian Black Caucus and Inspiring You Media Productions. Gwyneth is passionate about life and people. A visionary, a strong advocate for youth, a community leader, respected for her ability to get things done, to get the attention and support of those in power...

Hodan Nalayeh

Founder/Host of Integration TV


Hodan Nalayeh is a social media powerhouse who has built a multimedia empire that showcases the power of digital storytelling by sharing diverse cultural stories. A pioneer in her community, she is first Somali woman media owner as the Founder of Integration TV...

Jeff Martin

Creator of “Brothas from the 6”


Determined to do his part within his community, Jeff Martin began "Brothas from the 6", a social media platform in efforts to change three facets within the GTA; to reshape the stereotype given to young black males within society, to feature successful male role models born or raised in the GTA, giving the younger generation a mirror image of what they can achieve and lastly, to inspire others to get involved in giving back to their community...

Jill Andrew, PhD(c.)

Writer, Educator, Speaker


Jill Andrew, PhD(c.) aka "Ji!!" is an award-winning columnist, public speaker, educator, and media consultant on female body image, equity and leadership. One day she hopes to create a Self Esteem Society for women and girls (and of course our beloved male allies can visit) where they can learn to live, love, lavish themselves intellectually, plot against societies inequities, and one day take over the world unapologetically. She is also shamelessly obsessed with every, and anything feline! ...

Kerry-Lee Crawford

Renowned On Air host at Toronto's G987fm


With a career launch as the founding member of the Multi-Juno Nominated Platinum and Gold selling group, Baby Blue Sound Crew,  Kerry has lived a lifetime in the world of entertainment. Much of the early brand recognition of first class artists such as Sean Paul, Glenn Lewis, Jully Black and Kardinal may be attributed Kerry-Lee’s creative talents as a producer.  His musical exploits have carried him all around the world working with the who’s who of the urban entertainment elite...

Kike Ojo

Principal, Kojo Koncepts Consulting


Kike Ojo is a Thought Leader and Change Agent. As the principal consultant for KOJO KONCEPTS Consulting, Kike helps organizations achieve equitable outcomes for their staff and clients using principles of anti-racism, anti-oppression, human rights, cultural safety, and organizational change. Kike was recently featured in the Toronto Star (April 2016) for her social justice efforts. Her work and volunteer efforts earned her the Lincoln M. Alexander Community Award for extraordinary leadership in the elimination of racial discrimination in Ontario...

Kike-Lola Odusanya

Owner of,  founder of


Kike-Lola Odusanya is multi-passionate entrepreneur best known for her straight-shooting, non sugar coated, results driven approach to business and life.  Her mission is to help as many women as she can realize their dreams through what she calls the "gift of entrepreneurship".  With extensive experience as a serial entrepreneur and a successful career in the network marketing industry she hopes to share her entreprenuerial expertise with women around the world in efforts to help them realize their full potential and experience an improved self-esteem and boost in confidence that comes as a direct result of and seeing their deepest desires come to fruition....

Marie-Ange Noué


After attending the prestigious “Lycée Louis le Grand” in Paris, France, Dr Noué completed her undergraduate studies at “Université Pierre et Marie Curie”, followed by a masters/doctorate degree in Chemistry/Biochemistry at the University of Houston, in Texas...

  • She started her career working as research scientist in petrochemicals; she later found her niche and passion upon joining Merck in 2008, first as country medical information and drug safety officer, and most recently as global medical information Manager supporting the company’s neurology and immunology franchise. She is the proud recipient of their circle of excellence award for exemplary individual contributor as well as STAR awards for leadership and customer service.


    Marie-Ange is recognized as a proven leader in her field and is the current chair of the Canadian pharmacovigilance & medical information network, a forum where over 600 industry peers and regulators meet to share best practices and enable ongoing improvements.


    As a former model, Marie-Ange has a passion for fashion. When she's not busy with her husband and 3 children, you can find her at the local equestrian club or the local airport as she's an avid horseback rider and private pilot.


Nana Yanful

Criminal defence lawyer - YanfulLaw


Nana earned an Honours B.Sc. in Life Sciences and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto in 2006. She received her J.D. from the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law in 2013 and attended New York University, School of Law as a Visiting Student during the Spring 2013 term. Before attending law school, Nana spent three years working as a diversity and equity educator across the GTA...

Natalie De Haney-Stewart

Labour Lawyer, Social Justice Advocate and Public Speaker currently working at the Ontario Public Service Employees Union


She received her undergraduate Honours B.A. at the University of Toronto; law degree at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law; and Certificate in Negotiation through Osgoode’s Professional Development Program. After receiving the University of Windsor’s Social Justice Fellowship, she spent three months in the Democratic Republic of Congo researching sexual violence against women. This experience prompted her to found M.O.R.E. Women International – a organization focused on increasing access to education for women and girls in Africa....

  • Natalie has focused her career exclusively in the area of social justice and public interest advocacy. Her passion for advancing the rights of marginalized and vulnerable individuals started over 15 years ago, first as a volunteer at her local church and eventually as a community harm reduction worker.


    Natalie is also a Director on the Board of the Black Female Lawyers’ Network (BFLN).  Working with a dynamic group of women for the past 7 years, she assists BFLN in fulfilling its mandate and coordinating its annual conference, Sistahs in Law, whose proceeds support a scholarship for a black female law student.


    As of May 2016, Natalie finally satiated her passion for health and fitness and assisting women in reaching their goals by pursuing her coaching certification in Healthy Eating and Weight Loss.


     “…the One who called you is completely dependable. If He said He’ll do it, then He will” - 1 Thessalonians 5:24



Nicola Jane Thomas

Permaculturist - Agriculture


When I started my journey I was most concerned about the lack of access to locally grown organic food for the majority of residents in the Waterloo Region, as well as globally. They say I will never be able to make a difference as a single individual or get the entire Waterloo Region on board...


Nicole Myers

Counsel, Ontario Public Service


Called to the Bar in 2013, Nicole received her JD from The University of Windsor. Prior to law school, Nicole completed a Bachelor of Arts at York University, majoring in both History and Latin American Caribbean Studies. At law school Nicole worked as a legal ethics research assistant and served as the Student Director of the Law Enforcement Accountability Project, leading multiple research teams on policing and Charter issues...

Nikki Clarke

Producer/Host/ Educator


When I started my career as an instructor at Sheridan College in the Faculty of Early Childhood Education in 1999, I had no idea that my divine calling we lead me into another type of " classroom' educating the public by  hosting a talk show and producing other informative online tv shows. I feel blessed to be able to follow my dreams in a  field that is male dominated. I am  able to offer alternate, inspirational shows on a 24 hours, online tv network, the Nikki Clarke Network. I now produce 7 shows...

Yaa-Priscilla Birago

Social entrepreneur, speaker, mentor, workshop facilitator and a philanthropist co-founder of Saba Africa Ltd


In 2011, she co-founded Hands of a Hero Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports less fortunate children in Ghana and Canada by empowering, mentoring, educating and providing resources to improving their standard living conditions. As the President of Hands of a Hero Foundation, her strong passion to make a difference in the lives of children and youth has lead the organization to great success for the past 5 years...

Rachel Nyaamine

Branch Manager, BMO Financial Group


Rachel Nyaamine is Branch Manager for BMO Financial Group. She is accountable for sales leadership, operational oversight and people leadership within the retail banking environment...

Rachel Shako Mwamba



Rachel Shako is originally from Democratic Republic of Congo. She is an Evangelist, Christian counselor and Founder of Claiming Life ministries. Through her evangelic ministry and spiritual counseling, she helped many people in African, Europe, USA and Canada rediscover their true identity as Christian and as a woman in the society....

  • Rachel always enjoyed helping women and families to discover their true identity. In fact, by the time she was 25 years old, she helped many broken families to come back together, many depressed and low self-esteem girls to regain their confidence and continue to follow their dreams. She also reached many street girls and motivated them to go back to school.


    In 2003, after spending some years in Canada, she decided to go to Canada Christian College to pursue her studies in counseling and social w, and in 2008 she was graduated with a bachelor degree in counseling and in the same year she was ordained Evangelist. She has founded The Claiming Life Ministries with the goal to reach out the world with the gospel. She has been a speaker to many conferences around the world speaking to women, youth and families. She has been a mentor to many young women in Canada.


    Today, Rachel encourages young people, especially women and girls to follow their dreams no matter the challenges they may face in life. She is also writing a book which will be entitle “women, maximize your potential”


    “A woman who knows her identity, knows her value”


    Facebook: Claiming life ministries

Sandy Hudson

Co-founder, Black Lives Matter – Toronto


Sandy Hudson is a community organizer who has spearheaded anti-racism and anti-violence initiatives and is the founder of Black Lives Matter-Toronto. She is also a graduate student at the University of Toronto studying Social Justice Education, where her research focuses on how post-secondary education policy leaves Black students behind.

  • This year, Sandy also co-founded the campus-based Black Liberation Collective-Canada, an organization that began with the anti-Black racism resistance movement at the University of Missouri. With chapters on campuses from the University of British Columbia to Carleton University, the organization has already scuredn significant victories from the University of Toronto.  An anti-racist, feminist, education activist, Sandy was also the first Black woman to serve as Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students–Ontario and President of the University of Toronto Students' Union.Sandy strongly believes in free education and as an education activist, she has organized two province-wide demonstrations against fees education and a province-wide Task Force on Campus Racism.


    "Ain't I a woman?" - Sojourner Truth




Simone Walsh

Author, Entrepreneur, Fashion designer and Advocate


Multi-passionate Entrepreneur, Fashion Designer and Community Activist, Simone Walsh is driven by a deep desire to transform the lives of individuals and provide the tools for them to uproot the blocks that are keeping them from living their best lives. Creation is at the core of Simone’s transformative mission, as she believes in affecting others’ lives through multiple touch points. Graduating with a degree in fashion design, the talented creator launched her line Mo’knotic (meaning “having the power to attract”) in 2002 to help women reinvent themselves from the outside in...

Tamar Huggins

Founder and Executive Director of DRIVEN Accelerator Group, Technology Education NPO


When I started DRIVEN Accelerator Group, they said I would never get support from my own community, and my vision to positively impact the socio-economic status of women, people of colour, youth and newcomers would never be achieved. They told me I didn't have enough experience, money or clout to compete as a young black woman in an industry controlled by the dominant society...

Tosin Bello

Real estate agent, a property manager, entrepreneur, speaker and community advocate


Tosin Bello is an entrepreneur, speaker and commercial real estate agent. He sees beyond barriers and pursues solutions with courage and tenacity. He is committed to helping his clients select the best home within their budget or acquire an investment property at an affordable cost, with low risk and high returns. He is on the leading edge of the investment rental market in Kitchener-Waterloo, Toronto and Windsor...