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Donnovan Simon is the consummate contributor to the community. Since moving to Calgary from Jamaica in 2001, he has been involved in numerous community organizations. He is currently the President of the Jamaican Canadian Association Alberta (JCAA). He has been leading the association since 2015. Donnovan was also President of the JCAA from 2008-2010. He has served on the board of the Caribbean Community Council (the organizers of the annual Carifest parade), the planning committee for Reggaefest as well as served on the executive of the Calgary and District Cricket League.

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Dr. Zinaty is a strong advocate for leadership and inclusion within organizations. She founded and spearheaded an annual Leader-2-Leader conference to foster discussion on topics impacting the workforce. Dr. Zinaty’s research is unique having conducted noteworthy studies with that are quantitative and qualitative with significant datasets and novel findings in the area of women and leadership, diversity and inclusion. She has been recognized by the former Premier of Ontario and the current Federal Minister of Transportation for her volunteerism and contribution to the community.

Alethia is a highly sought-after Speaker, Author, TV Host and Community Advocate who is passionate about Diversity Equity and inclusion initiatives and advancing the needs of her community.  She is the former Chair of the Anti-Black Racism, Racism and Discrimination Task Force for the Town of Shelburne which lead to a Blue Print with 34 recommendations to the Town on how to make the community more inclusive and equitable for all. 

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Betty Mutwiri, B.Ed. MA (Leadership), PCC, PhD Candidate, is a catalyst for learning, growth and change. She is a leadership facilitator, coach and mentor highly skilled at nurturing safe and collaborative spaces that unleash passion, purpose and potential. She is the founder of BIPOC Leadership Academy and the lead for a collaborative book project underway with other black women leaders to be released in Feb 2023. She empowers leaders to lead with insight, influence and impact by leveraging their signature strengths and their cultural, emotional and spiritual intelligence. She is an EDI practitioner experienced at designing and implementing, systems wide EDI strategies, transformational leadership development programs and fostering coaching cultures.


A professional speaker and coach with a focus on developing and facilitating transformational programs. Areas of focus include personal development, redressing anti-black systemic racism, and promoting the advancement of empathy and humanity within organizations and societies. For over 17 years, Moy has been creating social change through community advocacy and entrepreneurship, with a focus on the education and empowerment of men, women and youth of African Descent.

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Jaime has more than two decades of experience delivering innovative solutions in sustainability and inclusion around the world. In senior roles with the United Nations and World Bank, among others, Jaime served as the gender focal point for the Convention on Biological Diversity and the UN Environment Programme forest and climate team. Jaime’s experience ranges from inclusive nature-based climate solutions, and biodiversity conservation, to mobilizing equitable climate finance and engaging Africa’s education sector in the Sustainable Development Goals. Jaime now leads the United Nations Association in Canada, a 76-year-old charity committed to the mission and values of the UN including the universality of human rights.

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Patrick is an IT professional with over 12 years of experience as a Web Developer, Media Consultant, Quality Assurance, Business Analysis, and currently an IIBA-IEEE Certified Cyber Security Professional. As an MSc. Information System Management graduate from the University of Salford and a Certified Cybersecurity Professional from Harvard University, Patrick has been a long-time community advocate and activist for a socially responsible society. In 2006, when Patrick completed his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cape Coast in Ghana, he was invited by the University of Florida to present his research work at the 1st World Agroforestry Congress. He was also invited by Microsoft to present his research findings on Child Media Technology in Indianapolis, USA. He worked with various organizations such as the United Nations Model Association in New York, the Youth Affairs Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco’s Peace and Sports initiative, and HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein of Jordan’s Generations for Peace program. He has been an advocate for initiatives centering on Poverty Reduction, Sports & Peace, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Violence Against Women, and Food Security as a board and committee member. Patrick believes that a better way can be achieved by creating a society based on inclusion, fairness and equity for all, approaching society with empathy and understanding, and caring for Mother Earth with management for sustainability.


A banker by day and an event Emcee by night, Nosa Ayanru a.k.a Nosa Sixx-5ive has over 20 years of public speaking experience. A passion he discovered at the age of 16 watching professional TV hosts and comedians in his home country Nigeria, he has successfully nurtured this skill over the years and has become one of Canada’s most prolific Emcees. Nosa understood from a very early age that the mood at any event depends largely on the person handling the microphone -the Emcee.  His ability to engage any audience (irrespective of demography or social status) gained prominence in his college days at the Yaba College OF Technology Lagos Nigeria. It was at this time his friends, peers and fans named him “Sixx-5ive”. This nickname came about not only because of Nosa’s towering height but also because of his ability to take his audience to the highest level of focus and engagement at college events.