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Most Important Figures in D&I

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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 Cari

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Experienced Editor, Broadcaster, Motivator, and Servant-leader, with lots of expertise in International Affairs, including the BBC and the United Nations. Skilled in Journalism and International Broadcasting, Multi-media productions, Social Media, Strategic Communications, International Public Affairs, Crisis Communications, and Radio, plus Speechwriting. Excellent Media and Communications professional with a Master of Science (M.Sc.) focused in

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WANDA M. COSTEN earned her Ph. D. in sociology from Washington State University. She also has an Executive MBA from Pepperdine University and her undergraduate degree is from the United States Military Academy at West Point. She is currently a Professor and Dean of the School of Business at MacEwan University. Dr. Costen’s research interests include managing diversity, racial and gender inequality in organizations, women and leadership, and str

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Expert. Innovator. Entrepreneur. With over 20 years of experience in corporate governance and shareholder communications, Wes Hall has established himself as the preeminent leader in shareholder advisory services and contested investor situations. Canada’s leading newspaper The Globe & Mail has called him one of the nation’s “most influential powerbrokers” and Canadian Business magazine named him one of the “most powerful business peopl

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Minister Pon was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for Calgary-Beddington. Pon has a wealth of work experience in banking. For more than 20 years she was the Account Manager in Personal/Commercial banking and also the Regional Manager, Business Development responsible for Multicultural Banking and working with over 230 branches and 3,000 staff in the Prairie Region for Scotiabank. She also worked at C

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Irfan Chaudhry is a hate crimes researcher and the Director of the Office of Human Rights, Diversity and Equity at MacEwan University. He was a former race relations specialist for the Racism Free Edmonton Project, and was also instrumental in creating the StopHateAB.ca website, a 3rd party hate incident reporting platform that documents hate incidents in Alberta. For the last eight years, Irfan has taught sociology and criminology at MacEwan.

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Dr. Gyan holds a PhD in Social Work from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Philosophy degree in Social Work from the University of Ghana. Before joining the McGill School of Social Work, he served as an Assistant Professor of social work at the University of Regina and Wilfrid Laurier University. He is a fellow of several Canadian research centers including the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), the Tshepo Institute for the Study of C

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With 17 years of leadership coaching in the public and private sector, Dale’s brain-based training programs exemplify equity consciousness and social justice. Her passion for maximizing potential, heightening communication and dissolving destructive behaviour is reflected in her roles as a speaker, yoga teacher, wife and mother of two.

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Dr Unati Makiwane is a Family Physician with over 14 year experience, Health Coach and Certified Transformation Life Coach focusing on Men's Health and Boy Child’s Mental Health. She is currently pursuing her MBA in Business and Corporate Communications. She immigrated from South Africa in 2010 and worked in the Rural & Urban Saskatchewan. She later relocated to Alberta in 2014. She is the Founder and the Medical Director of United Medical C

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Dr. Akolisa Ufodike is an Assistant Professor at York University. He is also the National Chair of the National Council of the Association of Black Conservatives and Chair of the Communications Committee. He has been involved in political organizing since 2004. Dr. Ufodike was a Candidate in the 2015 United Conservative Party nominations. He has sat on the board of two provincial conservative riding associations and in 2019 successfully ran t

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Debra Kasowski, the charismatic host of the thought-provoking podcast, The Millionaire Woman Show, is committed to enriching the leadership potential of her countless clients, essentially guiding them to go within to capitalize on their true personal power, so they can achieve the measurable success they desire in business, and in life. After graduating with distinction, having earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, this aw

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Ms. Childress is the managing attorney and founder of the Childress Firm PLLC, an employment law firm based in Washington, D.C. Ms. Childress holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government and African American Studies from the University of Virginia and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. Ms. Childress graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with High Distinction from the University of Virginia in 2007. After law school, Ms. Childress s

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Temitope Oriola is joint editor-in-chief of African Security and associate professor at the University of Alberta. Dr. Oriola’s research focuses on policing & use of force by police, terrorism studies, and social movements. A two-time Carnegie fellow and recipient of the Governor General of Canada Academic Gold Medal (first awarded by the Earl of Dufferin in 1873), Professor Oriola is president of the Canadian Association of African Studies (CA

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Minister Aheer was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Chestermere-Rocky View on May 5, 2015. She was re-elected on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for the newly formed riding of Chestermere-Strathmore. Born in Edmonton and raised in Chestermere, where she is raising her family, Aheer is a proud wife and mother of two boys. Prior to entering politics, Aheer was a professional vocal coach and music

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Rhiannon Hoyle is a mother, an entrepreneur, social activist, community leader, mentor, and philanthropist passionately engaging and enhancing the community grassroots movement for over 20yrs in Edmonton, Alberta. She holds a degree from the University of Alberta in Political Science with a specialization in International Political Economy and International Relations, and a certificate in Globalization and Governance.

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David Shepherd is a second-generation Canadian and a life-long resident of Edmonton. His mother arrived from the Netherlands in 1948 and his father from Trinidad in 1967.  MLA Shepherd’s first love was music and he spent many years as a professional musician and studio engineer. He holds diplomas in music performance and studio recording from MacEwan University and a BA in professional communications from Royal Roads University.

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An award winning international speaker, author, corporate trainer and diversity, equality and inclusion executive, nationally recognized thought leader, expert, strategist and advisor to some of the world’s most influential organizations in global professional services, health care, financial services, consumer products and pharmaceutical industries. A seasoned leader in transforming organizations into h

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Monica Barnett is the Founder and Chief Image Curator of Blueprint for Style, a wardrobe styling and personal branding company based in Washington, DC. She is the author of two books (Without Saying A Word: The Silent Power of Style, and The Creatives' Closet), a speaker, a style & branding coach, and the curator of your Visual Resume™️.

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TEDx Speaker, Corporate Trainer, Certified Leadership and Confidence Coach, Business Owner and Founder of Rise Up For You, Nada is passionate about enhancing company culture and people’s development through teaching soft skills, aka human skills.

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Salamane Yameogo is a motivational speaker, a trainer, a mentor, and a consultant. His passion is to inspire, educate, to wheel other people to achieve their utmost potential, to bear intentional fruits, and to realize the highest purpose for their life, their career, or their organization. Born into a farming family in the countryside in Ivory Coast and the eldest of 17 siblings, Salamane combines farming principles, his experiences, and other p

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Meg O’Connell, is the CEO of Global Disability Inclusion. She works with Global 500 companies, foundations and non-profits to provides strategic direction, design and implementation of disability employment and inclusion programs. A few of her notable clients include P&G, Toys R Us, Starbucks, NCR, Arrow Electronics, The Poses Family Foundation, just to name a few.

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Bisi is an expert in mastering and transcending internal fears, an Award-Winning International Speaker, TEDx Speaker and results-focused facilitator.  With a Corporate Finance career of over two decades, she overcame the challenges, demands, and politics of Corporate and answered the calling of her soul. She’s the Founder of Fear2Freedom and the creator of the “Live More Fear Less™ Method.

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Dr. Odame-Ankrah is an air quality scientist, inventor, community leader and educator. He is currently research manager with Global Analyzer Systems and Adjunct Professor at the University of Cape Coast. Dr Odame-Ankrah is also a proven community organizer. He consistently advocates for equity and accessibility especially for minority and marginalized communities. He has strong skills in leadership, teaching, policy and planning which he

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Jill Chesley is the Diversity & Inclusion Lead at the City of Edmonton and guides the implementation of Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) and anti-racism activities, as well as leading employee resource networks. Jill is the Founding Chair of the Edmonton Business Diversity Network, and founded the National Municipal Network of D&I Professionals. Jill has an MA in Intercultural Relations, is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Developm

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Dennis Kennedy has an unwavering passion for people and works to ensure that all individuals receive equal opportunities in the workplace regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, age, physical or mental handicap, physique, gender identity or sexual orientation. In 2004, Mr. Kennedy walked away from his job to start the Texas Diversity Council, www.texasdiversitycouncil.org. He saw a very strong need to create an organization that would ch

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On May 5, 2015, Tany Yao was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta as the representative for the constituency of Fort McMurray-Wood Buffalo, his home since 1977. He was re-elected on April 16, 2019. Mr. Yao previously served as a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities and the Standing Committee on Privileges and Elections, Standing Orders and Printing. Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Yao dedica

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Hi, I'm Aundrea. I'm a maker of men (I have 5 boys), a lover of peanut butter, and a hater of chocolate. I feel most like myself when I'm barefoot and connected to nature. I am an International keynote speaker | Trainer | Podcast Host of The Wake Up Stories, and reputable real estate marketing business owner with years of study in diversity & inclusion as well as a degree in community health & human services. I’ve also been appointed by

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Recognized as a changemaker by The Globe and Mail’s Report on Business, Dr. Golnaz Golnaraghi is an award-winning social entrepreneur, leadership development and equity and inclusion expert, TEDx speaker and author. On a mission to advance corporate representation and leadership of self-identified women of colour at all levels, she is the Founder of Accelerate Her Future™, a leading career accelerator in Canada offering career development pro

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Kahlida is your racial healing and equity consultant and facilitator who will help transform your organization or institution to move beyond the racial justice statement toward diversity, racial equity and inclusion. As an attorney and effective communicator Kahlida seeks to ask the hard questions to get to solutions that will address race and racism so that all can thrive. Kahlida has challenged many through her workshop facilitation and has

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Simone D. Ross is a Colorado native who grew up in Denver’s Park Hill neighborhood. Simone’s upbringing instilled in her a strong sense of the importance of community, family, and building through investing in the success and dreams of one another. In an effort to catalyze change, elevate, and create visibility surrounding issues of workforce equity. Simone founded Simone D. Ross, LLC, a consulting firm with the vision of catalyzing hum

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Ed is the Talent Transformation Expert for businesses looking to achieve 8 figure growth.  He delivers captivating, high-energy keynote presentations that challenge the traditional model of HR and prepare decision-makers for motivating their people with a win-win strategy. In his career, Ed has helped over 250 clients, including Fortune 500 companies, achieve talent and culture transformations. As a result, audiences value Ed’s deep understan

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Dr. Jameelah Medina is the author of dozens of publications, including: books, academic journal articles, newspaper articles, book chapters and essays, education and training materials, as well as articles on a variety of blogs. She also serves as a reviewer for to academic journals.

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Dr. Lyle “Steamer” Hamm is an Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Leadership in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton. His teaching and research focus on provincial, national, and international immigration trends, demographically changing schools and communities, and intercultural education grounded in critical transformative/social justice leadership theory. Steamer served as a K-12 educ

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Shahina Siddiqui,L.LD. is a freelance writer, author, spiritual counselor, speaker and educator. Shahina has been working for decades in build bridges between faith and cultural communities, to help preserve human rights, develop cultural competency and mutual understanding. Shahina is originally from Pakistan and has lived in Winnipeg since 1976. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in English hon. and Philosophy from St Joseph’s Col

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Michael is the Lead Pastor of North Pointe Community Church in Edmonton, Alberta. North Pointe is a church that has people from over 50 nations represented. He is passionate about making connections with people in the community and around the world.

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