November 2018

Economic Club of Canada's #EqualityTalks: Black on Bay Street

11:30am-1:30pm | King Edward Hotel - 37 King Street East , Toronto

The Economic Club of Canada is proud to present a discussion inspired by Hadiya Roderique’s much talked about essay, Black on Bay Street: Hadiya Roderique had it all, but still could not fit in. Hadiya’s piece explores the difficult question that many racialized professionals grapple with – how authentically me can I be in the workplace?

Diversity. Inclusion. We hear a lot about the need for both and what Bay Street is doing to move the needle, but what can we do to ensure that these efforts amount to real change? Let’s talk about what organizations can do to attract diverse candidates and then support talented individuals once they’re in the door. Let’s talk about the mental health effects of receiving subtle and not-so-subtle messages that you don’t fit in. Let’s talk about what happens when young Black Canadians don’t see people who look like them in the C-suite. Let’s talk about why equity is an economic issue.

Thank you to the event's Title Sponsor TD Bank Group.

- Lunch will be served -

Member price:
Individual seat: $89 +HST
Table (seats 10): $800 +HST

Regular price:
Individual seat: $110 +HST
Table (seats 10): $990 +HST

- For information about accessibility, please email merpaw@economicclub.ca
- Dietary restriction notes and meal requests must be submitted to merpaw@economicclub.ca by Tuesday, October 13, 2018

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Economic Club of Canada's #EqualityTalks: Black on Bay Street

Dr. Kofi Hope, DPhil, MSC, BA

Senior Policy Advisor, Wellesley Institute
& Bousfield Distinguished Visitor, University of Toronto

Dr. Kofi Hope, DPhil, MSC, BA

Kofi is a Rhodes Scholar, Doctor of Philosophy in Politics, community activist and youth advocate. He has over 15 years of experience in managing community based programs. Kofi was the 2017 winner of the Jane Jacobs Prize, for his work improving the City of Toronto. In 2005 he founded the Black Youth Coalition Against Violence, a group which advocated for real solutions to the issue of gun violence. This advocacy work included a presentation for then Prime Minister Paul Martin and led to him being named one of the Top Ten People to Watch in Toronto in 2006 by the Toronto Star.

Previously he was the Executive Director of the CEE Centre for Young Black Professionals (CEE) a non-profit which creates economic opportunities for Black youth in Toronto. He has delivered over 125 speaking engagements in Canada and the UK, was co-chair of Olivia Chow’s election advisory committee in 2014 and is a member of the Board of Directors for the Atkinson Foundation and Toronto Environmental Alliance. Kofi has been featured widely in the Canadian media including: Metro Morning, Canada AM, TVO’s The Agenda, Ontario Today, The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The National Post and CP24. A global traveler he has visited 22 countries around the world and calls Toronto Ontario home.

Emily Mills

Founder, How She Hustles
Creator, HERstory In Black

Emily Mills

Emily Mills is the award-winning founder of How She Hustles, a network that connects diverse women through social media and special events.
For eight years, she has produced buzz-worthy events from women’s entrepreneur panels to networking brunches with up to 400 guests from Olympians to CEOs.

Previously, Emily was a senior communications officer at CBC, one of Canada’s largest media companies. In 2017, she created HERstory in Black, a digital photo series featuring 150 inspiring black women that became a signature project for CBC during Canada’s 150th anniversary and Black History Month. The project earned the attention of the Prime Minister on social media, national press coverage, became a 1-hour TV documentary and lead to an unprecedented celebration. HERstory in Black won the CBC President’s Award.
Emily was recently featured in the book, 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women and was named a 2017 CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow. A frequent public speaker, Emily has lead conversations for United Nations Association in Canada, Twitter Canada, YWCA Canada, Lean in Canada and more. She holds degrees in journalism and music, and has studied public relations.
Beyond the hustle, she’s a proud wife and mom.

Hadiya Roderique

Freelance Journalist, PhD Candidate
University of Toronto

Hadiya Roderique

Hadiya Roderique is a lawyer, researcher, journalist, and broadcast commentator. An award-winning writer, she has bylines in The Walrus, The National Post, This Magazine, and Elle. She is most well known for her piece “Black on Bay Street” for the Globe and Mail, which outlined her experiences as a young Black woman working in a Bay Street firm. She has M.A. in Criminology and a J.D. from the University of Toronto, and is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Organizational Behaviour at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. Her research broadly examines how race, gender and parenthood shape perceptions and relationships in the workplace. She is a passionate advocate for representation and inclusion in the workplace.

Shayne Mauricette

CEO & Founder
Vivamus Group

Shayne Mauricette

Shayne Mauricette is the CEO and founder of Vivamus Group, a strategic business growth advisory here in Toronto. He works with CEOs, business owners, and startups to overcome plateaus in revenue, employee engagement, and stalled business transformation efforts. He's worked on both Wall Street and Bay Street, advised hedge funds, pension funds, and companies at different stages of growth and development. He's also a startup advisor at the Ryerson Biomedical Zone, a member of the Economic Club of Canada Advisory Board, and a graduate of Harvard University.

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