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Black Opportunity Fund Inc.
  • Business in Canada: 

  • The Black Experience

  • October 29, 2020
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Business in Canada: 
The Black Experience

Business in Canada is an interactive and stimulating town hall designed to provide supporters with exclusive occasions to learn from and exchange information with a wide range of business professionals on entrepreneurship to technology, health, social justice, and more.

Focus on:

  • Access to capital for Black businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Mentorship and networking opportunities for Black businesses
  • Supplier diversity programs for Black businesses
  • Awareness and advisory clinic opportunities for Black businesses

Panel Discussion moderated by: Ray Williams, Vice Chair & Managing Director, National Bank Financial and featuring:

  • Nerissa Allen, Black Business Association of BC
  • Andria Barrett, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Cassandra Dorrington, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council
  • Louis-Edgar Jean-François, Groupe 3737
  • Ryan Knight, Afro Canadian Business Network
  • Rustum Southwell, Black Business Initiative
agenda
Topic Agenda Time
Greetings From The Black Opportunity Fund

An opportunity to learn more about us, our long-term mission, and where we are in the process

  • Dennis Mitchell, CEO & CIO, Starlight Capital & Founding Member of the Black Opportunity Fund.
6:30 pm - 6:35 pm
Business In Canada: The Black Experience - Panel Discussion

Moderated by:

Ray Williams Vice Chair & Managing Director, National Bank Financial & Founding Member of the Black Opportunity Fund.

Featuring:

  • Nerissa Allen, Black Business Association of BC
  • Andria Barrett, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Cassandra Dorrington, Canadian Aboriginal and Minority Supplier Council
  • Louis-Edgar Jean-François, Groupe 3737
  • Ryan Knight, Afro Canadian Business Network
  • Rustum Southwell, Black Business Initiative
6:35 pm - 6:50 pm
Coffee/Snack Break

Please take a break to grab a coffee/snack.

6:50 pm - 6:55 pm
Breakout Rooms

For this session, we split attendees into smaller breakout rooms to allow for a more intimate discussion to take place and to provide you an opportunity to network and connect with peers from across the country. Each breakout room will include a member of the Black Opportunity Fund’s Community Engagement and Black Business Task Force team(s).

6:55 pm - 7:45 pm
Program Overviews
  • Louis-Edgar Jean-François, Groupe 3737
  • Wils Théagène, Senior Director, Equity 253 Fund – Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec (CDPQ)
7:45 pm - 7:55 pm
Closing Remarks

Brief closing remarks delivered by:

  • Dennis Mitchell, CEO & CIO, Starlight Capital & Founding Member of the Black Opportunity Fund.
7:55 pm - 8:00 pm

Let's Talk About: 

  • The facts: Black businesses struggle to raise capital, suffer from a lack of mentorship, lack strong networks and often fail to achieve proper scale.
  • The current problem: Black Canadians face challenges creating inter-generational wealth and therefore do not wield economic power.
  • Our experiences: Access to capital, mentorship, networks.
  • A better future: Economic empowerment leading to inter-generational wealth and prosperity.