Board of Directors

Liban Abokor
Liban is a non-profit executive and a fellow at Carleton University's School of Public Policy.
Abdi Aidid
Abdi is an Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law where he researches and teaches in the areas of civil procedure, torts, and law & technology. Professor Aidid is a Faculty Affiliate at the Centre for Ethics and a member of the Ethics of AI Lab.
Djaka Blais-Amare
Djaka brings over 18 years of experience in philanthropy, government and community mobilizing. Djaka is also a board member of Philanthropic Foundations Canada and a Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue fellow at Simon Fraser University.
Francis Boakye
Dr. Boakye is the Executive Director of Action Dignity Society in Calgary. He currently instructs at the University of Calgary's Social Work Faculty and was the Calgary research coordinator for a national study on racism, violence, and Black men's Health.
Judith Bosire
An economist, Judith provides research, analysis and strategic advice to governments, private sector and Indigenous communities on policy, and socio-economic development. Judith works at the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency.
Alex Coleman
Alex is the Chief Information Officer and Assistant Deputy Minister for the Children, Youth and Social Services Information & Information Technology Cluster. He is a technology and business executive with over 25 years of strategic leadership experience.
Rebecca Darwent
Rebecca is a social entrepreneur and philanthropic advisor on a mission to activate philanthropy for good. She is Vice President of Laidlaw Foundation, a Women Leaders for the World fellow and a Canada Millennium laureate.
Elizenda Jean-Claude
Elizenda is a strategic leadership, communication, business transformation, change management and human resources advisor.
Marlene Jennings
A former Member of Parliament and lawyer, she is the first Black Quebecer to be elected to the Canadian Parliament. Marlene is well-regarded as a conciliator and mediator, as well as for her expertise in governance and ethics.
Shad Kabango
Shad is an acclaimed and award winning Rwandan-Canadian recording artist. In addition to his work as an artist, Shad has hosted CBC Radio One's "q" and Netflix's Emmy and Peabody Award-winning docuseries Hip-Hop Evolution.
Tisha King
Dr. King is an Assistant Professor at Dalhousie University and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CGA). She enjoys learning about why taxpayers make the decisions they make, and how they rationalize ethical judgments.
Sylvia Parris-Drummond
Sylvia is President of SVPARRIS CONSULTING and the CEO of the Delmore “Buddy” Daye Learning Institute. Her work in education, strategic facilitation and the community is rooted in core Afrocentric principles.
Kimahli Powell, LL.D.
Kimahli is a longtime advocate for social justice, having spent over 20 years advancing the rights of youth, the African/Caribbean/Black community, people living and affected by HIV, and the LGBTQI+ community. Currently the Executive Director of Rainbow Railroad, he’s also the 2019 recipient of the Steinert & Ferreiro Award and was listed in Out Magazine’s Out 100 profile of influential LGBT people.
Joseph Smith Jr
Dr. Smith is an award-winning educator who's currently a high school vice principal, co-founder and Executive Director of Generation Chosen. A passionate volunteer, Dr. Smith is also a board member of Operation Black Vote Canada.
Nomusa Taylor-Dube
Nomusa is the Global Food Advisor at The Rockefeller Foundation and has extensive experience in strategy, partnership development & resource mobilizing in the philanthropic, private and public sectors across North America & Africa.

Advisory Committees

Governance Advisory Committee
Community Engagement Committee
Fund Development & Partnerships Committee
Investment Advisory
Grantmaking Advisory Committee
Government Relations Advisory Committee