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    PROFILES ON BLACK CANADIANS

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    In the next 10 years, Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) CEO and founder, Lekan Olawoye, believes their donations towards Black businesses and tech professionals will help give a much needed boost to Blacks in tech. “That's really why we are paying it forward, that's why we're donating twenty thousand dollars,” said Olawoye. “Ten thousand Canadian and ten thousand US dollars to ensure that ten years from now, there's more [Black tech professionals].” 

    Black TAXI, a program under TAXI Toronto, was created to address the lack of Black representation in the advertising industry by providing a three-month paid internship to Black students where they can pick up the experience needed to work in the industry.

    The Kean Real Estate Group is a Black-owned, women-led company in Toronto specializing in property investment.

    Enuka Okuma has joined the cast of Netflix and CBC’s smash hit Workin’ Moms. She will play Sloane Mitchell. Okuma is a Nigerian-Canadian actress, writer, and producer. She was born and raised in Ladner, a suburb in Vancouver, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Simon Fraser University.

    Dr. Paulin R. Polepole was trained as a medical doctor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He practiced general medicine in Rwanda for nearly a decade before moving to Canada as a refugee in 2013.

    A growing body of research suggests that Black students are more likely to face harsher penalties, such as suspensions and disciplinary measures, within the Canadian school system. The sobering reality is made worse with the realization that Black youth are overrepresented in the criminal justice system, many of whom face charges for a wider range of offences than their white counterparts often do. Most charges are a result of altercations at school.

    Founder of Girl Power’d Brittnee Habbib was born and raised in Canada after her parents immigrated from Jamaica.

    “The most rewarding thing about politics is the excitement of making positive change, improving lives, and serving the people,” says Audrey Gordon, Minister of Mental Health, Wellness and Recovery.

    "Diversity our strength." It's the official motto of Toronto, Canada’s largest city, and is meant to represent the myriad of voices housed within its metropolitan barriers.

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