Dr. Shante Williams

CEO, Black Pearl Global Investments

Dr. Shante Williams is currently the CEO of Black Pearl Global Investments, a healthcare venture capital firm. She is a distinguished Venture Capitalist, business owner, Inventor, Intellectual Property Strategist, Author, and Private Investor. In her career years, she has used her wealth of scientific knowledge as well as her passion for innovation to solve multiple complex problems across the industries of health, finance, and real estate. Dr. Williams continues to break barriers with Black Pearl’s fund focused on reducing health disparities across the globe. Black Pearl is an advocate for those that continue to experience inferior outcomes and reduced access. Black Pearl’s tag line “Be Well. Do Well.” captures the firm’s mission to invest in transformative companies around the world. Dr. Williams and her partners are seeking to change healthcare worldwide.

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Farah Allen

Founder & CEO, The Labz

Farah Allen is an accomplished media innovation leader with over 20 years of experience in technology. Allen is currently the CEO & founder of The Labz: a drag and drop, a no-code digital design platform that creates, communication-rich, interactive websites and live event experiences. Farah has the honour of being the AJC Women of the Year for technology and is featured in publications such as Forbes and The Washington Post.

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Mark Harrison

Founder, MH3 Collective

A lifelong volunteer and entrepreneur, Mark Harrison, has spent the past year examining his relationship with the ventures he leads. Mark started his first business in 1994, T1, a sponsorship agency that exclusively works impactful brands, and his second in 2005 global networking platform – SponsorshipX. In 2020 he co-founded the Black Talent Initiative to support the Black community in professional workplaces. Also, in 2020, Mark helped launch Humanity, a creative agency for the Human Age, and Park Street Education, a non-profit that works to remove all barriers to children’s education. His community involvement includes being the co-chair of the Ontario University Athletics Task Force on Black, Biracial, Indigenous Issues, Board Chair of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Toronto, a volunteer with CAMH and an advisor to several ventures including the Crankworx World Tour, Riff, and NFL Canada. 
 Mark is honoured to share his journey from small business entrepreneur, volunteer, and coach to first-time activist with a lot to learn and burning passion.

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Dr. Robin Mazumder

Environmental Neuroscientist

Robin recently obtained his PhD in cognitive neuroscience at the University of Waterloo. His research, applying wearable psychophysiological technology in real-world and virtual reality settings, focuses on how living in cities influences well-being. These research interests are informed by his previous experience working clinically as a mental health occupational therapist in urban environments. He is passionate about urban health, and also actively engage in public outreach, through social media (@robinmazumder), writing, and public speaking, having been invited to give more than 40 talks internationally in the past 5 years. Moving forward, He is interested in using my skill set and experience in academic and industry settings. He sees a huge opportunity ahead to conduct societally-relevant research that helps inform practices that ensure cities support well-being.

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Ivan Touko

Founder & CEO, LaConnexional

Originally from Cameroon, Ivan Touko moved to Edmonton in the summer of 2012 to attend the University of Alberta – Campus Saint Jean

In his journey of finding a home away from home, Ivan deeply immersed himself in the Albertan community while volunteering and co-founding many student groups and projects in the Edmonton area. Ivan is now the recipient of Alberta’s Top 30 under 30 award and the Founder & CEO of a few social enterprises such as La Connexional & BOM YEG. Being passionate about dance, Ivan also finds happiness in sharing his love for movements & community building through his open-level Afro Fusion Dance workshops.

Today, Ivan is a student Recruiter at Campus Saint-Jean and is excited to keep pursuing his professional career, as well as, entrepreneurial journey in Edmonton and is continuously looking at new opportunities, especially in the social innovation, youth empowerement and technology sectors. Ivan has now organized, curated and/or hosted over 80+ experiences in the Albertan region and is always interested in growing his network.

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Adetoun Abby Aiyeleye

Founder, Clavis Studio

As Co-Founder of Clavis Studio, Abby is redefining the approach to interior design using immersive 3D technology that showcases the immeasurable possibilities of the metaverse in design and infrastructure planning. Her goal is to drive tech adoption in traditional or less predictable sectors and promote a tech-driven economy by creating jobs and expanding market access for Clavis-powered businesses. Her 15+ years of community work and business footprints trail across Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America..

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Matthew Williams

Leadership Trainer Lifelong Learning

Matt Williams is a social change designer. He currently serves as a Leadership Trainer at LifeLabs Learning, the go-to management development resource for innovative companies (like Lyft, Reddit, Sony Music, and Warby Parker). In his role, he coaches leaders on creating team cultures that institute behaviors of inclusion, effective feedback, people development, strategic thinking habits, and more. Prior to this role, Williams served as a Director in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wake Forest University, ranked among the top-30 national universities in the United States of America. In his role, he was a senior strategist to the organization’s C-Suite and helped deliver programs and culturally appropriate communication to recruit and retain underrepresented students, faculty, and staff.

As a social scientist, Williams’ research centers the state-sanctioned violence experienced by Black people across the identity spectrum and how its contested online. While most of the nation almost exclusively focuses on police violence that cisgender black men experience, Williams opts to explore the role that gender, gender identity and race play to ensure we develop more holistic solutions to systemic inequality.

In 2016, he co-founded Hustle, a nonprofit focused on growing local economies by shaping equitable systems that bridge the gap of entrepreneurial inequality for women, people of color, and those in marginalized business districts. He holds an undergraduate and graduate degree in Communication and certificates in social justice education. Prominent coverage of his work includes South by Southwest, Public Radio, Fast Company, TEDx, Fortune, Digital Blackness, and Race Forward.

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Nikiesha Lawson

Program & Talent Manager
BTI

Bio coming soon.

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Emiliano Void

Founder & CEO Nuwave Equity Corporation

Emiliano Void is the Co-Founder and CEO of nuwave Equity Corporation giving leadership and oversight to all aspects of the organization’s activities. He is responsible for the coordination, development and implementation of systemic solutions centered around the dismantlement anti-Black and systemic racism through profitable and innovative approaches.

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Titilope Sonuga

Poet, Playwright & Performer

Titilope Sonuga is a poet and performer whose work grasps for moments of tenderness and persistent joy at the intersection of blackness and womanhood. She is the author of three award-winning collections of poetry, Down to Earth (2011), Abscess (2014), and This Is How We Disappear (2019) and has released two spoken word albums, Mother Tongue (2011) and Swim (2019). Titilope has written three plays, The Six; an intergenerational exploration of womanhood, Naked; a one-woman play and Ada The Country, a musical. She has scripted advertising campaigns for global brands and was an actor on the hit television series Gidi Up, which aired across Africa. She is the 9th Poet Laureate of the City of Edmonton.

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Bernie Uche

Co-Founder BlackMINT

Bernie is a seasoned technology advisor in the cloud computing at Google and IBM and artificial intelligence with People.ai. Bernie is committed to raising awareness and creating more avenues for Black youth to get into tech through his work with BlackMINT

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Rochelle Ignacio

Founder @ Black Owned Makers & Black Owned Market

Rochelle Ignacio (she/her) is a safety and inclusion specialist who is passionate about equity, diversity and inclusion. She has a Bachelor of Science in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta with a major in Family Ecology and minor in Community Diversity, as well as an Occupational Health and Safety Certificate. She strongly believes in community building, volunteerism, and advocating for marginalized individuals and groups of people. As founding Managing Partner of Black Owned Market and founder of Black Owned Makers she oversees the management portfolio of both organizations. Black Owned Market provides a platform to showcase handmade and creative Black-owned businesses. Under Black Owned Makers a focus is made on supporting the development of Black-owned businesses and distributing their products into new retail environments. Her experience has provided her with knowledge of how systems of oppression continue to create barriers for Black entrepreneurs to realize economic success. This knowledge allows her to advocate for collective rights on behalf of the Black business community and contributes to a sense of belonging leading to positive outcomes and economic empowerment within the community. Her personal goal is to establish Edmonton as an known economic hub for Black-owned businesses, Rochelle is the recipient of Edify Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 award (2021) as well as the African Caribbean Community Leader of the Year award (2020)

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Natalie Redda

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging Trainer at OBSIDI by Black Professionals in Technology Network

Natalie has a background in creating DEI strategies for organizations looking to begin or further their DEI journey. Her background in community work, public consultations, and research led her to DEIB where she could help turn interest and intention into actions. With a history in private and public organizations, Natalie has worked on several strategies that focus on staff as well customers/ service users.

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Olaolu Adeleye

Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University

Olaolu describes himself as Nigerian mentally, with British tendencies, and Canadian sensibilities; traits informed by cultural connections through lived experiences in each of these locales. He has a passion for social development issues seen through the application of an intercultural lens that is informed by his studies in International Development (Dalhousie University, 2008), Poverty Reduction: Policy & Practice (University of London – School of Oriental & African Studies (SOAS), 2013), and the range of his experiences with several global organizations. He is currently a Senior Consultant with Deloitte’s Government and Public Sector Services and an Associate Faculty member with the School of Communication & Culture and School of Humanitarian Studies at Royal Roads University. Within his various learning environments he translates his international experience into engaging approaches that reframe contemporary global issues. Olaolu is especially interested in international development, international relations and humanitarian innovation – specifically topics relating to equity, social development and diaspora studies.

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Junior Brempong

Senior Associate, Partnership at WealthSimple Foundation

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Nic Brathwaite

Managing Partner, Celesta Capital

Nicholas Brathwaite has over 25 years developing technology and building technology-oriented businesses. Before Celesta, Nicholas was also co-founder and partner of private equity firm Riverwood Capital, and from 1996 to 2007, he served as the CTO at Flex, where he oversaw the launch and growth of several of Flex’s largest business units, including an innovative push into product development.

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META DREAMER

DAO Engineer & Web3 Futurist

METADREAMER (also known as Hammad Jutt) is a DAO (decentralized autonomous organization) engineer piecing together the web3 puzzle. He primarily focuses on development, design & strategy @ MetaFactory, Coordinape, and MetaCartel Ventures.

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Katrina Ingram

Founder, Ethically Aligned AI

Katrina Ingram is the Founder and CEO of Ethically Aligned AI, a company focused on helping organizations to drive better outcomes in the design, development and deployment of AI systems. A seasoned executive, Katrina has over two decades of experience running both not-for-profit and corporate organizations in the technology and media sectors.
She is a member of IEEE, and volunteers with several AI ethics organizations including Women in AI and Ethics (WAIE), For Humanity and All Tech is Human. Katrina holds an undergrad in business administration from Simon Fraser University and a master of arts in communications and technology from the University of Alberta. She combines her love of audio and interest in AI as the host of the podcast, AI4Society Dialogues. Katrina was recently named to the top 100 Women in AI Ethics list for 2022 and has launched a new AI ethics micro-credential with Athabasca University.

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Omi Iyamu

Co-Founder, CTO, & CPO at Crowdfund Exchange

Omi is the Co-Founder and Chief Product and Technology Officer at Artist Crowdfund Exchange (ACE); a Web 3.0 and social network startup, looking to democratize funding and revenue in the sports and entertainment industry. He has worked in tech for close to 15 years and at some of the biggest companies like Google and Microsoft. ACE being the 3rd company he has founded, he knows a thing or two about what it’s like to take huge risks to try and make your dreams a reality.
As an Angel Investor and startup coach, he stays very plugged into the start-up and fundraising world and loves to help founders whenever he can to navigate that world and not make some of the mistakes he did in his earlier years. In his spare time, he mentors founders and high school kids from underprivileged communities.
His passion project right now is repurposing shipping containers for building computer schools in villages back home in Nigeria to teach coding to children aged 9 through 15.

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Arden Tse

Fund Manager
Accelerate III, Yaletown Ventures

Arden provides startup capital to Alberta-based companies through Accelerate Funds II and III, which Yaletown manages with the A100. An accomplished investment professional with more than 15 years of private and public sector experience, he works with portfolio company teams to support their performance and is highly active in the Alberta technology startup community.

Throughout his career, Arden has focused on discovering and managing value. As an investment analyst with AIMCo, he took part in the active oversight of environmental, social, and governance issues that impacted AIMCo’s then $70B portfolio of assets, as well as underwriting more than $1 billion in real estate transactions. He also worked in commercial leasing and sales with Barclay Street and Torode Realty.

Before joining the Accelerate Fund team, Arden oversaw entrepreneurship development as manager of the University of Alberta’s Venture Mentoring Service. He holds an MBA in finance from the University of Alberta and is a graduate of Royal Roads University’s Certified Executive Coaching program.

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James Mark Mitchell

General Partner, Red Thread Ventures

Mark is an international finance and technology professional with experience across five countries and three continents, including four years in China. 
Mark currently serves as a General Partner at Weave Capital, a seed-stage venture capital firm investing in Western Canadian founders. 
In addition, Mark serves as the Alberta President for Valhalla Private Capital, Western Canada’s oldest and most established Angel Investment network with $71M+ invested into 250+ deals since 2008. In conjunction with these roles, Mark serves as a Director at Red Thread Ventures, a global angel syndicate, connecting the capital to high-growth ventures.
Since June 2020, Mark has played a Principal role in investing over $5M across 20 early-stage businesses within the Valhalla and Red Thread ecosystems. He has also directly assisted early-stage companies in raising more than $10M in private capital.
Mark has studied Mandarin for over ten years and speaks fluently.

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Nerissa Allen

Founder & President, Black Business Association of BC

Nerissa is the Co-Founder & President of Black Business Association of BC. BBABC supports black business and entrepreneurship through providing leadership development, collaboration, networking, and mentorship opportunities. This support elevates the basic and advanced skills of entrepreneurs which will enable them to run successful businesses and increase positive community representation.
As a Director of Chattelhouse Health and Beauty Inc, a Registered Massage Therapy clinic and global brand known for distinguished skin and hair care, Nerissa has garnered valuable experience from business start-up to expansion. She is excited to share this wealth of knowledge gained to mentor and support entrepreneurs and leave a legacy of professional excellence.
Nerissa’s deep passion for a healthy work life balance led her to embark on world travel which she credits for enhancing her global perspective. This has allowed her to tackle challenges including systemic racism with effective and inclusive solutions. Currently serving as a member of the Vancouver Economic Development Advisory Board, and on the Board of Directors of the Barbados Cultural Association of BC. allows her to stay engaged with the community from a cultural standpoint, allowing her to merge perspectives and drive change that is wholesome.

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Rebecca Longawa

Founder, Happy Warrior

With over 20 years of experience in sports marketing and innovation, Rebecca is a master connector and networker. Highly regarded as a maven in the esports industry, she is the founder of the esports consultancy firm, Happy Warrior. Her client work includes helping pro esports teams monetize their organizations through brand partnerships and growth strategies and working with creative and media agencies to bring their brand accounts into the esports ecosystem with authenticity and credibility. Additionally, Rebecca is an Advisor and Mentor for a number of global esports-technology investment firms and an Advisory Board Member for multiple sports-tech and esports-tech startups. She serves on the Corporate and Community Advisory Council for Masonic Children’s Hospital in Minnesota and is a founding board member for MSP Esports Alliance and WarriorGMR Foundation.

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Vanessa Capito

Associate Producer, Snowed in Games

Vanessa is an Associate Producer at Snowed In Studios, and previously worked at Beamdog and Inflexion Games. She also runs GameCamp Edmonton, Edmonton’s local International Game Developers Chapter, and Alberta Game Jam, an annual, province-wide game jam. Vanessa is passionate about growing healthy, sustainable, and inclusive communities in the game dev space.

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Aaryn Flynn

CEO, Inflexion Games

Aaryn Flynn is a games industry veteran and the former General Manager for Improbable North America. Flynn is based in the downtown district of Edmonton, Alberta, where he’s built the new Improbable office and is now the CEO of Inflexion Games.

Flynn has been associated with many of the most successful games and franchises produced by BioWare, which he joined after leaving university and

where he worked for 17 years. Initially working on games such as Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic and Jade Empire, Flynn became Director of Programming on Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins and took on the role of General Manager of BioWare during the production of games including Mass Effect 3, Dragon Age 2 and Dragon Age: Inquisition.

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Jason Della Rocca

Co-Founder, CEO of Execution Labs

As the co-founder of Executions Labs, he was a hands-on early stage investor to over 20 independent game studios from North America and Europe. Between 2000-09 he served as the executive director of the International Game Developers Association (IGDA) and was honoured for his industry-building efforts with the inaugural Ambassador Award at the Game Developers Conference.

In 2009, Jason was named to Game Developer Magazine’s “Power50,” a list which profiles 50 of the most important contributors to the state of the game industry. As a sought-after expert on the game industry, Jason has lectured at conferences and universities worldwide.

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Drea Oppan

Content creator and media personality

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Evrlove Blake

Lorem!

Evrlove Blake is a Canadian born artist known primarily for his Hip Hop and Reggae prowess. The emerging talents passion for music manifested at a young age where he would sit down for hours listening to various styles of music, from Lauryn Hill, Lil Wayne to the Vybz Cartel, He displays versatility in his approach to sound. Evrlove Blake’s music is a blend of Island vibes, Hip Hop sensibilities, and R&B undertones which he categorizes as “Cloudy Trap” music. At the age of 20 the Canadian born artist caught the attention of a Grammy award producer/Engineer Bob Horn and went on to make a charted record , Receiving incredible industry feedback praising his creative vocals, Songwriting and innovative sound. Since then Blake has spent the last year recording numerous records developing his sounds and stage presence performing in various cities opening for over 50 top charting artist like Meek Millz, French Montana, Kid Ink, MGK, Lauryn HIll to name a few. He has recently redeveloped his brand and has been focused on taking business to the next level.

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FRVR Friday

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Kuzi Cee

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Kuzi Cee brings a unique, emotional, and energetic mix of R&B, Pop, and Hip Hop. Kuzi’s dynamic singing voice and ability to seamlessly transition into rap verses give him the ability to perform songs that blend genres. His music and songwriting creates an experience for the audience that brings them on a ride through the intense emotions you feel when navigating relationships. His live performance is a manifestation of these emotions ranging from slower more thought provoking tracks that focus on his vocal ability, to high energy power vocals and dance moves to capture the crowd.

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Tiny Wiings

Lorem!

Originally from Calgary, Alberta, Tinywiings is a Canadian rapper, songwriter, and poet based in Vancouver, BC. She found her love of poetry at age 7, eventually leading to her passion for music. Over the years, Tinywiings has developed her writing and rap style into her current sound, a direct overture into female sexuality and independence. The versatility in her writing has allowed her to collaborate and work across music genres from Pop to Hip-Hop to EDM. Since releasing her first single in August 2019, Tinywiings has gained a large, loyal following and international recognition.

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Zaire Ink

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// vision & values

We exist to celebrate diversity and to help innovative and creative people achieve their dreams.

We are manifesting our vision between the blurred lines of the physical and metaphysical worlds. We’re a community of misfits who aren’t afraid to fail. We aren’t afraid to push boundaries. We aren’t afraid to challenge the status quo. The world 100 years ago looked completely different than it does today and that will be the case for the next 100. We’re building C-Tribe to be at the forefront of web3 culture and to do that requires a whole new set of rules.

Values: 

Take care of our people – our community comes first. Always. We pride ourselves on operating in underserved communities and being a platform for underestimated people. By standing up for them, they show out for us. This is our superpower.

Collisions, culture, connections, commerce – the future of community lives at the intersection of these four things. C-Tribe is uniquely positioned to explore and build on this.

Inspire and innovate –  By framing the way we want to change the world, we can experiment with new ideas and positively criticize the status quo. By developing inspiring things for our collective, anything is possible. 

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