PANEL BLACK WEALTH MATTER
Black Wealth Matters is a movement to champion black wealth creation as a solution to socio-economic disadvantages afflicting blacks in North America. No where is this conversation more relevant than right here in Nova Scotia! Black business leaders will dissect the issues and see how we can collectively make a change and empower our communities socially and economically for maximum impact
Cynthia Dorrington: As VP, Client Relations of Vale & Associates, Cynthia provides Human Resource Management and Consulting Services to small to medium-sized organizations across Canada, United States and in the Caribbean. With over 20 years in the communications/high-tech industries, Cynthia’s specialty is managing projects for clients in the private, para-public, public and not-for-profit sectors, locally, nationally and internationally across various industry sectors. These clients may be experiencing challenges in growth, change and/or succession planning thus providing Cynthia the opportunity to work in areas such as HR Advisory Services, Performance Management, Diversity and Harassment Training as well as Customized Training.
Ariel Gough: Ariel Gough is a social entrepreneur, communications advisor and speaker. Ariel has helped some of Canada’s most senior elected officials in the Justin Trudeau government to engage the next generation of leaders in policy-making and the political process. Ariel is the co-founder of Bailly, a perfume line that donates a portion of its proceeds to the Girl Power Project to help provide transformational life skills and mentoring training to girls in Central Uganda. A recipient of the Nova Scotia Premier’s Power of Positive Change Award and the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute’s Ancestral Roots Award for civic engagement, Ariel was selected to travel to the Arctic to engage with Indigenous youth on some of the North’s most pressing issues. She sits on the steering committee for the Alexa McDonough Institute for Women, Gender and Social Justice.
Alfred Burgesson Founder of HFX Collective Inc: When Alfred Burgesson was six years old, his family moved from Accra, Ghana to Nova Scotia. He graduated from the Halifax Grammar School in 2015 and enrolled in Saint Mary's University to study Entrepreneurship and Political Science; that year he also founded HFX Collective and began working with other leaders and creative artists. Alfred directs and curates @CityOfHalifax on Instagram. Alfred also works with publicly engaged groups, like the Halifax Social Network and Global Shapers Halifax.
JT Manning: Co-Founder and President of Blender Networks Inc, a firm specializing in creating web and mobile solutions that help to facilitate hundreds of thousands ecommerce transactions every month. Blender Networks works with many of the largest retailers in the world today (Macy’s, Ebay, Saks Fifth Avenue and Wayfair to name a few) A finalist for Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Awards. JT has also gone on to lead the team at Blender Networks Inc to achieve the Canadian Business Magazine ranking of 35th fastest growing start-up in Canada on their Start Up 50 list; and now operates offices in both Los Angeles and Halifax.
Ann Divine, CEO of Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development Services With extensive experience in human resources management, human rights and social justice issues, Ann's experience has led her to work with individual, organizations, corporations and communities in Canada and the United Kingdom. She is respected for her work and is often called upon to provide expertise in the areas of career and professional guidance in Leadership development, executive coaching and mentoring, business advice, social research, strategic planning, human right education, diversity and inclusion, motivation and employee engagement. Ann also offers specialist training in Cultural Intelligence and Unconscious Bias - A first for Nova Scotia.