BOARD of directors



Board Chair

Everett possesses over 20 years of Senior Management experience in International Logistics, Supply Chain, Operations, Account Management, Quality Control, and Human Resources in Retail Logistics environments including the major big box retailers, film exhibitors, and electronic manufacturers.

He also has 30 years experience in start-up ventures, entrepreneurship, small business & management consulting, and business coaching/advisory.

Presently, Everett is a Licensed Paralegal, Arbitrator, Notary Public who owns the law firm; Russell Legal Services specializing in civil litigation. Outside of his practice he was an Instructor at a private college teaching the Paralegal program and worked with Legal Aid Ontario.

Mr Russell has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology & Business from York University and also an Honours Diploma, in the Paralegal Program from Humber College.

He also possesses the following Certificates, ADR Institute of Ontario – Arbitration, McGill University – Personal Finance, York University – Executive Logistics and Mental Health Commission of Canada – Mental Health First Aid


Board Vice Chair

Nene Judy Akintan is an Entrepreneur, Mentor, Speaker, Author, Realtor, Advocate and more importantly, God’s unique creation.
Nene grew up in a family of hard-working folks who modelled integrity, compassion and a spirit of excellence throughout their lives. Nene embodies these qualities as an exceptional leader and excellent strategist.

Nene has a BSc, Sociology & Anthropology; An MBA, marketing and an MSc, Management/Human Resources. Nene started her career, 25 years ago in banking and transitioned into entrepreneurship. Nene has made a living through real estate, human resources consultancy and government consultancy.
Nene is passionate about causes that impact minority women and children. 

Nene currently owns a real estate business, Oakville Living With Nene and co-runs a non-profit foundation, I AM. I CAN. I WILL with her 21year old daughter Temi; 18year old son Tife and her 24year old niece, Olympia.
Nene is also on the board of One Girl Can and I AM. I CAN. I WILL.

Nene loves to read, watch movies and travel in her spare time.




As a community legal worker & social justice advocate, Audrey Parkes has spent the last 26 years working with marginalized groups in the community. Audrey’s main interests and expertise include advocacy, raising awareness, and community building. In her spare time, Audrey enjoys supporting entrepreneurial ventures, reading, and gardening. She is a firm believer in education and is dedicated to helping people help themselves.

Audrey is the co-founder of Sisters4Hope, a community group that works to support black women overcome various systemic barriers. She is also the co-facilitator of the Women of Inspiration group which is comprised of injured worker women who have formed a peer support unit for their physical and mental health and wellness. 

Audrey recognizes the value of giving back to the community through volunteering. Most of her volunteering is based on the belief that a significant amount of work is needed within the black community to help raise awareness, push for change, and encourage unity.

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” – James Baldwin



Ivor is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), and is the Head of Finance for a medium-sized charitable organization. As a seasoned Accounting\Finance professional, Ivor brings over 25 years experience including over 12 years financial managerial experience, in non-profit and charitable organizations

Ivor also sits on the Board of other Non-Profit organizations, such Caribana Arts Group, and The Lions Circle African Mens Association. Tirelessly lending out his expertise and skills to the Black Community.

Part of Ivor’s success and make-up is his understanding of the power of teamwork. Ivor has over 20 years basketball coaching experience, and is a Nationally certified Level Two Basketball Coach and Nationally certified Level One Baseball Coach.


Board Member

Norma Telfer, Principal of Telcam Training Inc. has 22 years public sector experience and over 40 years of community leadership, serving on several Boards, she is currently Vice-Chair, Government Affairs, CBCC, a founding member of the Canadian National Policy Alliance, a Core member of the Justice of the Peace Appointment Advisory Committee (JPAAC), Chair of the Community Advisory Board, (CAB) Vanier Women Institution. A former Board member of the Criminal Injuries Board, the Canadian Association of Training and Development, the Ontario, Western Taskforce, Mississauga; the Black Business and Professional Association, United Way of Peel Campaign Cabinet and former Vice-President Policy, Ontario Liberal Party. She holds a MA leadership degree, Guelph University, BA Administrative Studies, York University, Teacher Training, Church Teachers’ College, University of the West Indies, Jamaica.

Norma Telfer has consistently demonstrated the ability to manage projects involving several integrated products and to be innovative. With her extensive community leadership, strong people skills background, she is also very knowledgeable in providing services and advocating on behalf of the Black Community.

Dr. Raymond Thomas

Board Member

Dr. Raymond Thomas possess a PhD in Biology with a specialization in Environmental Stress Physiology and Biochemistry, MSc in Horticulture (Plant Physiology), BSc (Hons) in Agriculture, ASc in General Agriculture. Post-doctoral Fellowship was in Environmental Stress Lipidomics and Neurolipidomics. His research approach and programs are very multidisciplinary and involves collaborations with other scientists or end users in government (Regional, Provincial and Federal), industry, and academia in the areas of agriculture, food science, analytical chemistry, biostatistics, neuroscience and nutritional biochemistry; to assess the roles of lipids in agriculture production, food and human health outcomes. Analytical expertise: (pressurize solvent extraction, mass spectrometry, chromatography and vibrational spectroscopy).

Dr. Thomas has more than ten years experience in agriculture, lipidomics, analytical chemistry,  food and health science related research. In addition he possess over 10 years of experience in project management and administrative acumen  building state of the art research facilities in Canada. Raymond has more than ten years of teaching experience at the undergraduate and graduate level. Mr. Thomas has presented at over 30 seminars and conferences and published over 80 peer reviewed journal articles and abstracts. He has generated over $5.7M in successful grant funding. Currently he serves on several multidisciplinary team grants involving collaborators in government, industry and academia

Hi is also in charge of operating a research program consisting of 15 students and staff and presides over a $2M budget. He is  the Owner, Product Developer of Taste of Jamaica Fusion Restaurant in Newfoundland and Labradour, and serves as a professor of  Memorial University – Grenfell Campus, Corner Brook, NL.


Board Member

Miriam is an accountant, philanthropist, a singer, events planner, a mother, and a youth advocate.

Born in Zambia, Southern Africa. She is the founder of the Talk Show “Fuse in Who am I” and is also a Regional Director of Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce for the Edmonton Chapter.

The commitment to inspire people propelled from a very young age and has resulted in working with organizations such as; The Stephen Lewis Foundation in Toronto, Compassion Canada, give a Day Initiative with Jane Philpott, the Charles Muli foundation, as well as the amazing Soul Influence this has brought a uniqueness to Miriam’s leadership skills…

Currently, working as a finance manager for Snow Valley Ski club in Edmonton… Miriam’s passion is to make a difference in someone’s life by giving a voice to those who may not have the opportunity. She is passionate, self initiating and highly detailed person.

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