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Melisa Ellis, a U of T alumna and founder of non-profit social and technology enterprise Nobellum, speaks about the importance of economic empowerment in the Black community and why she's helping build and support a pipeline of Black innovators and Black-owned businesses in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM).

Did you know that, according to a 2019 Brookfield Institute report, only 2.6% of tech workers in Canada are Black? When Melisa Ellis, a young Black woman in tech and U of T Scarborough alumna, was looking to hire Black talent for projects, she had difficulty finding an available pool of African-Canadian vendors, entrepreneurs, and professionals.

So Melisa set out to build a non-profit social and technology platform called Nobellum to offer much-needed support and a funding ecosystem to help Black students like herself get started in the business world.

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On his trip to Ghana, from May 21-24, 2022, Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault announced a $20 million fund over four years to support four West African countries—Ghana, Liberia, The Gambia, and Togo—with data systems needed to fight climate change.

Canada's Minister of Environment and Climate Change, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, recently travelled to Ghana to announce a $20 million fund over four years to support four West African countries—Ghana, Liberia, The Gambia, and Togo—with data systems needed to fight climate change.

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An interview with Nadine Spencer, CEO of the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) about her journey as an entrepreneur and champion for Black businesses and female entrepreneurs.

Nadine Spencer is a Jamaican-born Canadian businesswoman who currently serves as the CEO of the Black Business and Professional Association (the BBPA), after serving as the organization's president since 2017 until being named CEO in November 2021. She's also the founder and CEO of BrandEq Group, a global marketing and communications agency specializing in marketing, communications and public relations.

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For Black entrepreneur Andrews Baah, being approved for the Black Entrepreneurship Loan Fund is a lifeline that allows his business to “spring forward and be successful.”

“This loan means a lot,” says Baah, CEO Of Apollo Staffing Solutions Inc. in Portage la Prairie in Manitoba. “We’re giving employment to numerous nurses and health care aids. And in this pandemic, there’s a need for health care professionals.”

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An interview with Tony West, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer at Uber. We speak about the importance of diversity and inclusion and the launch of Black Business Direct – a new online Black-owned business directory in Canada.

Born in San Francisco, Tony West attended Stanford Law School, where he served as the President of the Stanford Law Review and went on to pursue a stellar legal career from serving as a federal prosecutor and later becoming a partner at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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