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Podcast Ep. 12 — Kenneth Montague and curators on wedging a space for African-Canadian visual artists

21 Feb 2020

An interview with Wedge Curatorial Projects founder and director, Kenneth Montague, and curators Emilie Croning and Maria Kanellopoulos. We discuss their current 'Handle with Care' exhibition as well as a wide range of relevant topics about elevating the reach of African-Canadian artists.

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Podcast Ep. 6 — OCAD's Dori Tunstall on decolonizing design education

30 Jul 2019

Toronto is the most diverse city in the world. You cannot have a successful business designing for your audiences if you don’t have the cultural competency to understand the different ways in which they will resonate with your message. The only way in which you can confidently do that is if the diversity of your staffing reflects the diversity of the city itself.

"Everything that we design is tied to cultural values and cultural meaning that we build into the things that we make," said Dr. Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall as Dean of the Faculty of Design at OCAD University. She is the first black Dean of a Faculty of Design anywhere.

In this interview, she talks to AfroToronto.com about her work as a design anthropologist and on using her position to open doors for others.

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Podcast Ep. 5 — Jenny Okonkwo: Mentoring black female accounting professionals

11 May 2019

Jenny Okonkwo is an internationally trained accountant who holds an MBA from Open University Business School. She’s a member of CPA Ontario and is a Certified Corporate FP&A Professional (the acronym stands for Financial Planning and Analysis).

She’s also the founder of the Black Female Accountants Network (BFAN), a platform for building connections, economic empowerment, creating opportunities for professional and leadership development. BFAN selected to receive an Active Partner Award from JVS Toronto.

A Mississauga resident originally from the UK, with Nigerian family roots, this accomplished Canadian immigrant was recently nominated as a Top 75 Finalist for the Royal Bank of Canada’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards.

Check out the podcast to learn more about her journey. She shares the learning points from her own personal experiences as an immigrant to promote and advance employability, equity, diversity and inclusion across Canada.

Okonkwo is currently working in the non-profit sector, applying her relationship-building, communication and leadership skills used to grow the network.

You can help her get into the top 25 by voting for her here by the May 16, 2019 deadline.

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