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A Town Hall to Remember

Black Opportunity Fund hosted its first Town Hall on September 21st with an intense focus on Black healthcare issues.

The engaging discussions examined the rise of mental health within the community, the challenges and microaggressions faced by Black medical students, and the urgent need for the collection of data to improve healthcare within the Black community.

Expert voices included Dr. Ato Sekyi-Otu, an orthopaedic surgeon at William Osler Health System, Sharon Davis-Murdoch, Co-President, Health Association of African-Canadians, Donna Alexander, Paul Bailey, Executive Director, Black Health Alliance, Dr. Hadal El-Hadi and Semir Bulle, co-president, Black Medical Students Association.

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Up Close and Personal with BOF Leaders: An Overview of Black Opportunity Fund

Join moderator Jackie Porter as she interviews some of the key voices within the BOF leadership team.

The fireside chat will feature Jacqui Parchment, CEO, Mercer Canada, Dennis Mitchell, CEO, Starlight Group, and Louis-Edgar Jean-François, CEO, Groupe 3737.

This webinar will explore how systemic anti-Black racism has impacted the business and investment community and how Black Opportunity Fund intends to tackle it.

The lively discussion takes place on Wednesday, November 4th at 6:00PM EST, LIVE on Zoom. A Q&A session will follow. To register, click here.

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Black Opportunity Fund in the Spotlight As Impact Investment Funds
Focus on Diversity and Inclusion

You won’t want to miss BOF co-founders, Jaqui Parchment, Dennis Mitchell and Colin Lynch as they share center stage at the inaugural D&I Week in October.

Presented by the Responsible Investment Association (RIA), an impressive list of panellists will come together to share insight and discuss case studies on the rise of impact investment funds. (October 26-30, 2020)

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partnership announcement with Richardson GMP

The Black Opportunity Fund is proud to announce that Richardson GMP has become its first sponsor. CEO Andrew Marsh is very enthusiastic about the Black Opportunity Fund and is looking forward to working with us in the future.

We thank the entire Richardson GMP team for their commitment to combating anti-Black racism and for their support of the national Black community.

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Toronto Foundation, in partnership with Vancity Community Investment Bank, has created the Better Toronto Coalition. We are delighted to announce that Vancity is coming on board as one of our financial partners.

This exciting new development is the impact funding action we need to help boost Black-led businesses and organizations.

The partnership will operate within the wider objective of Vancity Community Investment Bank which has commenced a study designed to help small, local enterprises in Ontario and B.C whose growth may have been impeded by the economic headwinds of the COVID-19 crisis.

Click this link to read a short article on some of the reckonings and the resilience of independent businesses on 'Main Street'.

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