Black Opportunity Fund
  • 3rd Anniversary Virtual Townhall

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  • June 29, 2023

3rd Anniversary Virtual Townhall


In celebration of Black Opportunity Fund’s 3rd anniversary, join the BOF team for a virtual townhall on June 29th!

Open to all community members and supporters, the BOF team will deliver updates on the progress made over the last 3 years, as well as discuss upcoming goals and initiatives. Attendees will be able to ask questions and provide feedback on initiatives and priorities directly.

Date: Thursday June 29th, 2023
Time: 6:30 PM EST

As an organization, BOF Is committed to transparency and meaningful community engagement. This work cannot be fully realized without community, and many perspectives are necessary to ensure BOF fulfills its mandate to serve and empower Canada’s diverse Black communities.


In anticipation of the Q&A portion of the roundtable, please submit any questions you may have for the panelist through the registration form, provided in the link below.


Simultaneous French/English translation will be provided.

Topic Agenda Time
Welcome and introductions

Donna Walwyn, Board Vice Chair of Black Opportunity Fund

6:30 pm - 6:33 pm
Video greetings

Ray Williams, Chair of BOF

6:33 pm - 6:34 pm

Craig Wellington, Executive Director of BOF

6:36 pm - 6:39 pm
Grant Program Recipients Video Highlights

Year in Review video

6:40 pm - 6:47 pm
Partner Message from TD

Alicia Rose, AVP, Social Impact, Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship

6:47 pm - 6:49 pm
BOF Criminal Justice and Arts & Culture Grants Program

Donna Walwyn (BOF Board Vice Chair), Muzunza Musumbulwa (BOF Programs Manager), followed by presentations from 2 x $100k grant recipients.


Funded by TD Ready Commitment & Ontario Law Foundation

6:50 pm - 6:59 pm
BOF Black Business Loan Program Update

Craig Wellington, Executive Director of BOF

Presentation by loan program recipient Dr. C Justine Pierre – Director Dunn, Pierre, Barnett & Company Canada Ltd. – Workforce Development, Labour Market & Management Consultant


7:00 pm - 7:05 pm
Wrap-Around Supports for Black Entrepreneurs – Funded by the CIBC Foundation and BMO

Craig Wellington, Executive Director of BOF and

Doug Minter, Senior Program Manager/Partnerships-Sponsorships
Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce

7:06 pm - 7:09 pm
Wrap-Around Supports for B3s – Funded by RBC Foundation

Nicole Salmon and Nneka Allen, Black Canadian Fundraisers Collective

7:10 pm - 7:14 pm
BFN (Black Founders Network) Accelerate 2023

Efosa Ebona ED and

Olu Olubanjo, Founder, Reeddi

7:15 pm - 7:19 pm
Black Life Education & Community Engagement Initiative

Leslie Norville -Black Life History

7:20 pm - 7:24 pm
Sick Kids BOF Sickle Cell Partnership

Dr. Isaac Odame –  Haematology Section Head, Division of Haematology/Oncology Sick Kids Hospital

7:25 pm - 7:29 pm
Greetings from Madame Michaëlle Jean

Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation (Video )

7:30 pm - 7:34 pm
BOF Venture

Dennis Mitchell (BOF Investment Committee) CEO and Chief Investment Officer Starlight Capital

Lekan Olawoye (BOF BOD) – Founder and CEO Black Professionals in Tech Network, Talent X

Craig Wellington – ED of BOF

Q & A Session

Moderator Donna Walwyn

7:40 pm - 7:55 pm
Thank you & closing remarks

Craig Wellington will sum up the discussion and thank panelists and attendees

7:56 pm - 8:00 pm