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  • March 13, 2021

COVID-19 and the Black community

Answering questions about COVID vaccines

Black Canadians have questions and concerns about COVID-19 vaccines that deserve discussion, advice and expert information that consider their unique perspective.

If you have questions or wish to hear from Black members of Canada’s medical community this online event is for you.

On Saturday March 13th, 2021 from noon – 3:00pm EST as Black Opportunity Fund and BlackNorth Initiative came together for a national forum on all things related to the COVID-19 vaccines and our Black community.

Facilitated by CBC news Anchor Dwight Drummond, participants got the chance to hear from and engage with Black doctors, nurses, social workers, and other medical professions. All questions were welcome in this judgement-free forum. Small group break-out rooms were made available for more accessible discussion.

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Dr. Ato Sekyi-Otu

Orthopaedic Surgeon at William Osler Health System

Black Opportunity Fund Conference Co-Chair

Dr. Upton Allen

Chief, Division of Infectious Diseases SickKids, University of Toronto

Conference co-chair BlackNorth Initiative

Dwight Drummond

The anchor of CBC Toronto News

Dr. Maud Pierre-Pierre

President of Ralliement des infirmières et infirmières-auxiliaires Haïtiennes

Dr. Hugues Loemba

Clinician-researcher, family doctor and virologist

Dr. Zainab Abdurrahman

Pediatric and Adult Allergist, Pediatric Immunologist

Dr. David Burt


Dr. Ogilvie

Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Global Control of HPV related diseases and prevention

Bukola (Oladunni) Salami

RN, MN, PhD Associate Professor

Dr. Niranjan “Tex” Kissoon

UBC Professor in Acute and Critical Care – Global Child Health

Sharon Davis-Murdoch

Co-President, Health Association of African Canadians (HAAC)

Dr. David Haase

Retired Infectious Diseases and Internal Medicine Specialist

Black Opportunity Fund
Topic Agenda Time

Brief welcome from The Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) & BlackNorth Initiative (BNI).

12:00 pm - 12:05 pm
Expert Panel Discussion

Moderated by CBC News Anchor Dwight Drummond.

Featuring a diverse range of Black medical professional perspectives, available to address and answer any of your COVID-19 Vaccine(s) questions.

12:05 pm - 1:05 pm

Brief break before heading into regional breakout rooms

1:05 pm - 1:10 pm
Breakout Rooms

For this portion of the event, we will break into smaller regional breakout rooms to provide you an intimate, interactive, and engaging setting to discuss with others across our Black community and engage directly with the Black medical professionals in your respective rooms.

Any and all questions are welcome, judgement free zone, nothing is off limits.

1:10 pm - 2:20 pm
Key Takeaways

Recapping in main room all the key breakout room takeaways.

2:20 pm - 2:30 pm
Story Series – Diverse Perspectives

For this session we will re-join the main room for a rich and authentic story series.

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm
Closing Remarks

Closing remarks from the Black Opportunity Fund (BOF) & Black North Initiative (BNI)

2:55 pm - 3:00 pm

Let's Talk About:

Join the Black Opportunity Fund, BlackNorth Initiative and Black leaders in the medical community for a national forum on COVID-19 vaccines and our communities. Engage with Black medical experts in a judgement-free forum. All questions welcome.

Missed the Event?
Watch the event video here.