Reflecting on Black Excellence at the 2024 CRIEC’s Black History Celebration

Social Innovation

On Tuesday, the Calgary Central Library played host to the 2024 Calgary Region Immigrant Employment Council’s Black History Celebration. This gathering was a vibrant tribute to the rich tapestry of Black culture, history, and achievements in Canada, honouring the remarkable contributions of Black Canadians past and present.

Among the esteemed Leaders Panel was Jerome Morgan, Associate Director of the Social Innovation Hub, representing the tech and innovation business community. Alongside Jerome were distinguished individuals such as Vis Naidoo, Gelila Mast, and Charles Osuji, with the discussions skillfully moderated by Dinara Millington.

The event provided a platform to reflect on the profound impact of Black Canadians across various sectors, from arts and culture to education, banking, health, technology, and beyond. Through insightful conversations, attendees gleaned valuable takeaways:

  1. From historical figures like Mathieu da Costa to contemporary leaders, the journey of the Black community in Canada is one of resilience and achievement, spanning diverse fields and endeavours.
  2. Building a supportive community is paramount for Black professionals as they navigate their career paths, fostering an environment of empowerment and solidarity.
  3. Mentorship and sponsorship play pivotal roles in nurturing the next generation of Black leaders, ensuring equitable access to opportunities for growth and advancement.
  4. Active engagement in community service, board participation, and networking is instrumental in fostering success, particularly for newcomers to Canada.
  5. Resilience and perseverance are central themes in the narratives of Black leaders, guiding them through challenges and propelling them toward success.
  6. Education serves as a powerful tool for empowerment, enabling individuals to reach their full potential and pursue their aspirations with confidence.

As we celebrate Black History Month, let us continue to honour the enduring legacy of Black Canadians and champion diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of society.