Presented to individuals of Caribbean-Canadian heritage, who have attained success in their field of endeavours.

Dr. Claudette McGowan

Dr. Claudette McGowan

Claudette McGowan is a global information technology leader with more than 20 years of success leading digital transformations, optimizing infrastructure, and designing new approaches that improve service and cybersecurity experiences. She has worked in the technology industry for several organizations such as Deloitte, Metropolitan Police Services, North York General Hospital, Bank of Montreal and TD Bank.

At BMO, Claudette served as the Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology Employee Experience, and at TD she was the Global Executive Officer for Protect Fusion & Cyber Experience.

Claudette is currently the Chief Executive Officer for Protexxa, a Canadian-based cybersecurity software and services company.

Claudette is an active member of the Canadian innovation ecosystem. She is the Founder of the Black Arts & Innovation Expo, and Chair of the Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR), a group of senior business leaders committed to creating platforms that break down systemic barriers within the innovation economy. McGowan recently co-led the launch of Phoenix Fire & The Firehood, a multi-million dollar women-focused angel fund and network for women in technology.

Her commitment to community is evidenced by her multiple board seats for leading organizations such as Air Canada, MaRS Discovery District, SickKids Hospital Foundation, BlackNorth, CILAR, Elevate Technology Festival, University of New Brunswick Canadian Institute for Cybersecurity, and the U.S. Consul General of Toronto U.S.-Canada Innovation Council.

Claudette holds a BA from Lakehead University, MBA from Athabasca University, Hon Doctor of Laws from Carleton University, and is currently in the Computer Science PhD program at Toronto Metropolitan University.

Mr. Deland Kamanga

Mr. Deland Kamanga

As Group Head for BMO Wealth Management, Mr. Deland Kamanga leads the strategic direction for a broad range of businesses including Private Wealth Canada (BMO Nesbitt Burns and BMO Private Banking), U.S. Wealth Management, BMO Global Asset Management, BMO InvestorLine and BMO Insurance.

Deland has more than 30 years of banking experience, most recently as Head, Global Markets within BMO Capital Markets, providing markets-based solutions to BMO’s corporate, institutional and government clients. He is a member of BMO’s Executive Committee and also serves on the board of InvestorLine, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. and BMO Capital Markets Corp.

Deland is a dynamic senior leader who strongly advocates for causes within BMO and in his community. He is a proud champion of diversity and participates in a variety of BMO’s employee groups and initiatives, including BMO Black Professionals Network Canada, which he founded as an executive sponsor. Deland received the 2021 Catalyst Champion Award in recognition of his trailblazing contributions to advancing women and championing inclusion in the workplace. He serves on the BMO Leadership Committee for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Deland is a member of the SickKids Board of Trustees and SickKids Foundation in Toronto and serves on the board of Women in Capital Markets, the Jackie Robinson Foundation as Director and as Co-Chair for BMO’s Employee Giving Campaign. He is also a dedicated mentor to young professionals, inspiring them to bring their very best to the workplace and motivating them to achieve their career goals.

He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).

Mr. Stanley Julien

Mr. Stanley Julien

Stanley Julien, a well-respected banking professional, was born in Trinidad and later relocated to Montreal, Canada, at the age of 7, under the guidance of his determined mother. As the youngest of eight siblings, Stanley drew inspiration from the success of his family members and the vibrant cultural environment of the Montreal-based Caribbean Black immigrant community.

In his formative years at the Negro Community Centre, a cultural cornerstone in the Montreal Black community, Stanley cultivated a strong sense of pride in his heritage. Mentored by elders, he was taught math, English, piano, and African history, shaping his commitment to community development and fostering a deep appreciation for assisting others. Stanley himself started teaching young people English, math and African history at the Umoja day camps he once attended as a child.

Presently serving as the Head of the Special Accounts Management Unit – Canada at BMO Bank of Montreal, Stanley leads a team dedicated to optimizing economic returns, restructuring distressed businesses, and safeguarding and expanding assets within his purview.

His extensive banking career includes noteworthy roles such as Regional Vice- President – Commercial Banking, Atlantic Provinces Division, and Managing Director – Credit Structuring, Corporate Finance Division.

Beyond his professional pursuits, Stanley has been actively involved in community volunteer activities, demonstrating a passion for coaching and mentoring young individuals. In 1997, he co-founded the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) and served as its president in 1999. The organization is committed to encouraging young talent to consider the financial services industry as a viable career option, fostering professional development among its members, and advancing financial literacy within the black community.

From 2005 to 2010, Stanley chaired the BBPA National Scholarship Fund, overseeing the distribution of over $1 million in scholarships annually to more than 150 black students across Canada. His dedication to community development earned him the prestigious Planet Africa Award in 2007.

In 2022, Stanley was honoured as one of the 100 Most Influential Black Canadians by Afroglobal Television. He actively serves on several volunteer boards, notably as a founding patron of the Blackhurst Cultural Centre, a non-profit hub and destination that provides opportunities to experience the rich culture and history of Canadians of African and Caribbean ancestry. Stanley played a pivotal role in securing a substantial $750,000 donation from BMO to the Centre in 2023.

Additionally, he is a member of the Turnaround Management Association, the Insolvency Institute of Canada, and serves as the co-executive sponsor of the Black Professional Network within Bank of Montreal. In a heartfelt tribute to his late mother, (Christine Ross-Julien), Stanley established an annual scholarship in her name in 2020. Awarded to two Black university or college students pursuing degrees across various fields, the scholarship reflects his mother's belief in the paramount importance of education.

Stanley holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Finance from Concordia University, an MBA from Dalhousie University, and is recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Married to Karen for over 30 years, they share the joy of raising two adult children, Anisah and Akil.

Dr. Pamela Appelt, OD

Dr. Pamela Appelt, OD

Dr. Appelt was born in St. Mary, Jamaica, and attended high school and college at West Indies College in Mandeville, Manchester. She studied Microbiology and Biochemistry in London, England and in 1966 attended McGill University where she worked as a researcher in medical biochemistry for several years. She holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy.

In 1979, she moved to Oakville, Ontario with her husband. In 1987, she was appointed as Canada’s first female Afro-Canadian Court of Canadian Citizenship judge where she served for 11 years.

The major themes in her life are helping children and families live better lives, and speaks often to groups, schools and organizations on the topics of religious human rights, violence against women and children, and issues that affect immigrants and visible minority women.

She has served a five-year appointment by the Province of Ontario as an adjudicator with the Custody Review and the Child and Family Services Review Boards. In 2007, Dr. Appelt was appointed to the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security Review Tribunal.

In 2020 Dr. Appelt was asked to serve as Chair of the COVID Community Advisory Group for SickKids-led largescale antibody testing and data collection study to understand the prevalence of COVID-19 infection in Black Canadian communities.

Dr. Appelt has been active in numerous local and national organizations including the Board of the United Way of Greater Toronto, the Community Foundation of Oakville, the Healthy Community Funders of Halton, the Christian Women’s Club, the Ontario Black History and the Canadian Multiculturalism Council. She is a founding member of the Black Business and Professional Association and the Harry Jerome Awards and Scholarship Fund. She is a founding member of the Black-Jewish dialogue of B’Nai Brith Canada, a member of the Board of the Yee Hong Geriatric Centre in Scarboro, Ontario and a member of the advisory board of the Institute of Public Policy and Religion in Washington, D C. She is past Chair and Director of the Harborfront Corporation in Toronto, and serves on the Board for the International Center for Human Rights and Democratic development, and the Harmony Movement of Canada. She is the patron of the Viola Desmond Awards at Ryerson University

Over the years Dr. Appelt has supported her country of birth. She presently acts as an advisor to the Minister, Culture Gender, Entertainment and Sport and serves as a director of the Institute of Jamaica. She is an advisor to the President, Northern Caribbean University and a patron for PACE (project for advancement of childhood education) in Jamaica and Canada and a director of the Institute of Jamaica.

Dr. Appelt resides in Oakville, Ontario where, in addition to her service to others, she enjoys painting and cooking for her grandchildren.

Raymond M. Williams

Raymond M. Williams

Ray Williams is committed to community engagement, in particular in the area of diversity and inclusion efforts. He serves on leadership boards for various organizations, including 100Strong Foundation.

He is an outspoken champion of workplace diversity and is a Past & Founding President (2000) and continuing member of The Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) the pre-eminent professional trade organization for minorities in the financial services industry. He has been actively involved at all levels since its inception in 1997, and in that capacity acts as a mentor to a number of individuals.

From 2000 to 2006, Mr. Williams was an advisor to the federal government as part of an External Advisory Group (EAG) on Embracing Change, a program designed to reconcile the evident disparities of visible minorities within the federal public service and federally-regulated industries, advising specifically though not exclusively, the President of the Public Service Commission (PSC), the President of the Publics Service Human Resource Management Canada (PSHRMAC), and the Clerk of the Privy Council ( at the time Alex Himmelfarb).

Between 2005 and 2008, Mr. Williams was instrumental in engaging the National Bank’s participation in The BankSETA International Development Program, which each year brought to Canada up to 16 senior South African banking executives from previously disadvantaged groups. The six-week development program (part of the South African Financial Services Charter) combined academic learning with on-site workplace days at leading Canadian financial institutions including National Bank Financial.

A firm believer in inspiring change within his community, Mr. Williams volunteers in various capacities as a mentor and has sat on the Board of numerous organizations, including the Canadian Foundation for Aids Research (CANFAR 2007-2012). Mr. Williams was also Co-Chair of CANFAR’s Investment Committee and was an Advisory Board Member. He was also member of the Pension Investment Committee of the United Way of Greater Toronto (2008 -2013).

Mr. Williams is a Co-Founder & Chair of the Black Opportunity Fund, established in 2020 and designed to be the largest fund in Canada addressing anti-black racism through social & economic empowerment.

He is also a member of Centennial College’s Financial Services Program Advisory Committee and has been a past Guest Lecturer at both Centennial and McMaster University, De Groote School of Business. He also sat on the Pension Investment Management Committee (PIMC) of the Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada.

He is currently an Executive-in-Residence (EiR) at Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, sits on the George Brown College Foundation (GBCF) as Board & Investment Committee Member & is a Board Member and Audit Committee member of the Institute for Research on Public Policy (IRPP), one of Canada’s top think-tanks as well as Canadian Ditchley.

He has been the recipient of various awards from Community, including the Planet Africa Award for Professional Excellence in Dec 2012. In October of 2013 Mr. Williams was nominated by the Canadian Diversity Business Council (CDBC) as part of the second cohort of 50 individuals deemed Board ready. In June 2021 He was nominated as a Champion of Change by Women in Capital markets (WCM). In 2018 Mr. Williams was awarded The Ontario Black History’s Society (OBHS) Rev Addie Aylestock Award –“Paving the way for others to follow” as the organisation celebrated its 40th year In 2019 he was presented with the President’s Award at the Annual Harry Jerome Awards.

Mr. Kevin Hibbert

Mr. Kevin Hibbert

Kevin was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario Canada and grew up in Toronto’s Jane and Finch community. Upon graduating high school, Kevin attended the University of Toronto where he graduated with high distinction, receiving an honours degree in Business and then went on to pursue his chartered accountancy designation.

In 2015, Kevin, then 38 years old at the time, was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Sprott Inc., making him the youngest CFO of a publicly traded asset management firm in Canada. Today, Sprott has grown to become one of the largest alternative investment management firms in the world, managing over $30 billion in gold, precious metals and energy transition assets on behalf of 250,000 retail and institutional clients around the world. Kevin’s role has expanded even further since 2015. Today, Kevin serves as Senior Managing Partner, CFO and Co-head, Enterprise Shared Services. In this expanded role, Kevin co-lead’s Sprott's Enterprise Shared Services Group with specific responsibility for external financial reporting, investment operations, tax, treasury, financial planning and analysis, investor relations and corporate communications, information technology, office facilities and administration. In addition to his duties at Sprott, Mr. Hibbert serves as a board member of UHN Foundation, one of the largest hospital foundations in North America and previously served as Vice-chairman and treasurer of Dixon Hall Neighbourhood Services.

In 2019, Kevin was elected by his peers as a Fellow of CPA Ontario. Less than 5% of accountants in North America carry the distinguished designation of ‘Fellow’, making it the highest honour an accountant can achieve from a professional accountancy body in North America.

In 2022, Kevin was recognized by Report on Business Magazine and the Globe & Mail as one of Canada's 50 Best Executives.

Kevin lives in Toronto, Ontario with his wife of 22 years, Ann-Marie Hibbert and their 16 year old son, Caleb Hibbert.

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted

Dr. Shakuntala Haraksingh Thilsted is the Global Lead for Nutrition and Public Health at WorldFish, a One CGIAR entity. She was awarded the 2021 World Food Prize for her ground-breaking research, critical insights, and landmark innovations in developing holistic, nutrition-sensitive approaches to aquatic food systems. She also received the 2021 Arrell Global Food Innovation Award for research innovation. She is a member of the Steering Committee of the High Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE) of the United Nations Committee on World Food Security (CFS) and Vice Chair of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021: Action Track 4 - Advance Equitable Livelihoods, and also a Food Systems Champion.

Dr. Thilsted studied at the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine in Trinidad where she earned a BSc. in Tropical Agriculture in 1971. She began both her career and her life’s theme of making strides within and for a developing society as the first and only female agricultural officer in the Tobago Ministry of Agriculture, Lands and Fisheries. Two years later, she returned to Trinidad and took on her first research-centred job at The UWI’s Faculty of Natural Sciences.

She holds a PhD from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

She has taught and researched at the University of Dar es Salaam and the Sokoine University in Tanzania as an FAO Associate Expert; and then as the Associate Head.

Several of her projects have been funded by organizations such as USAID, the African Development Bank, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, UNICEF and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr. Thilsted was closely involved in the organization of the UN Food Systems Summit 2021, guiding the Summit's work related to building sustainable and equitable food systems. She is also involved with the Global Action Network in mobilizing activities for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and UN Decade of Action on Nutrition (2016-2025).

Walter Chin

Walter Chin

Walter Chin was born in Montego Bay, Jamaica to a Chinese family, and grew up there and in Canada. After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree from Ryerson University in photographic arts, Chin moved to Paris, where as professional fashion photographer, he worked mainly for French Elle, before relocating to New York in 1990.

Chin’s work has been published in many magazines, including Allure, several international Vogues, Glamour, GQ, Interview, and Vanity Fair. He has also photographed advertising campaigns for designers such as Chanel, Valentino, Tommy Hilfigar, Missoni, Gap and Lancome. In addition, Neiman Marcus has selected him for many seasons to photograph their annual Art of Fashion Campaign.

Chin was listed as one of the most important people in current photography by a panel of curators, dealers, editors, and industry insiders for American Photo Magazine. His inclusion on the list cited his modernism, use of color and graphic form, and tight image cropping. The way in which his sitters appear to be constantly in motion, draws parallels with Richard Avedon and Martin Munkacsi. The first collection of his photographic work published is Work in Progress it was noted to be influential. He also published a second book, which was equally noteworthy: After Shoot.

One of Chin’s best known images, of a nude Gisele Bundchen on horseback, was published in Vanity Fair and subsequently featured in an exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery in London.

Camille Wardrop- Alleyne

Camille Wardrop- Alleyne

Camille Wardrop Alleyne (born Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, October 12, 1966) is an American aerospace engineer, space scientist, internationally acclaimed speaker, writer, educational leader, and science ambassador. In the highly technical fields of science and engineering where women are in the minority, she is one of the most-recognized women in aerospace engineering and one of the few women of color to serve in a senior technical management positions at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). She is the Associate Program Scientist for the international Space Station at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Dr. Kevin Fenton

Dr. Kevin Fenton

Kevin has worked in a variety of public health roles across government and academia in the UK and internationally.

He became London’s PHE Regional Director of Public Health and NHS in April 2020. He is the statutory public health advisor to the Mayor of London. He provides leadership across London for health, prevention of ill health, health protection and reduction of health inequalities.

In November 2020, Kevin was named by Powerlist as the second most influential black person in Britain for his work leading the fight against coronavirus and his public health leadership on tackling inequalities.

In Spring 2020, he oversaw the national PHE review of disparities in risks and outcomes of COVID-19 which included an epidemiological investigation, rapid review of the published literature, and an extensive stakeholder engagement with BAME communities, professionals, faith and system leaders. The review led to seven key recommendations which have shaped a more equitable COVID-19 pandemic response, nationally and locally.

Prior to starting as London’s Regional Director he held a joint position as Strategic Director of Place and Wellbeing and Director of Public Health at London Borough of Southwark, and Senior Advisor, Public Health England. In this role he led the council’s planning, regeneration, community engagement and public health portfolios driving inclusive regeneration, digital public health, asset-based community development and promoting health in all policies - working in partnership with NHS.

Professor Fenton was previously PHE’s National Director for Health and Wellbeing leading national prevention programmes including screening for cancer, NHS Health Checks, obesity, mental health, e-cigarettes and tobacco harm reduction, HIV, sexual and reproductive health. He also established and led PHE's Health Equity programme focused on addressing the social determinants of health and promoting place-based approaches to health improvement.

Between 2005-2012, Professor Fenton was the Director of the National Centre for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP), Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He also served as chief of CDC’s National Syphilis Elimination Effort and has worked in research, epidemiology, and the prevention of HIV and other STDs since 1995. Previously he was the director of the HIV and STI Department at the United Kingdom’s Health Protection Agency.


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