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

Ms. Kay McConney

Ms. Kay McConney

Businesswoman and Retired Diplomat

Described by She Caribbean magazine as a “dynamo moving the region forward”, Barbadian born Kay McConney has leveraged her multi-faceted talents to champion the interests of Barbados, the Caribbean and small vulnerable economies (SVEs) internationally. Kay’s distinguished service extended to international diplomacy, international development, and international trade. She served as a high-level diplomat at the United Nations (UN) in Geneva, Switzerland; and as a trade negotiator at the World Trade Organisation (WTO). As an international development consultant, her work on programmes of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) was published by the European Commission (EC). She has served as an expert resource, leading capacity building consultancies for international development programmes in the Caribbean, sponsored by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID); the United Nations Development Program (UNDP); and other international organisations.

She was the youngest Consul-General to be appointed by Barbados when she blazed trails in Canada as Dean of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Consular Corps, piloting such stellar initiatives as the Caribbean-Canadian Literary Expo (CCLE). CCLE brought together Caribbean and Canadian publishing companies and literary artistes from across fourteen Caribbean countries to open minds and build bridges for the development of the region’s literary industry. Over the past twenty years, Kay has been a champion for entrepreneurship development in the Caribbean region. She has collaborated on enterprise and youth initiatives sponsored by the Organization of American States (OAS); and in 2016 she was awarded for leadership by the Youth Entrepreneurship Scheme (YES) of Barbados - the country’s signature national programme for emerging entrepreneurs, which she spearheaded in 1995.

Currently, Kay McConney heads The Executive Minds, a company she founded in 2009. The Executive Minds specialises in strengthening institutional and individual capacities for 21st century environments, through training, coaching and consulting. TEM works with governments, non-profit organisations, private businesses and international development agencies. Its reach extends from Canada to the Caribbean, with a brand that combines neuroscience, systems thinking and strategic coaching. In the Caribbean and Latin America region, The Executive Minds has impacted some thirty organisations. In 2014, Kay collaborated with international best-selling author, David Krueger M.D., as a contributing author to his book, Successful Life Story Transformations: Using the ROADMAP® System to Change Mind, Brain and Behaviour.

Outside of work, voluntary community service keeps Kay anchored. In Canada, she has been a Training Facilitator for the Canadian Multicultural LEAD Organisation for Mentorship and Training for the past eight years. She serves on the Program Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Ryerson University-based, Lifelong Learning Institute’s Leadership By Design Program. She was an expert resource for York University’s (former) Global Leaders Retreat. South African Women for Women has honoured her for building cultural bridges beyond the Caribbean community with their Friendship Award. She was awarded for community leadership by the Barbadian community in Canada for the establishment of their premier event, which funds educational scholarships and sponsors health-care initiatives that benefit Barbados and the Caribbean.

Dr. Vivian Rambihar

Dr. Vivian Rambihar

Cardiologist and Community Activist

Dr Rambihar is one of the foremost thinkers in the world today, with ideas transforming medicine, health and society. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto and a globally renowned cardiologist, involved in teaching, research and practice in Toronto for 35 years. He has looked after many West Indians, including Dame Louise Bennett and Eric Coverly, who helped him with health promotion and in developing his ideas. This year marks 25 years of his pioneering contribution in diversity and health, and in chaos and complexity science, which Stephen Hawking says he thinks will be the science for the 21st century.

Born in Guyana, he studied medicine at McMaster University after receiving the Guyana Scholarship, teaching math in Guyana and a BSc (University of Toronto). Since 1990 he has lectured on ethnicity and health, and chaos/complexity and health across the West Indies, including at many UWI Medical Reunion and Caribbean Cardiovascular Society Conferences.

As a pioneer in chaos and complexity science, he is the first to apply these ideas to medicine, proposing their use in solving complex world problems like peace, health, development, poverty reduction and climate change. He has publications as Letters in prestigious medical journals like Lancet, Heart and British Medical Journal, gave lectures at University College London and Cambridge University, UK, and was part of a global Think Tank at the Newton Institute of Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge University in 2000.

As a pioneer in diversity/ethnicity and health, he developed innovative ideas for reducing obesity, diabetes and heart disease, with a multilevel complexity "Health in All Policies" approach, including grassroots action and social occasions for health, going to schools, temples, churches and community centers to achieve change. He advocated widely for this, gave Keynote Lectures to the Black and South Asian Canadian communities recently, and wrote a landmark 50th Anniversary Editorial for the American Heart Journal on Race, Ethnicity and Health.

He is the founder of Global Heart, co-founder of Valentine's Global Heart Hour, and author of many books, including Tsunami, Chaos and Global Heart, available free online, with sections on improving health.

Recent awards include 2016 FCCS, Canadian Cardiovascular Society's highest award, 2016 Guyana (Canada) 50th Anniversary of Independence Award for Academic Excellence, 2016 McMaster University GTA Impact Award, 2015 UC, University of Toronto Alumni of Influence Award, 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and 2012 Top 25 Canadian Immigrants.

Dr. Paul Steinbok

Dr. Paul Steinbok

Dr. Paul Steinbok was born in Barbados and did his medical training at The
University of the West Indies in Jamaica. After an internship in Toronto and a
residency in Neurosurgery in Vancouver at the University of British Columbia,
Dr. Steinbok became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Canada in
Neurosurgery in 1977. After completing a Medical Research Council of Canada
research fellowship to the University of North Carolina and Duke University
in North Carolina, he returned to Vancouver, and has been practicing as a
neurosurgeon in Vancouver since March 1979. Since 1985, he has limited his
practice to pediatric neurosurgery.

He has been Head of the Division of Neurosurgery and Chairman of the Pediatric
Neurosurgery Fellowship program at BC Children’s Hospital in Vancouver from July 1984 until December 2013. He is
the Medical Director of the Neurosciences program. Dr. Steinbok is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, in
the Department of Surgery. He has over 200 publications in peer reviewed journals and chapters in textbooks. His recent
research efforts have centered on investigating neurosurgical procedures for tethered cord syndrome in children with
urinary dysfunction, and he is leading a multicentered study in Canada and the U.S. to investigate this issue. He is also
the lead investigator in a multicentered Canadian study of thalamic tumours in children and a North American study of
eosinophilic granulomas in children. He is on the Editorial Board of Child’s Nervous System and is on the review panel
for many scientific journals.

He has been President of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery (ISPN). He has been on the executive of
the Section of Pediatric Neurosurgery of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons/Congress of Neurological
Surgery and the American Society for Pediatric Neurosurgeons. He has been invited nationally and internationally as
a visiting professor and as a guest lecturer. As a past Chair of the Education Committee of the International Society
of Pediatric Neurosurgery, Dr. Steinbok has taken a major interest in international education of neurosurgeons in the
field of pediatric neurosurgery. He has organized many international courses about pediatric neurosurgery in Argentina,
Singapore, India, Morocco, Colombia, Costa Rica and China.

Dr. Wesley J. Hall

Dr. Wesley J. Hall

Mr. Wesley Hall has over twenty years of experience in corporate governance
and shareholder communications. He founded Kingsdale Shareholder Services
in 2003 to provide clients with best-in-class services for communicating with
shareholders and managing investor-relations communications.

Prior to forming Kingsdale, Wes was Vice President, National Sales, for Georgeson
Shareholder Communications Canada, and a senior manager for a major Canadian
transfer agent. Wes also held the position of Assistant Corporate Secretary at CanWest
Global Communications Corp.

Wes is a founding board member of the Canadian Society of Corporate Secretaries
(CSCS). He remains committed to his involvement in and support of CSCS, and other corporate governance and investor
relations organizations. He is currently a director of SickKids Foundation, and Wellgreen Platinum Ltd. He is the former
Chairman of the Board of Difference Capital Financial, former Director of Equity Financial Holdings Inc., Longford
Energy and the Exempt Market Dealers Association of Canada.

Assisted by an expert group of industry professionals, Wes leads the Kingsdale team and guides his clients through
takeover bids, proxy fights and routine shareholder meetings. He is an industry expert in proxy solicitation, depositary,
corporate governance and other shareholder related initiatives. Wes has been sought out to lead some of the highest
profile deals and proxy contests in North America. They include Tim Hortons’ $12.5 billion merger with Burger King,
Pershing Square Capital Management’s campaign to replace the board of Canadian Pacific Railway, Petro Canada’s $19
billion merger with Suncor Energy, Xstrata PLC’s $19 billion bid for Falconbridge, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce’s $19
billion bid for Inco, and Barrick Gold’s $9 billion acquisition of Placer Dome, among many others.

Other accomplishments include the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2009 award for Ontario. In 2011,
Wes successfully completed the directors education program offered by the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) in
partnership with the Rotman School of Management of the University of Toronto. He received the Institute-certified
designation, ICD.D.

Mr. Stephen Ames

Mr. Stephen Ames

Canadian Stephen Ames has enjoyed a decorated professional career. He is
a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR, highlighted by a dominating victory
at the 2006 Players Championship where he won by a record-tying six stroke
margin. Stephen is the first touring professional from his native country,
Trinidad and Tobago, to compete on the PGA TOUR. In addition to his
Players Championship victory in 2006, Stephen won the 2004 Cialis Western
Open and is a two-time winner of the Children’s Miracle Network Classic
(2007, 2009).

Off the course, Stephen is committed to children and developing junior golf in both
Canada and Trinidad through the Stephen Ames Foundation. Founded in 2005,
the Stephen Ames Foundation provides funding for junior golf programs and initiatives focused on the well-being of
children. Over the years, the Foundation’s mandate has been expanded to include children’s charities, hospitals, and
hospital foundations in Canada. Annually, Stephen also hosts the CJGA Stephen Ames Cup, a cultural exchange and
Ryder Cup style tournament featuring a team of Canadian junior players versus Team Trinidad and Tobago.

In 2014, Stephen received the highest honour in Canadian golf when he was welcomed into the Canadian Golf Hall
of Fame as its 74th inductee. He was recognized not only for his outstanding play and professional career, but for his
unwavering commitment to supporting and furthering the game of golf. Ames has also been honoured for his excellence
by the Trinidad and Tobago First Citizens Sports Foundation as the recipient of the Sportsman of the Year Award (2006,
2007), and also by the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago when in 2004 he was awarded the Chaconia Medal for long and
meritorious service to Trinidad and Tobago tending to promote the national welfare or strengthen the community spirit.

Stephen is currently competing on the Champions Tour, where this past season he amassed seven top-10 finishes,
including an impressive T6 finish at the season’s final event, the Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He is the proud
father of two sons, Justin and Ryan, and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Mr. Cameron Bailey

Mr. Cameron Bailey

Cameron Bailey is the Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival®. He is responsible for the overall vision and execution of Festival programming, as well as maintaining relationships with the Canadian and international film industries. Toronto Life has twice named him one of Toronto's 50 Most Influential People.

Born in London, Bailey grew up in England and Barbados before migrating to Canada. Before taking up his current position at TIFF, he was a Festival programmer for eleven years, heading its Perspective Canada programme and founding its Planet Africa section.

For many years, Bailey was a writer and broadcaster on film. He reviewed for Toronto's NOW Magazine, CBC Radio One and CTV’s Canada AM. He presented international cinema nightly on Showcase Television's national programme The Showcase Revue, and produced and hosted the interview programme Filmmaker on the Independent Film Channel Canada. He has been published in The Globe and Mail, The Village Voice, CineAction!, and Screen, among others.

Bailey has curated film series for Cinematheque Ontario, the National Gallery of Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, and Australia's Sydney International Film Festival. He has also served on awards juries in Canada and internationally, including in China, the U.S., Turkey, Greece, South Korea, Burkina Faso and Tanzania, and has been a guest speaker at several Canadian universities, the Smithsonian Institution, Harvard University and the Banff Centre for the Arts.

In 1997, Bailey completed his first screenplay, The Planet of Junior Brown, co-written with director Clement Virgo. The film was named Best Picture at the 1998 Urbanworld Film Festival in New York, and nominated for a Best Screenplay Gemini Award. Bailey also completed a video essay, Hotel Saudade, shot in Brazil. The film made its U.S. premiere in 2005 at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

Bailey currently sits on the Advisory Council for Western University's School for Arts and Humanities and for Haiti's Cine Institute film school. In 2014, he taught a course in programming and curation at the University of Toronto. He is also a board member of Tourism Toronto, and past co-chair of the Arts & Culture Working Group of Toronto's CivicAction. He is a former board member of the Ontario Film Development Corporation, and served on the Advisory Board of the Royal Ontario Museum's Institute for Contemporary Culture. In 2007, Bailey was a part of the delegation accompanying Canada's Governor-General Michaëlle Jean on her state visit to Brazil.

Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow

Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow

Dr. Catherine Chandler-Crichlow is the Executive Director of the Centre of Excellence for Financial Services Education. She has held a variety of senior leadership roles in the private and public sector and was Managing Director, International Leadership Associates Inc., Director - Corporate Programs at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and Associate Vice President – Education and Training at TD Bank Financial Group. She is a co-founder and Chair of the Board of the newly-established African & Caribbean Board of Industry and Trade.

She has over 30 years experience in human capital development with a focus on executive and leadership development, curriculum development and program evaluation. She is an author on human capital development and a frequent speaker on the topic both locally and internationally. In her capacity building work, Dr. Chandler-Crichlow has consulted to international agencies such as the World Bank, the central banks of Brazil, Malaysia, Poland, Singapore and Trinidad & Tobago as well as with the Securities and Exchange Commission of Malaysia. Her extensive experience in the private and public sectors focused on strategy development and institutional change.

She has implemented initiatives at both sector-wide and organizational levels with a consistent focus on aligning human capital solutions to strategic needs of a region or institution. In February 2012, the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland cited her work in linking workforce development to economic development of the Toronto region’s financial services sector as a global “good practice”.

Dr. Chandler-Crichlow was invited to participate in Ontario’s first-ever Expert Roundtable involved in setting an immigration strategy for the province, and also invited by the federal Advisory Panel of International Trade to participate in a national roundtable involved in defining Canada’s International Education Strategy.

Dr. Chandler-Crichlow completed her Ph.D doctoral studies in Education at the University of Toronto, her Masters in Education at Harvard University – USA, a Diploma in Education at the University of the West Indies (Trinidad & Tobago) and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree at The University of the West Indies (Trinidad & Tobago).

Mr. David Taylor

Mr. David Taylor

Community leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist

A David Taylor is a proud husband, father, and grandfather. He is a Management Accountant and is currently President of Barvid Financial Services Inc. He spent his working years in Jamaica with Coopers & Lybrand (now part of PricewaterhouseCoopers), and subsequently joined the Toronto office when he emigrated to Canada in 1980.

Taylor established Barvid Financial Services Inc. ("BFSI") in 1995. The firm services a niche market, handling the business affairs of professional services firms. In this regard, BFSI has been, and continues to be, involved in the establishment of some of the premier legal boutiques in the City of Toronto. Additionally, BFSI believes strongly in social justice, and in giving back to the communities to which it belongs. To this end, the firm has used its financial management skills to assist a number of organizations which benefit both the Canadian and Jamaican communities.

He also currently serves as President of Ecuhome Corporation: a non-profit housing corporation that provides quality affordable housing and support for people who have experienced homelessness. Ecuhome operates 58 shared houses, an historic 60-room rooming house, and 5 apartment buildings throughout Toronto.

Taylor has served on various boards and committees in the past. He is a past President of the Jamaica College Old Boys' Association of Canada; a former Chair of the Social Justice and Advocacy Board of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto; a former Treasurer and Director of Project Work, a charity which provides training to, and obtains jobs for, young adults with intellectual disabilities; a former member of the Town of Markham's Achievement and Civic Recognition Awards Committee; a former member of Council of The Anglican Diocese of Toronto; and a delegate from the Diocese to The General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada. He currently sits on the Allocations Committee of FaithWorks, the arm of the Diocese of Toronto that provides annual funding of over $1.2 Million to various charities and Ministries in the Episcopal Area.
On January 1, 2014, Taylor will be presented with the Order of the Diocese of Toronto at the inaugural awards presentation by the Archbishop of Toronto. This award recognizes significant contributions made by lay persons to making a difference in the life of the church, and people in their communities.

Mr. Roger Mooking

Mr. Roger Mooking

Celebrity chef, television host, author, award winning recording artist.

Trinidadian born chef Roger Mooking has earned a reputation as one of North America's premier Chefs by developing a culinary philosophy built on perfect execution of globally inspired culinary traditions. As a third generation restaurateur and chef he began his formal training through the esteemed George Brown Culinary Management Program where he graduated with Top Honors and is now the Chair of the Professional Advisory Committee.

Roger continued his training at Toronto's world-renowned Royal York Hotel before co-owning and consulting on many food and beverage operations. Currently Roger is working with Pearson International Airport to open "Twist by Roger Mooking"; a restaurant, set to open in summer 2014, that takes a global twist on locally sourced North American comfort foods. Roger's restaurants has been on various "Best Of" lists and he was recently awarded the "Premiers Award" for excellence in the field of Creative Arts and Design.

He is the Host and Co-Creator of his own Internationally broadcast television series Everyday Exotic. His award-winning cookbook, based on the show, explores paring ingredients from all corners of the globe with everyday meals. He is also the Co-host of Heat Seekers airing on Food Network and Host of Man Fire Food on Cooking Channel. Roger is a reoccurring judge on Chopped Canada, which premiered to an all-time audience record high for Food Network Canada. His culinary talents have led to appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, Marilyn Denis, Top Chef Canada and Iron Chef to name a few.

In addition, Roger is a Juno award winning recording artist who has graced the stage with artists such as James Brown and Celine Dion. His album "Feedback" was released summer 2013. According to Roger 'food feeds the body, music feeds the soul. It's all food in various forms'.

But for Roger, what is most important is being a dedicated husband and father of four girls.

You could say Roger has a full plate!

Ms. Delores Lawrence

Ms. Delores Lawrence

CEO of NHI Nursing, community leader and philanthropist

Delores is the founder; President & CEO of NHI Nursing & Homemakers Inc. since 1985. A company that offers health care staffing and home care services. NHI impacts the Canadian economy with several hundred employees comprising of temp, perm, casual employees. Over 50 different languages spoken throughout the organization. NHI is committed to continuous quality improvement and in September 2013 the organization received Accreditation with Commendation from Accreditation Canada, an organization that measures NHI's standard of practice against national standards. Recipient of four consecutive years of Consumers' Choice Award for Excellence in Nurse Services.

Over the past eight years Delores thru NHI has provided several students from various organizations placements and mentoring for a variety of programs. She has organized shipment of variety of medical equipment and supplies to various hospitals and infirmaries in Jamaica and have facilitated visits by politicians and medical students from Jamaica to hospitals and long term care facilities in Canada. She also contributed financially to various community organizations in Jamaica and Canada.

A recipient of many awards and recognitions. Appointed to the Anglican Church Diocese of Toronto Executive and Diocesan Council in 2006 to present. Co-chair of the Diocese's recent successful $50 million fundraising campaign. 2004-2012. Chair of Operation Vote Canada.

Appointed as delegate of the Canadian Government to the First Canadian business women trade mission to the USA ( 1997), Recipient of University of the West Indies Graduate Nurses Alumni Award ( 2002), African Canadian Achievement Award - Business (2003), Recipient of the Order of Ontario ( 2004),- . 2013 the Queen's Jubilee Medal. Province of Ontario Volunteer Award 2011, Black Nurses Network Award for Innovation an Entrepreneurship (2007), JCA Community Award, Planet Africa Enterprise Award(2009) Harry Jerome Award (2010) In 2013 for the 9th. Consecutive year made the Canada's top 100 Women Entrepreneurs Canada list.

Appointed to the Order of Ontario Advisory Board- 2013, Ontario Judicial Council in 2010-2014, Director and Chair of Seneca College Board of Governors. Director and Chair of Academic & Patient Care Comm.of Sunnybrook & Women's Hospital , Member of the Toronto International Film Festival Group Capital Campaign.

A Registered Nurse with the College of Nurses of Ontario. Grad.of York Univ., MBA from Univ. of New Hampshire, Dipl. in Business Mgmt. from Harvard Business School, Grad. Univ. of Toronto/Rotman's Institute of Corporate Governance Program; Grad in Lay Ministry from Wycliffe College- University of Toronto.


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