Friday, June 18, 2021

Canadian Black Chamber of Comerce Partner Event: Women To The Forefront Jun 18th & 19th, 2021


Women to the Forefront Two Day Symposium

Key International Leaders in the Sports World Talk Race and Racism
Black Coaches Canada presents the "Women to the Forefront" Symposium.
Brought to you by Black Players For Change.

On Friday, June 18th and Saturday, June 19th, 2021 starting at 9 am each day on Hopin more than two dozen industry leaders, former players, media personalities and scholars will discuss race and racism in sports with actionable follow-up. The event is now available for free due to the generosity of the Black Players For Change who believed in the vision and have assisted in making the event available for all. 

"The idea came out of the issues faced by Black women and girls involved in the development and improvement of the sport at the administrative and senior levels," explains Paul Martin, President of Black Coaches Canada. "So often, Black intersectional women and girls' voices are left out of the conversation. This event is to amplify those voices."  The stellar line-up includes:
  • Hope Powell, England's former international footballer and women's first-team manager
  • Kim Davis, Executive VP, Social Impact, Growth Initiatives & Legislative Affairs for the NHL 
  • Paulette Senior, President, CEO of Canadian Women's Foundation
  • Charmaine Hooper, Canada Soccer International Hall of Famer
  • Kayla Grey, TSN Sports Centre Anchor, Host of The Shift
  • Khalia Collier, Owner St Louis Surge & VP Community Relations St. Louis City F.C.
  • Dr. Ornella Nzindukiyimana, Dept. of Human Kinetics at St. Francis Xavier U
  • Dr. Janelle Joseph, Critical Studies of Race & Indigeneity, U of Toronto
  • Dr. Elena Simpkins, author of Black Women in Sport Leadership, Eastern Michigan U
  • Amanda Vandervort, Former Chief Women's Football Officer at FIFPRO
  • Donnovan Bennett, TSN Sportnet, Writer, Host and Producer
  • Alex Bunbury, Canada Soccer International Hall of Former
"Our presenters are top in their field, and the next generation needs to see the power, knowledge, pride and determination, which has brought these women to the forefront," exclaimed Collette Chapman, Director of Diversity, Black Coaches Canada.

There are presentations and discussions on race and racism, eSports and Gaming, Young Gifted and Black Women, Transitioning from Sports to Entrepreneurial Business, Women in Leadership, Being an Ally, Building Diverse and Culturally appropriate teams in organizations, Using Media to Change Representation of Black people to name a few. 

This interactive event will give attendees an opportunity to participate, network and win prizes. Sponsors and partners include The Black Players For Change, Rogers Sports & Media, Elgin Middlesex Soccer Association (EMSA), FKB Media Solutions, The Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce and The African Coaches League. 

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About Black Coaches Canada
Black Coaches Canada is a sports administration organization founded in March 2020. We strive to improve the nation's overall diversity and inclusion while addressing Anti-Black Racism within the sports industry (especially soccer) in Canada and abroad. Through research, education, representation, and advocacy, our goal is to be a voice of change, bringing about increased representation at senior levels of industry leadership for the Black and BIPOC communities.

About Black Players For Change
Black Players for Change (BPC) is an independent organization consisting of over 170+ Black players, coaches and staff of MLS, working to bridge the racial equality gap that exists in society. BPC is committed to tackling the racial injustices that have limited Black people from having an equitable stake in the game of soccer and society. Among the many goals the organization strives to advance the attention on human rights inequalities from protest to programs, partnerships and policies that address systemic racism. For more information visit or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.
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