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Unmasked: Community Calls to Action

Addressing the Disparities Amplified through the Pandemic

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Our Moderator

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Meet Karlyn Percil

Karlyn Percil is a Certified Emotional Intelligence and Neuro-Life Coach with a particular focus on Diversity, Inclusion, Workplace Wellness and Belonging. She is the Founder of The SisterTalk Group Leadership and Wellness Academy and Chief Executive Officer of KDPM Consulting Group INC. She is a former Bank Executive, who has dedicated her career to helping companies identify problem areas, known as “Elephant Stories,” that may interfere with an organization’s inclusion and human optimization goals. Further, she provides transformational tools, like The Success Planner and The Wellbeing Playbook, helping women, groups, and individuals increase their emotional and social intelligence in order to lead and live more meaningful and fulfilling lives. She is the Wellness and Life Coach Expert on Cityline and is most recognized for her multiple features on Oprah’s Lifeclass and mentions in Forbes, Essence, The Globe and Mail.

Our Panelists

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Meet Dr. Pam Palmater

Dr. Pam Palmater is a Mi’kmaw lawyer, professor, author, and social justice activist from Eel River Bar First Nation in New Brunswick. She has four university degrees, including a BA from St. Thomas in Native Studies; an LLB from University of New Brunswick, and her Masters and Doctorate in Law from Dalhousie University specializing in Indigenous law. She currently holds the position of full Professor and Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.

A practicing lawyer for 22 years, Pam has been volunteering and working in First Nation issues for over 30 years on a wide range of issues like socio-economic conditions, Aboriginal and treaty rights, and legislation impacting First Nations. Her books, Indigenous Nationhood: Empowering Grassroots Citizens and Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity, and her other publications focus on Indigenous law, politics, and governance and the importance of native sovereignty and nation-building.

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Meet Candies Kotchapaw

Candies Kotchapaw is a community builder and networker, holding Master and Bachelor degrees in Social Work from York University and a diploma in Child and Youth Work from George Brown College. While completing the Master program, Candies encountered systemic conditions that tried to prevent her from successfully completing the program. These forces included feelings of isolation in education, financial blocks, lack of mentorship and a sense that striving for greater was pointless. Candies found support in one faculty member who invested time and effort in developing her Major Research Project entitled, ‘The Politics of Social Work: Do Racialized Social Workers belong in the Practice Space of Public Policy Development?’

​Following completion of the Master of Social Work program, Candies founded the project called ‘Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Today’ (DYLOTT). This program serves the purpose of connecting participants of the program with strong mentors within the black community and non-racialized allies who have been successful at navigating systemic structures and creating access to available opportunities for marginalized people. As DYLOTT continues to evolve into a unique leadership skills development program, Candies continues to inform the program through her research into precarious work and its effects, specifically on the black community. Candies has travelled to the United Kingdom, Latvia, and South Korea to present her findings on precarious work to further structure DYLOTT to open career paths for the black community that has been otherwise inaccessible.

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Meet Dr. Wendy Cukier

Wendy Cukier is Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy and Academic Director of the Diversity Institute at the Ted Rogers School of Management Ryerson University. Dr. Wendy Cukier is one of Canada’s leading experts in disruptive technologies, innovation processes, and diversity and inclusion.
The Diversity Institute works with partners on projects (including several with OCC) aimed at promoting
diversity and inclusion in leadership and entrepreneurship. Wendy leads the Women Entrepreneurship
Knowledge Hub, funded by the Government of Canada which promote inclusive supports for women and other diverse entrepreneurs. Wendy was also an integral part of the bid for the new $260m Ryerson-led Future Skills Centre, funded by the Government of Canada and now leads a program of
research focused driving innovative approaches to bridges the skills gap. She has helped create and grow several successful startups and social ventures including Flybits, Think2Thing, the Madeleine Collective, and Growing North (now Green Iglu).

Wendy received many awards for her work advancing diversity and inclusion, including the Meritorious
Service Cross, one of Canada’s highest civilian honours. She has been recognized with the Harry Jerome
Diversity Award, the 2019 CATA Alliance Sara Kirke Award, a YWCA Women of Distinction Award, WXN most powerful women and, most recently, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Community Builder Award. She has an MA, MBA, PhD in Management Science and two honorary doctorates.

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