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Meet Louis March

Louis March is the founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement. He has been a volunteer community worker and advocate in the African Canadian community for over 30 years. His work has primarily focused on youth engagement and mentorship initiatives along with serving on various community organization Boards and Advisory Committees. The Zero Gun ViolenceContinue Reading

Meet Dr. Michael Ngadi

Dr. Ngadi is a Fellow of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering. He earned his doctoral degree from Dalhousie University (formerly TUNS) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He previously worked with Laval University, Quebec and University of Georgia, Georgia before joining McGill University in 1998. He is a professional member of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering (CSBE),Continue Reading

Report: Mental Health Month Panel Discussion

On Friday, January 29th 2021, the ACMP hosted its final Mental Health Month event: a Panel Discussion focused on identifying ways in which the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community can work together to address mental health issues. The panel featured the four mental health experts (Kofi Morris, Tracy Charles, Meghan Wills and E.L. Adams II) fromContinue Reading

Report: Check in – Substance (ab)use and Addiction

On Wednesday, January 27th 2020, the ACMP hosted its fifth Mental Health Check-In focused on discussing substance abuse in the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community. This event focused on educating and discussing the nature of substance abuse. The keynote address and discussion were led by Kofi Morris, a holistic health and wellness coach. Kofi discussed whatContinue Reading

Report: Check in – Anxiety and Depression

On Wednesday, January 20th 2020, the ACMP hosted its third Mental Health Check-In focused on discussing anxiety and depression in the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community. This event discussed the challenges that ACB community members face when dealing with anxiety and depression.. The keynote address and discussion were led by Tracy Charles: a mental health specialistContinue Reading

Report: Check in – Trauma

On Wednesday, January 13th 2020, the ACMP hosted its second Mental Health Check-In focused on discussing Trauma in the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community. This event discussed the differences between mental health and mental illness and the trauma that ACB community members can experience. The keynote address and discussion were led by Meghan Wills, a MindfulnessContinue Reading

Meet Nagad Hersi – Mental Health Outreach Worker

Nagad Hersi is an African, Caribbean Black Mental Health Outreach Worker at Somerset West Community Health Centre. She actively focuses on Primary Health & Regional Programs aimed at Silencing the Stigma of Black Mental Health. Driven by her passion and commitment to address systemic barriers around accessing mental health services, Nagad has worn several hatsContinue Reading

Meet Lydia Philippe: Mental Health Month

Lydia Philippe is the peer supporter during ACB Mental Health month. She will be present during the events to support participants in crisis. Lydia Philippe is the co-founder of Fabiola’s Addiction and Mental Health Awareness & Support Foundation. Together with her aunt, she hopes to keep her mothers’ memory alive by creating a foundation thatContinue Reading

Mental Health Month Resources

As the ACB Mental Health Month gets started, the ACMP is releasing resources. Talking about mental health is necessary, as Black communities face a range of challenges, but have less access to resources than white communities. The conversation will consist of six FREE events, and your participation will ensure that your concerns receive attention, andContinue Reading

Tracy Charles: Mental Health Month

Tracy Charles holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Ottawa and is presently perusing a Master degree in Theology at the University of St Paul. Tracy currently work as a Case manager with the Canadian Mental Health Association in Ottawa for the past 14 years. She specializes with supporting individuals who struggleContinue Reading

Warren Clarke teaches de-escalation through the Theatre of the Oppressed

When we see discrimination happening, we have a responsibility to stop it. But how?  Silence may be complicity, but anger often does not achieve the desired result. In Carleton University’s Sociology class, Addressing Race, Gender and Sexuality: Through the Arts, students are learning how to effectively advocate against anti-Black racism, sexism and anti-2SLGBTQ discrimination. TaughtContinue Reading

Kofi Morris: Mental Health Month

Br.Kofi is a Holistic Health & Wellness Coach, Energy Healer (Reiki), and the founder of Cosmic Wellness Holistic Health. Kofi offers workshops in Qi Qong (‘Chee Kung’), Meditation, Self-Care, Nutrition Corporate Holistic Health and Wellbeing, Proactive fathering and community development for Non-Profit Organizations across Toronto. Br.Kofi is dedicated to not only building his business butContinue Reading

The SOAR Student Leadership Conference

Carleton University presents the seventh annual SOAR Student Leadership Conference, taking place on Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 9:00am. If you are or want to become a student leader, join to be challenged and inspired to develop leadership skills through informative and interactive workshops and presentations! Tickets are available here:

Report: Financial Literacy

On the evening of Friday, November 20th, ACMP held its 3rd annual Financial literacy event. During university, Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) and other racialized students often face more challenges when compared to their white counterparts. Such challenges can manifest as limited access to opportunities, including access to financial tools and resources. This event was focused onContinue Reading

Get to Meet Dr. Brenda Dogbey: More Than Networking

Dr. Brenda Dogbey aka the Career Slay Mama works for the Federal Government. She is currently Acting Director of Strategic Policy at the Office of the Chief Scientist Natural Resources Canada. She has a PhD in Population Health from the University of Ottawa. She runs a blog Career Slay Mama where she provides strategic careerContinue Reading

Get to Meet Giulia Prud’homme: More Than Networking

Giulia is a Graduate student from the University of Ottawa with a Master’s degree in Social work. Her studies were propelled by her passion for the human experience within our society and in different cultural contexts. She has worked with a variety of populations, such as underprivileged communities and at-risk youth. In the past fiveContinue Reading

Get to Meet Dr. Stephanie Canning: More Than Networking

Dr. Stephanie Canning is a gastroenterologist at The Ottawa Hospital and a lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She obtained a B. Sc (Hon) in Chemistry in 2007 at Mount Allison University before earning her medical degree in 2012 from The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. She completed herContinue Reading

Get to Meet Jamaal Jackson Rogers: More Than Networking

Jamaal Jackson Rogers is Ottawa’s former English Poet Laureate and Carleton University’s Music Program 2019-2020 Artist in Residence. He uses his performance studio, THE ORIGIN ARTS & COMMUNITY CENTRE, as his launch pad to teach, mentor and advocate for the arts. Meet Jamaal at our More Than Networking event! You’ll have the opportunity to hearContinue Reading

Get to Meet Sheena Mawugbe: More Than Networking

Born and raised in Toronto, Sheena grew up with a love for creativity, expressed through fashion. Pursuing an accounting degree at the University of Ontario; Sheena realized early on she needed to be in a field that involved interacting with people. Schooling was always a key focus in Sheena’s life, but it was the connectionsContinue Reading

Get to Meet Franco Caminiti: More Than Networking

FRANCO CAMINITI is a Consultant with IG Wealth Management. Hehas built a successful personal financial services practice, serving thegreater Ottawa area since 1996.Franco develops financial plans focused on clients’ goals and objectives.By using proven financial planning strategies and techniques to helpclients manage their wealth and minimize income taxes, these goals areattained. He works closely withContinue Reading

Report: Changing The Narrative

On Saturday, November 21st, ACMP held another discussion-based event titled “Changing the Narrative – How is anti-Black racism different and similar in the US and Canada?”. Between Canada and the United States, anti-Black racism impacts the livelihood of people of African descent. This systemic racism creates barriers that members of the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) communityContinue Reading

Get to Meet Mark Convery: More Than Networking

Mark Convery has extensive experience in business law generally and in corporate and securities law specifically. His experience includes mergers and acquisitions, private placements, public offerings, private equity fund formation and investments, corporate governance and investment funds. Mr. Convery has considerable experience in cross-border transactions and has advised clients at all stages of development fromContinue Reading

Meghan Wills: Mental Health Month

Meghan is a certified L1 and L2 Unified Mindfulness, Mindfulness Coach in Ottawa, ON, Canada, with a background in human resources, hospitality and philanthropy actively supporting Children, Youth and anti-discrimination related initiatives in our communities.  Meghan recently acted as the Chair of Parents for Diversity until July 2020.  She has also been recognized as aContinue Reading

Everett L. Adams II: Mental Health Month

Everett L. Adams II (E. L.) was born and raised in Charlotte, NC with his older sister, by Everett Sr. and Sandra Adams. After graduating from West Charlotte High School to attend Phillips Academy-Andover Preparatory School in Andover, MA, to pursue his love of basketball. E. L. not only had to adjust to living awayContinue Reading

Get to Meet Saad Minhas: More Than Networking

Saad has been in house counsel in government, at Canada’s largest bank, and a major real estate startup. His experience in law, construction, procurement, project finance and real estate has spanned over a decade. Saad received his law degree from the University of Westminster in London, England. Saad was the Editor in Chief of theContinue Reading

Get to meet Greig Clark: More Than Networking

Career Summary Recent Trails Youth Initiative: Chairman of the Board. This NFP located near Toronto has the Mission of “helping vulnerable youth from at risk areas becoming contributing members of the Community”.  We have over 150 youth in our program at any one time ages 12-16.  All of our grads graduate high school.  It isContinue Reading

Get to Meet Patrick Joseph: More Than Networking

Patrick Joseph has been enjoying the world of business & the stage for over three decades and began public speaking over twenty years ago. Mr. Joseph has worked as a financial advisor with Sun Life Financial for almost 10yrs. He has also received training and mentorship from organizations and success gurus like Kingdom Advisors, Dr.Continue Reading

Get to Meet Issa Guindo: More Than Networking

Issa Guindo is a Principal at Rackspace and leads the delivery of strategic digital and cloud transformations, which encompass areas of business strategy, technical delivery, client management and business development. Previously, Issa was an insurance executive at Canada Life where he was responsible for the development and implementation of their Data, Analytics and AI strategy.Continue Reading

Get to Meet Graciela Hernandez: More Than Networking

Early lifeGraciela was born in San Salvador, El Salvador to a single-mother. Her mother flee to Montreal from El Salvador in the 1970’s because of her active involvement in the Salvadorian resistance and her outspoken activism for the working poor in El Salvador. She continued her activism while in Canada as she cleaned houses forContinue Reading

Get to Meet Wayne Bridge: More Than Networking

Wayne Bridge is an experienced leader who has demonstrated his commitment to success in the computer software and real estate industry. He is skilled in a variety of vocations including communication, strategy, event management, public speaking, and time management. Wayne is a client focused professional with a passion for delivering superior results. In addition toContinue Reading

Get to Meet Sebastien Alcy: More Than Networking

Sebastien is a federal HR partner and account executive. He specializes in recruitment within IT and the administrative sectors of the Canadian Government. As a bilingual recruiter on behalf of Randstad Technologies, Sebastien delivers and manages opportunities at the federal level and has a footprint in private enterprises. In addition, he is also a pointContinue Reading

Financial Literacy: The “Money Talks” workshop

Life as a student is already hard enough, you do not need unnecessary financial stress. Please join us at this workshop and gain valuable understanding about finances! Watch the introduction video to hear what we will do during the workshop! This workshop will take place on Friday November 20th, from 6pm to 8pm. Get yourContinue Reading

Get to meet Aïka Mathelier: More Than Networking

Aika Mathelier has been dancing since the age of four (4) in Port-au-Prince (Haiti), where she was born and raised; she has a background in classical ballet, jazz/hip-hop, contemporary/modern, tap dance, Haitian traditional dance, and latin dances. In 2011, in Montreal, Aika became a member of the dance company EKSPRESYON founded in 2003 by RegineContinue Reading

Get to meet Christopher Evelyn: More Than Networking

Chris Evelyn is the Chief of Staff to Canada’s Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development. He is the second Black Canadian to hold the post of Chief of Staff to a federal Minister in the Trudeau government. Chris has been working in politics for the past five years, serving in aContinue Reading

Get to meet Erica Ifill: More Than Networking

Erica Ifill is a former Department of Finance economist and columnist who founded Not In My Colour, the first intersectional business consultancy. With this new venture, she is positioned to address the systems and policies that prevent representation and equity at all levels in the workplace. Erica co-founded the Bad + Bitchy podcast, which focusesContinue Reading

3rd annual More Than Networking event

Since 2018, the Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) hosts its most anticipated event, More Than Networking, every November. Each year ACB students, educators, and the broader Ottawa community gather to discuss the importance of networking for social and personal growth. This also presents a unique opportunity for those who attend to develop valuable skills that canContinue Reading

Report: How to get into Grad school

On Thursday October 29th, ACMP hosted it’s second ‘How to get into grad school’ event. This event was focused on sharing tips and techniques that students could use when refining their applications before applying to post-graduate programs. Given the circumstances of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the event was hosted online to allow anyone to attendContinue Reading

FREE tickets for our November events!

We have worked hard to organize not one, not two, not three, but four events this month! The ACMP secured the funding, found the best guest speakers, found the professionals you need to network with, and coordinated the opportunity for you to take part. And you what the best thing is? It is FREE. SecureContinue Reading

Financial Literacy: Guest speakers confirmed!

Our guest speakers are confirmed! The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program (ACMP) in partnership with Harprit Gill, certified independent financial advisor, presents: The 3rd Annual Financial Literacy: The “Money Talks Workshop.” Various economic indicators highlight the financial gap among the Afro-Caribbean Black (ACB) community from their Whites counterparts, such as their net worth and the likelihood ofContinue Reading

Report: Post-Secondary Survival Guide

Throughout this virtual event, topics that were concerned with applying to university and how to get into university were summed up. The high school students were able to become more familiar with how to use websites such as the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC) and Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). The quick tutorial made theContinue Reading

How to get into Grad School

Join us this Thursday (Oct 29, 6pm – 8pm) for our event with Peter Holder. Learn everything you need to know to get into Grad School! Still wondering what this event is about? Why don’t we let Peter introduce the event?

All dates for our November events!

Great news! All the dates of our November events have been determined! Financial literacy – The Money Talks Workshop. The Afro-Caribbean Mentorship Program and Harprit Gill want to help YOU prepare for your financial future.Friday November 20, 6pm – 8pm. Changing the narrative. Interactive discussion about similarities and differences of Blackness between Canada and theContinue Reading

Who is the ACMP?

If you want to learn who the people of the Afro Caribbean Mentorship Program are, and what it is that we do, you can read our Mission page or Team page. Ooooorrrr…. you can watch our new promo video! Without further ado:

Post Secondary survival guide

Have you been stressing a bit about what post-high school life is like? We are here to ease your anxiousness and walk you through everything from applying to post-secondary institutions, important university tips such as how to study properly? The African Caribbean Mentorship Event (ACMP) is putting together a significantly informative event October 24th, forContinue Reading

How to get into Grad school?

Are you curious about continuing your education after high school? October 29th, the ACMP will be hosting a follow-up event to its first community program: an online forum discussing how to get into graduate school. Similar to the first event, this session will be an open discussion where attendees will be able to interact andContinue Reading

Against All Odds

PhD Candidate in Sociology starts popular program for racialized students By Nick WardPhotos by Akintunde Akinleye “Often, I see Afro-Caribbean Black youth who are going through the same social oppression that I went through and this motivates me to do the work that I do,” says Warren Clarke, Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology. “IContinue Reading