In Honour Of Black History Month-Black Opportunity Fund, Black Boys Code, The Black Moms Connection Financial Literacy Summit
In honour of Black History Month and as a part of its year-round commitment to helping enrich the lives of Black Canadians, here are three groups taking meaningful action to help create a more inclusive and equitable future for Black colleagues, communities, and those they serve.
As we all continue to celebrate and recognizing Black history, culture, and achievements and individuals, let me know if you’d be interested in talking to the leaders of these three Toronto-based amazing organizations truly making a difference in Canada.
Some of these partnerships include:
- Black Opportunity Fund (BOF), established in 2020, is led by a team of diverse Black Canadian professionals to help establish a $1.5 billion fund, one of the largest in the world, that is designed to dismantle the structural barriers that for generations have prevented many Black Canadians from achieving economic success.TD has committed $10 million over the next five yearsand every year, two positions will be created for TD colleagues to be seconded to work on selected BOF projects and initiatives.
- Black Boys Code, is a national organization, launched in 2015, dedicated to improving the future of Black youth through education in computer science and technology. By helping them identify their innate skills and talent and develop their digital literacy and confidence, Black Boys Code is setting the next generation on a path towards careers in STEM and inspiring them to become tomorrow’s technological innovators.
- The Black Moms Connection Financial Literacy Summit, is a signature event, spearheaded by Black Moms Connection Founder Tanya Hayles, that helps educate and promote dialogue about financial growth. From navigating financial systems and increasing confidence around money to seeking financial support, the summit provides relevant tools and resources to empower and educate Black women and families and strengthen the community’s relationship with money. TD is the exclusive sponsor.
For over a decade, TD has proudly supported programs and events during Black History Month that amplify Black voices and stories and reinforce its dedication to eliminating barriers that impede equal access. In February and March, the TD Black History Month Series will spotlight Black leaders and artists through a range of arts and culture programming, including 90 Canadian events. Visit communityevents.td.com to see many of the events taking place across communities this year.
- Al Ramsay, VP, LGBTQ2+ and Black Customer Segments: As leader of LGBTQ2+ & Black Customer Segments, Al and his team are focusing on creating better relationships with Black communities and businesses in which TD Black leaders, managers and financial advisors across Canada are being trained to provide elevated advice and a tailored customer experience for Black Customers, all backed by a research-based approach. This strategy is focused on accelerating the Bank’s Diversity & Inclusion journey which we have been building over the last twenty years to better support individuals from Black communities
- Naki Osutei, VP, Canadian Personal Banking, Strategy and Colleague Experience and Co-Chair of the Black Employee Network at TD: Naki understands that meaningful change across various segments of society requires, education, improved access to healthcare, initiatives focused on economic inclusion underpinned by the engagement and leadership of historically excluded voices to help reverse the barriers and challenges created by systemic racism. At TD and in her roles outside the bank, including as Executive-in-Residence at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, Naki is passionate about social innovation and how corporations can do their part.
- Peter Robinson, VP, Risk Management and Co-Chair of the Black Employee Network at TD: Peter is committed to helping attract and retain Black talent and supporting the career development goals of Black colleagues to help build a better workplace for Black employees. As Co-Chair of TD’s Black Employee Network, an internal resource group with over 4,000 members, Peter oversees and helps to create year-round programming designed to help TD Black colleagues and allies get involved and help combat anti-Black racism.
AMPLIFYING BLACK VOICES THROUGH OUR ANNUAL BLACK HISTORY MONTH SERIES:
We would like to thank Eric Alper for the press release.