Bukola (Oladunni) Salami
Dr. Bukola Salami is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta. She received the Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Windsor, and a Master’s and PhD in Nursing from the University of Toronto. During her doctoral program, she also completed Certificate Programs in International Nursing, Critical Qualitative Health Research, and a graduate equivalent Diploma in Health Service and Policy Research. Her doctoral work was funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.
Her research program focuses on policies and practices shaping migrants health. Between 2014 and 2019, she was involved in over 40 funded research projects. She is the lead on 20 of these projects with funding from national and international agencies. She has lead research projects on African immigrant child health, immigrant child mental health, access to healthcare for immigrant children, African immigrant youth mental health, migration of nurses as live-in caregivers, experience of temporary foreign workers in Alberta, downward occupational mobility of immigrant nurses and parenting practices of African immigrants. Dr. Salami has over 45 published scholarly articles in peer reviewed journals (with another 20 under review), 2 book chapters, and 8 reports. She represents the University of Alberta on the steering committee of the Worldwide Universities Network Global Africa Group. She founded and leads an African migrant child research network of 26 scholars from 4 continent. She is involved in several community volunteer initiatives including serving as a public member on the Council of the Alberta College of Social Workers. She has a solid track record of training students.
She has trained over 30 students, many of whom have received awards, including the Canadian Vanier Award and the International Development Research Center Doctoral Award. Dr. Salami has received several awards for research excellence and community engagement: 100 Accomplished Black Women in Canada; Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing Emerging Nurse Researcher of the Year Award; College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta (CARNA) Award for Nursing Excellence; and Alberta Avenue Edmonton Top 40 under 40. She has recently been selected as a recipient of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, the highest international research award in nursing.
Bukola (Oladunni) Salami, RN, MN, PhD
Principal Investigator: Health and Immigration Policies and Practices Research Program (HIPP)
University of Alberta, Faculty of Nursing
Room 4-238; Edmonton Clinic Health Academy | Edmonton | AB | T6G 1C9
P: 780 248 1801
Research Program Website: HIPP
Camille A. Mitchell’s childhood memories include a drafting board, parallel bar and a series of set squares in her family’s home in Hamilton, Ontario. Her father immigrated to Canada from Trinidad as a trained Draftsman and kept an office in the basement. Her mother was always astute to the latest trends in Interior Design. Consequently, Camille was aware of construction and shaping the built environment from early and developed an interest in an array of D.I.Y. projects. In school, she excelled with the visual arts and was strong in mathematics. She desired a career as an Architect to bring all these interests together.
Camille received Degrees from the University of Waterloo School of Architecture. This institution is a leader in design education and research and offers a full cooperative professional program. She was fortunate to work in World class cities such as New York, Paris, Rome and Montreal. Throughout her travels, she maintained connections with her hometown of Hamilton where she continues to be immersed in the city’s revitalization.
She joined the design team of KPMB Architects when she completed Graduate studies. She became fully immersed in the design of the New Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.
Candace Thomas is a proud native of East Preston, Nova Scotia and resides in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia with her husband, Lieutenant Commander Easton Dunkley (retired), and their daughter, Marguerite.
Candace is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Canada, Saint Mary’s University and the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. She is a partner in the law firm, Stewart McKelvey, Atlantic Canada’s first regional law firm with a distinguished heritage reaching back to Canada’s confederation. It is one of the 20 largest law firms in Canada with more than 200 lawyers in six locations in Atlantic Canada. Candace joined the partnership in 2005 and is the firm’s first Black female partner, following in the footsteps of Senator Donald H. Oliver (retired), who was the first Black partner in the firm’s history.
As a member of the Business Law Group, Candace has a diverse corporate-commercial practice, advising clients on matters ranging from mergers and acquisitions and financings to corporate governance and charity law. Candace was included in the 2017 and 2018 editions of The Best Lawyers in Canada for her work in Corporate Law. She received her Queen’s Counsel designation in 2017, an honour that recognizes exceptional merit on the basis of professional integrity, good character and outstanding contributions to the legal profession.
“Founding a registered charity Carion Fenn Foundation and ensuring that anyone diagnosed with Syringomyelia and Chiari Malformation doesn’t have to go through it alone. Hosting and producing a Television show, Health 180 with Carion Fenn on Rogers TV Durham. Becoming a Lakeridge Health Board of Trustee, Board Quality Committee Member & Co-Chair for Ajax Pickering Hospital Community Panel. Establishing a successful career as high profile interior decorator and designer. Receiving six awards for my community service work including the highest award from the Town of Ajax. My boys, Ron a Fire Protection Engineering Technology Student and Eithan, a competitive Gymnast.”
Carlotta Weymouth was born and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and a mother of six children. This unsung hero began her involvement with community service and labor movement when she decided to rejoin the work force after her youngest child entered public school.
Carlotta’s first job was a Counselor with Birthright, an organization that assisted women with their choices around birth. This was a pivotal moment in Carlotta’s life because her experiences with this organization made her realize that service to others was her calling; that being a voice for those who were not able to speak for themselves was something she was very passionate about. She also found it rewarding, especially knowing that she had effected change to better someone’s life.
Dr. Carole Chauncey born in Guyana, South America, holds an undergraduate degree in Biology from Richmond College of the City University of New York in 1971. She worked in the healthcare industry as a Medical Technologist for New York City Department of Health and Veteran’s Administration Medical Service Centre, Cleveland, Ohio. Carole decided to change careers and returned to graduate school after the birth of her daughters. After completing a Master’s Degree in Library Science, (M.S.L.S) in one year, 1980, she entered the doctoral program in Information Science, in 1987. Both degrees were completed at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. Carole was awarded two Higher Education Act Fellowships, while she was enrolled in both the graduate and post graduate programs.
Carole migrated to Canada in 1988, and worked for Baxter Corporation in the Systems Department. She was an Advisory Board Member for the Computer and Communications Network Degree Program, Centennial College. She was also an Advisory Board Member of the Global Partnership Literacy, School Net, Guyana Consulate General. She began teaching at the Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management, Ryerson University, and taught there for twenty-four years during which time she served as Chair of the Equity Committee of the Ryerson Faculty Association. She was a member of the Status of Women Committee for the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations as well as other departmental and university-wide committees.
Carole founded and administered a mentoring program in Ted Rogers School of Information Technology Management.
Charmaine Headley Co-Founding Artistic Director of COBA, Collective of Black Artists, Charmaine Headley is a champion of Africanist dance. Through her work as an artist, choreographer, teacher and mentor she advocates for the recognition and inclusion of the contributions of ethno-cultural dance practices in Canadian dance history and culture today. Headley pushes for a broadened societal appreciation of these art forms and advocates for reflexivity within Canadian curricula.
On leave from her PHD Studies at OISE, University of Toronto, Headley’s focus is on the contribution of Black Dance on the concert stage to Canadian Dance History. A graduate of the School of Toronto Dance Theatre and a strong believer in the healing power of dance, she holds an honours diploma in Gerontology/ Activation Coordination and has created a movement-based senior’s program for her Master’s thesis at York University. Headley implemented and ran an intergenerational program in collaboration with Malvern Family Centre and COBA, where seniors and elementary students in the Malvern area are brought together to explore and share their story through dance.
Charmaine Althia Crooks, C.M, OLY was born in Mandeville, Jamaica, immigrated to Canada at a young age with her parents and siblings. She is a five-time Canadian Olympian and Olympic Silver Medalist (Athletics), a Member of the Order of Canada (C.M), entrepreneur, speaker, and a long serving advocate for sport, community and Athletes. She was the first Canadian woman to run 800 meters in under two minutes. She won gold medals at World Cups, the Pan-American Games and the Commonwealth Games and was named Flag Bearer at the Opening Ceremony of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia.
Charmaine is a resident of West Vancouver, and is the Founder and President of NGU Consultants Inc. (1994), a global strategic marketing, management, production and corporate consulting company, which provides strategic cross-sectional advisory and business development services to a variety of national and global sectors, from technology, sports, to major events. She is a Corporate Director, serving on a variety of profit and non-profit Boards, including the national Board of The Heart and Stroke Foundation and currently, 365 International Sport Foundation (co-founder), Big Sisters BC Lower Mainland, Canucks Autism Network and a global champion for Peace with Peace and Sport.
Amongst the greatest was my involvement with the cross-cultural exchanges of students across Canada for which I received the SEVEC award. My involvement with The Congress of Black Women (KW Chapter) has enabled over thirty young people to further their education at the tertiary level through The Chloë Callender Award established since 2002. Another accomplishment was my work with The Waterloo Region Catholic School Board which effected changes in Race Relations in schools and the community at large.”
Dahlia Bateman is a successful lawyer who started her own law firm in 2006 with a general practice including Criminal Law and Mental Health Law. Not long after, she won a major decision in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice involving a patient’s right to refuse medication – a decision which has been cited in several cases. Over the last nine years, Dahlia made the transition to Corporate Law providing legal services to small and mid-sized corporations.
Dahlia is now a leading lawyer in the Food and Hospitality Services Industry. As General Counsel for the Dana Hospitality Group of Companies, she was integral to the Corporation’s successful bid for providing food services at the PANAM Games in Toronto in 2015. She crafts deals with national and international brands such as Tim Hortons and Starbucks to manage and establish restaurants across Canada.