Brittany Andrew-Amofah

2020 Honourees

Brittany Andrew-Amofah
Category / Expertise:
Title: Senior Policy Analyst and Media Commentator
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Brittany is currently the Senior Policy and Research Analyst at the Broadbent Institute, where she is responsible for assisting with setting the research and policy direction of the organization and managing the Broadbent Institute’s Fellow Program. With an expertise in applying policy principles to matters of Canada’s most pressing public affairs. She is regularly sought out to provide research, analysis and consultation services with a focus on creating a more socially progressive Canada.

Candies Kotchapaw
Category / Expertise:
Title: Founder, Developing Youth Leaders of Tomorrow, Today Organization
Achievements & Accomplishments:

Candies Kotchapaw is a registered Social Worker and the Founder and Executive Director of Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Today (DYLOTT).  She was born in Westmoreland, Jamaica and at the age of fourteen migrated to Canada with her mother and sister.  She completed her education in Canada. She obtained a Child and Youth Worker diploma from George Brown College and the Bachelor and Master of Social Work degrees from York University.

She worked in Social Services for over thirteen years. Most recently, she worked as an independent researcher on precarious work within the Black community and policy practice for social workers course co-developer. These combined experiences led her to create a program for Black youth.

She created DYLOTT so that Black youth who are interested in professional careers, but struggle to get relevant quality exposure, do not continue to fall through the cracks of society.

Carol Cushnie
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Title: Justice of the Peace
Achievements & Accomplishments:

Her Worship has had a rewarding career in the legal profession, fuelled by a longstanding passion for the law.   Her entrance into the legal field began as a legal assistant in a small boutique family law firm.  She went on to become a paralegal with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada, as well as holding positions as a part time adjudicator with the Toronto Licensing Tribunal and the Ontario College of Pharmacists. Her Worship Cushnie was appointed as a Justice of the Peace in 2017.

Carol Mundley
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Title: Mental Health Nurse and former chair of the OPSEU Womens Committee
Achievements & Accomplishments:

Carol Mundley- Born in England, but migrated to Jamaica as an infant and then migrated to Canada as an adult.   For almost 18 years working at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health as a nurse, the Co-Chair for Joint Health and Safety Committee, the Workplace Violence Prevention Committee, and the Horizontal Violence, Anti-Racism, and Anti-Oppression Committee.

As a union activist in OPSEU, the first black woman to hold the Chair for the Provincial Women’s Committee, and the Coordinator for Health and Safety for the Province-wide Mental Health and Addiction Division where the birth of the Violence in the Workplace toolkit was created.   Lobbying Government and policymakers to change laws.   Continuously mentoring women especially racialized women in having a voice not only at work but in their communities.

Cherie A. Daniel
Category / Expertise:
Title: Professor/Lawyer
Achievements & Accomplishments:

Ms. Cherie Alexa Ann Daniel, born in Toronto has worked as a sole practitioner Lawyer and in-house Counsel for a National Tax Law Firm. She earned her LL.B (Liverpool), LLM (Osgoode), M Ed (University of Toronto (U of T) – Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), and is a PhD student (OISE).

She worked as the 1st Black Program Coordinator for a Post- Graduate Certificate in Community and Social Diploma Program at Mohawk College – McKeil School of Business in the Community and Social Services Management.

She was appointed by Mayor John Tory as a part-time Hearing Officer in the first and newly formed Administrative Penalties Tribunal and was also appointed by Attorney General Michael Bryant to the Justices of the Peace Review Council.

 

Cheryl  Blondell
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Title: Crown Attorney
Achievements & Accomplishments:

Cheryl Blondell-King is a criminal lawyer in Toronto, ON. She is a child of the Caribbean, born on the island of Antigua but with family roots on the island of St. Lucia. She immigrated to Canada as a child with her immediate family and has resided in Toronto and surrounding areas most of her life.

She has two daughters, ages 21 and 23, who she is extremely proud of. Cheryl obtained her undergraduate degree at York University in Political Science (specializing in international relations and third world politics) and Sociology.

She says York was an awakening for her. She was exposed to all kinds of young women with brilliant minds and walked away with not only a Bachelor of Arts with Honors but friendships she has maintained to this day….friends she considers family.
Driven by a passion of travel, language and culture, she travelled to Paris, France where she lived and studied French for a year.

Cheryl Kerr
Category / Expertise:
Title: CEO – Owner
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Cheryl Kerr is the Founder and Managing Director of Medex Health Services Incorporated.

Born in Jamaica, Ms. Cheryl Kerr came to Canada in 1984 where she settled in Montreal while working and attending Dawson’s College.  After successfully completing her program as a registered nurse, she launched a full-time career spanning more than 25 years in the healthcare field.

Chioma  Ifeanyi-Okoro
Category / Expertise:
Title: Founder
Achievements & Accomplishments:

Chioma Ifeanyi-Okoro is an award-winning strategy and growth consultant focused on delivering business growth and personal brand building strategies to students, professionals, women entrepreneurs, large enterprises and business associations across the world.

She is also the founder of My African Corner a 3000+ community of black professionals and entrepreneurs spread across Canada, United States and Europe. The organization has partnered with CIBC, Facebook, Shopify, City of Toronto, MaRs Discovery District, Sandbox by DMZ, Ryerson University and more to connect black students, professionals and entrepreneurs with access to resources, skills and networks to grow in their respective careers.

Claudette Knight
Category / Expertise:
Title: Vice President – HR
Achievements & Accomplishments:

Dr. Claudette Knight has over twenty years of experience in the Financial Services Industry as a Human Resource (H.R) professional and is passionate about delivering sustainable business results while enabling engagement and wellbeing in others. Claudette is currently VP Talent Development at CIBC where she leads a national team accountable for building employee and leader capability bank-wide. She is also HR’s Executive Sponsor for the CIBC’s ‘Run for the Cure’ and Executive Co-Sponsor for CIBC’s Black Employee Network. Claudette is an ally of CIBC’s Indigenous Employee Circle, Pride Network and Women’s Network.  She presents regularly at CIBC events as well as externally, most recently the Chief Learning Officer Conference in 2019 and at the “Making Money Moves” event for the Black Professionals in Technology Network, in 2020.

Claudette McGowan
Category / Expertise:
Title: Chief Information Officer, Enterprise Technology Employee Experience BMO
Achievements & Accomplishments:

Canadian born Claudette McGowan, is an award-winning, globally-focused information technology leader with more than 17 years of success leading digital transformation, optimizing infrastructure and designing new approaches that improve service experiences. She has worked in the technology industry for several organizations such as Deloitte, Metropolitan Police Services, North York General Hospital and Bank of Montreal.

She is a recipient of a 2014 Green4Good Visionary award and in 2015 she was hailed as a Black Business & Professional Association (BBPA) Exchange – Woman of Honour. She was among the Top 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada and in 2018 she was recognized as WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winner.