Peter Tabuns MPP, Toronto-Danforth

Government of Ontario

Itinerary for the Ontario NDP Black Caucus Symposium

Published on March 16, 2022

QUEEN’S PARK — The Ontario NDP Black Caucus will host a symposium Thursday ahead of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21.
The symposium will bring together Black community leaders who are challenging bad policy and championing equity in their sectors for panel discussions focused on health, education, and jobs and the economy. Joining them will be Black Caucus members who will share how the Ontario NDP is prioritizing the changes community leaders are calling for, and supporting their efforts.
Thursday, March 17
10 a.m.               Welcome and Opening Remarks from NDP Black Caucus Chair Laura Mae Lindo
10:15 a.m.          Official Opposition NDP Leader Andrea Horwath to bring remarks
10:30 a.m.          Jobs and the Economy Panel

  • Moderator: Andria Barrett – Former President, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce 
  • Ross Cadastre - President, BBPA
  • Ryan Knight - Co-Founder and President, ACBN
  • Christopher Wilson – 1st Vice-President, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists

12 p.m.               Education Panel

  • Moderator: Felicia Samuel – Executive Officer, ETFO Toronto Local 
  • Shernett Martin – Executive Director, ANCHOR Canada
  • Stephen Mensah – Executive Director, Toronto Youth Cabinet
  • MPP Laura Mae Lindo – Critic, Anti-Racism, Colleges & Universities and NDP Black Caucus Chair

2 p.m.                 Health Panel

  • Moderator: MPP Dr. Jill Andrew – Critic, Women’s Issues, Culture & Heritage and NDP Black Caucus Member 
  • Liben Gebremikael – Executive Director, TAIBU CHC
  • Dr. Fatimah Jackson-Best – Project Manager, Pathways to Care
  • Dr. Angela Cooper Brathwaite – Co-chair Black Nurses Task Force, RNAO