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In Conversation with Black Women in Leadership

February 17 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am


This Black History Month, join Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson, In Conversation with Black Women in Leadership across the public service, civic/community/international and business sectors in Canada. The world continues to contend with living with COVID-19, inflation, climate risks, conflicts, geopolitics, mental health and health system crisis and culture wars. All these global trends are directly impacting organizations and communities and increasing the demand on leaders. In this context, Black Women Leaders find themselves caught in the crossfires between the pressures of systemic inequities, leadership within those same systems and lived experiences that are both visible and invisible. With this complexity in mind, this conversation centers around the question: Where do we go from here? Join us, February 17, 9:00am – 10:30am PST to hear how this panel of leaders respond and for a chance to hear them reflect on and respond to your questions (you can leave a question in the registration form). This conversation is sure to leave you with pearls of wisdom for your own leadership journey.


Bukkie Adewuyi is VP, Internal Audit and Risk Advisory, Aritzia. She is a seasoned certified auditor and chartered accountant with over twenty years’ experience. Prior to Aritzia, she spent over three years with Prospera Credit Union, as the VP of Internal Audit and then the VP, Finance and Business Intelligence and a wealth of consulting experience in South Africa with major audit firms, PwC, Deloitte and Grant Thornton. She is community-engaged and is a YWCA woman of distinction.



Brenda Dogbey, PhD. is Chief Diversity Officer at the Privy Council Office. Her career spans public service leadership, policy and health research in academia, independent consulting and most recently the Federal Public Service over the past two decades. Within the Federal government, Brenda has held roles in various departments including the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), Health Canada, Natural Resources Canada(NRCan) and Privy Council Office (PCO). Brenda is a champion for women executives, women in STEM, inclusive leadership, culture change and strategy.



Ketty Nivyabandi is the Secretary General of Amnesty International Canada’s English-Speaking section. In her previous roles, Ketty has led research, advocacy, and communications strategies with women peace activists in several conflict and post-conflict countries, including Syria, Yemen, South Sudan, Myanmar, Uganda, and Guatemala. Ketty studied International Relations, is a former journalist, and published poet.



Angela Cooke is Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, Province of Ontario & Former Associate Deputy Minister, Housing, Construction Standards, Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism, Province of British Columbia and formally worked in the sector in the UK as well. Angela is focused on organisational transformation, to address housing sustainability across the broad housing continuum spectrum and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Housing, the international professional accrediting body for Social Housing.


In Conversation dialogues are hosted and moderated by Dr. Yabome Gilpin-Jackson during Black History Month. She is a multiple award-winning organizational development leader and scholar who centers equity in all she does. Throughout her career, which has spanned the public, private and non-profit sectors, she has helped people and organizations build capacity for transformational change. In addition to many academic peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, she has published short story/flash fiction collections about global African experiences Identities, Ancestries and Destinies.

Register by Friday February 15 to receive zoom link 24 hours prior to the event.


February 17
9:00 am - 10:30 am


Online, PST time