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Canadian Congress Announces National Transformation Campaign and Inaugural Nation Builder Awards at Canada Leadership Summit and Gala

Toronto, – The Canadian Congress is thrilled to announce its groundbreaking campaign for national transformation, which will be officially launched at the Canada Leadership Summit and Gala 2023. The event will take place from Friday, October 6th, 2023, to Sunday, October 8th, 2023, at the Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel, 5875 Airport Rd, Mississauga, ON L4V 1N1.

The campaign’s kickoff event will feature a press conference hosted by the executives of the Canadian Congress on Inclusive Diversity & Workplace Equity, along with dignitaries and professionals who will be speaking throughout the three-day summit.

According to Alex Ihama, the Executive Director of the Canadian Congress, “In the face of numerous crises, from elevated unemployment rates to increased violent crime and distressing suicide attempts, it is imperative that we address pressing issues. Despite heightened awareness of social justice, racism, discrimination, hate crimes, and mental health challenges continue at unprecedented levels. We believe it’s time to unite leaders from all backgrounds to strategize support for marginalized, minoritized, and racialized communities. It’s time to recognize those who work tirelessly on behalf of our nation’s citizens while inspiring and empowering others to build a brighter future.”

Event Highlights:

**- Friday, October 6, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.**: Summit Kickoff and Reception

**- Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 7:30 a.m.**: National Prayer Breakfast

**- Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 9:30 a.m.**: Workshops, Speeches, Panels

**- Saturday, October 7, 2023, at 5:30 p.m.**: Nation Builder Awards & Gala

**- Sunday, October 8, 2023, at 10:30 a.m.**: Canada Thanksgiving Day Service

The event will honour twelve remarkable Canadians who have made extraordinary contributions to the nation and the cause of social justice. Awardees, speakers, and panellists include trailblazers such as:

  • Hon. Jean Augustine, the first Black woman member of parliament in Canada and the one who made the motion for Black History Month to be recognized in Canada.
  • Senator Don Oliver, the first Black male to sit in the Senate and the second Black Canadian appointed to the chamber.
  • Dr. Wendy Cukier, the founder and academic director of the Diversity Institute at the Toronto Metropolitan University, the premier organization for social-justice-related research and data.
  • Senator Bernadette Clement, the first female and Black mayor of Cornwall, Ontario; and Roberto Hausman, a humanitarian and advocate for the homeless across Canada.
  • Senator Jane McCallum, a dentist and an advocate for health care and social justice issues, and the first Indigenous person and woman to serve as the new chancellor of Brandon University, Manitoba.
  • Courtney Betty, the lead principal in the one-billion-dollar class action suit against the Government of Canada for decades of racism against its Black employees.

Others include Dr. Ardavan Eizadirad, a professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and Executive Director of Youth Association for Academics, Athletics, and Character Education (YAAACE) in the Jane and Finch community; Pauline Christine, the former president of the Black Business and Professional Association; Svetlana Ratnikova, the founder and head of Immigrant Women in Business (IWB), one of the largest organizations that are helping women immigrant to start and prosper in business upon arrival to Canada; and Drs. Peter and Pat Morgan, renowned global ambassadors for national transformation and unity.

The Canada Leadership Summit and Gala 2023 promises a series of engaging workshops, inspirational speeches, and thought-provoking panel discussions centred around leadership, business, and community. Organizers invite individuals from all walks of life to join the forefront of change by registering at [].

SOURCE Sasha Stoltz Publicity

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