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Notre Mission

Générer une richesse générationnelle alimentée par des ressources économiques durables, de la capacité et des partenariats stratégiques.

Notre Vision

Être le catalyseur de la création de richesse générationnelle pour les Noirs.

À propos de FACE

FACE est une organisation nationale et bilingue à but non lucratif dirigée par des Noirs qui se concentre sur la répartition de ressources et d'information à la communauté noire à travers le Canada dans le but d'accélérer la création de richesse pour les Canadiens d'origine africaine.

En partenariat avec le gouvernement fédéral du Canada, FACE a créé un programme de fonds de prêt pour les entrepreneurs noirs afin de faciliter l’accès au capital d’investissements, à un fonds de roulement, et à des ressources commerciales supplémentaires pour le développement d’entreprise. FACE a aussi plusieurs autres partenaires qui contribuent à faire avancer la mission de fournir aux Canadiens noirs les ressources, les connaissances et la confiance nécessaires non seulement pour fonctionner avec succès en tant qu'entrepreneurs noirs, mais aussi pour prospérer en tant que communauté à travers le pays.

Conseil d'administration

Louis-Edgar Jean-Francois

Président et Trésorier

Rustum Southwell

Vice-Président

Nadine Spencer

Secrétaire

Burtley Francis

Membre du Conseil

Sharif Haji

Membre du Conseil

Itifo Engulu

Membre du Conseil

Michael Lawal

Membre du Conseil

Dr. Wendy Cukier

Membre du Conseil

Dave McKenzie

Membre du Conseil

Équipe exécutive de FACE

Tiffany Callender

Présidente Directrice Générale

Victor Paris

Directeur des Prêts

Christelle Francois

Vice-Présidente des Opérations

Ken Birch

Vice Président des Finances Commerciales

Kwene Guzoraky

Contrôleur Financier

Louis-Edgar Jean-Francois

Président et Trésorier

Member of the Quebec CPA Order, Mr. Jean-François is the actual CEO of Groupe 3737, a synergic ecosystem focused on creating economic growth and social impact through diversity, inclusion and black communities.

Former Deloitte member, head of consolidation of Bombardier Aeronautique and chief accountant of RDS, Mr. Jean-François combined his experiences from then and founded, in 2009, a multidisciplinary accounting and legal services firm LEJ which, following his arrival in the G3737 ecosystem, has experienced tremendous growth in the company of other businesses that started at the same time. His objective is to help other companies / organizations to experience similar growth and thus promote economic, social development and large-scale job creation. 

Since 2009, Jean-François has worked almost exclusively with entrepreneurs / founders and today uses his knowledge and experience to serve them and help his community. He is also a member of several boards of directors for which he provides his knowledge. He secured federal government investments to support black communities in the province of Quebec as part of the Support Black Communities of Canada initiative of Employment and Social Development Canada as announced on May 16 by the Minister of Families, Children of Social Development, the Honorable Ahmed Hussen. He continues to work to bonify these federal investments.

In the short term, he helps entrepreneurs deal with the current pandemic situation through direct support and by working with certain partners to develop a direct and significant financing offer for entrepreneurs from black communities in Canada. He helped secure a 350 million dollars investment by the federal government and financial institutions for that specific purpose.

Rustum Southwell

Vice-Président

Rustum Southwell is a passionate leader who has invested heavily in his community – locally and globally – working tirelessly as an advocate for economic diversity and capacity building. Originally from the island of St. Kitts in the West Indies, Rustum has called Nova Scotia home for more than four decades. Dr Southwell holds honorary degrees in law from Saint Mary’s and Dalhousie Universities, and an honorary diploma from the School of Business at the Nova Scotia Community College. He started breaking barriers by becoming one of the first Black franchise operators in Nova Scotia, therefore understanding and appreciating the entrepreneurial landscape of this province, and has worked diligently over many years to guide many budding and established entrepreneurs through their arduous journeys of business ownership.

Rustum is the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Black Business Initiative (BBI), a business development initiative that addresses the unique needs of the African Nova Scotian business community which he, with his “it can be done” attitude, has led to become the strong, vibrant, and well respected standard bearer organization that it is today. As leader of the BBI, his quietly innovative and highly effective management style was instrumental in enhancing the credibility and success of Nova Scotia’s growing Black business community in the past, and under his guardianship, BBI will have a strong voice and solid hand as it strategically positions to be an effective support and pertinent resource for Black and minority entrepreneurs of Nova Scotia for the next two decades. In his tenure, he has overseen the creation and expansion of hundreds of Black businesses, not only within the province and parts of Canada, but also globally across the U.S., the Caribbean and beyond.

Nadine Spencer

Secrétaire

Nadine Spencer is the CEO of BrandEQ Group Inc., a global agency specializing in social change marketing, communications, and public relations. Spencer has accelerated strategic growth and brand visibility for a diverse client portfolio. She also pioneered BrandEQ Black, BrandEQ’s cultural sensitivity arm, whose goal is to work with companies, banks, governments, and leading nonprofits to look at racial biases in advertising and marketing. Her proprietary “People Matter” strategy grabs attention, demands interaction, and generates long-term value for clients.

She serves as president of the Black Business and Professional Association, founded in 1983. The BBPA is a charitable organization whose mission is to advance Canada’s Black community by facilitating the delivery of programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education, and economic development.

She has been acknowledged in 100 Accomplished Black Canadian Women and has received numerous awards including the Harry Jerome Business Award, and others. A dedicated Black community champion, Spencer has devoted her life’s work to fighting discrimination, battling poverty and advancing women’s education including equality for women and girls of colour and other relevant topics related to the uplifting of society’s marginalized people. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with Honours from York University and serves on the York Alumni Board.

Burtley Francis

Membre du Conseil

Burtley Francis is a Partner with Stewart McKelvey in Halifax, Nova Scotia, a leading law firm with over 200 lawyers across six offices in Atlantic Canada. Burtley studied economics at the University of Ottawa graduating in 2004 (magna cum laude). After receiving his undergraduate degree, Burtley then studied law at Dalhousie University, graduating in 2007.

Burtley’s practice at Stewart McKelvey involves acting for clients in all aspects of corporate and commercial law, financing, and intellectual property matters as well as specialty areas of advertising and marketing, privacy, intellectual property (IP) and information technology (IT). Burtley has received national ratings by Lexpert in competition and franchise law. His clients range from owner managed businesses to larger private/public companies and are found in industries as diverse as telecommunications, manufacturing, information technology and entertainment.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of FACE, Burtley also serves on the Board of Directors of the Black Business Initiative (BBI).

Sharif Haji

Membre du Conseil

Sharif Haji comes with over a decade of experience in policy and program design, development and implementation. Mr. Haji has a strong background in public policy formulation along with community development experience. Mr. Haji brings a blended experience of both public and non-profit sectors in Canada and overseas.

Mr. Haji is a co-founder of the Federation of African Canadians Economics (FACE), a national Canadian entity that provides access to capital for Black business in Canada. Before accepting his current role as the Executive Director at the Africa Centre, Mr. Haji had worked with the Ministries of Seniors and Housing as well as Health for over five years. During his tenure in the public sector he led and/or managed various provincial files including; implementation of the Provincial Affordable Housing Strategy, Alberta’s Primary Health Care Strategy, the design of the Family Care Clinics and Alberta’s Primary Care Networks.

Prior to working with the Government of Alberta, Mr. Haji has had extensive experience in the nonprofit sector locally and internationally. Locally, he worked with Edmonton Multicultural Coalition in different capacities. Internationally, Mr. Haji worked with World Vision International in different countries where he led or managed major bilateral and multilateral grant-based initiatives.

Educationally, Mr. Haji has a Bachelor of Arts in Health Science and Social Services from the University of South Africa (UNISA), and Master of Public Health in Global Health, from the School of Public Health, University of Alberta.

Itifo Engulu

Membre du Conseil

Itifo Engulu is an experienced investment professional, with over 23 years in the investment and banking sector.  She specializes in branch supervision and operational controls within bank-affiliated investment firms and more recently within an independent firm. In addition to her previous supervisory duties, Itifo has worked as an investment representative for clients of discount brokerage services and financial advisors. After completing her bachelor’s degree in SME-Finance at HEC Montréal, she graduated in accounting from ESG UQAM and subsequently completed the short 2nd cycle program in the prevention and detection of accounting fraud.

She also completed the Impact Investing program of the Saïd Business School, University of Oxford and as part of her social commitment, had to chair the board of directors and various committees of non-profit organizations in Montreal focused on impact investments, micro-credit and solidarity finance.

Michael Lawal

Membre du Conseil

Over the years, Michael have been an advocate for the development of the African Community. He started with the Nigerian community where for several years he served on the board of the Nigerian Association (Now Nigerian Canadian Association of Edmonton – NCAE) in various capacities. He has also promoted the African community by contributing to the development of a better image for the African in Alberta. The latest being the sponsoring of the Diversity Magazine’s professional of the year award for the past four years from 2016 under the name “Sam Oboh and Michael Lawal Professional of the Year Award”.

 

Michael also served on the working group that put together a revitalization program for the 

communities of Balwin and Belvedere in Northeast Edmonton for the City of Edmonton and he is currently serving on the Balwin Belvedere Safety Project Team.

Michael is an APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta) licensed professional engineer and project manager and has served on the executive committee and as Chair of the Edmonton Branch of APEGA.

Michael has extensive experience in and has been responsible for the design, installation, construction, maintenance and management of a variety of multi-disciplinary engineering projects in Canada and internationally. He owns and manages an Engineering and Project Management Consulting Firm, a Real Estate Investment Company and a Financial Services and Wealth Coaching Agency in Edmonton.

One area that is most dear to his heart is the economic emancipation of African Canadians. As a licensed Financial Advisor and Wealth Coach, he is pleased to lead the Africa centre focus on the economic and financial sustainability of our organization, our people and our communities. Our people have to learn to be financially literate and independent and start building wealth. Africa Centre is training our people on how to manage their finances, how to start and manage businesses and help with business finance by linking them to people and organizations that can help when the banks will not. Michael has a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alberta, an MBA degree (Master of Business Administration in Operations and Financial Management) from Nigeria’s Premier University, The University of Ibadan, Nigeria and several professional certifications including a PMP (Project Management Professional), LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) accredited professional designations and a provincial license in financial services. Michael is a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC) and an honorary fellow of Geoscientists Canada (FGC(Hon.))

Dr. Wendy Cukier

Président et Trésorier

Dr. Wendy Cukier is a professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy at the Ted Rogers School of Management and is the Academic Director of the Diversity Institute at Ryerson University. Previously, as VP of Research and Innovation, she helped grow the University’s research and innovation partnerships.

She has written more than 200 articles on aspects of diversity, inclusion, technology, and innovation and is the founder of several start-ups. Dr. Cukier has collaborated on research assignments including the Black Experience Project and Diversity Leads and Rise up: a study of 700 Black Women Entrepreneurs. The Diversity Institute works closely with the Women Entrepreneurship Knowledge Hub and also contributes research for the Future Skills Centre. The Future Skills Centre is recognized for its evidence-based change strategies and recently led a national consultation on the 50-30 Challenge.

Wendy has received many honours for her extensive volunteer work including the Bob Marley Award, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award, the Sara Kirke Award for Entrepreneurship, the Change Leader Award of the International Women’s Forum, the Harry Jerome Award, and a Meritorious Service Cross, which is one of Canada’s highest civilian honors. She has an MA, MBA and PhD as well as two honorary doctorates.

Dave McKenzie

Membre du Conseil

Bio à venir

Tiffany Callender​

Présidente Directrice Générale

Développeuse communautaire et entrepreneure social, Tiffany Callender a passé ses 16 ans en développement de carrière et mise en oeuvre de programmes pour soutenir la connaunauté noire de Montréal. En plus d'être la plus jeune femme Directrice Générale d'une des plus anciennes organisations noires au Québec, elle a été reconnonnue par le MIPAD comme l'une des 100 personnes d'ascendance africaine les plus influentes de moins de 40 ans en 2020 et en 2021.

Tiffany a également été nommée premiere PDG de la Fédération Africaine Canadienne de l'économie (FACE). FACE, une coalition d'organisations canadiennes de soutien aux entreprises noires, qui a collaboré avec le gouvernement fédéral pour co-développer et administrer le Fond de prêt à l'entrepreneuriat Noir de 291,3 millions de dollars. Elle a présenté des recommandations de changement de politique aux institutions publiques, notamment en tant que signataire de la consultation de Montréal sur le racisme et la discrimination systémique ainsi que la commission Laurent du Québec sur la surreprésentation des enfants noirs à la Protections de la Jeunesse. Elle présente également régulièrement des formations de sensibilité et d'équité à des institutions privées. Sa carrière s'inspire de sa vie personnelle car elle est la fière mère de trois enfants.

 

Victor Paris

Directeur des Prêts

Bio à venir

Christelle Francois

Vice-Présidente des Opérations

Christelle François est une dirigeante et une entrepreneure bilingue qui a le pouls des leaders des affaires, de l'innovation et de la défense des intérêts. Elle possède une vaste expérience en tant que consultante en stratégie où elle s'est spécialisée dans l'accélération de la croissance, le développement de modèles de revenus et la mise en œuvre de solutions pour diverses entreprises et organisations.

Elle est également la fondatrice d'une société nommée Untold & Co Agency, où elle et son équipe sont au service d'un large éventail de clients pour la sécurisation de partenariats avec des entreprises et des gouvernements, l'élaboration de stratégies numériques et l'exécution de 360 campagnes de relations publiques intégrées. Sa passion pour l'engagement civique l'a amenée à aider à diriger l'initiative de la Journée du lobbying 2019 et 2020 avec notre actuel premier ministre. En janvier 2021, elle a été nommée présidente de la Chambre de commerce noire du Canada, où elle a dirigé la stratégie qui a obtenu plus de 5 millions de dollars de financement en moins de six mois.

Plus récemment, Christelle a été nommée vice-présidente des opérations pour la coalition FACE. Christelle est également passionnée par sa communauté et a fait du bénévolat et a siégé au conseil d'administration de nombreuses organisations, telles que L'apathie c'est plate et À deux mains.

Ken Birch

Vice Président des Finances Commerciales

Ken a commencé sa carrière dans le secteur bancaire et financier en 1998 et a occupé progressivement des postes de direction à la Banque Royale du Canada basée dans les Caraïbes orientales, faisant partie de la plus grande banque du Canada et l'une des plus importantes au monde en termes de capitalisation boursière, où il a tiré parti de sa passion et ses compétences, aidant les clients et communautés de RBC à prospérer.

Dernièrement, Ken a occupé le poste de vice-président régional, Services bancaires aux entreprises chez RBC (2017 – 2021), responsable de sept pays des Caraïbes orientales, chacun avec des gouvernements, des lois et des cultures séparés et distincts, regroupés sous une seule union monétaire. Là, il a dirigé une équipe diversifiée de quatorze membres, au service d'industries telles que l'immobilier et les secteurs connexes, la vente en gros et la distribution, la vente au détail, les services et la fabrication. Son équipe comprenait des directeurs des relations bancaires aux entreprises, des directeurs des relations associés, des directeurs de solutions d'affaires et un directeur du soutien aux ventes, prenant en charge jusqu'à quatorze succursales RBC. En tant qu'AVP, il a reçu plusieurs distinctions et récompenses pour la qualité exceptionnelle de son portefeuille, son leadership et son coaching, les résultats des ventes, la probabilité des clients de recommander et les sondages d'opinion des employés.

Ken a également siégé au comité des risques macroéconomiques et de la gouvernance des filiales de RBC dans les Caraïbes orientales (2017 – 2021), a été membre des comités de gestion de pays de RBC à Sainte-Lucie, Saint-Kitts-Nevis et Antigua (20127 – 2021) et membre du groupe pan de RBC. -Comité de performance des Caraïbes – (2016 à 2018).

M. Birch continue d'être un leader du changement innovant avec une passion pour l'apprentissage et la générosité, tirant parti de ses compétences et de son expérience pour aider à promouvoir la littératie financière et, en fin de compte, permettre aux communautés, aux collègues et aux entreprises de prospérer.

Kwene Guzoraky

Contrôleur Financier

Bio à venir