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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

Rustum Southwell

Vice-Président

Nadine Spencer

Secrétaire

Itifo Engulu

Trésorière

Sharif Haji

Membre du Conseil

Burtley Francis

Membre du Conseil

Michael Lawal

Membre du Conseil

Dr. Wendy Cukier

Membre du Conseil

Dave McKenzie

Membre du Conseil

Solmaz Shahalizadeh

Membre du Conseil

Nadia Theodore

Board Member​

Rob G.C. Sobey

Membre du Conseil

Abdikhier Ahmed

Membre du Conseil

Denburk Reid

Membre du Conseil

Équipe exécutive de FACE

Tiffany Callender

Présidente Directrice Générale

Christelle Francois

Vice-Présidente des Opérations

Ken Birch

Vice Président des Finances Commerciales

Kwene Guzoraky

Contrôleur Financier

Louis-Edgar Jean-Francois

Président

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.

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.

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.

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).

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

Dave McKenzie est membre du conseil d’administration de la Fédération Africaine Canadienne de l’économie (FACE). Dave est le fondateur de l’initiative de service communautaire (CSI) à la John Molson School of Business de l’Université Concordia. Il établit des relations avec des partenaires communautaires et crée des opportunités pour les étudiants, les professeurs et le personnel de partager leur expertise en fournissant des services pertinents aux organisatons tout en s’engageant dans l’apprentissage par l’expérience. Dave dirige par l’influence plutôt que l’autorité. Il a créé la table ronde CSI, où 25 à 30 directeurs généraux et gestionnaires d'organismes sans but lucratif locaux se réunissent pour trouver des solutions aux problèmes communautaires. Son attitude positive et son énergie infatigable encourageant les autres à réussir sont contagieuses. Son attitude positive et son énergie infatigable encourageant les autres à réussir sont contagieuses. Il a créé le programme de formation des entrepreneurs de CSI pour démarrer votre propre entreprise afin de former les entrepreneurs communautaires sur la façon de créer et de gérer leur propre entreprise avec succès. C'était également l'occasion d'amener l'école de commerce directement dans la communauté et d'aider à uniformiser les règles du jeu pour ceux qui avaient un accès limité. Marié et père de trois enfants, Dave est passionné par le soutien et l'autonomisation des jeunes avec les ressources nécessaires pour réussir. Il cherche à inculquer une valeur permanente à l'engagement communautaire auprès des étudiants en commerce. Grâce à son programme pour jeunes PDG, il accueille chaque été des étudiants du secondaire de partout à Montréal à Concordia, pour participer à des ateliers de développement des affaires et de leadership animés par MBA et Ph.D. des étudiants, du personnel et des professeurs qui partagent leur expertise tout en apprenant et en semant chez les jeunes que l'université est possible. Dave croit que vous méritez le droit de diriger par vos actions et par l'exemple. Il est récipiendaire du Prix de leadership communautaire 2021 de la Fondation Montreal Community Cares (MCCF). Il est secrétaire/trésorier de la Table ronde provinciale sur l'emploi (PERT), une nouvelle organisation axée sur les défis d'employabilité auxquels fait face la communauté anglophone du Québec. Il est membre du Conseil syndical du Syndicat des employés professionnels de l'Université Concordia (CUPEU) et membre du Future Concordia - University Outreach Working Group. Dave est titulaire d'un baccalauréat en sociologie de l'Université McGill, d'un diplôme d'études supérieures en administration institutionnelle et d'une maîtrise en technologie éducative de l'Université Concordia.

Solmaz Shahalizadeh

Membre du Conseil

Solmaz Shahalizadeh is a founding partner of Backbone Angels.  She is one of a collective group of women in tech who are united around the same goal: funding – and empowering – founders, businesses, and ideas that are often overlooked.  Since March 2021, Backbone Angels has deployed over $2.3M USD to over 42 companies – and they are just getting started.  The organization believes there is space for many founders to thrive and be successful, and they believe that access to the resources it takes to succeed are not equitably distributed thus they want to help close the gap.  Backbone Angels looks for forward-thinking founders solving problems in a scalable way with a focus to invest in women and non-binary founders who identify as Black, Indigenous, and Women of Colour-led companies.

  

Prior to becoming a founder in Backbone Angles, Ms. Shahalizadeh was with Shopify for over eight (8) years leaving as VP, Head of Data to migrate to Backbone Angels.  She has a BSc. in Computer Science, MSc. in Bioinformatics, and a MSc. in Computer Science with a Minor in Bioinformatics.   

Nadia Theodore

Membre du Conseil

 

Nadia Theodore is the Senior Vice President, Global Government and Industry Relations with Maple Leaf Foods Inc.  Prior to joining Maple Leaf, Ms. Theodore spent over 20 years in the Canadian federal public service where she built a reputation for forging strong partnerships with government and business leaders, managing complex, priority trade files and leading multi-disciplinary teams.  

 

In her position as Consul General of Canada to the Southeast US, Ms. Theodore was responsible for leading diplomatic representation of Canada, communication, advocacy, state/regional government and community relations and the provision of consular services across the six states in the Southeast US.  This role saw her overseeing engagement with government, civil society, and diverse organizations; directing diverse commercial, information, education, and exchange programs; managing a 22-person staff and leading proactive/reactive issue, crisis and reputation management at state, regional and community levels.  Suffice to say, Ms. Theodore is a well accomplished business leader.

 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a Master of Arts in Political Science, both from Carleton University, and a Bachelor of Laws from University of London. 

Rob G.C. Sobey

Membre du Conseil

Rob G.C. Sobey is a corporate director. Mr. Sobey was the President & Chief Executive Officer of Lawton’s Drug Stores Limited from 2006 until his retirement in 2014 after 25 years with Sobeys. He serves as a director of SeaFort Capital and the Institute of Corporate Directors. Mr. Sobey is Chair of the Sobey Art Foundation, a member of the Queen’s Smith School of Business Advisory Board and serves on several foundation and not-for-profit boards. For his work as an Honorary Colonel of the Canadian Army, Mr. Sobey received a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He holds an undergraduate from Queen’s University, a Master of Business Administration from Babson College, and the ICD.D designation.

Denburk Reid

Membre du Conseil

 

Denburk Reid is the founder of Montreal Community Care Foundation (MCCF). Its mission is to empower youth by developing their leadership skills by using programs, workshops, and events, and by building bridges between communities. As the founder of MCCF, he beliefs that the youth hold the key to Montreal’s future and over the past eight (8) years, its programs have helped hundreds of Montreal youth stay on track, perform community services as well as set and achieve academic and life goals. The organization seeks to empower youth to become engaged citizens and leaders in their homes, schools, and communities. For the past five (5) years, MCCF celebrates and promotes community engagement across Montreal through the Montreal Community Cares Awards.

 

Along with his role as the founder of MCCF, Mr. Reid is the Founder of Red Rush Basketball & Red Rush Basketball Leadership.  He has a passion for empowering youth and meeting them where they are lends to a successful outcome.

 

Denburk Reid

Membre du Conseil

 

Denburk Reid is the founder of Montreal Community Care Foundation (MCCF). Its mission is to empower youth by developing their leadership skills by using programs, workshops, and events, and by building bridges between communities. As the founder of MCCF, he beliefs that the youth hold the key to Montreal’s future and over the past eight (8) years, its programs have helped hundreds of Montreal youth stay on track, perform community services as well as set and achieve academic and life goals. The organization seeks to empower youth to become engaged citizens and leaders in their homes, schools, and communities. For the past five (5) years, MCCF celebrates and promotes community engagement across Montreal through the Montreal Community Cares Awards.

 

Along with his role as the founder of MCCF, Mr. Reid is the Founder of Red Rush Basketball & Red Rush Basketball Leadership.  He has a passion for empowering youth and meeting them where they are lends to a successful outcome.

 

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.

En 2021, Tiffany a été nommée PDG inaugurale de la Fédération afro-canadienne de l'économie (FACE). FACE est une coalition d'organisations canadiennes de soutien aux entreprises noires qui ont travaillé avec le gouvernement fédéral pour co-développer et administrer le Fonds de prêts à l'entrepreneuriat noir de 160 millions de dollars.

 Tiffany a présenté des recommandations de changement de politiques aux institutions publiques, notamment en tant que signataire de la consultation de Montréal sur le racisme et la discrimination systémique ainsi que de la commission Laurent du Québec sur la surreprésentation des enfants noirs à la protection de la jeunesse. Elle présente également régulièrement des formations sur la sensibilité et l'équité dans des institutions privées. Sa carrière est inspirée par sa vie personnelle puisqu'elle est une fière mère de trois enfants.

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.

Denburk Reid

Membre du Conseil

 

Denburk Reid is the founder of Montreal Community Care Foundation (MCCF). Its mission is to empower youth by developing their leadership skills by using programs, workshops, and events, and by building bridges between communities. As the founder of MCCF, he beliefs that the youth hold the key to Montreal’s future and over the past eight (8) years, its programs have helped hundreds of Montreal youth stay on track, perform community services as well as set and achieve academic and life goals. The organization seeks to empower youth to become engaged citizens and leaders in their homes, schools, and communities. For the past five (5) years, MCCF celebrates and promotes community engagement across Montreal through the Montreal Community Cares Awards.

 

Along with his role as the founder of MCCF, Mr. Reid is the Founder of Red Rush Basketball & Red Rush Basketball Leadership.  He has a passion for empowering youth and meeting them where they are lends to a successful outcome.

 

Kwene Guzoraky

Contrôleur Financier

Titulaire d'un diplôme professionnel en administration des affaires et comptabilité, Kwene est également candidat CPA. Il est diplômé de la John Molson School of Business de Concordia avec un baccalauréat en commerce (majeure en comptabilité). Très jeune, Kwene Guzoraky est entré dans le monde des affaires tout en poursuivant ses études. Il a choisi une carrière dans le domaine de la comptabilité en raison de son amour et de sa passion pour les entreprises menées par des Noirs, dans le but d'utiliser cette éducation pour aider à soutenir sa communauté. Il a commencé sa carrière à 16 ans en travaillant pour une petite entreprise appartenant à des Noirs. Au moment où il a obtenu son baccalauréat, il a contribué de manière significative à transformer cette petite entreprise appartenant à des Noirs en une entreprise valant plus d'un million de dollars.

Pour acquérir une expérience supplémentaire, il a décidé de s'aventurer à pour de grandes entreprises telles que Genetec, une entreprise technologique qui se concentre sur la sécurité mondiale.

En 2021, Kwene a été nommé contrôleur financier de FACE Coalition. Son objectif chez FACE est de gérer les ressources financières à sa capacité optimale. Il servira de colonne vertébrale qui permettra à FACE d'être le catalyseur de la création de richesse générationnelle noire.