Campus Life

Black Excellence Conference

Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020
Doors | 11:30 a.m.
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
IGNITE Student Centre | North

February is Black History Month, a time to remember the importance of celebrating diversity and dismantling barriers. In partnership with the BASE, IGNITE is proud to introduce the Black Excellence Conference.

The theme will be Time & Wealth. On Feb. 19, join our guest speakers as they dive into barriers to economic advancement, investments in personal development, and adversity and generational wealth.

Here’s what you need to know:

Who will be speaking?

We have three exceptional guest speakers who will be featured at the event:

Justin Alliman

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Justin Alliman is a basketball player with the Raptors. He helped bring in the 2019 Championship back in June. Alliman is also a Global Basketball development coordinator, youth mentor, and business owner. He has just published his first book, Before My Glory.

Paige from Paige1ofSome

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As a millennial living in an age of social media, Paige experienced firsthand what many students go through.

In 2018, she created Paige1ofSome, an Instagram page aimed at helping millennials understand and realize their true potential.

Ayanna Lee-Rivers

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Ayanna is the founder of Socacize® and an instructor, dancer and choreographer. She has been dancing since the age of 12.

Born in Trinidad and Tobago, Ayanna became interested in Caribbean folk dancing and she quickly became known as the “Limbo Dancer Extraordinaire.” She’s travelled extensively around Canada, the US, the Virgin Islands, and the Caribbean.

She’s even been an opener for Destiny’s Child with the Boom Tang Boys at the Roy Thompson Hall—need we say more?


David Lewis-Peart

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David Lewis-Peart will be acting as a moderator for the event. He is an educator, community worker, consultant, and writer. Not to mention he’s even spoken at  TEDx event.


Everton (Jamie) Caine 

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Everton (Jamie) Caine will be acting as MC for the event. Jamie is a mental health advocate and Child & Youth worker in the GTA. Caine also works as a Community Outreach & Engagement Leader at the BASE, and as a Learning Coordinator at the Harriet Tubman Community Organization.

Will there be any other entertainment?

Yes! Before the panel discussion, there will be painting tents set up for participants to get creative.

Special Guest Tray Arts will be leading students to create their own 16×20 canvas paintings. The best part? Canvas and paint supplies are included.

Akoma Performing Arts will perform a showcase of traditional Caribbean dance and drumming.

We are also hosting comedian, Clif Knight.

Clif Knight
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Clif is a Guyanese-born comedian living in Toronto. His style includes making jokes about his Caribbean family, the modern black perspective, and the differences between men and women. He has been featured in the Nubian Show with Kenny Robinson, SHADE with Anasimone George, and The Ethnic Rainbow with Brandon Ash Mohammed.

When he’s not making pancakes, he makes people laugh through his introspective commentary on the modern black perspective.

Will there be food?

Yes! Culturally appropriate lunch will be provided by Flava Ceen along with drinks. Desserts will be provided by the African Chop Bar.

Food will be served between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

Where is it being held?

The event will take place on Feb. 19 between 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. at North campus in the IGNITE Student Centre.

Anything else I should know?

There will a raffle at the end of the event for those who register. So be sure to register for the event today!

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Looking for other exciting IGNITE events? Don’t forget to check out We Listen – Health & Wellness Discussions event!

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