Yvonne Ben, Founder of KScope

Yvonne Ben, Founder of KScope

It started out with my love for African Fashion and after that, the vision had changed. I wanted to highlight innovative businesses, creatives, events etc shedding a positive light on the Africa in North America. .... Network within your peers, there’s so much hidden potential in a room full of professionals. You might find someone who needs your expertise and someone who has what it is you are looking for.  Collaboration is the key to growth.

Aris Omog, Founder, Chilling with the Diaspora

Aris Omog, Founder, Chilling with the Diaspora

My networking philosophy: Give before asking: Talk to people to understand how you can help them and be valuable to them. May it be a referral, sharing experiences, providing feedback etc. Then maybe later, you can ask for help if you need to.

Helen Seifu, Spokesperson for People to People Aid Organization (P2P)

Helen Seifu, Spokesperson for People to People Aid Organization (P2P)

I am passionate about human rights and social justice issues. I have been working in the field of human rights with particular focus on women and children in African and now in Canada. I have keen interest in working with vulnerable and marginalized groups and had the opportunity to develop and manage programs aimed at protecting and promoting the rights and wellbeing of vulnerable children and women, including victims of gender-based violence.

Josiane Laure Modjom, CPA, CEO of Malia Indigo Corp ( Premier Plus Size Fashion Directory)

Josiane Laure Modjom, CPA, CEO of Malia Indigo Corp ( Premier Plus Size Fashion Directory)

I would say my biggest accomplishment is to move to Canada (Vancouver & Toronto) with no English and within four years completed the Chartered professional Accountant (CPA) program, created a corporation and built a strong network. Self-motivated, I believe anything is possible with motivation, confidence and good organization.

Olivier Camara – Founder, Farafina Cosmetics

Olivier Camara – Founder, Farafina Cosmetics

I’m from Ivory Coast - former French colony – and I left my IT job in 2008 to study in Canada. After obtaining my MBA degree from Sherbooke University in Quebec, I moved to Toronto on Dec 25th 2009: Christmas day, to improve my English and find a job. After 9 months, I got a job at Dell Canada as a Sales Rep.

DISSIRAMA LAO: FOUNDER OF MANYATTA NETWORK AND CONSULTANT AT KPMG

DISSIRAMA LAO: FOUNDER OF MANYATTA NETWORK AND CONSULTANT AT KPMG

A bit about Dissirama.
Dissirama is a Senior Consultant at KPMG Advisory Services where she specializes in Financial Risk Management. With over 8 years of experience in Financial Services experience she has built an expertise in Corporate Governance and Risk Management. She is also the Leader of the Manyatta Network, a networking group which advocates for stronger relationships within the African Diaspora with over 700 subscribers in Toronto and 250 subscribers in Montreal.