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Paving the Way: Black Professionals on Corporate Boards

November 10, 2021 - 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

Black@Blakes, our Firm's affinity group that supports our Black legal professionals, is pleased to host an engaging virtual conversation with seasoned Black professionals serving on corporate boards.


  • Early professional development investments for preparing to serve on a board

  • The role of the board member

  • The importance and value of having diverse perspectives and views in the boardroom

We hope you can join us!

Opening Fireside Chat:

  • Chi Iliya-Ndule, Associate, Calgary

  • Dr. Wendy Cukier, Professor, Entrepreneurship & Strategy and Founder, Diversity Institute, Ryerson University, and lead contributor to a recent groundbreaking study on diversity and corporate boards


  • Linc Rogers (Moderator), Partner, Toronto

  • Lori-Ann Beausoleil, Board Member, Brookfield Real Estate Income Trust Inc., Canadian Apartment Properties Real Estate Investment Trust, Slate Office REIT and NEO Exchange

  • Michelle L. Collins, Board Member, CIBC Bancorp USA Inc., CIBC Bank USA, Health Care Service Corporation and Strategic Marketing Inc.; Member, Global Risk Institute; Advisory Board Member, Svoboda Capital Partners, LLC and Cedar Street Asset Management

  • Dexter John, Board Member, Organigram Holdings Inc. and Financial Services Regulatory Authority (Ontario)

Wednesday, November 10, 2021
1 - 2:15 p.m. (ET)

Mandatory Continuing Education


This program contains 45 minutes of EDI Professionalism content and 30 minutes of Professionalism content. This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by the Law Society of Ontario.

Please note that pursuant to the amendments to the Règlement sur la formation continue obligatoire des avocats (Regulation respecting mandatory continuing education for lawyers – available in French only) of the Barreau du Québec, which came into force on April 1, 2019, the status of “recognized provider” and the mandatory “recognition” of activities have been abolished.

Blakes will continue to provide you with a confirmation of participation for your records. As stipulated in the above-mentioned regulation, members must preserve supporting documents attesting their completion of training activities for a period of seven years beginning on April 30 following the end of the reference period during which such activities were completed.

British Columbia
This program has been accredited for 1.25 CPD Credit Hour with The Law Society of British Columbia.