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Black Business And Professional Association Gets New Board Of Directors

The new BBPA Board (from left to right): Miriam Mutale Simmonds, Ross Cadastre, Nadine Spencer, Frances DelSol, Michael Pinnock, Elaine Thompson and Ugochi Nwabueze. Absent from photo: Roderick Brereton, Donna Walwyn and S.I. Rustum Southwell. Photo contributed.

Black Business And Professional Association Gets New Board Of Directors

By Michael Van Cooten

TORONTO, Ontario October 9, 2019 On Monday, the Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) announced its slate of new directors to its 10-member Board, elected at the organisation’s Annual General Meeting, held on September 30.

The dynamic 36-year-old charitable organization espouses a mission “to advance Canada’s Black community, by facilitating the delivery of programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education and economic development.

Nadine Spencer, now in her second term as President; Secretary Frances DelSol; and Roderick Brereton, Membership Director, were all re-elected to the new Board.

The new directors are: Michael Pinnock, Treasurer; Donna Walwyn, Governance Chair; Ross Cadastre, Communications Director; Ugochi Nwabueze, Technology Director; Miriam Mutale Simmonds, Volunteer Director; Elaine Thompson, Business Development Director; and S.I Rustum Southwell, Director at Large – Halifax.

Spencer thanked the outgoing Board members for their commitment to ensuring the growth of the organization, and emphasized the need to continue expanding the organization’s reach, while staying true to its founding principles.

She noted, “We now continue on our journey, towards becoming a more innovative organization serving the Black business and professional community across Canada.”

“In my second term as President, I am proud to say that our association continues to thrive and achieve its goals, of increasing organizational capacity so that we can deliver greater member value, she added.

The BBPA organises the annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards, and the BBPA National Scholarship program. Some of the other programs it offers include: Financial Literacy; Business 2.0. at the Board Table; Mentoring Entrepreneurs; and Women in Business.

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