Engaging Change: A Discussion on Anti-Black Racism
5:50 PM - 7:30 PM
Sam Oboh – Vice President, Ensight+ Architecture
Camille Mitchelle – Architect, Gensler | BAIDA
Cheryl Case – Urban Planner, CP Planning
Naki Osutei – Associate Vice President, Social Impact, TD Bank
Ossie Airewele – Design and Project Lead, Quadrangle
Anti-Black racism and its systemic roots has come to the forefront of the collective consciousness in North America and around the world. We recognize that our industry is not immune from generations of inequality, and as such the Emerging Leaders Network invites you to an evening of open and honest dialogue facilitated by industry peers from a broad range of backgrounds and disciplines.
Topics for discussion will include, among other things:
- an exploration of the issues specific to the construction and design community;
- how anti-Black racism is experienced in the built environment; and
- how to facilitate positive change from our position as future industry leaders.
This virtual event will take the form of a panel discussion with a follow up Q&A period. Upon registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing the event link.
If you cannot attend but would like to receive a recording of the event, please reach out to Sarah Anthon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the speakers:
Sam Oboh, FAIA, FRAIC, OAA, AAA, MAA, AIBC
Sam is an accomplished architect, thought leader, Presidential Medal recipient and a distinguished Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. With an expansive career spanning over 25 years in the built environment sector, Sam is a Vice President at Ensight+ Architecture where he leverages his unique expertise to enhance people’s quality of life through creative design intelligence and inspired insight-driven solutions for clients.
Sam was the 2015 President of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) and the first Canadian of African descent to lead the prestigious 113-year-old professional organization. A former Vice President of AECOM Canada Architects Ltd. (a Fortune 500 Company), Sam has held an adjunct lecturer / visiting studio critic role with various universities including the University of Calgary, Carleton University, University of Toronto and South Africa’s University of Pretoria and Durban University of Technology. He is a recipient of many awards and recognition including the 2016 Excellence Magazine Award for Leadership. Sam currently serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Botswana in Canada. His varied background has enabled him to bring valuable perspective to his role as an architect – inspiring passion for innovation, sustainability and stewardship excellence around the world.
Camille Mitchell, OAA MRAIC
Camille is an architect with Gensler, and a member of the global design firm’s Toronto office. Camille is currently a project architect for the interior office fit out and retail space for the future Bay Street head office of a large financial institution.
Camille believes that it is extremely important for underrepresented groups to be involved with the design of their built environments. She is a founding member of the independent organizations Building Equality in Architecture Toronto (www.BEAToronto.com) and Black Architects + Interior Designer Association (www.BAIDA.ca) . Their programs are dedicated to supporting mentorship, networking and leadership opportunities for women and visible minorities within the architecture profession.
Camille was recently nominated to join the Urban Land Institute’s Women in Leadership Initiative Championship Team for its Toronto chapter. This initiative was created in 2014 with a mandate to advance women in real estate, construction and related industries and as a recognition of the talent that exists in our city region. Additionally, Camille is a member of the University of Waterloo School of Architecture’s Racial Equity and Environmental Justice Advisory Board to provide guidance and oversight to the school as it revisits its curriculum or launches new initiatives
Cheryll Case practices a human rights approach to community planning. As founder and Principal Urban Planner of CP Planning, Cheryll coordinates with charities, private sector industries, and communities to resource the systems necessary to secure dignified living for all peoples. This includes an acute focus on housing as a human right, supporting urban agriculture, and improving the ability for marginalized residents to access arts and culture opportunities.
Naki Osutei is the Associate Vice President, Social Impact (Canada) for the Global Corporate Citizenship department at TD Bank. Naki joined TD in 2017 to help develop The Ready Commitment, TD’s global corporate citizenship platform. Today her team helps bring The Ready Commitment to life through: corporate philanthropy; the engagement of employees beyond traditional volunteering; and strategic initiatives including the TD Ready Challenge, an annual innovation competition, the national United Way employee giving campaign and the TD Scholarships for Community Leadership.
Ossie Airwele, ARB
Ossie is a British Licensed Architect and moved to Canada in 2019. Born in the UK, he spent much of his early childhood in Lagos, Nigeria before moving back to the UK and settling in the South East of England. He was architecturally trained in the historical port city of Liverpool, a diverse city with a strong cultural heritage for the arts, architecture, music, media and sport. Ossie has over 20 years’ experience in architecture in the UK and was an Associate Director of a FTSE 100 multi-disciplinary design company before moving to Toronto where he now works for Quadrangle. During his career, he has led the design and project management of a diverse range of projects including urban regeneration, sports and recreation, commercial, residential and conference centres. Ossie is dedicated to delivering excellence at all phases of the design process, from concept design to construction, and he strongly believes that a balanced experience of all stages is critical to the understanding of architecture. He has delivered and successfully executed a variety of locally and nationally acclaimed projects, most notably as Project Director and Architect for the School of Sports Science and Psychology for Liverpool John Moores University. He prides his professional approach on developing strong interpersonal relationships with clients and project team members.
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