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Black on Bay Ball – Celebrating 20 years of change on the Street

Black on Bay Ball – Celebrating 20 years of change on the Street By Stephen Weir On Saturday night the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) marked 20 years of toiling mightily for the advancement and inclusion of black leaders in the Canadian financial services industry with what else? A black tie ball on Bay Street.It was one part looking at the future, another part looking back to when diversity was an unspoken word on the Street but for the most part, it was a blowout party amongst hundreds of colleagues and friends! The Black on Bay Ball was a sold-out fete in Toronto’s famed Arcadian Court. The iconic art deco hall is on the 8th floor of the Hudson Bay building at the corner of Bay and Queen Streets. The Ball ticked off all the right boxes. A red carpet reception. Caribbean style haute cuisine food stations. Moko jumbiestilt walkers swished through the room.African and Mas dancers and models wowed the 500 guests. There was an inspirational speech by Dr. Gerv…

500 attend Epic Carnival’s Saturday night launch

Merman can’t dance, but has an Epic amount of fun trying
BatGirl-weir photo
By Stephen Weir for Caribbean Camera
I don’t know anything aboutRyan Oldham (aka Farmer) aside from the fact that he dances worse than me (and I am the undisputed King of the Misstep). But early early Sunday morning his dancing stole the show at Epic Carnival’s Scarborough costume launch. It was 1.30am and there were 500 people inside Hall C of the Chandni Grand Banquet Hall. The last of the night’s 10 sections – Myth of the Sea - was on stage. Raesha Sirois, the former Face of the Toronto Caribana Carnival, was the very last model to come on stage. She was wearing a striking ultra frontline lime green mermaid costume, complete with fishnet stockings, fish scales in her facial makeup, shells in in her headpiece and white and orange feathers. All of the cameras and smart phones were recording her every move-- that was until Farmer started to bang his triton on the floor and wildly tap his feet.Suddenly the 6 footer …

Networking Conference For Black Business Professionals Told To Keep Up With The Times

BY STEPHEN WEIR FOR THE CARIBBEAN CAMERA After 20-years of pushing for the advancement and inclusion of Black leaders into the Canadian financial services industry, the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP) has learned a thing or two about how to succeed on Bay Street. Last Friday, the Association held a chalk talk to teach visible minorities how to succeed in a wildly changing work environment. CAUFP organized a one-day conference for Black business and finance professionals to learn about issues and trends impacting Canada’s finance industry and finance professions. They called it the No Boundaries Conference and over a hundred people came out to attend it in a conference hall on Bay Street in downtown Toronto. “The theme of the 2018 conference was the Future of Finance” explained association president Abdul-Aziz Garuba. “ What we did was focus on the emerging trends that are changing finance right now.” Change apparently is the watchword of the banking communit…

First Toronto costume launch attracts 1,000