They hope that Black Business Women will come out and learn new things while they network with other women just like them. Some of the night’s highlights include the opportunity to learn about the Africa Centre and about all the businesswomen who will attend the event.
The panel is titled: Success and Struggles of Black Women Entrepreneurs.
The event is scheduled to take place on July 28th, 2023, at the Africa Centre 105 12 Avenue SE Calgary AB T2G 1A1. The time of event is 5 pm – 7 pm.
The panellists are Adekunbi Fasakin, Immaculate Byaruhanga and Danielle Gordon.
Adekunbi Fasakin is a Nigerian-trained physiotherapist and the founder and owner of Westwinds Corner Physiotherapy, Aviation Physiotherapy and Alberta Concussion Centre. She graduated with honours from the University of Ibadan in 2000 before relocating to Canada in 2005. She worked as a physiotherapist in the private sector in Calgary before resigning to become an entrepreneur in January 2007, birthing Westwinds Corner Physiotherapy.
Kunbi brings a wealth of experience in professionalism, entrepreneurship and the ability to juggle a busy and exciting family life with running a thriving business.
She is married with three kids who occupy most of her spare time with various involvement in competitive sports.
Immaculate Byaruhanga brings over ten years of experience at RBC, spanning multiple roles, including personal banking, leadership and business banking. Key areas of expertise include everyday banking, credit, cash flow, risk, employee loyalty and succession planning. Lending expertise spans multiple industries, including franchise restaurants, retail, aesthetics, transportation and logistics.
Immaculate is passionate about financial literacy at all levels. Her community engagement includes volunteer opportunities with; Junior Achievement, whose key focus is financial literacy across educational institutions in Calgary, IBM STEM financial literacy camps, and Calgary Catholic Immigration Society, among others. This community engagement garnered multiple RBC awards, including the Global Citizen Award in 2022.
Danielle Gordon is originally from Waterloo, Ontario. She graduated from the Doctor of Optometry program at the University of Waterloo with honours. Since then, she moved to Alberta and had been fortunate to practice in various environments, from suburban neighbourhoods to rural communities. She enjoyed comprehensive vision care, with a particular interest in dry eye and ocular surface disease management, nearsightedness control for children, and glaucoma detection and therapy.
She has completed the certification modules through the Institute of Functional Medicine and received her certification as a health coach in 2022 through the Wellcoaches organization. She has also had the pleasure of serving my profession as a board member of the Alberta Association of Optometrists from 2016-2020. She continues to be an active member of our provincial association.
Lastly, her heart work includes the Fit To Read Project, an initiative she created to connect books with kids in need and to help to create a community of joyful, confident readers.