About the Event
AC Inspire is a networking conference designed to commemorate Black History Month, recognize the United Nation’s International Decade for People of African Descent and raise money for the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa. All participants will have the opportunity to network with successful industry leaders, develop useful professional development skills, and obtain career advice from an inspiring group of community builders.
What you can expect
Mix and mingle in a relaxed atmosphere with an excellent crowd of accomplished professionals.
Obtain some personalized career tips from multiple professionals during an organized networking session.
Meet and connect with featured community leaders in social enterprise, business, government, media and more.
Enjoy complimentary food and drinks courtesy of our delectable sponsors.
Event organized in support of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Ottawa
The Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa has been helping at-risk children and youth across our city for nearly 100 years. It has the greatest reach and impact on at-risk children and youth in the city, with more than 100,000 visits per year.
Each year, the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa provides thousands of children and youth in seven at-risk neighborhoods across the city with a safe space during the most vulnerable hours of the day, and FREE access to life-changing programs in four key programming pillars that are purposefully designed to drive personal development. They are; Education; Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle; Leadership and Social Skills; and Creative Arts. The Club also runs Camp Smitty to ensure that every child has the opportunity to experience summer camp.
After-school and weekend hours are a critical time for youth. That time can represent either an opportunity to learn and grow or be a time of risk to youth's health and safety. Experts agree that after-school programs offer a healthy and positive alternative. They keep kids safe, improve academics and help relieve the stresses on today's working families. They can serve as important intervention strategies for youth.
To learn more about the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, please visit
Keynote Speaker, Panellists, & Industry Professionals
The complete list of panelists, special guests, and accompanying biographies will be available soon.
- Claude Brulé, President & CEO of Algonquin College
- David Thurton, CBC Politics National Reporter
- Gina Leslie, Senior Manager, Strategic Programs at Invest Ottawa
- Osmel B. Guerra Maynes, Executive Director of Capital Pride
- Dr. Sarah Kambites, Senior Director of Programmes and Innovation at the United Nations Association in Canada
- Rawlson King, Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe Ward
- IBK Ajila, Director of Engineering for Retail Products at Shopify
- Adam Joiner, Director of Programs at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa
- Colin Lochalamoi, Youth Worker at the Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa / Intern Software Developer at Shopify
- Ru Vere, Manager of Corporate Services at Hill+Knowlton Strategies
- Sibongiseni Dlamini-Mntambo, High Commissioner of South Africa