Photograph courtesy of MODECANADAROCKS. Background image courtesy of Canva.
The panel wants to build the conversation around “how Canada can seize the moment to model new opportunities for an equitable future.”
Hosted by not-for-profit initiative MODECANADAROCKS and MELANI Beauty, the event will be hosted by lawyer and trademark agent Anjli Patel, and the panelist lineup includes FASHION’s own beauty director Natasha Bruno, as well as Judy Inc.’s Richard Campbell, ELLE Canada’s Vanessa Craft, creative director Charmaine Goodman, MODECANADAROCKS founder Len D. Henry, supermodel and founder of Ogilvie Skincare, Lana Ogilvie, entrepreneur Sabaa Quao, photographer Steve Carty, Milan’s Show division president Celia Sears, former FASHION cover star Aleece Wilson and footwear designer and creator of the Black Designers of Canada index, George Sully.
According to the official release, the panelists will “share their own personal experiences, creative identities and successes” as well as touch on the “complexities that exist being Black in Canada’s creative landscape.” Additionally, the panel will also discuss ways in which brands need to adjust their branding, imaging and marketing to reflect the important cultural shifts happening in society today. The ultimate goal of today’s discussion is “to bring about positive change, engage with fresh creative perspectives, and generate new business opportunities for generations to come.”
Speaking of the panel, Bruno says, “I’m excited to be part of this incredible panel of strong, Canadian Black voices — many of whom I’ve looked up to myself for years. I think this type of local discourse is really important to have because the idea of ‘Black Canadian identity’ is truly a mosaic of different perspectives and lived experiences, and I believe we all — no matter our race — can take something away from that. I hope today is a big moment of education for those tuning in — myself included.”
The Black Canadian Style: Here’s The Thing… panel kicks off at 4pm today. Click here to watch it live.