Keynote Speakers

CEO, Island Coastal Economic Trust

Brodie Guy

Brodie has served in executive roles with funds investing in Indigenous, rural, and sustainable development across BC for 15 years. He is the CEO of Island Coastal Economic Trust working on its transformation as co-governed regional development organization, is the Vice Chair of the Blueberry River Restoration Society (new $200M fund), serves as a director on the Indigenous-led national charity The Circle on Philanthropy, serves as a Canadian Commissioner on the Skagit Environmental Endowment Commission, and serves as a director with Project Watershed, a non-profit working with K’ómoks First Nation to restore and rematriate a special place known as Kus-kus-sum. Previously, Brodie worked for a decade in the Great Bear Rainforest and Haida Gwaii as the long-serving CEO of Coast Funds, one of the world’s largest Indigenous-led conservation finance and sustainable development funds. He and his partner Jessica are grateful to be raising their children in the beautiful ancestral territory of the Pentlatch, E’ikʷsən and K’ómoks people, known today as the Comox Valley.

Director of Global Development Partnership, Business Development and Recruitment

Jatinder Dhir

Jatinder (JD) Dhir has over two decades of experience in hospitality, Big Box retail sales, education, operations and service sector. He has held leadership roles such as General Manager/Sales coach for international retail stores and Director of operations Western Canada. Committed to making a positive impact, he is involved with not-for-profit organizations, providing tools to empower professional immigrants and building leaders for tomorrow. He also serves as Director Global Development and Partnership for Fearlessness Consulting Inc. and as Director Recruitment & Business Development with P49 real estate brokerage, Board of Director BCIBN (BC India Business Network). Additionally, he mentors/coaches Management professionals/ International Students and youth with PICS Society, IECBC (Immigrant Employment Council of BC) and Building Builders.

Chief Operating Officer (COO), Foundation for Black Communities Canada

Nneka Otogbolu

Nneka Otogbolu is the Chief Operating Officer at a leading national foundation dedicated to investing in change-making initiatives and ensuring sustained resources for Black-led, Black-serving, and Black-focused organizations across Canada. Prior to her role at FFBC, Nneka served as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and Equity Advancement at the Edmonton Community Foundation (ECF), the fourth largest community foundation in Canada and the largest non-governmental funder in Edmonton. Before her tenure at ECF, Nneka held various leadership positions, including Executive Director of a community-focused science charity in Vancouver Island, BC, and over 15 years in the Nigerian banking system, specializing in small and medium-sized businesses. With a wealth of experience spanning different sectors and geographies, Nneka brings a unique blend of financial expertise and a passion for social change to her role. Nneka holds an MSc. in International Management from the University of Hertfordshire and an MBA from Vancouver Island University, both of which were awarded with distinctions. She is recognized for her contributions to community development, having received the 2017 Canadian Bureau of International Education's Elizabeth Patterson Award for Internationalization for her work on Vancouver Island. In addition to her professional achievements, Nneka is committed to serving her community and is actively involved in various boards and committees, including The Resilient Immigrant Foundation and the Edmonton Black Business Society. She is a strong advocate for equity and social justice and is dedicated to driving positive change in the communities she serves. Nneka is known for her strategic vision, leadership acumen, and commitment to excellence. She is poised to make a significant impact at FFBC, driving operational excellence and advancing equity-focused initiatives that empower Black communities across Canada.

Workshop Presenters

Principal, Ramji Consulting

Karima Ramji

Karima Ramji traces her roots to the Gujarat region of India, and is blessed have had the opportunity to live, work and raise her family on the traditional Coast Salish territories of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on the Pacific North West Coast of Turtle Island (in Victoria, Canada). She has enjoyed a rewarding career in work-integrated learning (WIL) for over 25 years, with expertise in internationalizing WIL, partnership development, community engagement and cultural intelligence (CQ).  As an advanced CQ facilitator, Karima has championed CQ at University of Victoria and more broadly in the Canadian post secondary education landscape.  She currently serves as Associate Director, International, Indigenous and Accessibility at University of Victoria’s Co-operative Education Program and Career Services and is principal of her CQ consulting company, Ramji Consulting.

CEO and Founder of Rewarding Relationships

Robyn Ward

Robyn Ward is the CEO and Founder of Rewarding Relationships. We offer Executive Coaching, Cultivating Safe Spaces Facilitation, Business Consulting, Social Impact Metric Consulting and Allyship Workshops. Robyn Ward is a Certified Executive Coach (ICF/ACC) Certified Cultivating Safe Spaces Facilitator (CSS), volunteer counsellor (ENH), speaker, activist, and change-maker. She has mixed European heritage (Ukrainian, English, German) and is the proud mother of two Indigenous teenagers. Her life and her family's life is rooted in the Anishinaabe 7 Sacred Teachings: Respect, Courage, Wisdom, Humility, Truth, Honesty and Love. These values guide her daily and hold her personally and professionally accountable throughout her life. For 20 years she has focused her professional development on four fields: psychology, business, coaching and technology. When she’s not supporting clients or facilitating workshops, Robyn is a Board Member and consultant at Animikii. As well, she serves on the Board of the ICF Vancouver Island Coaches Association and she serves as a (non-Indigenous) Matriarch at the Sage Initiative. She is an ally and social justice disrupter to all spaces lacking inclusion and human rights, frequently Womxn, BIPOC and 2SLGBTQQIA+ intersections. Her focus is healing, connecting, nurturing and supporting healthy relationships internally and externally.

Alumni Speaker

Project Manager - Strategic Initiatives, Simon Fraser University

Mohit Payre

As a Project Manager with over 8 years of experience, I have a strong background in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. I have successfully managed teams of over 20 members and implemented high-budget projects collectively worth over $5 million within strict timelines. My experience spans across various industries, including Packaging, Oil and Gas, Heavy Engineering, and EdTech. I am a detail-oriented planner, skilled in coordinating with external and internal stakeholders, and I am highly analytical and result-oriented. My passion for project management, combined with my diverse work experience, makes me a valuable asset in handling projects across different business verticals. My goal is to leverage my skills and knowledge to create positive social impact through meaningful and sustainable projects.