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Actua Celebrates Black History Month – A Message from the CEO

February 1, 2021

This month, Actua joins Canadians across the country celebrating Black History Month. 

On behalf of everyone at Actua, I would like to recognize the many contributions and achievements Black Canadians have made throughout our history and across our country to advance innovation in STEM.

Black Canadians have faced many inequalities pursuing, obtaining and sustaining STEM careers, including limited access to quality education, discrimination in career recruitment and promotion, and minimal encouragement from leaders and peers. Systemic barriers like these have resulted in a lack of representation of Black individuals in STEM at all levels. We applaud those who have broken down racial barriers, fought injustices and have paved the way for the next generation of innovators and leaders in STEM. Here are just a few of the many individuals who have done this over recent years:

In addition to celebrating these individuals and others, Actua would like to reaffirm its commitment to diversifying our STEM programs so they reflect the lived experiences of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in Canada. We believe it is essential that all youth see themselves reflected in STEM regardless of their race. We hope that by supporting Black youth in pursuing meaningful and impactful careers in STEM, we expand our perspectives, experiences and ideas in ways that diversify these fields and inspire students of all backgrounds to pursue STEM education and employment opportunities. 

To help make this happen, over the next year, Actua plans to:

We look forward to continuing this conversation throughout the year and sharing our learnings with you.

 

Jennifer Flanagan

President and CEO

 

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