Speaker Profiles

Ann Divine

Ann Divine

Founder and CEO of Ashanti Leadership and Professional Development Services. Her consultancy provides extensive career and professional guidance in Leadership Development, Coaching and mentoring, business advice, research, strategic planning, human right education, diversity and inclusion, project management. Ann also offers specialist training in Cultural Intelligence and Unconscious Bias training – A First for Nova Scotia. Ann has a public profile in media, speaking engagements, guest lecturer, chairing and facilitation.

Ann has lived on three continents and has worked in London, UK, at senior management levels in diverse organizations. As an accomplished professional, Ann has been recognized for her “Exceptional Contribution to Correctional Services” and work in human rights education and training in 2011 by the Honorable Ross Landry, Justice Minister and Attorney General, Nova Scotia (2009-2013). In November 2014, the Honorable Diana Whelan, Deputy Premier and Attorney General in the Nova Scotia praised Ann for her “Demonstrated Extraordinary Leadership and Determination in her efforts to empower Black and Immigrant Women” in the Nova Scotia House of Assembly.

 

 

Ann Divine has led training programs in partnership with several leading organizations in the province organizations. Ann is also the founder of the “Black and Immigrant Women in Business Network.” Celebrating Black and Immigrant Women with small home businesses, empowering women to define their own destiny. This work has also caught the attention of the media and the Honorable Megan Leslie, Member of Parliament, Canada. Recently Ann was featured in “My Halifax Experience Nov 2015 publication. Her expertise also includes training in Cultural Intelligence and Unconscious Bias training – A First for Nova Scotia. Ann is skilled in the area of Organizational Change and Social Justice matters, she is a respected member of the diverse communities she serves.

Cathy Akinkunmi

Cathy Akinkunmi

Cathy Akinkunmi is the owner & CEO of Beautiful Linen Rentals. Cathy wears many hats: Business owner, Design enthusiast, Wife, Mother, Little league coach.

She is passionate about life, love and relationships, in incurable romantic. Cathy loves creating and designing breathtaking, magical amazing and awesome ambience for couples’ special day. She has beautifully designed and transformed over 500 wedding spaces in the last few years across Canada. Cathy is known for her professionalism, and fit for purpose delivery of work.

She was able to turn her passion into a full-time business which has helped create unforgettable memories in throughout Canada, and has helped many couples realize their dream weddings.

Lisa Dennis

Lisa Dennis

Lisa Dennis received her BScOT from McGill University and her MScOT (post-professional) from Dalhousie.  She is currently doing her Doctoral studies at Boston University.  She has struggled with personal experiences with her own brain-based disorders and this drives her to find interventions to help heal brains.

She has been an occupational therapist since 1999 working with a diverse clientele. She has extensive experience in community home-care in Quebec and Ontario with the adult and geriatric population with physical disabilities.  She has spent 4 years working in northern Labrador offering mental health and addictions services as well as school pediatric interventions with aboriginal youth-at-risk aged 6 to 24 years. She has worked with active military members suffering from PTSD, mild traumatic brain injuries, chronic pain, and musculoskeletal injuries.

She has helped people suffering from fetal alcohol syndrome, ADHD, sensory processing disorder, trauma, addictions, and mental health issues to reach their full potential despite their illness or disability using a rehabilitation approach. She has also delivered different life skills courses to aboriginal inmates at a correctional facility, provided front line suicide crisis intervention and created innovative programs for capacity building.

Lisa is also a fitness instructor and teaches Zumba, Piloxing and Urban Poling. She is dedicated to providing a holistic, culturally-safe, client-centered service. She has taken numerous trainings (Canada, USA, UK, Australia)  to be able to offer cutting- edge interventions to encourage neuroplasticity… the brain’s ability to make new connections.  She offers a service in both English and French.  She is well known for her “out of the box” thinking.

Sujata de Souza

Sujata de Souza

Sujata de Souza has been in the financial industry for 22 years now. She started her career in 1996 as a personal banking representative with CIBC. In 2003 she became an Independent Mortgage Agent. In 2008, Sujata’s desire to help others in their journey to financial literacy and freedom led her to become a licensed professional. Since becoming licensed, she has impacted and empowered so many on their journey to financial independence.

Born and raised in Canada, Sujata saw the financial struggles of an average person first hand, and it was this desire to help and support others, especially women that led her to join World System Builders, a community of professionals on a mission to deliver the best financial education and revolutionize the financial service industry through a reliable, build-able system. Through this platform, Sujata educates people on the fundamentals of what it is to experience true financial freedom.

 

With the unique systematic approach that has been tested and proven, she has mentored and educated thousands of men and women of various ages from all walks of life, and in different communities. Sujata’s goal is to have educated and supported at least 1 million people by 2020.

As a collaborator with Network for the Empowerment of women, she is now more determined than ever to surpass that goal.

Floria Aghdamimehr

Floria Aghdamimehr

Floria Aghdamimehr is the catalyst and facilitator from information to transformation. Recognize Your Potential
(RYP) creates and fosters a Growth Mindset. Do your attitude or your beliefs stand in your way to success?
Floria, uses platforms of consulting, training, coaching, & speaking to be the catalyst for transformation.

Floria believes “Leaders Embrace difficulties to find opportunities.

Floria has a Solutions-based focus and works on Leadership Through People & Effective Interpersonal
Communication Skills. Mindfulness and Growth Mindset have been the backdrop for her work for over three decades. Floria offers training on Growth Mindset, Gratitude at Work, Difficult Conversations Simplified, and Diversity & Inclusion. RYP becomes your Co-Creative Partner to achieving your goals. Floria has developed Performance Unleashed program to enhance trust and respect, while building a strong engaged team that collaborates and improves Productivity & Innovation in the workplace!

Floria has many years of experience working with Dalhousie University, RCMP, Events East, Teachers Provincial
Professional Development conferences, Correctional Services Canada, ScotiaBank Centre, Halifax Chamber of
Commerce, Team Work Nova Scotia Works, Native Council (APTEC), Nova Scotia Career Development Association,
Mount Saint Vincent University, and Dalhousie Medical School (NB), name a few. Floria serves on Creating a
Positive Business Environment task force, Ability Employers, and is Co-Chair of Partners for Human Rights.

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