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Allyship between the Asian and Black Community

By Tazrian Alam When my two worlds collide! As a member of Ascend Canada and the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals (CAUFP), it was especially meaningful to see these two organizations shine a light on the importance of allyship between Black and Asian communities. It gave me pause, as so many of these kinds…

October 7, 2020
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Ascend Canada Conference 2020 from the Lens of a New Canadian

But, through a friend, I got an opportunity to hear from impactful change-makers in Corporate Canada at the recent ASCEND Canada Annual Conference. What I loved most about the Conference was the well thought out program agenda. The topics ranged from the mindset of personal growth to the importance of mentorship and the value of…

October 7, 2020
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How listening to the community helped a footwear company grow and give back during the pandemic

Vessi Footwear’s rising success over the last two years could simply be attributed to one thing — their willingness to listen. From two resounding Kickstarter campaign responses in 2018 — raising $1.25 million and $1.4 million — which provided confidence to pursue the business, to actively seeking feedback throughout their rise as major Asian-Canadian innovators…

October 6, 2020
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A hard look in the mirror: addressing anti-Black racism as a Pan-Asian   
By Sandeep Tatla From boardrooms to kitchen tables, conversations around race, and specifically anti-Black racism, are happening across the country. As Pan-Asians, many of us have felt the sting of racism. In recent months, we have seen a rise in anti-Asian hate crimes connected to COVID-19 misinformation. We know racism's insidious nature and how it shows up when you least expect it...
September 23, 2020
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Mike Hamilton Shares His Leadership Journey from the Battlefield to the Boardroom

by Emily Soojung Hwang From Captain of Armored Cavalry to Senior Vice President of Sales, Distribution, and Marketing at RBC Insurance, Mike Hamilton is a certified leader. To him, leadership has been the most relevant and transferable skill from uniform to suit. He shared four of what he considers to be attributes of leadership at…

September 17, 2020
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Volunteer Video – Alexandra Gabura

Alexandra is a volunteer at Ascend. She shares with us the impact of Pan Asian Community on her and also talks about how Ten Thousand Coffees was introduced to Ascend.

August 4, 2020
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Ep 6: The Birth of Ascend Canada

Raj Krishnamoorthy, Partner Deloitte

August 1, 2020
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Ep 5: Leading Through a Crisis

Kelvin Tran, CFO (US), TD Bank

July 1, 2020
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Ep 4: Frontline & Essential – Serving Through The Crisis

Angie Kim, Senior Director, Loblaw

June 27, 2020
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Ensuring an Inclusive Recovery: We must do more than be good. We must overwhelm the bad.
The racial wounds at the centre of the coronavirus pandemic are real – and festering. There has been an uptick in the number of hate crimes against Asian Canadians since the onset of the virus (in particular, against Chinese Canadians). Many Asians also feel the spectre of racism while out in public. In the U.S.,...
June 24, 2020
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