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Allyship between the Asian and Black Community

Tazrian Alam, Ascend member 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…

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

Gunjan Kafil, Ascend member By Gunjan Kafil On the historic day that Prime Minister Trudeau announced border closure with the US, my husband and I dashed off from Texas to Toronto covering 2,300 km of straight drive in just three days. We had to abandon our year-long pan-American sabbatical due to COVID-19 and return to…

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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Article: outcomes over optics – building inclusive organizations

The Outcomes over optics report discusses how important diversity and inclusion is for Canadian business success. Findings suggest that highly inclusive companies

March 18, 2019
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Happy volunversary to me!

I smiled as I tucked into the decadent piece of cake. I had a sense of déjà vu at this celebration of Pan-Asian leaders in our community. This gala is where I got my first taste of volunteering with Ascend Canada.

April 23, 2018
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