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Chamber Statement: Addressing Systemic Racism in Canada
In a response to the Government of Canada's acknowledgement that "for too many Canadians, systemic racism is a lived reality" and its commitment to addressing systemic racism in Canada, Senator Deacon highlights a path forward for the Senate to demonstrate leadership in this regard. Focusing on the three central points that: systemic racism is an undeniable historical and current reality in Canada that can only be addressed through direct and explicit action; that, as our institutions become systemically diverse and inclusive, powerful social and economic opportunities will be unlocked for all Canadians, and; that the Senate of Canada has a constitutional responsibility to fight racism and demonstrate leadership on this front. Click here to hear his full speech.
(File) Op-Ed, The Hill Times: Ethical AI can unlock social and economic opportunity for Canada
In this op-ed for The Hill Times, Senator Deacon discusses the reality that being systemically inclusive represents a massive opportunity to unlock burgeoning social and economic opportunities by building ethical AI solutions right here in Canada. Click here to read more.
Insight Series: OBIC on Government
In this seventh episode of Open Banking Initiative Canada's (OBIC) Insight Series, Senator Deacon and host Michelle Beyo (CEO of Finavator INC.) sat down with the Competition Bureau of Canada and the Competition and Markets Authority of the UK to discuss the benefits of open banking for consumers and businesses. They were joined by expert panelists Leila Wright (Associate Deputy Commissioner at the Competition Bureau of Canada) and Dr. Bill Roberts (Head of Open Banking at the UK Competition and Markets Authority). The panel explored the opportunities open banking can provide for consumers and businesses, how open banking can catalyze competition in both Canada and the UK, and the role that government plays in accelerating those processes.
(File) Inclusive Entrepreneurship: Accelerating the Entrepreneurial Potential of Black Canadians
In the first iteration of a series of informative papers, The Office of Senator Colin Deacon explores the best available practices to accelerate the economic potential of Black Canadians. Following engagements with several entrepreneurs, executive leaders and community members, we have gathered insights and information to support the thesis that the entrepreneurial potential of Black Canadians has been limited by several factors. In this paper we focus on highlighting existing gaps, emerging programs across the country that are exemplar, and areas of opportunity that could be further explored by entrepreneurs, community leaders, corporate executives and governments. This paper assesses the current state of Black entrepreneurship in Canada, emerging initiatives, and promising areas of focus for the future.
What Makes a Leader? Senator Colin Deacon speaks with Sara Mazhar of Valeyo
Senator Deacon speaks with Sara Mazhar, Vice President of Technology and Professional Services at Valeyo, to discuss his leadership styles, advice to building new leaders and leadership, diversity and inclusion, motivation during the pandemic, and plans and attributes for success. Click here to hear their full discussion.
Insight Series: OBIC on Digital ID
In this sixth episode of Open Banking Initiative Canada's (OBIC) Insight Series, Senator Deacon, host Michelle Beyo (CEO of Finavator INC.), and expert panelists Kashmera Self (AVP, Strategy & Emerging Solutions Delivery at Interac Corp) and David Birch (Leader of 15Mb Ltd. and commentator on Digital Financial Services) focus in on discussions of consent, Digital ID, and how open banking can offer solutions to issues of financial marginalization.
Insight Series: OBIC on Banking
In the fifth episode of Open Banking Initiative Canada's (OBIC) Insight Series, Senator Deacon and host Michelle Beyo (CEO of Finavator INC.) are joined by Mohima Poddar (SVP and Head of Retail Banking at EQ Bank) and Hetal Popat (Director for Open Banking Services at HSBC). The expert panel explored the benefits of open banking for public companies in both Canada and the UK, and the importance of open banking in providing a framework to facilitate meaningful partnerships and digitization in the financial sector.