4 Black Canadian Trailblazers, You Should Know

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Michael Lee-Chin

Michael Lee-Chin, a Jamaican-Canadian businessman and philanthropist. Lee-Chin has made it to Forbes list of black billionaires and is encouraging many people of colour to enter in the world of business, finance and investments.

Marci Ien

Pictured is Marci Ien, MP

Today’s trailblazer is none other than Canadian politician, Marci Ien. She has had an outstanding career in the media, and has been an inspiration to many. A former broadcast journalist for CTV news as well as co-host for the daytime show The Social, and CTV’s Canada AM, Ien has managed to break barriers while simultaneously being a voice to Black women and marginalized communities across Canada. Ien is now serving as a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party as of 2020. 

Anne Cools

Ann Cools, Historic Black Canadian

Anne Clare Cools is an influential Black-Canadian activist born in Barbados. She is most known for her advocacy in anti-racism, domestic violence and feminism as the founder of Women in Transition–one of the first domestic violence shelters in Canada. 

Robert Sutherland

(1830-1878) Born in Jamaica and came to Canada to study at Queen’s University in 1849 as the first student and graduate of colour in Canada. Sutherland graduated with a degree in classics and mathematics and later on pursued a 20-year-long career in law in 1855 becoming British North America’s first Black lawyer. He passed away in 1878 leaving his entire estate of $12,000 to Queen’s.

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