On this week’s show of the Exchange for Entrepreneurs Podcast we welcome Ray Williams to discuss diversity, race, and social equity, and why these themes are critical on both a human and economic level.
Ray Williams is the Vice Chairman – Financial Markets at National Bank Financial and has a storied banking career that has spanned decades. We discuss the legacy he’s working to achieve through National Bank and organizations like the Black Opportunity Fund and 100 Strong. Notably, this discussion provides a prompt for executives and investors alike to ask themselves the question of whether they’re doing enough to investigate, encourage, and mentor talent from all backgrounds and to best position their firms with the best people that will bring their enterprises the greatest success.
CSE’s Barrington Miller is joined by Colin Lynch, Managing Director at TD Asset Management, to discuss the Black Opportunity Fund (BOF), a registered charity that provides access to capital and capacity to Black entrepreneurs. The conversation addresses barriers to accessing capital in Canada, COVID-19’s impact, and steps to obtaining a grant or loan through BOF.
Here’s an overview of what Barrington and Colin discuss in this edition of the “Exchange for Entrepreneurs” podcast:
00:00 – Introduction and background 02:05 – What is the Black Opportunity Fund? 05:10 – How to apply for funding
09:00 – Requirements and repayment process
13:16 – Social media links and website information
About Colin Lynch In 2020, Colin was named one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, an annual recognition of the exceptional achievements of 40 outstanding Canadians under the age of 40. Top 40 has recognized more than 800 outstanding Canadians and is the country’s most coveted award for young business leaders. He is also a recipient of the Queen’s University Toronto Branch Award, which is presented to Toronto-area alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers, in their volunteer work, in the arts, or in other ways they have contributed to society. In 2021, Colin was named a Trustee Emeritus of Queen’s University in recognition of his exemplary service to Queen’s University and its Board of Trustees.