LEGUP Symposium

A symposium that brings awareness, normalcy and available resources in a beautiful, exciting and welcoming manner to get a LEGUP on the wealth mindset

2024 Symposium

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A Platform for the Stories We're Creating Together

The best of the BIPOC community on display

Breaking through the barriers of economic inequality with leaders and peers that you can relate to because YOU CAN SEE YOURSELF IN THEM. This forum is designed to encourage and empower you.

We’re using stories, images and videos to change the social, financial and psychological health of the BIPOC community.

"Our people, method and approach presents a formula that is essential to helping build financial literacy and security."

Types of Tickets

  • Individual Pass: $250

  • Corporate Group Pass: $2,500

  • Breakfast: $49

  • Lunch: $79

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Thank you to our sponsors

Why the LEGUP Symposium is needed

According to a 2020 Statistics Canada survey, for most measures of mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, participants from the Black visible-minority group reported poorer self-rated mental health and greater financial insecurity compared with White participants. The LEGUP Wealth Symposium is needed to advance financial security in the Black community, and to also encourage better health. There is a strong correlation between our financial security and overall health and with dedicated, empowered leadership and a focus on sustainable equity, we will create an environment where individuals can collaborate and realize their full potential.
Statistics show that 15% of Canadians are overbanked, hence, 85% are underbanked. Families that reside in underbanked communities are deprived of taking advantage of financial services such as mortgages, investments, or savings services. In the majority of cases, perhaps in all cases, underprivileged communities are mainly inhabited by people of colour who face numerous constraints daily – particularly, financial difficulties. From data collected during the pandemic, 37.5% of Black Canadians reported feeling financially insecure. With an 8% inflation rate, that number is more likely over 50% since the latest poll shows that 47% of Canadians feel insecure about money.
Statistics show that 15% of Canadians are overbanked, hence, 85% are underbanked. Families that reside in underbanked communities are deprived of taking advantage of financial services such as mortgages, investments, or savings services. In the majority of cases, perhaps in all cases, underprivileged communities are mainly inhabited by people of colour who face numerous constraints daily – particularly, financial difficulties. From data collected during the pandemic, 37.5% of Black Canadians reported feeling financially insecure. With an 8% inflation rate, that number is more likely over 50% since the latest poll shows that 47% of Canadians feel insecure about money.

The damages caused by financial instability are not limited to the pockets of these communities. Mental health is one of the major epidemics affecting black communities to the tune that 38.8% percent of Black Canadians in difficult financial situations face mental health issues. The number one reason for divorce in the Black community is financial security. These factors generate incalculable damage in families and communities. They destroy the family structure and negatively impact future generations – who are raised in unstable homes and with nothing to hope nor strive for. There is an urgent need to revamp the way that Canadians receive financial services to equally share opportunities in this new era of financial services.

In this new era of financial services, technology driven wealth, accessibility and equity is proliferated by the role that technology startups and serial entrepreneurship is playing in furthering the wealth gap, not only in Canada but globally. It is not just founders of venture-backed startups who tend to be distinctly non-diverse— there are also, typically, few employees who are people of color. This makes yet another route to building wealth that has been largely closed to most members of marginalized communities.

To get a foot in the door, barriers such as a lack of network and connections or even an understanding of how to build generation wealth need to be broken down.

Statistics show that 15% of Canadians are overbanked, hence, 85% are underbanked. Families that reside in underbanked communities are deprived of taking advantage of financial services such as mortgages, investments, or savings services. In the majority of cases, perhaps in all cases, underprivileged communities are mainly inhabited by people of colour who face numerous constraints daily – particularly, financial difficulties. From data collected during the pandemic, 37.5% of Black Canadians reported feeling financially insecure. With an 8% inflation rate, that number is more likely over 50% since the latest poll shows that 47% of Canadians feel insecure about money.
Statistics show that 15% of Canadians are overbanked, hence, 85% are underbanked. Families that reside in underbanked communities are deprived of taking advantage of financial services such as mortgages, investments, or savings services. In the majority of cases, perhaps in all cases, underprivileged communities are mainly inhabited by people of colour who face numerous constraints daily – particularly, financial difficulties. From data collected during the pandemic, 37.5% of Black Canadians reported feeling financially insecure. With an 8% inflation rate, that number is more likely over 50% since the latest poll shows that 47% of Canadians feel insecure about money.

The damages caused by financial instability are not limited to the pockets of these communities. Mental health is one of the major epidemics affecting black communities to the tune that 38.8% percent of Black Canadians in difficult financial situations face mental health issues. The number one reason for divorce in the Black community is financial security. These factors generate incalculable damage in families and communities. They destroy the family structure and negatively impact future generations – who are raised in unstable homes and with nothing to hope nor strive for. There is an urgent need to revamp the way that Canadians receive financial services to equally share opportunities in this new era of financial services.

In this new era of financial services, technology driven wealth, accessibility and equity is proliferated by the role that technology startups and serial entrepreneurship is playing in furthering the wealth gap, not only in Canada but globally. It is not just founders of venture-backed startups who tend to be distinctly non-diverse— there are also, typically, few employees who are people of color. This makes yet another route to building wealth that has been largely closed to most members of marginalized communities.

To get a foot in the door, barriers such as a lack of network and connections or even an understanding of how to build generation wealth need to be broken down.

The Adinkra Symbol of Toughness, Imperishability and Endurance.
Symposium theme

HYE WON HYE

“that which does not burn”

The theme of this year’s symposium is Hye won hye literally translates to “that which does not burn.” The meaning of this symbol was derived from the practices of walking on fiery coals by traditional African priests, without burning their feet. The act of walking over the hot coals without harm is a complete contradiction to human logic, and indicates the priests’ nature of holiness and physical and mental endurance that allowed this inconceivable act to become possible.

Hye Won Hye serves as an inspiration to others to be tough in difficult times and endure hardships that may come your way. This symbol resonates within the African Burial Ground through representing the imperishable spirit of all the African-Americans that were buried here.

Event Discussions

Innovation:
Staying At The Forefront

The pace of innovation moves at the speed of light and the future belongs to the disruptors. Join the discussions to ensure you don’t get left behind. Find out about: careers, skills, tools, business and trends that are shaping financial goals in a changing and ever evolving digital world.

Technology:
Forge Into The Future Of Digital Finance & Wealth Creation

The financial ecosystem is on the cusp of a new era. Join us in our efforts to help the BIPOC community participate in building a more sustainable society and feel confident that they can meet their financial goals in a changing and ever evolving digital world.

Sustainability:
Network With Leaders And Peers

Connect with leaders across industries that you can relate to, because you can see yourself in them, Engage with professionals who are breaking through the barriers of financial inequity, becoming more financial empowered, living better and healthier lives, and becoming more active participants in economic decisions.

Our 2024 Speakers

Agapi Gessesse 2
Agapi Gessesse
Executive Director of CEE Center
Al Ramsay
Al Ramsay
VP and Head, 2SLGBTQ+ & Black Customer Segments, TD Bank
Kwame Osei
Kwame Osei
Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Nikki Ray Media Agency
Tychon Carter Newman
Tychon Carter Newman
Motivational Speaker, Content Creator
Dionne England
Dionne England
Author
Paula Allen
Paula Allen
Global Leader and SVP, Research and Client Insights at TELUS Health
Link Kabadyundi
Link Kabadyundi
Founder and Community Builder
Greg Birkett
Greg Birkett
Educator, Poet
Nunu Francisco
Nunu Francisco
Entrepreneur, Educator, Business, Tech & Marketing Professional
Alina Ali
Alina Ali
Student & Community Engagement Coordinator, YSpace YU
Kevin Springer
Kevin Springer
Associate Vice President - Next Evolution of Work at TD
Louis March
Louis March
Community Elder & Founder of the Zero Gun Violence Movement
Latanya Housen
Latanya Housen
Regional Manager, Black Community Business Development TD Bank Group
Dr
Dr. Vibe
Host And Producer Of The Dr. Vibe Show™ The Home Of Epic Conversations
Ahmed Ismail
Ahmed Ismail
Vice President, Business Development Manager
Abdel Ali
Abdel Ali
Venture Capitalist turned Founder building the future of EV charging @ Kiwi Charge
JD Headshot-Web Res-Office
Jermaine Dacres
Financial Planner at TD Wealth
Omar Wolf Allison
Omar Wolf Allison
Sgt in Canadian Armed Forces, Founder of Mental Balance, Owner of A Creators World Educator
David Griffiths2
David Griffiths
President and Founder - Brothers Who Care

Our 2024 Ambassadors

Stefan Thomas
Stefan Thomas
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Justina Ikwu
Justina Ikwu
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Chika Oh 2
Chika Oh
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Andrew Garrett
Andrew Garrett
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Adoch B
Adoch B. Acemah
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Ampai Thammachack
Ampai Thammachack
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Michelle Sara Linares
Michelle Sara Linares
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Simone Jennifer Smith-2
Simone Jennifer Smith
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Efia Tekyi-Annan
Efia Tekyi-Annan
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Rich Don
Rich Don
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Link Kabadyundi
Link Kabadyundi
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Anandie Talfie
Anandie Talfie
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Jay Kapaida
Jay Kapadia
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Our 2024 Entertainment

Oneil Drummer Fuller
O'Niel Drummy Fuller
International Drummer & Percussionist
Jay Smooth - Saxophonist
Jay Smooth
Saxophonist
DJ OJS
DJ OJS
DJ
Greg Birkett
Greg Birkett
Educator, Poet

Artist Profiles

Chika Oh

Multidisciplinary Visual Artist

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Narvern

Fashion Designer

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Lance Freeman

Artist & Visual Content Producer

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Wayne Smile

Metal Sculptor Artist

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Corporate

Why should your employees attend?

Designate 10 or more high potential BIPOC employees to attend this all-day financial security conference as part of their professional and leadership development. Attendees are free to go in and out as it suites their schedule. The cost for a 10-pass set is $2,500.

The summit will provide the following benefits to your organization an employees:

Enhance Employee Engagement: Driving an engaged workforce should not be restricted inside the walls of a corporation. When BIPOC employees see that their employer cares for them outside of the workplace, it builds commitment and trust, elevates their performance and lead to higher retention

Grow Capability and Skills: When employees invest in enhancing their financial knowledge and skills in a digital world, it results in enhanced value to your organization and to clients. Employees are happier, healthier, and feel confident about their financial choices throughout life’s milestones

Talent & Skills Pipeline: Participate in a financial security experience platform that emotionally engages BIPOC professional. We are creating Canada’s next gen professional and business leaders

The summit will provide the following benefits to your organization an employees:

Enhance Employee Engagement: Driving an engaged workforce should not be restricted inside the walls of a corporation. When BIPOC employees see that their employer cares for them outside of the workplace, it builds commitment and trust, elevates their performance and lead to higher retention

Grow Capability and Skills: When employees invest in enhancing their financial knowledge and skills in a digital world, it results in enhanced value to your organization and to clients. Employees are happier, healthier, and feel confident about their financial choices throughout life’s milestones.

Talent & Skills Pipeline: Participate in a financial security experience platform that emotionally engages BIPOC professional. We are creating Canada’s next gen professional and business leaders

Event Schedule

CHAPTER 1: Walk With Me: The Black Canadian Entrepreneurial Journey

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Registration

Music & Money Games

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Lunch & Opening Remarks

  • Drumming Performance
  • Opening Remarks from David Griffiths & TD
  • Carving our Financial Future – interview with Uncle Luis

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM

OPEN MARKETPLACE WITH MUSIC BY DJ OJS

CHAPTER 2: Money Fitness Behind Wealth

Financial wellbeing is not necessarily about having more money but rather more about having a healthy relationship with money. Explore ways you think about money and learn how you can improve your financial fitness

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

A Healthy Relationship With Money

Room #1: Lead Your Money (Presented by TD)

You don’t save your way to wealth! You invest your way to wealth! Save money for: 1) Emergency 2) A big purchase  3) An investment. Come up with a system to distribute your money “SIS don’t change no matter how much she makes” (Spend 75, Invest 15, Save 15)

Room #2: Entrepreneurial Mindset
Emphasizing key components like innovation techniques, problem-solving strategies, and fostering resilience.
Room #3: Craft your Identity to Define your Destiny (Presented by Kings Trust Canada)

Ready to define your future? Join our interactive workshop, “Craft your Identity to Define your Future,” designed specifically for career success!

In today’s competitive job market, your personal brand is more important than ever. Learn actionable strategies to build a compelling personal brand that sets you apart.

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM

OPEN MARKETPLACE WITH MUSIC BY DJ OJS

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

LEGUP Wealth Hour (Presented by EQ Bank)

An immersive experience of building capacitance – Wealth Re-imagined.
This segment is about building financial security & resilience. Be prepared to take charge of your financial future to change the social, financial and psychological health of the black community. We are doing this through a sense of purpose, collaboration and community that forces action and produces results.

You will also learn, tips and tricks around how to use real estate to build wealth and explore creative solutions to facilitate these goals

Speakers: Agapi Gessesse

CHAPTER 3: LEGUP ROADMAP TO WEALTH

Shifting From "I Can't Do That" To "I Will Make It Happen"
Within the Grow & Utilize component of the LEGUP framework, focus is placed on nurturing a positive mindset that instills trust in your ability to manage money and build wealth. We call this, The Roadmap To Wealth.

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Workshops: Grow & Utilize Money

Room #1: Overcoming Adversity (Presented by Omar Wolf Allison)
Just when you think you have hit rock bottom, this story will start to pull you into the realm of possibilities and the excitement that it could bring.
Room #2: The LEGUP Den Showcase (Presented Abdel Ali)
Join this incredible session and take a deeper dive into the best way to pitch game changing business ideas. Hear success stories from individuals who have pitched business ideas and won big.
Room #3: Building a Power Network (Presented by Dionne England)
Visions, aspirations, ambitions, or ideas that shape the future are mobilized through powerful networks. Learn how to build one, nurture it and, excel at bring long term sustainable relationships into the fold.

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM

OPEN MARKETPLACE WITH MUSIC BY DJ OJS

CHAPTER 4: THE LEGUP WEALTH MINDSET

The Psychology of Money, Mental Health & The BIPOC Experience

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

The MENTAL HEALTH HOUR: The Psychology of Money

The Psychology of Money tackles issues relating to financial stress such as:
• Managing household expenses
• Dealing with high levels of debt
• Living pay cheque to pay cheque
• Struggling to save money for short and long-term goals
• Dealing with unexpected expenses

The social issues we face in Canada is proliferated by the continuing widening gap of the “haves” and the “have nots”. It’s not until we embrace the connecting between our financial health and overall health will we start breaking through the barriers to our social problems.

Moderated by: Tychon Carter-Newman

Panelists: Paula Allen, Link Kabadyundi, David Griffiths

CHAPTER 5: THE LEGUP WEALTH SOIRÉE

6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

Dinner & LEGUP Wealth Soirée

  • Dinner
  • Jay Smooth
  • Special guest performance
  • Money games
  • Wealth Artistry Spoken Words – “Money TALKS” Greg Birkett
  • LEGUP Wealth Awards

Vendor Marketplace

Say Hello to Our 2024 Vendors

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African Royalty
Traditional African culture and modern style
Ruqayya Oud Perfumes
Ruqayya Oud Perfumes
Perfumes and Organic Skin Care
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I AM HAIR Zion Collection
Top Quality products to promote healthy hair
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Afrifab Designs
Handmade Creations Inspired by African Textiles & Culture

Sponsorship Packages

We are thrilled to present a unique opportunity for your brand to shine and connect with a dynamic audience at the upcoming LEGUP Wealth Symposium. Our carefully crafted sponsorship packages offer diverse opportunities for visibility and engagement, ensuring that your brand stands out during this influential gathering.

Vendor Packages

As a LEGUP Marketplace Vendor you are not merely a contributor; you are an integral part of a movement that: seeks to break barriers, foster equality, and uplift the voices that have been historically marginalized. Your involvement underscores your dedication to making a difference, and we are genuinely grateful for your commitment.

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Individual Pass

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Corporate Pass

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Location

Marriott Downtown at CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Address

525 Bay St., Toronto, ON
M5G 2L2

Email Us

Info@legupwealth.com

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