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The Coalition of Innovation Leaders Against Racism (CILAR) was founded by two passionate champions of diversity and inclusion Yung Wu, CEO of MaRS and Armughan Ahmad, President of KPMG Digital. They both share the ethos that we need everyone to participate in this fast growing innovation economy which will soon represent half of the global GDP and workforce.

Our Founding Story

Joining the mission are Claudette McGowan, as Chair, and Serena Nguyen, as Executive Director. Leading this work forward, CILAR's model takes a bold, inclusive and action-oriented approach to realize the collective impact of CILAR's co-founders, contributors and community. As a diverse group of senior leaders committed to helping end anti-black and systemic racism in the innovation economy, our coalition recognizes that it is only together, that we can build and measure sustainable change for an inclusive future.

Armughan Ahmad
Yung Wu
Claudette McGowan
Serena Nguyen

June
2020

Press Release:
CILAR Chair Announced

Coalition
Kick-Off Meeting

Sept
2020

Dec
2020

1. Welcome new members:

Salesforce
Future Skills Centre
Toronto Public Library
Invest Ottawa
Blueprint

2. Participated in the 50-30 Challenge Roundtables and Signed Up

Two Program Activations:

1. Partnered with Opportunity for All Youth and launched Reverse Mentorship Program

2. Onyx Initiative Activation with Members

Jan
2021

Feb
2021

Welcome new members:

Walmart
Facebook
Mitacs
Vancity
University of Waterloo

Quarterly Coalition Members Meeting with special guests Leanne Bellegarde, CEO of Akawe Technologies and the Honourable Minister Champgne

Mar
2021