Afro World Expo 2023

Afro World Expo 2023


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Keynote Speaker

Kosi Stobbs

CEO, Owl Group of Companies

Kosi Stobbs CEO, Owl Group of Companies Kosi began his career as a mechanical engineer after graduating from the University of Alberta, but his heart has always been in business and real estate. He made his first real estate investment purchase at the age of 22, and within two decades this has expanded to a prosperous network of real estate and companies, collectively the Owl Group of Companies. Kosi was chosen as an honoree of the 2020 Caldwell’s Canada Top 40 under 40 award. He currently sits on both a Peer Council and the BC Advisory Board for the Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters (CME). He has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, Entrepreneurship magazine, Yahoo Finance, Canadian Real Estate Magazine, and many other publications.


Mayor Ken Sim

Mayor of Vancouver

Mayor Sim is a proud Vancouverite, having been born and raised in Vancouver. He is an accomplished entrepreneur and the co-founder of two successful Vancouver-based companies: Rosemary Rocksalt and Nurse Next Door. Professionally, Mayor Sim holds an FCPA (FCA) designation and has been a speaker at post-secondary institutions and conferences globally. Sim is a two-time recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award (Pacific Region) in the Emerging Entrepreneur category (2006) and in the Healthcare Services category (2016). Mayor Sim has built a life in Vancouver with his wife Teena, their four sons, and their dogs Hank and Kona. Mayor Sim is committed to delivering on the major issues facing Vancouver including affordability, public safety, and mental health and addictions. Mayor Sim intends to lead a City that prioritizes inclusivity, collaboration, and Indigenous Reconciliation.

Ashley Wright

Creator of The Crypto Strategy Academy

Ashley is an energetic and ambitious Girlboss who quit the corporate 9-5 world to pursue her love of Crypto, travel and empowering others. She’s the creator of The Crypto Strategy Academy, a 7-week coaching program on all things Crypto & Blockchain and author of “The Crypto Strategy Workbook” and “Workbook for Youth”.

With over 7 years for experience in direct sales, finance and marketing, Ashley loves serving minority communities and co-founded Crypto Babes, a community for women learning, working and building in Web3, which has over 22,000 members.

Stephanie Sang

CEO of Granted Consulting

Stephanie Sang, CEO of Granted Consulting is known as a ‘Grant Angel’ across Canada. Since 2011, Granted has supported thousands of clients and generated more than $75 million in grant funding at a success rate of 92%. Stephanie has been invited to speak at numerous industry associations and at various business events across the country to educate entrepreneurs about grants in Canada. She is also CEO of Masked for Work, co-host of a podcast, Serenity Now for Entrepreneurs, board member of BC Food and Beverage, and an investor with the Women’s Equity Lab and Coralus.

Nadia Tchoumi

Founder, New Hope Media

Nadia is a storyteller, entrepreneur, community leader & humanitarian. She understands the power of words, the importance of giving voice to those often misrepresented or unheard, and the value of sharing life-giving stories. She spent 17 years travelling across Canada as a journalist. Today, you can find her helping nonprofits across Canada engage with the media helping nonprofit leaders become effective storytellers for the causes they support.

Nerissa Allen

Co-Founder of the Black Business Association of BC

Nerissa Allen is a community leader and entrepreneur with a dedication to building economic prosperity within the African Canadian Diaspora. As the Co-Founder of the Black Business Association of BC, Nerissa drives progressive change by harnessing her 20 years of experience as a federal public servant, over 13 years as an entrepreneur, and many years serving on boards such as the Barbados Cultural Association of BC and the Vancouver Economic Commission Advisory Board. Nerissa attributes her balanced leadership style and community perspectives to her experiences learned and unlearned through travel.

Clavia Alleyne

Jeff Pinder

Founder of Burst Creative Group

Jeff Pinder is the founder of Burst Creative Group, Inc. Before starting the agency in 2010, he was the art director for a not-for-profit art drop-in facility called Art City in Winnipeg for 4 years. It was at that time that Jeff was exposing inner city teens and young adults to various multimedia. Today Burst!’s design has a sensitive, graphic component that speaks from coast to coast as a result of his experience working in areas throughout Canada.

Event Agenda




Welcome & Opening Remarks

Nerissa Allen

Mayor Ken Sim - Future of business in Vancouver

Mayor Ken Sim


INTERLUDE: DJ, giveaways networking

Financial Institutions Panel - Getting capital for your business

GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY - worth over $500

Crypto and Business

Ashley Wright

DJ/BBABC videos

Main Stage Feature


INTERLUDE: DJ, giveaways networking



INTERLUDE: DJ, giveaways networking

How to Get Media for your business or non-profit organization

Nadia Tchoumi

DJ/BBABC videos

Fashion Show

INTERLUDE: DJ, giveaways networking




Welcome Day 2

Clavia Alleyne

INTERLUDE: DJ, giveaways networking

Taxes, Accounting, and Booking keeping


GIFT BASKET GIVEAWAY - worth over $500

Procurement Panel

Procurement Assistance Canada

Branding & Marketing for your business

Burst Creative Group

INTERLUDE: DJ, giveaways networking


INTERLUDE: DJ, giveaways networking

How to find a get GRANTS for your business

Granted Consulting

INTERLUDE: DJ, giveaways networking

Closing & Thank you


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General Admission

$10 /day

Price is per day

For attendees over 12

Early Bird - Both Days


Price is for entire event
(June 3rd and 4th)

For attendees over 12

Before April 30, 2023



For attendees under 12

Apply for a Vendor Booth


Services & Consultants

PaaS Paralegal as a Service

Nerissa Allen Consulting

Booth #413

Offering growth strategies for non-profit organizations. We specialize in progressive business growth planning specifically for non profits. Let us help you balance traditional fundraising with independent revenue generation. We believe modelling a hybrid business model will propel your organization to a league of its own.

Cerise Immigration Consulting Inc.

Booth #206

Sandrine Bunch is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cerise Immigration Consulting Inc. She is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant-IRB (RCIC-IRB). Before immigrating to Canada in 2018, she was an internationally trained lawyer in France; she has over 20 years of experience.


QmooniTi Travel & Lifestyle

Booth #308

QMooniTi is a team of travel experts who specialize in lifestyle tourism such as curating, advising and bridging the gaps in the industry for more secure and comfortable travel in products for BIPOC (Black/Indigenous People of Color), disabled, LGBTQIA+, and the new or solo traveler. We also update our website, blog and s.m. pages with information about these subjects and other fun travel information


Go2Girl Services

Booth #314

Go2Girl started in 2013 by La Toya Barrington. At that time, she was a low income, single mother of 3, trying to put food on the table and make ends meet. Busy moms started hiring her to clean their home, run errands, assist their weddings, and other odd jobs, so that they could tend to other commitments.


Health & Beauty

NC4 Hair

Booth #209

Quintessence Naturals Inc.

Heav Nation

Heav Nation is a body care brand that takes African beauty secrets and adapts them to a Western routine. Our products are all handcrafted with love and quality ingredients, and we are committed to making your skin look its best. We want you to feel confident and beautiful, so you can conquer the world!

Sherabo Organics

Sherabo Organics is a family-owned company that curates non toxic plant based nourishing skincare for individuals and families that need natural healthy daily moisturizers, suffer with dry skin as well as other problematic skin (eczema). Our therapeutic butters are formulated with nature’s finest and most nutritious Fairtrade, USDA certified Nilotica shea butter that repairs, restores and revitalizes all skin types giving it healthy natural glow. It is safe on kid’s delicate skin, seniors and everybody in between. Sherabo Organics’ handcrafted products are freshly made in small batches in Vancouver Canada.


African Fair Trade Society

Booth #109

We believe that small amounts of targeted money can make a huge difference in the lives of people in rural West Africa. The African Fair Trade Society uses the profits of our Shea Butter sales to invest back into the education and health care of rural villages. Also by providing employment for communities we are giving people a means to provide.


Real Estate

Keller Williams Realty VanCentral

Booth #415


Branding & Marketing

Burst Creative Group

Booth #403

At Burst we strive to push the boundaries of creativity and innovation while simultaneously having a keen thirst for knowledge. We are ambitious designers, thinkers, project managers, content creators, and storytellers bringing meaningful projects together. With the goal of bringing forth new and creative ideas, we empower our team and encourage them to take initiative in every project. We take pride in going above and beyond client expectations and are all about putting the people first.


Finance & Technology

The Wright Success

Ashley is an energetic and ambitious Girlboss who quit the corporate 9-5 world to pursue her love of Crypto, travel and empowering others. She’s on a mission to help others create generational wealth through Crypto and has built a global brand with her Crypto Strategy Academy.



St. Georges School

Apparel & Accessories

Dorretha English Designs


MichNat Fashion House

Trendy, versatile and vibrant fashion with a touch of Afro-flair for all special occasions.

Community Organizations

Ethos Labs


Procurement Assistance Canada

Booth #509


Booth #513

Community Service Providers


Small Business BC

Buy Social Canada

Booth #515


Enter for a chance to win one of two baskets of goodies from our vendors, each worth over $500. To be eligible for the draw, kindly subscribe prior to the event. The draw will take place at noon each day.

The Black Business Association of BC is a non-profit organization that supports entrepreneurs and businesses across Canada. Serving the business community through strategic planning, market access and growth initiatives, sustainability planning, leadership development, and networking.

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