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Celebrating Black women in tech leadership: International Women’s Day 2021! - Presented by TD

START DATE: 03/11/2021

Start Time:6:30 PM EST

Duration:90 minutes


    This International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating the achievements of Black women in tech and business! Whether you’re at the entry-level or in the C-Suite—we see you shining and want to honour you.

Black women are leaders, innovators and trailblazers who continue to shape our world while breaking through glass ceilings. But they are also underrepresented in tech. The National Centre for Women & Information Technology (NCIT) reports that in North America, women made up about 30% of the tech workforce and of that number, only about 5% were Black (2019).

In partnership with TD, we are proud to celebrate and elevate the voices of Black women who are helping change the narrative and transform the face of various industries! Let's talk about the underrepresentation of Black women in tech, the obstacles that remain in place, but also celebrate your wins!

Are you a Black professional looking to hear from women who share your experience? Are you looking for a place to celebrate and honour Black women in our community? Are you looking to be inspired and learn from Black women who have seen success in their careers?

Then come celebrate International Women’s Day with the BPTN community!

This night is for you.

About BPTN
Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) bridges the talent gap in the tech industry by providing Black technical and business professionals with access to senior executive sponsorship, skill development and a strong peer network to support their career growth

About TD
The Toronto-Dominion Bank & its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches & serves approximately 22 million customers in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe.


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Colleen Ward

Vice President, Technology Solutions


Colleen Ward is a top Tech Executive in the financial industry and a sought after key note speaker on Black professionals and women in technology. She is currently Vice President of Delivery Shared Services in the Customer Platforms & Enterprise Tech Enablement Group at TD Bank. Her executive career began when she was recruited by HSBC, after which she went on to lead several global technology teams at American Express and later become Chief Technology Officer at JPMorgan Chase before joining TD in 2014. Since joining the Canadian multinational banking and financial services corporation, she has successfully delivered innovative technology solutions, demonstrating strength and leadership in strategic planning, business architecture and transformational change. Her accomplishments have fueled her progressive career at TD as Head of Merchant Solutions, Vice President of Canadian Credit Cards Technology Solutions and most recently as Vice President of Delivery Shared Services. Canadian born of Jamaican descent, Colleen is passionate about diversity and inclusion in the tech industry and demonstrates her executive leadership and commitment through TD's Black Employee Network and Women in Technology steering committees, and is a trusted advisor to many organizations including the Black Professionals in Tech Network. Determined to succeed and contribute to her family, she landed her first job at age 7 and later attended the University of Toronto where she studied economics and math. Daughter, sister and mother to a competitive swimmer, Colleen can often be found at the pool in the early morning hours cheering on her teenage son, or participating in wellness activities such as cycling, hiking or yoga in her spare time.

Jaqui Parchment


Mercer (Canada) Limited

Jaqui Parchment is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mercer Canada, where she leads Canada’s 1,000 employees from coast to coast. Jaqui’s goal is to empower Mercer’s Canadian colleagues to provide industry-leading service and innovative solutions to clients across the Health, Wealth and Career businesses, to foster company growth. Before becoming CEO, Jaqui led more than 500 employees as Mercer’s Toronto Office Leader for nearly two years, also acting as a Senior Consultant within Mercer Canada’s Wealth business. Prior to that, she headed the Investments business in Canada. Jaqui has more than 30 years of experience in the retirement savings and investment areas. Jaqui is a passionate advocate and frequent speaker on issues relating to diversity and inclusion – including promoting racial and gender diversity in corporate Canada. Jaqui actively supports several non-profit organizations that promote racial equity, and assist youth and new immigrants to Canada. Jaqui is a member of United Way Greater Toronto’s 2020 Campaign Cabinet, a founding member of the Black Opportunity Fund and a director of the BlackNorth Initiative. Jaqui also sits on a number of investment committees relating to pension and endowment assets. Within Mercer, she is the former Canadian Chair of Women@Mercer and When Women Thrive. Jaqui graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Actuarial Science. She is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and a CFA Charterholder.

Marissa Lewis



Partner in Deloitte’s Consulting practice focused business transformation enabled by technology within Financial Services. I have successfully delivered transformations ranging from post-merger integrations, core system replacements and launching new digital channels. I am committed and passionate about building inclusive teams who are motivated to seek answers to our clients issues, and to uncover innovation-focused ideas to transform their business. I am a firm believer that happiness fuels success, and an always eager to explore opportunities to expand my personal and professional impact.

Nicole Martin


CBC Toronto

Nicole Martin is a Reporter and News Reader at CBC Toronto. She began her career at CBC as a television reporter covering local stories in and around the GTA. Nicole has covered a wide range of topics and issues including politics, crime, and community events. Her passion for radio was reignited after filling the role of breaking news reporter on Metro Morning. Nicole migrated to CBC radio where she is currently the Newsreader for Ontario Morning, CBC's number one morning show in Southern Ontario, and guest newsreader on Metro Morning and Here and Now. Nicole has also guest hosted on Ontario morning.   Nicole is passionate about women's rights, diversity, and equality, and often spends her free time volunteering and speaking at youth groups and centres for newcomers. She is a proud mother and radio news talk junkie. Nicole was born and raised in Toronto.

Lekan Olawoye

Founder & CEO


A passionate advocate for organizational change and lasting progress, Lekan Olawoye is a leader who is equally comfortable offering high-level business advice as he is passionately speaking about how to be an effective ally. His organization, the Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN), is the largest of its kind in Canada and the third largest in the US with an organization spanning over 10,000 members. Olawoye’s cross-sector experience gives him the skills to foster transformational change and provide critical guidance on harnessing the power of meaningful diversity. Olawoye honed his expertise across roles spanning from local non-profit organizations to government advisory boards to executive boardrooms. As lead executive, Talent Development at the MaRS District, Olawoye helped ensure workers had the skills and adaptability needed to thrive in modern work environments. Throughout these roles, Olawoye has earned a reputation for effective leadership and peerless vision, resulting in industry awards and accolades. With his proven insight and tireless dedication to inclusivity, Olawoye’s perspective is sought by people across many fields. He’s been published in The Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and TechCrunch, and the annual BPTN summit is the largest virtual Black tech summit globally, with thousands of attendees in person and online.
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