About us

We’re helping to build a workforce with a culture of inclusion.

This innovative initiative by Black Business Consulting acts as a hub for skilled African Nova Scotians, and businesses, government associations, and community organizations to come together in mutually beneficial business partnerships.

With a range of offerings such as workplace and governance training, mentorship, coaching, and cultural assessment tools, we’re supporting employers and candidates, providing practical solutions.

Our mission


To build a culture of inclusion in the Nova Scotia Business community where all members of the workforce feel safe and supported to participate meaningfully.


To create essential opportunities for African Nova Scotians to access quality jobs, professions, and promotions through strategic partnerships and networks.


To increase the number of qualified African Nova Scotian candidates hired for job opportunities in the private and public sectors through education, mentorship programs, and training.


To better represent and support the African Nova Scotian community in key organizational decision-making roles through board training and thoughtful partnerships.

Our team

Working at DEN is knowing you’re at the grassroots of a network that’s changing things for the better. Our team is proud to be a part of this change, strengthening the diversity and inclusion of our workforce, and creating safe environments for African Nova Scotians to advance. The team includes consultants and service providers with proven track records in the field of diversity and inclusion.


Team members

Idy Fashoranti MBA, CPA, CMA
Director of Operations 

Gordon Blackmore BA (Soc), LLB

Matthew James Matel PMP
Chief Operations Officer

Advisory council

DEN’s Advisory Council will make recommendations to the Board of Directors of Black Business Consulting on operations and strategies. Council members span a broad range of sectors and industries, lending their diverse and relevant perspectives and expertise to the initiative.

  • Sandra Greer
  • Deborah Windsor
  • Nicole Johnson-Morrison
  • Burtley Francis
  • Jill Murray
  • Martha Casey
  • Ayo Aladejobi
  • Tim Chipman
  • Toyin Akindoju
  • Natalie Borden
  • Mike Branchflower
  • Karen Churchill
  • Louisa Esangbedo

Our Funding Partners

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Our Partners

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