African Canadian Conference

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The 2nd Moving Forward African Canadian Conference was held to examine and address various socio-economic issues facing African Canadians in London and Area. This is against the backdrop of the completion of the Needs Assessments phase of ACFOLA’s on-going Labour Market Partnership Program (LMPP) funded by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. The conference was sponsored in part by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, London Community Foundation and the City of London.


Click to read the report of the 2nd Moving Forward Conference – 2013


Employment and Economic Development of African Canadians in London and Area


The purpose of the conference was to:

  • Provide a forum for partnership, networking, interaction and engagement among members of the African Canadian community, service organizations and government agencies.
  • Conduct a community conversation/consultation with the African Canadian community and community partners about employment and economic development issues.
  • Follow up from 2010 1st Moving Forward Conference for further directions and evaluate and celebrate ACFOLA’s progress to date.
  • Sensitize the greater London community about the socio-economic and cultural challenges of African Canadians in the area and to identify remedial measures on how to address them most appropriately.


The Keynote Speaker – George JS Dei
The Plenary Speaker – Neil Arya
The Dinner Speaker – Anton Allahar 
Panelists and Panel topics
Youth session – Adulis Mokanan and Julia Katsivo



The first Moving Forward African Canadian Conference was held on 26 November 2010 at the London Convention Center to celebrate the first anniversary of ACFOLA and seek individual and community input in developing ACFOLA’s Action Plan. The 2010 conference was attended by 143 participants which included African Canadian individuals, service providers and government agencies.


The theme of the conference was “Inclusion, Engagement and Integration of African Canadians in Community Building and Development”.


  • Obtain information from community agencies and service providers on existing services and opportunities they provide to avoid duplication and inefficiencies.
  • Sensitize stakeholders to the issues and problems facing the African Canadian community.
  • Forge effective partnerships and collaborations.
  • Develop a program and work plan from the conference proceedings and recommendation.
  • Develop strategies and plans to address the problems of the African Canadian community.
  • Celebrate the formation of the Federation.

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