Five Black leaders in social impact you should know

Leaders share the work they’re most excited about in 2022, and what they’d change about the social impact sector given the chance

Why It Matters

Black communities continue to be excluded from leadership roles in the social impact sector, and overrepresented in those who access social services and programs (globally and in Canada). Learning from the work of Black changemakers is essential to building an anti-racist sector.

Canada’s social purpose sector is vast, and there are countless Black leaders building organizations, leading teams, transforming systems from within (and from outside) institutions, and making the sector stronger, more resilient, and more effective. 

This Black History Month — and Black Futures Month — we spoke to five such leaders in the social purpose sector whose work you should know about and follow. 


Kikelomo Koya | Social finance manager, Grand Challenges Canada 

For Kikelomo Koya, “It’s all about improving equitable access to basic needs,” she says. As a social finance manager with the global health innovation team at Grand Challenges Canada, an organization that funds health and development solutions globally, Koya knows that “access to healthcare, education, food, a home, etc., helps enrich a person’s life an

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