Save the Date for the National Defence Black History Month Event 2023

January 26, 2023 - Defence Stories


What: National Defence Black History Month Event 2023: Ours to tell

Date: Monday, February 6, 2023

Time: 1 PM to 2 PM (EST)

Where: In person: Carling Campus Pavilion, Virtually: MS Stream

In celebration of Black History Month, Defence Team members are invited to join the Deputy Minister, the Chief of the Defence Staff, the Defence Champion for Visible Minorities, and special guests for a national virtual/in-person event on Monday, February 6, 2023.

Under the theme “Ours to tell”, this event will be an opportunity to celebrate and learn more about the important contributions and achievements of Black Defence Team members.

This event, featuring a panel discussion and a Q&A session, will be hybrid. Defence Team members are invited to attend in-person at Carling Campus or virtually by watching the live broadcast of the event on the MS Stream.

Opening remarks:

Panel event:

The panel will encourage open, honest and constructive conversations about Black History in Canada, and the experiences of the Black Canadians in the Canadian Armed Forces, Public Service and the private sector.

The panel will be moderated by Commodore Jacques Olivier, Defence Team Champion for Visible Minorities and Director General Professional Conduct and Development within Chief Professional Conduct and Culture (CPCC). It will feature four panelists:

Caroline Xavier

Caroline Xavier

Chief of Communications Security Establishment

Master Warrant Officer Gareth Webb

Master Warrant Officer Gareth Webb

Executive Assistant to Sergeant Major, CPCC 

CPCC Headquarters Sergeant Major, Canadian Armed Forces  

Major (ret’d) Austin Douglas

Major (ret’d) Austin Douglas

Senior Manager, General Dynamics Mission Systems–Canada

Debra Christmas

Debra Christmas

Senior Executive Partner, Gartner Canada

Panelists will take questions from the in-person and virtual audience submitted via Slido during the event.

Join us in this celebration of Black culture in Canada and to learn more about the unique perspectives and lived experiences of the Black community.  Together we can act to make DND/CAF an inclusive, safe and equitable environment for all.

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