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The John Ware Institute (JWI) is not-for-profit founded by Dr. Ufodike, who is a Black academic, finance executive, entrepreneur, and board director. The John Ware Institute was founded in 2020 in the wake of the social justice movement of that year.

JWI is founded on the principles of investigating and proposing solutions to issues of social inequity – particularly in health and socio-economic outcomes

The Board of Directors, Advisory Board, and Venture Advisory Board of the Institute have demonstrated extensive experience and expertise in health, business and entrepreneurship within the Black community and other marginalized groups. Consequently, JWI is well positioned to build capacity and knowledge sharing on the future of Black entrepreneurship in Canada while also improving health and socio-economic outcomes.

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Board of Directors

The JWI is governed by a Board of Directors whose background include business, academia, health, law, project management and public policy.

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Yvonne Ruke Akpoveta, Chair

Yvonne is a Change Management Strategist, Advisor, and Change Leadership Advocate, with over 20 years of experience helping public and private sector organizations to navigate through change. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Education Quality and Accountability Office of Ontario.

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Dr. Izu Nwachukwu

Dr Nwachukwu is a Professor of Medicine and a Scholar of Psychology with extensive international education and practice experience. He is currently affiliated with University of Calgary in Canada and Imo State University in Nigeria.

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Anuli Ausbeth-Ajagu

Anuli is a human resource professional and educator with over fifteen years of leading teams and managing people for peak performance. She is a lecturer at the Bow Valley College School of Business. She has expertise in cross-cultural communication, diversity, leadership, coaching, training, development and change management.

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Chuks Ezeokafor

Chuks Ezeokafor is the Vice President of IT at Levitt-Safety. He leads product development, innovation, cybersecurity, eCommerce and enterprise project teams at Levitt-Safety. Chuks co-chairs Levitt’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. He’s held technology and innovation leadership roles at companies in Canada, Nigeria and the US.

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Board Governance Programs – John Ware Fellowship

Objective: JWI Will be offering a fellowship program that aims to develop a core of reputable Black Board directors in other to address supply side issue.

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We are looking for community partners to support our ambitious ten-year plan of normalizing Black directors in Canada. Our plan will actively recruit, train, mentor, and place 750 Black Board Directors by 2030.

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