The John Ware Institute (JWI) is a not-for-profit founded by Dr. Ufodike, – 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.
JWI is founded on the principles of investigating and proposing solutions to social inequity – particularly concerning the representation of Black Indigenous and Persons of Color (BIPOC) in positions of governance and in their 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 and other marginalized communities. Consequently, JWI is well positioned to build capacity and knowledge sharing on the future of Black people in Canadian business while also improving the health and socio-economic outcomes of marginalized Canadians.
As an organization committed to supporting the BIPOC community, we seek to ensure our leadership is reflective of the BIPOC community.
The John Ware Institute (JWI) in Canada is dedicated to the development of Black entrepreneurship. Its Board of Directors comprises individuals with diverse backgrounds in business, academia, health, law, project management, and public policy. This dynamic mix of expertise drives JWI’s mission to empower and uplift Black professionals, fostering a thriving and inclusive business landscape. For more information, please visit their website at johnware.ca.
THE SOCIOLOGY OF INCLUSION
- Offering solutions that assist in overcoming the systemic barriers faced by Black directors, businesses, and entrepreneurs with a focus on:
- management and governance capacity; and
- lack of access to capital
- Offering solutions that assist in overcoming the systemic barriers faced by Black people in the professions with a focus on:
- Increasing the supply of Black academics especially in Business
- Labour market integration for Foreign trained professionals e.g. accountants, lawyers, and medical doctors; and
- Attracting black students to in-demand professions – e.g. accountancy, law, and medicine
- Evaluating and advising on epidemiological data and other population health indices specific to the black community, including and especially on matters related to equitable access to medical research and preventative health.
All programs will be offered for a National audience in Canada and findings will be distributed primarily online, through virtual seminars, speaker series, and educational conferences to ensure the best possible reach. In addition, findings will be distributed in both official languages, English and French.