Chief Information Officer, City of Toronto & Founder, The Impact Centre


Rob Meikle is the Chief Information Officer for the City of Toronto. He is also the President & Founder, The Impact Centre and Kingdom House Christian Centre, where he serves as the lead pastor. Rob has received numerous industry recognitions for his outstanding leadership, including being named on the prestigious global CIO 100 honoree list, which recognizes the best Chief Information Officers globally. 



Canadian Baseball Hall of Famer & Founder, Fergie Jenkins Foundation


Fergie Jenkins is the first Canadian to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. An Order Of Canada recipient, he was honoured with a Canadian Postage Stamp. He founded the Fergie Jenkins Foundation in 1997 and has raised more than $4 Million for charities across North America.In his honour, the Fergie Jenkins Museum in St. Catharines was opened in November 2011.




Founder & CEO, G98.7 FM

Fitzroy Gordon is the Founder & CEO of G98.7 FM. He also serves as President and Station Manager. It took Mr. Gordon over ten years and many attempts before securing a radio license to serve the listening tastes of the Black and the larger Caribbean population. He has over 20 years of experience in Canadian broadcasting, including roles as sports reporter, talk show host, R&B as well as Gospel music host.




High Achiever & Recipient of the Top 20 Under 20 Award


Habiba Cooper Diallo was named one of Canada's Top 20 Under 20 for innovation, leadership and achievement. She is the founder of Women's Health Organization International (WHOI). She has received several awards including the medical science prize at Barnard College and the Young Women in Public Affairs award at the district and regional levels in New England and Atlantic Canada.


CEO, Wholesale & Retail Sector Education & Training Authority of South Africa


Joel Dikgole is the Chief Executive Officer of the Wholesale and Retail Sector Education and Training Authority, an agency of the South African government. It was established to advance equity and skills development. Joel has led the agency to greater heights, including implementation of the International Leadership Development Program (ILDP). He is also on the Council of the University of Johannesburg. 


Olympian, Executive VP/ Assistant GM, 

Senior Men's Program, Canadian Basket Ball


Rowan Barrett played professional basketball for many years and is now the Assistant General Manager and Executive Vice President of the Senior Men's Team at Canada Basketball Association. Barrett played for the Canadian National Basketball team, with which he participated in the 2000 Olympics.Before becoming Executive Vice President of the Senior Men's Team at Canadian Basketball, Rowan served as Manager at Royal Bank of Canada.


Chair, African Union Diaspora Health Initiative


Dr. Arikana Chihombori is the International Chair for African Union Diaspora Africa Forum. The forum's primary role is to support the African Union in encouraging Diaspora participation in the development of Africa. Dr. Chihombori is also chair of the African Union's African Diaspora Health Initiative (AU-ADHI). A Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, Dr. Chihombori is the Founder & CEO of Bell Family Medical Centers, whose headquarters are in Tennessee, USA.



A Prolific Musical Ensemble


The African Guitar Summit is a group of nine Canadian musicians of African origin, who participates in a unique project for CBC Radio's On Stage program. African Guitar Summit was released on  CBC Records in November 2004, and went on to win the Juno Award for World Music Album. They have since toured across Canada, including a performance at Afrofest and the historic Live 8 concert in Barrie. Adam Solomon (pictured) is one of the principals. 




CEO  Ethiopian Airlines


Tewolde Gebremariam began his career at Ethiopian Airlines in 1985. He served in different capacities in the cargo traffic handling department and progressed through the ladder to Manager Cargo Traffic Handling. He was appointed as Regional Director for India and South East Asia base in Bombay and later on transferred to Jeddah as Area Manager for Saudi Arabia. Under his leadership, the airline has witnessed exponential growth, including expanding to Canada.


President & CEO, Jodal Healthcare


Ayo Alabi  is the President & Chief Executive Officer of Jodal Health Care, a family oriented business geared towards providing compassionate care and service in the field of developmental disabilities. With a total staff base of over two hundred and fifty, Jodal Healthcare is able to provide relief personnel and front line staffing to agencies around the GTA and the surrounding regions- Durham and Newmarket. Jodal has been in business for over 16 years and supplies client all over Ontario with healthcare professionals.





A Community Service Organization. Audrey Campbell, President


The objectives of the organization are to deliver programs and services; provide a physical hub in the city and to advocate for the well-being of Jamaican, Caribbean as well as the larger African Canadian communities in the region. The Jamaican Canadian Association runs its own banquet facility and community centre in Toronto, Canada. Its current President is Audrey Campbell. 





Medical Relief Orgnaization


Doctors Without Borders or M�decins Sans Fronti�res (MSF) was established in 1971 by a small group of French doctors who had worked in what was known as Biafra in Nigeria. Today, MSF is one of the world's leading independent medical relief organizations, with over 30,000 staff in 70 countries. MSF Canada's Executive Director is Stephen Cornish and the President of the Board is Bruce Lampard.



 Forensic psychiatrist, Ottawa Health Care Group


Dr. Adekunle G Ahmed is a forensic psychiatrist, the Clinical Director Southeast Forensic Services and the Director of the Anger Disorders Clinic at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Ottawa and he also has a cross appointment in the School Criminology, University of Ottawa. Dr. Ahmed also holds masters of law degree  from Osgoode Hall Law School.


DJ, Lyricist, Producer & Youth Advocate


Through performing, lecturing, mentoring and film-making, Sean affirms his role as a leader. He is the host and keynote speaker for L.I.F.T. (Laying, Important, Foundations, Together). He was presented with the Medal of Appreciation from the United Nations Association of Canada. Sean is working on an independent documentary on Sickle Cell disease entitled, "INSIDE OUT: When Blood Hurts." It won the 2013 Innoversity Creative Summit's Short Film Pitch and the Best Overall Pitch. 


First Black Female City Councillor in Toronto


Beverley Salmon was a municipal Councillor in Toronto for 12 years and continues to give leadership and volunteer support. She received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Ryerson University and the Queen Elizabeth 11 Diamond Jubilee Medal. She chaired the Black Liaison Committee of the Toronto Board of Education, providing anti-racism training for teachers. Her late husband, Dr. John Douglas Salmon, was Canada's first board-certified African Canadian surgeon.



Singer and Producer


Multiple Award winning artist Dele Ajayi a.k.a. Blacko Blaze rose to international acclaim with his singles "Kajumbe" and "Beremole".Blacko Blaze has worked with music greats like King Sunny Ade and Shina Peters. He won Best Artist Award at the 2011 African Entertainment Awards. He has shared the stage with P-Square, 2Face, Olu Maintain, 9ice and Davido. Hi new album "KuruKogaga," a Microbell release. 




Civil Rights Leader 


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Civil Rights leader who advocated for equality using peaceful measures. In March 1963, King organized the March On Washington, where he delivered the historic "I Have A Dream" speech, one of the most significant speeches in history.On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace prize for fighting discrimination. In 1986, the Martin Luther King Jr. Day was established as an American holiday, now celebrated around the world. The Planet Africa Legend Award is set to be received by his daughter, Dr. Bernice King, CEO of the King Centre in Atlanta, USA.     


Dr. Bernice King, Daughter Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
To Speak At The 2013 Planet Africa Awards




Celebrating The Dream

A Special Tribute In Commemoration Of The
50th Anniversary Of The "I Have A Dream" Speech.


Dr. Bernice King, daughter of Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will speak at the 2013 Planet Africa Awards, on Saturday, November 2nd 2013. The legacy of Dr. King will be recognized with the presentation of the Legend Award, to be received by his daughter Bernice, who is the Chief Executive Officer of the King Centre in Atlanta, USA.


2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the March On Washington, where the historic "I Have a Dream" speech was delivered. The 10th annual Planet Africa Awards gala will mark this milestone with a red carpet gala from 6.00 PM at the International Centre in Toronto, Canada. The theme this year is "Celebrating The Dream".


Known internationally as one of the most powerful, motivating and life-changing orators on the circuit of speakers today, Bernice leaves her audiences standing and challenged to transform their world. The youngest daughter of the late Coretta Scott King and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Bernice first spoke spoke in her mother's stead at the United Nations at age 17. She has since spoken at the White House and other high profile places.


Since 2004, the Planet Africa Awards program has identified and recognized hard work, leadership and excellence, which produce role models, especially for our young people. The mission is to showcase deserving individuals, organizations, businesses and agencies that make a profound difference in the lives of people of African heritage globally. Tickets are on sale for just $150 each. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.


Previous recipients include Kevin Williams, President & Managing Director of General Motors Canada; Nobel Prize Winner, Professor Wole Soyinka; movie and television star, Isaiah Washington; Nuclear Scientist, Dr. Sylvester Osamusali; YWCA International President, Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro; Olympic Gold Medalist Daniel Igali; entrepreneur and businessman Kwame Jackson from Donald Trump's Apprentice; as well as other highly accomplished individuals and organizations.


VIP Reception and Awards Show


Date:                Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Time:               VIP Reception at 6:00 pm; Dinner & Awards at 7.00 pm

Location:       The International Centre, 6900 Airport Road, Toronto, Canada

Tickets:          Tickets are $150; advance orders going fast!


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Bernice A. King (Be A King) is the Chief Executive Officer of The King Center, which was founded by her mother Coretta Scott King in 1968. She is a graduate of Spelman College, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Master of Divinity as well as a Doctor of Law Degree from Emory University. She is a member of the State Bar of Georgia and serves on the HOPE Southeastern Board of Directors of Operation HOPE as well as the Board of the inaugural Regions Diversity Advisory Council for Regions Financial.


Dr. Bernice King served as a law clerk in the Fulton County Juvenile Court system, under Judge Glenda Hatchett, who was host of the nationally syndicated Judge Hatchett show. She has served as a mentor to a group of 5th grade girls at an inner-city Atlanta elementary school. She continues to serve as a mentor to young ladies at CSKYWLA. Bernice founded Be A King, whose mission is to re-brand and re-image generations of people to elevate the way they Think, Act, Live, and Lead.


This year, as she continued her parents' monumental legacy, she spearheaded the global events that took place in Washington DC, to commemorate the August 28, 2013, 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington as well as her father's famous "I Have A Dream" speech. In September 2013, she was an instrumental factor in helping Aboriginals and others in Vancouver, Canada, to understand the importance of forgiveness, unconditional love and reconciliation, when she spoke to a crowd of over 75,000 people.


Bernice has been featured on such shows as Oprah, BET Talk with Tavis Smiley and the Judge Hachett Show to name a few, as well as in such magazines as People, Ebony, Essence, Ladies Home Journal, Gospel Today and Charisma Magazine. She has also guest hosted a live lunchtime show on CNN. She is the author of Hard Questions, Heart Answers, an inspiring book. From 2010 to 2011, she did a weekly 90-minute radio segment entitled "Raise The Standard" on Praise 102.5 FM in Atlanta, with Rhodell Lewis.


About Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a Civil Rights leader known for advocating for equality using peaceful measures. Dr. King has been recognized and celebrated globally for his contribution to the social and political consciousness of the world regarding the evils of segregation as well as the rights and dignity of all peoples. In March 1963, King organized the March On Washington, where he delivered the "I Have a Dream" speech, considered one of the most significant speeches in human history.


On October 14, 1964, King received the Nobel Peace Prize for fighting racial discrimination. Dr. King was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee. King was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal. In 1986, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday. The holiday is celebrated by many organizations as well as other entities around the world, including Canada. Hundreds of streets have been named in his honor. Dr. King's memorial statue on the National Mall of America was opened to the public in 2011.


About The Planet Africa Awards


The awards are presented by Planet Africa Group, a division of Silvertrust Media. Planet Africa Television is the only English language series of its kind, aired on OMNI Television, syndicated to BEN TV across Europe and to other stations. Planet Africa Magazine is on newsstands across Canada and is available in other parts of the world. The vision of the esteemed Planet Africa organization is to advance the aspirations of people of African origin and communities where they live. The awards engage the Crossover Mentorship Program, which was established in 2008, to build a community wherein young people lead healthy lifestyles, make positive contributions to society and become responsible citizens.


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