Meet the Team!

Queen Kukoyi

Ex. Dir. Of Operations & Finance

Queen is a Black, queer mother, author, art educator, scholar, activist, mental health advocate, and international artist. Queen uses visual arts, mindfulness and story telling to facilitate discourse that decolonizes the Black identity and affirms all intersections of Blackness.

queen@bsamcanada.ca

Nico Taylor

Ex. Dir. Of Communications

Nico is a scholar, cosplayer and activist who uses feminism and critical race theory to dissect social constructions surrounding race and representation. She holds a Master’s in Media Studies where her research touched on decolonial practices, cosplay subculture and Afrofuturism.

nico@bsamcanada.ca

Eloya Williams

Social Media Assistant

Eloya Williams is a fourth year student specializing in sociology at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus. She enjoys interweaving academic research and vibrant visualizations through platforms such as video editing and ArcGIS mapping

Shelly Grace

Marketing Assistant

Shelly Grace is a storyteller, poet, public speaker and educator. She uses her lived experience as a Black woman to tell stories that both celebrate Blackness and challenge the world in which we live in. She is a business graduate from X University  where she majored in marketing, as she loves brand storytelling. 

The Board

Rokhaya Gueye

Chief Marketing & Communication Officer for Tanél Health

As a community servant, Rokhaya has, for the past 24+ years, volunteered her time by working tirelessly to help various non-profit organizations both locally and abroad.

Rokhaya is passionate about social change, women & youth empowerment, technology, community economic development, construction, and philanthropy. She also fervently believes that, “Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful’! Vouloir c’est pouvoir!

She’s also a carpenter for Local 27!

Kwesi Johnson

Interim Manager - Revitalization and Renewal Communities at Toronto Community Housing

Kwesi has dedicated the past two decades to finding innovative solutions that will bridge the gap between access to education, employment, skills development and life-changing resources making institutions more accessible and equitable spaces for marginalized seniors, youth and their families who are often disproportionately racialized communities experiencing complex socioeconomic disparities.

Quentin VerCetty

Founder of BSAM Canada, Artist & Arts Educator

Quentin is an award-winning multi-disciplinary artist born in Rexdale. His work is of African people and culture being in the future. Quentin VerCetty has won numerous awards as a multidisciplinary visual engineer, storyteller, community artivist, educator, and Afrofuturist. 

Quentin is the winner of the 2020 Joshua Glover Memorial competition, which will be Toronto’s first Black monument and will be installing it in the fall of 2021 close to Islington station.

Jonathan Ofori

Founder and Managing Director of Broadbase Human Resources

Jonathan holds a Bachelor of Sciences degree from the University of Toronto, and the CHRP designation from the Human Resources Professionals Association of Ontario.  His credentials include over 20 years of experience in both corporate and agency human resources services. 

His achievements have earned him perennial President’s Club citations, as well as a Lifetime Achievement award.

Levyi-Alexander Love

Singer / Songwriter

Levyi-Alexander Love is an Artist born in Toronto, Ontario.  He is a dude who loves to have fun, kick back and make sick art. His passion for music and poetry really comes from a deep need to be seen, heard and understood by an entity that can hold him as he evolves and searches for himself, through himself.

Levyi is a mostly self taught singer songwriter and poet who creates art that promotes people to connect and feel all their feelings as they come; you can say his art gives people permission to be.

Natalie Higgins

Founder of Logan's Photography

Toronto native, mother of two, photographer, accountant, entrepreneur and cosplayer.

“The joy of making people happy weather in my studio or in cosplay lets me know I’m doing my job right in life. Wonder Woman fights for love and justice, she one of the main cosplays that I play.  So as a strong black woman, I love showing little black girls and everyone else in this world that we have the love and power to be anything.”

Previous Team Members

We take great pride in the team members who have previously contributed to our growth and continue to support us on our journey!

Danya Elsayed

Previous Assistant Communications Coordinator for Archiving Black Futures Project

Mishele Morgan

Previous Executive
Administrative Assistant