Technology corporations join forces to celebrate Black History Month in a new and innovative way

This specialized Black History Month event aims to celebrate forward-thinking innovators who are making positive contributions to the STEAM industries in Canada.

TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - Excelovate and First Book Canada are pleased to present the 2nd annual Black Arts & Innovation Expo 2016. The event takes place on February 27th from 4pm-10pm at Artscape Wychwood Barns on 601 Christie St. in Toronto.

Excelovate and First Book Canada have partnered with leading technology corporations, entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators to deliver an event that inspires and promotes diversity. 

The Expo will feature modern day innovators like Tamar Huggins of DRIVE Accelerator Group, Ferodigi – an industry newcomer specializing in digital brochures, Lonotek – a trendsetting start-up created by 12 year old Marcus Xavier, focused on serving the needs of individuals who do not have or want online access. This exciting group of visionaries will also include Francis Jeffers – curator of the International African Inventors Museum.

Admission to the Black Arts & Innovation Expo will be $5 for students and $10 for adults. The event features an onsite Technology Career Fair and will also award ten $2,000 scholarships to post-secondary students. 

Each year, the Black Arts & Innovation Expo recognizes three outstanding Canadian Trailblazers. This year features an impressive group of exceptional talent from the Science, Technology and Art industries.  The 2016 recipients are:

  • Dr. Juliet Daniel, Associate Professor (Biology), McMaster University
  • Roger Mahabir, Chairman & CEO, Tracker Networks
  • Kardinal Offishall, Recording Artist, Producer and Music Executive

Excelovate and First Book Canada invite the public to meet an outstanding group of trailblazers, innovators and artists. 

First Book Executive Director Tom Best states, "We are thrilled to be part of the Black Arts & Innovation Expo and partnered with Excelovate and so many leading technology corporations, entrepreneurs, artists, and innovators to stage this unique event. By promoting diversity and honouring so many outstanding new innovators, this Expo is clearly becoming a very important annual event in Toronto's calendar."

The organizers are excited about the many opportunities the Expo will provide and their ultimate goal is to encourage more young people to pursue careers in the STEAM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). Companies participating in the Career Fair include Facebook, Lexmark, CompuCom, IBM, Dell, Tracker Networks, Compugen, and other leading tech companies.

More information about the Black Arts & Innovation Expo 2016 can be found at

About Excelovate

Excelovate is a human services company focused on helping people and enriching lives through book and app publishing, personal coaching, and business consulting.

About First Book Canada

First Book Canada provides access to new books for children. To date, First Book Canada has distributed more than 4.5 million books and educational resources to programs and schools serving children from low-income families throughout Canada.

SOURCE Excelovate

For further information: Dalton Higgins, Excelovate, Phone: 647-880-2355, E-mail:, Twitter:, Website:


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