ULI Toronto: Racism & Exclusion in the Workplace Part 2: The BlackNorth Initiative & The Black Opportunity Fund: How the CRE Industry can get Involved


Thursday, December 17th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm EST


REALPAC, in partnership with BOMA Toronto, CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter, NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter, SIOR Canada Central Chapter, Toronto CREW, and ULI Toronto, is pleased to present the second part of our multi-series program on Racism & Exclusion in the Workplace, sponsored by KingSett Capital. This series aims to help members of the Canadian commercial real estate industry understand, address, and dismantle systemic racism in the workplace.
Part Two: The BlackNorth Initiative & the Black Opportunity Fund: How the CRE industry can get involved 
In Part Two of our series, we will hear from trailblazers in the Canadian commercial real estate industry leading the charge to change corporate structures that uphold anti-Black systemic racism against Black Canadians.

Join our panel to learn:
  • The founding principles behind the BlackNorth Initiative and the Black Opportunity Fund
  • Why signatories on the panel signed the BlackNorth Initiative pledge?
  • What new actions they plan to take in their organizations?
  • What metrics they are tracking (or plan to track)?
  • What changes are being made to policies?
  • How your company can support the initiative.
The webinar will be moderated by Michael Brooks, CEO, REALPAC.



Sonny Kalsi

CEO, BentallGreenOak

Sonny Kalsi is the CEO of BentallGreenOak (BGO) and is based in New York City. BGO is a global real estate investment and management platform with approximately $50BN under management. BGO has 24 offices worldwide (North America, Europe, and Asia) and over 1,300 employees. The firm manages investment strategies and properties in various asset and risk classes. Sonny previously was a Founder of GreenOak Real Estate in 2010 and together with the team grew the business organically to $12BN of assets under management in 10 countries with over 100 employees. Before GreenOak, Sonny was Global Co-Head of Morgan Stanley’s Real Estate Investing (MSREI) business and President of the Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds until 2009. At its peak, the platform had approximately $100 billion of assets under management in 33 countries. During his 18-year career at Morgan Stanley, Sonny spent almost 10 years in Asia and has lived and worked in six different locations around the world.   Sonny is a graduate of Georgetown University and continues to be very involved with the school. He has been cited by Private Equity Real Estate magazine as one of the “30 Most Influential” people in private equity real estate globally. Sonny is on the board of several charitable organizations including Teaching Matters, Room to Read, SparkYouth NYC, Asia Society, and the Hirshhorn Museum. He is a Trustee of the Spence School and Georgetown University. He is also a board member of Oberoi Realty and an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University in the Master of Real Estate Program.


Jaqui Parchment

CEO, Mercer Canada

Jaqui Parchment is the CEO of Mercer Canada, where she leads Canada’s 1,000 employees from coast to coast. Jaqui’s goal is to empower Mercer’s Canadian colleagues to provide industry-leading service and innovative solutions to clients across the Health, Wealth and Career businesses, to foster company growth.


Anna Kennedy

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Financial Officer, KingSett Capital

Anna Kennedy is COO of KingSett Capital, Canada’s leading private equity real estate investment business which co-invests with institutional and ultra-high net worth clients seeking to provide premium risk weighted returns through its various fund strategies. Anna was formerly EVP and CFO at Oxford Properties Group. Anna is also active in the non-for-profit sector, sits on the Board of Governors of U of T and the boards of the CD Howe Institute and REALPAC.


Brian Rosen

Chief Operating Officer, Canada, Colliers International

Brian Rosen is the President and CEO | Canada at Colliers International, Canada’s leading commercial real estate services and investment management firm. He is responsible driving growth and establishing the strategic direction of the business in the region. In addition to his role as President and CEO in Canada, Brian is also a member of the global senior executive team that sets the vision and strategy for Colliers International.


Dahabo Ahmed-Omer

Executive Director, Black North Initiative

Dahabo Ahmed-Omer was recently appointed as the Executive Director of the BlackNorth Initiative. She is a founding member of the Justice for Abdirahman Coalition, which advocates securing justice for the late Abdirahman Abdi and his family. She is also the Chair of the Federation of Black Canadians, which is a national non-profit organization that is driven by Black organizations across anada, which advances the social, economic and cultural interests of Canadians of African descent.


Dennis Mitchell

CEO & CIO, Starlight Investments

Dennis Mitchell joined Starlight Capital in March 2018 as CEO and CIO. Dennis has over 20 years of experience in the investment industry and has held executive positions with Sprott Asset Management, serving as SVP and Senior Portfolio Manager, and Sentry Investments, serving as EVP and CIO.

Event Sponsors

Lead Series Sponsor

KingSett Capital, Inc.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor, please keep in touch .