Black Arts & Innovation Expo to celebrate Black History Month by awarding STEAM talent


Toronto-based Excelovate and First Book Canada have partnered to host the 5th Annual Black Arts & Innovation Expo (BAIE) on February 21.

Organizers of BAIE are looking to celebrate Black History Month with a new focus on the contributions of black Canadians to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). This one-day event will be held at the Arcadian Court from 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

“I know first-hand that embracing technology and innovation can transform lives and inspire meaningful change – we need more diversity at the table,” said Claudette McGowan, founder of BAIE.

“Embracing technology and innovation can transform lives and inspire meaningful change.”

BAIE’s mission is to promote diversity in STEAM, by recognizing valuable contributions to technology, innovation, music, literature, visual arts, and entrepreneurship. The event will award five students with $5,000 scholarships each, and connect students with top-tier companies that are actively hiring diverse talent for STEAM roles.

Excelovate is a human services company that offers coaching, events and publishes content geared toward celebrating diversity and promoting excellence. They have organized BAIE every year since 2014.

Attendees will connect with leading tech companies for an onsite Tech Career Fair and will have an opportunity to hear from scholarship recipients, entrepreneurs, and emerging artists. The event will also feature a panel discussion moderated by journalist and author, Dalton Higgins, as we all a futuristic Robotic Play Zone.

The event will be held at 401 Bay Street Simpson, 8th floor, Toronto. Tickets can be purchased for $25, click here for more info on the event.

Isabelle Kirkwood

Isabelle Kirkwood

Isabelle is a Vancouver-based writer with 5+ years of experience in communications and journalism and a lifelong passion for telling stories. For over two years, she has reported on all sides of the Canadian startup ecosystem, from landmark venture deals to public policy, telling the stories of the founders putting Canadian tech on the map.