Mentorship Symposium: Breaking Barriers through Mentorship

The Mentorship Symposium will take place on Saturday, September 16, at Platform Calgary. Our theme for this year is “Breaking barriers through mentorship,” focusing on the challenges Black individuals face on their journey of growth and the importance of mentorship in overcoming those barriers. It will bring together a diverse group of emerging Black talent. We believe in allyship, so there will be mentors from various races and nationalities who have a passion for leading and guiding development through mentorship.

Mentorship Symposium Highlights


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Event: Mentorship Symposium: Breaking Barriers through Mentorship
Type of Event: In-person
Date: Saturday, September 16th, 2023
Time: 4 – 8 pm
Venue: Platform Calgary
Platform Innovation Centre
407 9th Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2K7
Contact for inquiries:  780.970.4802
Organizers: Crown Mentorship Foundation

Attire: Business Casual, Cultural, Look Your Best

Venue: Platform Calgary
Platform Innovation Centre
407 9th Ave SE
Calgary, AB T2G 2K7


Get assigned seating

Appetizers  and drinks

Introductions and kick-off presentations

Entrepreneurs Professionals
Sam Obadero
Motif Photography
Morenike Adesina
Assistant Vice President
Canadian Western Bank
Cynthia Nwanjiaku
Two Men and a Truck
Chinwe Omorotionmwan
Senior Project Manager
Alberta Health Services
Doyin Omotora
Founder and CEO
Terri-Lynn Levy
Human Resources Manager
Fluor Canada
Shannon Sidhu
Sun Blinds YYC
Kingsley Nndem
Manager Analytics
Lanre Ajayi
Creative Director
Ethnik Fashion
Siju Fatona
Crown Mentorship Foundation
Edos Omorotionmwan
Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public
EO law

Charles Osuji
CEO & Managing Partner

Fun door prizes to be won

Crown Mentorship Foundation

Keynote Speaker

Charles Osuji
CEO & Managing Partner

From law school in Nigeria to law firm CEO in Calgary, Charles’ rise to the top has been swift, earning him a LEXPERT Rising Star recognition for Canada’s Leading Lawyers Under 40, One of Canada’s 100 Most Influential Black Canadians, Avenue Calgary’s Top 40 under 40, and the recipient of the late Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for his contributions to the Province of Alberta.

With over 70 local and national recognitions and awards in the last few years, he is now leading one of the fastest-growing mid-sized law firms in Calgary, Osuji & Smith, which has quickly become one of the largest black-owned law firms in Canada, and the largest in Alberta. At an age when most lawyers are busy learning their craft, Charles is doing that plus ensuring he is providing mentoring and leadership for his staff of diverse associate lawyers, legal assistants, and articling students. In 2014, he had the privilege of articling at Osuji & Smith (then Smith Law Office) and was admitted to the Alberta Bar. Only two years later, he became a Partner in the firm, and in 2017, he became the sole owner of Osuji & Smith after buying me out.

With almost no experience in law firm management, Osuji has not only sustained the growth and integrity of the firm of Osuji & Smith Lawyers but has won several awards, including the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada in 2020 and the most recent Edition of “The Best Lawyers in Canada: Ones to Watch.”  Charles’ fast journey to success is proof of his dedication to both his craft and his insistence in giving others “a foot in the door”.

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Blaze a trail that will help others begin their journey and it will never be lonely at the top.

– Carlos Wallace