2021 Student Leadership Symposium: Mobilizing Hope 2021 Student Leadership Symposium: Mobilizing Hope

Welcome and Keynote (Open-to-Everyone)


Cicely Blain
cicelyblainconsulting, CEO

Cicely Belle Blain is a Black/mixed, queer femme from London, UK now living on the lands of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh people. Their ancestry is a mix of Gambian (Wolof), Jamaican and English. At the heart of all their work, Cicely Belle harnesses their passion for justice, liberation and meaningful change via transformative education, always with laughter, and fearlessly in the face of systemic oppression.


They are noted for founding Black Lives Matter Vancouver and subsequently being listed as one Vancouver's 50 most powerful people by Vancouver Magazine in 2018 and again in 2020, BC Business's 30 under 30 and one of 150 Black women and non-binary people making change across Canada. They are now the CEO of Cicely Blain Consulting, social justice-informed diversity and inclusion consulting company with over 500 clients across North America, Europe, Asia and Africa.


Cicely Belle is an instructor in Executive Leadership at Simon Fraser University and the author of Burning Sugar (Arsenal Pulp Press, 2020).

Mobilizing Hope - Register Now!

Author, activist and anti-racist consultant, Cicely Belle Blain shares their vision for a transformed future. Through a lens of hope, intersectionality and social justice, Cicely Belle brings both the visions and the tangible tools from years of fighting in both the streets and boardrooms for a better and more equitable world.

*PLEASE NOTE: The keynote session will be recorded. If you do not wish to be recorded please turn off your camera.