Core Team

The people within organizations drive a mission. Of course, all missions require a strategy.

While some strategic plans are necessarily complex, our strategy is simple. To deliver our twofold purpose, our strategy is directly tied to the personal objective of each team member. Get to know what motivates us, and how we intend to add value to your organization, the people currently and soon to be in it, and the public more broadly.

President and Managing Partner

Jason Murray

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Now in his 14th year of executive search, Jason has worked on 300+ searches. Prior to founding BIPOC Executive Search Inc., Jason worked at a multinational executive search firm and, before that, a boutique search firm. For part of his career, he worked in the Consulting Division of Deloitte & Touche as the Human Capital and Strategy & Operations Supervisor. In this position, he provided organizational management and HR services to the 994 individuals in the division.

Jason has a community-facing orientation, and currently serves as Chair of the Board for the Toronto Fringe Festival. He has done work with a number of organizations that have a deep and abiding commitment to representation in the workforce, including the Canadian Board Diversity Council, G(irls)20, and Pride at Work Canada.

Jason holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, and a Master's degree in Management from Boston University. He is certified in unconscious-bias decision making, and has completed courses on predicative data analytics, artificial intelligence, and iOS development training.

Partner

Jessica Yamoah

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Jessica Yamoah is widely known for founding Innovate Inclusion, a non-profit that advocates for the entrepreneurial success of underrepresented communities. In her work, she fosters awareness around the importance of inclusive community engagement, advocates for the economic development and success of underrepresented communities, and educates corporations, communities and individuals by providing access to programs and services that support personal and professional growth. Jessica brings expertise to various areas of BIPOC Executive Search, including the services tier of the company. In May 2018, she released the Ontario Incubator Diversity Report, for which she conducted a scan of four leading Ontario government funded Incubators. By analyzing the ethnic diversity of advisory boards, executive teams, start-up teams and mentors, as well as noting any diversity focused programming available at each location, she made recommendations designed to support the challenges that underrepresented entrepreneurs face while launching and growing their business with a focus on technology.

Jessica Yamoah is a recipient of the 2018 Top 25 Women of Influence award, sits on #movethedial’s advisory board and, in the 2018 calendar year, was one of a few Black women invited to a Black History Month How She Hustles roundtable with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Jessica is fully bilingual in English and French.

Principal

Sedina Fiati

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Sedina Fiati is a frequent panelist, moderator and facilitator in the areas of equity, diversity, inclusion, and the arts. Sedina has 10 years’ experience in workshop facilitating, coordinating panels and incorporating anti-oppression practises into organizational processes. Recent panels and workshops include: Indie Arts Coalition, Stratford Symposium 2019, Reel World Film Festival 2019, Making Space for Conflict with the AFC, CTV’s Your Morning, and Woke 2.0 Social Justice Workshop series. Sedina was the co-chair of ACTRA Toronto’s Diversity Committee and councillor and 2nd VP of council for Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. Sedina believes in radical empathy and generosity as we chart our way to a better future and stronger organizations.

Sedina holds a BFA in Music Theatre from the University of Windsor.

Researcher and Project Coordinator

Nair Rui Lim

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Nair Rui Lim brings over ten years’ experience working with some of the most prominent companies in the pharmaceutical industry in both Canada and Brazil. She has also worked with organizations in the critical area of research and development as well as logistical support. Born and raised in Brazil to Korean and Italian families, Nair is a citizen of the world having lived in Brazil, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia, and speaks multiple languages (English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish).

Nair began her education in one of the most prestigious universities in Brazil—the Federal University of São Paulo, pursuing a bachelor's degree in Pharmacy and Biochemistry—and received an Advanced Biotechnology diploma from Seneca College.

Director of Operations

Erica Ing

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Erica has worked in both a boutique and international executive search firm, and has gained considerable experience providing operational, client service, and delivery support within a variety of sectors, including real estate, public sector and academia, and leadership coaching and assessment. As Erica brings invaluable insights, judgment, and intelligence to executive search processes and professional services, at BIPOC Executive Search she is an integral bridge between clients, candidates and the BIPOC team.

Erica holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Ryerson University.

Principal

Candice Frederick

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Candice has over 15 years’ experience working within community agencies and educational institutions; she started her career in social services with the City of Toronto, went on to be Director of Student Services at Randolph College, and most recently has worked as a faculty member at George Brown College. Candice also spent time as a mental health and addictions therapist as well as a counselling manager.

Candice has facilitated workshops and taught classes on anti-oppressive practice. She is frequently asked to facilitate group sessions on anti-black racism and the impact of racial trauma on the black community. When teaching or facilitating, Candice provides a space to engage in mindfulness and to explore intersectionality. Her work is rooted in strengths-based practices, equity frameworks, and trauma-informed perspectives. She is most proud of her community volunteer work centering decolonization and economic redistribution efforts.

A published writer, Candice has engaged in social work training and has a Master’s of Education (M.Ed.) in Counselling Psychology from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.

Researcher and Consultant

Laurie Toulouse

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Having called Toronto home since 2003, Laurie Toulouse (member of Serpent River First Nation) has developed a successful career in Corporate Retail Marketing and Management, most notably with Hugo Boss, Ted Baker and Civello. With a specialty revolving around education and development, Laurie shares her personal and professional experiences in creating programs aimed at promoting an inclusive and diverse workplace. Away from work, Laurie enjoys walking the many ravines in Toronto with her family.
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Partner

Helen Mekonen

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Helen brings 16 years of experience in executive search recruitment and has built a proven track record of identifying, attracting, assessing, and hiring top diversity talent.

Prior to joining BIPOC Executive Search Inc., Helen worked at a boutique executive search firm in Toronto. Here, she concluded several searches where mission-critical talent—who have since proven to be key additions to client teams—were sought. Prior to this, Helen was a consultant at one of the leading global search firms helping clients across North America with their talent acquisition needs. She holds diplomas in Business Marketing and Business Administration from George Brown College.

Helen is a member of the Italian Chamber of Commerce of Ontario. She is multilingual—fully bilingual in English and Italian, and conversationally proficient in French and Spanish.

Principal

Stacy-Ann Buchanan

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As a mental health advocate and award-winning presenter, Stacy-Ann brings an array of experience to the service and training sections of BIPOC Executive Search. Her award-winning documentary, The Blind Stigma, made Canadian history when it debuted as the first documentary produced in Canada that examined mental health in the Black community. She is listed as one of the 100 Black Women to Watch in Canada, one of the 150 Black Women Making Canada Better and one of the 150 Leading Canadians for Mental Health.

As a highly respected motivational speaker with engagements that include TEDx and Bell Let’s Talk, Stacy-Ann’s work encompasses dismantling how mental health is perceived within the Black diaspora, stimulating dialogue in an effort to fuel resources, and orchestrating safe spaces for black voices to be amplified and helping them reclaim their narratives.

Stacy-Ann enjoys giving back to the community, and is a co-donor of The Buchanan Scholarship—a scholarship awarded to a first-year university student entering a Liberal Arts or Fine Arts program.

Strategic Advisor

Rahul Maheshwari

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Rahul Maheshwari is a strategic advisor at BIPOC Executive Search Inc., and brings a key eye to advising on executive appointments that enable transformation, growth, and greater diversity within organizations. Rahul adds to BIPOC Executive Search through his deep experience in the financial services sector as well as manufacturing.

Alongside BIPOC Executive Search, Rahul works as a consultant in project finance transactions and other finance-related services. Earlier in his career, he worked at global manufacturing firms where he was part of engineering and strategy teams (both in North America and the Middle East).

Rahul holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Toronto.