It was a great honour to attend the C-Tribe Festival last week in Edmonton.
Created and curated by my friend Sahr Saffa, C-Tribe brought together a compelling cohort of thinkers, innovators, and collaborators. I learned, I shared, and yes, I cried.
My favourite moment was hearing the magical words of Titilope Sonuga, poet laureate of Edmonton and a childhood friend of Sahr’s. Titi’s message of seizing power and having faith encouraged the voices of others who followed her on stage.
Nikiesha Lawson, from the Black Talent Initiative, orchestrated a beautiful panel on Employee Resource Groups, featuring Emiliano Void, founder of nuwave Equity.
I also enjoyed hearing from Dr. Robin Mazumder, a Vanier scholar, about how physical environments impact diversity, Jacqui Regenbogen from Sauce Labs on tackling DEI differently across global markets, and Deloitte’s Olaolu Adeleye teaching me what diaspora truly means.
C-Tribe also attracted speakers and attendees from RBC, Innovate Calgary, and Mitacs, along with dozens of entrepreneurs and investors. While I only attended the Festivals’ conference portion, along with a superb fashion show, the event rolled into music, gaming, and more fashion for the weekend.
C-Tribe is a hidden gem in an emerging gem of a city, that you should consider mining in the future. I share the C-Tribe Manifesto with you to get you pumped for the 2023 event.
We are the misfits, but not the misfortunate.
The underestimated, but not the under-deserving.
Rough around the edges, albeit the diamonds in the rough.
We’re building a world that’s architected by more and owned by all.
A global village that leads with kindness and breaks down barriers.
A collision of like-minds where no two are alike.
We are building different. Literally, physically and metaphysically.
A gathering IRL and in the metaverse. Built by the cultural and creative communities.
Help innovative and creative people achieve their dreams.
To those still on the fence, tell them: LFG.