Who are we?

The Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN) exists to Elevate, make Visible, Celebrate and Connect Black Canadians in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics & Medicine (STEMM) across sectors.

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Member Spotlight

We have created this community to drive action to change these realities. Our Collective actions are led by a Steering Committee.

Prof. Kevin Hewitt

Dalhousie University

CBSN Steering committee Partnership Lead, Academic governance innovator, and NSERC Science Promotion Award winner for his work fostering interest in STEM among young people of African descent in Nova Scotia.

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Dr. Emily Choy

McGill University

Named a Fellow and Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. As an NSERC and L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Research Excellence Post-doctoral Fellow at McGill University and Environment and Climate Change Canada, she is studying the direct and indirect effects of climate change on Arctic seabirds as sentinels of marine ecosystem health in northern Hudson Bay.

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Professor Jennifer D. Adams

University of Calgary

Canada Research Chair in Creativity and STEM and Black in STEM inclusion expert. Awarded a grant from the US-Mission to Canada to support a year of virtual engagements of leaders in K-12 pathway programs on both sides of the border. In partnership with the CBSN, this effort will focus on the sharing of promising practices and innovative programs.

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Want to get involved with the CBSN?

There are many ways to get involved and support the inclusion of Black Canadians in STEMM through CBSN activities.

Events & Activities

Network members and Allies are involved in a wide range of events, podcasts, seminars, interviews, and panels on topics that include their work in STEMM, outreach and pathway programs, or equity and inclusion for Black Canadians. Explore below to find events that are open for registration, links to livestreams or recorded events, or to find other media related to the CBSN.


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The CBSN Mentorship Program aims to connect you to a mentor/mentee who can relate to your experiences as a Black-identifying individual possessing or pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM), living in Canada or abroad.

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Social Media

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BE-STEMM 2022January 30 to February 02, 2022Organized by the Canadian Black Scientists Network (CBSN)Register here! chat with the Honorable Kirsty Duncan "Science & effecting change: The Standing Parliamentary Committee on Science & Research"Moderator: Maydianne Andrade. When: Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 4-5PM ET ... See MoreSee Less
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📢#BESTEMM2022 is fortunate to have our closing ceremony anchored by the
‼️ amazing Dr. El Jones‼️ spoken-word poet, activist, professor #eljones
Conference agenda now available. Something for everyone, have a look!
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We are beyond excited to count @imhotepslegacy @dbdli @DalhousieU as sponsors and partners to our inaugural Conference #BESTEMM2022!
The event is FREE for students and @CanBlackSci members. To register online : #blackandstem #STEM

Today we remember Lincoln Alexander, January 21, 1922 - October 19, 2012.

Lincoln was Canada's first Black Member of Parliament, first Black federal cabinet minister, and Ontario's first Black Lieutenant Governor.

#SupportBlackCharities #CanadianHistory #BlackExcellence

Excited to announce that @DrOdame will be a speaker at #BESTEMM2022. He is the Haematology Section Head in the Division of Haematology/Oncology and the Medical Director of the Global Sickle Cell Disease Network at the Centre for Global Child Health @SickKidsNews. #STEM

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