“As Viola Desmond’s nephew and Wanda’s Robson son, I have a personal commitment to supporting the work of the Viola Desmond Chair. As a working member of Corporate Canada, I also recognize the lack of diversity among my peers. Although Canada is increasingly becoming a more diverse society, our corporate management does not fully reflect this diversity.
I am passionate that the work of the Viola Desmond Chair will serve to “keep alive” my Aunt’s story. The Chair will encourage Black youth to pursue post-secondary education, Black women and men to pursue their business dreams, and work to remove the barriers that still exist today for Canada’s Black population.” – Gordon Neal, President, New Pacific Metals Corp.