Dr. Donald G. Simpson will present a paper entitled, “Reflections on a Modern Day Renaissance in Africa and Connections to the African Diaspora in Canada, since the 1950s”, on November 17, 2016 at the Harriet Tubman Institute from 2:30- 4:30.
Dr. Donald G. Simpson has walked along many paths in his eight decades: he has been an educator, served various levels of government and has had long relationships with many international communities, particularly in Africa. From his work creating and running a national foundation (African Students Foundation) and with a Canadian branch of Crossroads Africa, since the 1950s Simpson has tried to play a role in nurturing harmony and in initiating activities aimed at the development of sustainable prosperity and quality of life both within organizations and communities. The author of Under the North Star: Black Communities in Upper Canada before Confederation (Trenton, NJ: Africa World Press, 2005), a former Director of International Business at the Ivey School of Business, an early member of Canadian University Services Overseas (CUSO) and their first regional director in West Africa, in 1990 Simpson founded the Innovation Expedition which searches the world for innovative ideas, individuals, organizations, projects and products to help leaders with the cultural challenge of understanding our new knowledge-based world and preparing themselves and others to function successfully in it. Simpson, the Innovation’s Chief Explorer, will reflect on the beginnings in Africa of more than fifty years of civic involvement.