“The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Joseph Mensah as a Deputy Director. Joseph Mensah is currently a professor in York University’s Department of Geography and Department of Social Science and will move his office to the Tubman Institute in July 2011.” PRESS RELEASE – YORK UNIVERSITY
Dr. Joseph Mensah is truly making a difference on both sides of the Atlantic. Born and raised in Ghana, he immigrated to Canada in 1987, received his Master’s degree in human geography, and later his PhD in human geography from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. He has taught at several universities and colleges in British Columbia. Currently he is the Coordinator of International Development Studies at York University.
Professor Mensah has lent his expertise to the Global Development Network’s Fifth Global Research Project on Health, for which he received a highly prized sponsorship from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to evaluate Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme.
Dr. Mensah has authored several journal articles and books, including Black Canadians: History, Experiences, Social Conditions (Fernwood Publishing, 2002) and edited several books, including Understanding Economic Reforms: The Tale of Seven Nations (Palgrave, 2006); and Neoliberalism and Globalization in Africa: Contestations from the Embattled Continent
In 1973 Harold was one of the co-founders of The Nation News that grew to become Barbados’ largest circulation newspaper. He now holds the position of the Director and Editor Emeritus since his retirement in 2006.
Chair of One Caribbean Media Limited, a company formed in 2006 from the merger of two of the region’s most distinguished and long-standing media enterprises—the Caribbean Communications Network (CCN) Group (Trinidad and Tobago) and the Nation Corporation Group (Barbados).
Harold is a former President of the Caribbean Publishing and Broadcasting Association, he remains active in media organizations including the Commonwealth Press Union and the Inter-American Press Association. Also, a former Commonwealth Press Union Fellow and Eisenhower Fellow, he was recognized by Columbia University in the United States for his contribution to Caribbean journalism with the Maria Moors Cabot Citation in 1984. He was also awarded the Gold Crown of Merit (GCM) by Barbados in 2003. Also, Harold is a Distinguished Honorary Fellow of the University of the West Indies, and was awarded the honorary Doctor of Letters Degree by the University of the West Indies in October 2005.
He lived in Toronto, Canada, for five years while practicing his craft as a journalist and moved back to his birth place, Barbados in 1973.
Graduate of the University of Toronto at Scarborough with a major in Chemistry and a minor in Political Science. Formerly, He has been employed for the last 30 years at Sanofi Pasteur and currently holds the position of Manager, Purchasing, Production.
Mr. Jeffers’ extracurricular activities are focused in the promotion of Youth Development/Empowerment and Science/Technology and Engineering within the African-Canadian community. Mr. Jeffers is Founder and Executive Director of The Visions of Science Network for Learning. Visions of Science is an initiative focussed on the promotion of Science, Technology and Engineering to the African-Canadian community with a special emphasis on stimulating young people to view the field of Science and Technology as a viable career option. Website: vosnl.org
Mr. Francis Jeffers, the Curator, International African Inventors Museum (IAIM)
The International African Inventors Museum promotes positive images and self-esteem in children and adults and teaches people of all nationalities about the contributions that Africans throughout the world have given to society. It is a mobile museum, which travels nationally and internationally to inform in a visual display. The display consists of every day items such as the window cleaner, the eggbeater, lawn mower, space shuttle retrieval and more. The International African Inventors museum is the largest mobile African inventors museum in the world and has been seen by over two million people worldwide since its inception. Website: iaimuseum.org
Past Vice-President of Brandon Street Community Development Project (BSCDP).
Founder and Past Co-ordinator of the Association of Black Professionals in Science and Technology (ABPST). Past President of the African Canadian Heritage Association (ACHA) Co-founder of the African Relief Committee in Canada (AFRIC), Past President of the Third World International Students Association at the University of Toronto, Scarborough College Campus. Founding member and Past president of the Ujamaa Young Peoples Association, Past Board member of the Dominican Development Foundation (Canada). Partner, Jeffers Associates Diversity and Organizational Development Consultants. Researchers in African Canadian history with a focus on Science., Curator, International African Inventors Museum (IAIM), Curator, Canadian Multicultural Inventors Museum (CMIM), Website: http://www.iaimuseum.org
African Canadian Achievement Award for Science, Harry Jerome Community Service Award, The June Veecock Award for Leadership, The University of Toronto at Scarborough’s (UTSC) 40th Anniversary, Black Alumni Award for Community Service, Michael Clemons “Pinball” Award for Community Leadership, City of Markham, Ontario Black History Month Award – Community service, Aroni Award 2008 for Community Initiatives.
Born in Toronto, Gil has been a journalist for over twenty years. He published over 2,000 articles in more than 50 different Canadian, American, British, and Israeli daily, weekly, and monthly newspapers and magazines, including The Toronto Star, The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Sun, Financial Times, Toronto Computes, We Compute, The Canadian Jewish News, Catholic New Times, Anglican Journal, XTRA!, NOW, (Toronto), Canadian Geographic, Frank (Ottawa), Moment (Washington), Forward, Lilith (New York), enRoute, The Gazette, (Montreal), Sun Times of Canada (Tampa), Winnipeg Free Press, The Jewish Chronicle, The Month (London, Britain), The Jerusalem Report and The Jerusalem Post. He now shares his time between Israel and Canada.