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MEET OUR BOARD

  1. Camille Kerr
    Founder &President Camille was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. Camille’s parents, Trinidadian immigrants, habitually taught her to honour and identify with their Trinidadian culture and family history. The traditional Caribbean values of family, identity, compassion and determination resonate with Camille and have become driving forces that navigate her daily life. These values are also key areas that both Camille and her husband, as conscientious parents, consistently instill in their five young children. Becoming a mother heightened Camille’s understanding that identity, belonging, reliance, responsibility and philanthropy are fundamental characteristics in a successful community. These characteristics became the underlying values when she formed Caribbean Women’s Society, and subsequently, the Chamber. Camille is a University of Toronto graduate with a BA Hon. in Sociology, Philosophy and Political Science, and thirteen years of Human Resources work experience.
  2. Melissa Ramlochan
    Secretary Melissa was born in Toronto, Canada and raised as a true Trinidadian. Her parents instilled strong Trinidadian culture and Hindu heritage; believing that their daughters benefit from both the privilege of being, both, Canadian-born and belonging to the rich cultural identity of Trinidad. What appeals to Melissa about the Caribbean is the sense of inclusion and community from interacting with individuals that share a common cultural identity. Melissa accepted the Board position to help preserve the roots and traditions of the Caribbean in the face of diaspora dilution and create a platform for the next generation of Caribbean-Canadians. Melissa is the Communications Coordinator for an annual Run and the Operations Manager for one of Toronto Caribbean Carnival’s original masquerade bands. Melissa has found success in the Mortgage Financing field for over 10 years and has worked with numerous financial institutions across Canada.
  3. John Laban
    Treasurer John D. Laban, was born and raised in Arima, Trinidad.​​ He was a primary school teacher in Trinidad for four years, before migrating to Canada, in 1972; where he eventually graduated from York University with a degree in Economics. Currently retired and a proud grandfather to twelve children, John continues to seek out ways to uplift his Caribbean community in Canada. As such, John joined the Caribbean-Canadian Chamber of Commerce & Community because he believes in its mandate and is confident that Caribbean descendants are best positioned to do the work required to transform the community. John has worked in the financial industry for many years; and has volunteered with organizations such as 'Scarborough Black Education', 'Coping in tough times', and 'Lions' of Pickering.
  4. Mark Kerr
    Director-At-Large Descending from Jamaica, Mark was born in Toronto, Ontario. His parents made the journey to Canada in the 1970's in the hopes of improving the quality of life for their family. Mark has a love for Caribbean music, cuisine, and tropical climate. Mark's main motivator as a Board Member is to be a role model for his five children, along with the up and coming generation of young Caribbean-Canadian professionals. Mark feels that it is important to provide our youth with the confidence and support necessary; to take on leadership roles in their professional lives. Mark, a Ryerson University graduate with a degree in Business Management, is currently an IT professional with over 15 years of experience in the Supply Chain and Logistics industry.
  5. Oliver Levy
    Director-At-Large Oliver is a father of 3; originally from Jamaica, raised on a farm in St. Mary. He loves the creative mindset that Caribbean people possess. Oliver accepted the Board position to get actively involved in the Caribbean-Canadian community. Oliver has achieved diplomas in graphic design, advertising design and web design; ten years experience as senior staff in a day camp; as well as, basketball and soccer coach experience.
  6. Francina Grazette
    Digital Media Marketing Representing the island of Barbados, Francina is most drawn to its cuisine and music. Francina accepted the Director position, because the mandate and values of the organization spoke to what she believed in. Francina wanted to align herself with an organization that not only upholds what she believes in, but also something that her daughter can observe, learn and grow from. Having her daughter learn and be surrounded by the Caribbean-Canadian community is very important to her. Francina’s personal values include health, family, love, success, transparency, and integrity. Francina strongly believes in addition to expressing love and kindness to others, respecting a person’s time and personal beliefs can really create and encourage a long lasting relationship. She is motivated by her own family, her interest in helping others and her desire to be a positive influence.
  7. Ramar Smith
    Young Professionals Committee Representing Barbados, Dominica, Grenada and Jamaica, Ramar's parents and grandparents ensured that he was exposed to many aspects of Caribbean heritage from a very young age; including Caribbean music, geography and political leaders. Ramar believes that many Caribbean-Canadians are aware that it is time for a change; and this Chamber provides the foundation and support to initiate this change. This belief along with his Caribbean values of pride and integrity played a big part in his decision to accept his board position. Ramar's experience in coordination, administration and promotion will assist in furthering the Chamber's goals and objectives.