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MEET OUR BOARD

  1. Camille Kerr
    Founder, Chair & Core Nonprofits 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. Shakira Rouse
    Young Professionals Committee Shakira was born and raised in Toronto with strong Caribbean roots, representing the tiny but mighty island of Barbados. Shakira is proudly influenced by the diversity of the Caribbean - rich in history and culture; and its people bringing intense love and passion wherever they go. Shakira accepted the Board position to help build a new path in our Caribbean-Canadian diaspora and build new relationships with other Caribbean-Canadians who have an interest in building their own economy. Shakira believes that everyone can achieve success and the financial freedom they desire. Shakira is the creator and founder of her own nonprofit organization, Special Compass, dedicated to helping students with learning disabilities. Shakira brings her entrepreneurial skills, corporate legal experience, and her education to the Chamber.
  3. Melissa Ramlochan
    Secretary & Creative Arts 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.
  4. John Laban
    Treasurer & Finance 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.
  5. Mark Kerr
    Communications & Information Technology