Warren Salmon

President, Black Board International, First Fridays & The Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators

President, Black Board International, First Fridays & The Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators
Board Member, National Alliance of Black School Educators

After graduating from Ryerson University with a degree in Applied Computer Science, Warren continued his education at UBC and York University. He started Softec Software Services while he was in his second year of University, and signed contracts with a number of large organizations including XEROX, Citibank, Apple, IBM and the City of Toronto.

He founded Black Board International (www.ashaware.com), a software company, in order to provide a variety of technology-based products and services with culturally inclusive content. Black Board currently offers programs that are used by thousands of children and adults in educational institutes and homes around the world.

In 1994, he started First Fridays in Toronto, a monthly business and community networking event. The event promotes networking, career and business opportunities and features a variety of businesses, organizations, professionals and artists and it is expanding to other cities.

In 2013, he become the founding Interim Chair of the Ontario Alliance of Black School Educators (ONABSE), a non-profit organization devoted to furthering the academic success for the province’s children – particularly children of African descent. In 2015, he was elected as the President of ONABSE and as the International Representative on the Board of Washington, DC based NABSE (National Alliance of Black School Educators).

Honours:

‘Men of Excellence Award’ for Business; ‘Bob Marley Award’ for Business; Visions of Science, ‘Keepers of the Knowledge Flame Award’; Seed of Life Philanthropic Organization ‘Community Award of Excellence’; BBPA Harry Jerome Award for Technology and Innovation; African-Canadian Achievement Award for Business; the Jackie Robinson Fortitude Award, Honorary Doctor of Philosophy, Humane Letters, Global Oved Dei Seminary & University, 2019 Annual JunCtian Award for Excellence.