Tuesday, April 21, 2020
12 PM - 1 PM

Ask a Professional

S.I Rustum Southwell

As one of the first Black franchisees in Nova Scotia, Rustum owned and managed various restaurants for many years before becoming the Executive Director of the African Canadian Business Development Centre.

Rustum is best known as founding CEO, what he considers to be his life’s work, – the Black Business Initiative (BBI). Unique in Canada, BBI addresses the fundamental challenges inherent to Black business owners in Nova Scotia. Retiring in 2012 after holding the position of Chief Executive Officer for 17 years, he returned in 2016 as interim CEO to help shape another twenty years of growth.

A demonstrated history of non-profit organization management, with extensive expertise in Government, business consulting, corporate governance, and strategic planning; he has shepherded the creation and expansion of the hundreds of Black-owned businesses; he champions the employing of Black entrepreneurial participation in community economic development strategies.

Rustum is keen on supporting you in navigating government funds and grants. He will be answering questions on Tuesday, April 21, 2020 between 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. on Zoom. Click below to Register and have your questions answered.