• Who We Are

    The Black Health Professionals Network (BHPN) is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the careers of Black professionals in the healthcare industry.

    The organization provides a range of services and resources to its members, including networking opportunities, career development support, and advocacy efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in healthcare.

  • Mission To develop an ecosystem of Black healthcare in Ontario by building a comprehensive directory of Black healthcare professionals which can be accessed by the general public. In addition, we aim to support Black healthcare professionals who are aspiring entrepreneurs by providing tailored business advisory services, networking opportunities, and mentorship.
  • Vision The BHPN aims to increase access to healthcare for Black Canadians. We seek to improve the economic prosperity of the Black community by supporting Black healthcare professionals in their entrepreneurship and business development goals.

Our Objectives


Create a comprehensive directory of Black healthcare professionals in Ontario in an effort to increase public access to their services.


Develop an app and web-based directory of Black healthcare professionals from each field which has both public and professional interfaces.


Provide Opportunities for Black healthcare professionals to engage each other through networking, referrals, partnerships, and collaboration.


Assist Black healthcare professionals who are interested in or engaged in entrepreneurship through business advisory services, mentorship, and networking events.

Leadership Team

Dr. Nikolai Whyte

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Abena Addo, MEng

Co-Founder and Managing Director

Eldon Holder Jr.

Director of Social Impact


Cassandra Brady

Marketing & Communications Manager


Nemi Adoki

Business Advisor

Jennelle Robb

Events & Membership Coordinator

Advisory Committee

Chantel Smith

Sr. Manager, Marketing Partnerships | NBA

Raquelle Forrester

Director, Primary Healthcare Services

Shelley Philip LaForest

RN, BN, MN, CVAA(c), PhD Student

Lyndsay O'Brecht


Sean Wharton


Millicent Dampare

Human Resource Professional

Gladys Osien


Michael Yat

Real Estate Broker, Entrepreneur, Investor

Manny Ewara

Strategic Team Lead - Oncology in the Market Access & Strategic Customers Department