Brenda Paris, B.A., C.F.L.E. Paris
Consultant in Montreal, Québec, Canada
According to Brenda, "who we are as individuals defines the companies we work for, the communities we live in and our participation in the society as a whole." An experienced educator with a deep undersanding of business, government and organizational challenges, she is also a force for social change and has moved gender, youth and community capacity building from the margins to the mainstream.
Brenda has worked tirelessly throughout her professional history to foster an environment of inclusiveness, and to be a catalyst for positive change through empowerment, both as an individual as well as the collective. High on her priority list are issues concerning the environment, and giving back to the community.
As a Director on the Board of the Montreal Urban Transport Corporation (MUTC), Brenda moved forward dossiers concerning diversity, employee relations, excellence in customer service delivery, the environment and universal accessibility. She hosted the first Forum of its kind in Montreal, under the auspices of the MUTC, on the "Integration Of Ethnocultural And Visible Minority Employees In The Workplace".
As an ardent educator, Brenda co-founded the Black and Third World Student Affairs Department at Dawson College whose mandate was to ensure student excellence and success.
She is a Trainer through the Status of Women Canada on Gender Based Analysis (GBA) which is a tool used to develop programs and policies in the private and public sectors.
Brenda was named a Provincial Parole Commissioner and completed a three year mandate making significant contributions in the field of rehabilitation.
Her civic involvement saw her assume the role of President of the Mayor of Montreal's political party and later, as Senior Advisor to the Head of the Official Opposition at Montreal's City Hall. She has sat on Advisory Boards of the Chief of Police and "The Estates General" a Commission on Election Policies for the Provincial Elections.
Presently, Brenda undertakes consultancies in her core competencies of transport, gender and diversity training, social development, community capacity building and mentoring for personal change. She is an ESL Teacher as well and bilingual.
Brenda is now actively engaged in researching and writing on her family's presence in Quebec since the turn of the century; the Caribbean and South American roots that shaped them and the legacies that have left indelible imprints in the soil that speak to the present.