African origins in the social economy: A study of the Black
Banker Ladies and economic collectives in Canada


Fringe banking in Canada: A study of rotating savings and credit associations (ROSCAs) in Toronto’s inner suburbs. Canadian Journal of Nonprofit and Social Economy Research / Revue canadienne de recherche sur les OBSL et l’économie sociale. Vol. 8 (1), July 2017, pp.29– 43. (PDF)

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Reena Shadaan, Toronto- Based Researcher



Reena Shadaan is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (York University), and a recipient of the Canada Graduate Scholarship in honor of Nelson Mandela. Her research work spans environmental justice, occupational health, and the social economy.

                                                                            Ola Osman, London- Based Researcher


Ola Osman is currently a fourth year undergraduate student at Western University’s Department of Women’s Studies and Feminist Research. She will be headed to complete a Masters in Women’s Studies at Oxford University in the fall. She is invested in documenting the lives of
Black women who organize for peace trans-nationally. Her undergraduate thesis examined the Black maternal familiarity with death and the mobilizing capacity of performative mourning. Her graduate thesis will focus on Liberian female ex-combatants’ experiences of reintegrating in the post-conflict era.

Amanda Whittaker, Montreal- Based Researcher


Amanda Whittaker is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto. She completed her BA at McGill University and her MA in history at Concordia University. Her scholarly appetite has motivated her interest in gender studies, food history, and the collaborative practice of oral history. Her research focuses on the experience of migration, forced or voluntary, and the development and preservation of migrants’ foodways, particularly in the Montreal, Quebec area. In 2016, she enthusiastically joined Dr. Caroline Shenaz Hossein in finding focus group participants and making community contacts in Little Burgundy and Côte-des-Neiges area.

Maymun Abukar, Toronto- Based Researcher (SSHRC Graduate Assistant)

Maymun Abukar is a graduate student currently in the Faculty of Environmental Studies (FES) at York University. As a Somali Canadian, and 1 of 9 children in her family, Maymun is the first in person in her family to do her Masters. Her research work includes the racialized social economy, housing, urban planning and development processes.


Esery Mondesir

Esery Mondesir is a Toronto-based filmmaker whose practice ranges from documentary to fiction to experimental narratives. Mondesir was born and raised in Port-au-Prince, Haïti and received his MFA in cinema production from York University in 2017. His work takes a critical stance on modern-day social, political and cultural phenomena to suggest a reading of our society from its margins. Mondesir has been the recipient of the Paavo and Aino Lukkari Human Rights Award (2017), the W. Lawrence Heisey Graduate Awards in fine arts (2016) among others. His short film Dangerous Weapons was among the 10 finalists at the 2016 TVO short doc contest. In a previous life, Mondesir worked as a high school literature teacher, a book designer and a  labour organizer.