Carla Beauvais

Social entrepreneur

0rijin Village & Fondation Dynastie

Published on 18/10/20

Carla Beauvais has made diversity and inclusion her priority. Columnist and social entrepreneur, she has campaigned for more than 20 years for a better representation and emancipation of Black and marginalized communities. In order to better equip her clients and enable them to deploy inclusive best practices, she completed with merit a “Diversity & Inclusion” certificate from the prestigious Cornell University in New York. It is driven by the desire to create more inclusive environments.

In 2019, she co-founded 0rjin Vilaj — an initiative which wants to regroup melanated people towards a collaborative goal: unite and prosper. The end game of this project is to provide businesses in Black communities with tech solutions for reaching new market segments and narrowing the digital divide.

She is also the co-founder of Fondation Dynastie, the organization behind the prestigious Gala Dynastie – an event which honors achievements and efforts from the best and brightest of the Montreal Black Communities in the media and the arts and culture sectors. The Foundation also has the mission to equip the next generation through an academy and mentoring clinics.

Academic background

She’s a graduate of Cornell University where she earned a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion.

Community involvement

For more than a decade, Carla has been involved in the organization of festivities surrounding Black History Month as the coordinator and strategist for La Table Ronde du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs. Her involvement has enabled the organization to grow and carve out a place for itself in the socio-cultural landscape of Montreal.

One thing that is very important for Carla is her connection with Haiti. After finding herself deeply touched by the earthquake that had struck Haiti a few short years after—she decided to get more involved with her country of origin. She would co-organize, among other events, the country’s first editions of the Dîner en Blanc, Burger Week and Pate Kode Week (events that created social and economic boost in the country). She would also co-found Konsome Lokal, an organization which seeks to encourage people to buy Made in Haiti products and raise awareness of the role that buying local plays in the future of one’s country.

Industry involvement

Carla’s work, involvement and articles has been published or featured in La Presse, Le Devoir, The Gazette, The Huffington Post, Challenges Magazine, Maman pour la vie, and several other publications. She has been interviewed by media such as Tout le Monde en parle, Radio-Canada – CBC, RDI, TVA and many more. You can read her regularly in Journal Metro and watch her Weekly on the show Zone Économie on RDI.

Recognition

In 2013, Carla Beauvais was chosen by the U.S. Department of State to take part in the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program. Then, in 2015, she was named by the Montreal Gazette to a list of personalities of the year.

“ Never be afraid to fail. Failure goes hand in hand with success. In fact, I would say failure is the foundation of success. Never give up no matter what are the obstacles. “