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Racism & Exclusion in the Workplace: A Multi-Series Program

July 14, 2020  
Posted by: REALPAC

REALPAC, in partnership with BOMA Toronto, CoreNet Global Canadian Chapter, NAIOP Greater Toronto Chapter, Toronto CREW, and ULI Toronto, are pleased to present a multi-series program on Racism & Exclusion in the Workplace, sponsored by KingSett Capital. This series aims to help members of the commercial real estate industry understand, address, and dismantle systemic racism in the workplace.

Part One: Fireside Chat with Karlyn Percil-Mercieca

Thursday, July 23, 2020 | 2:30 PM EDT

We are launching the series with Karlyn Percil-Mercieca (CEO of KDPM Consulting Group and the Founder of SisterTalk Group Leadership and Wellness Academy), in conversation with Farrah Khimji (Founder, Futura Funds and President, Toronto CREW). Jon Love (CEO, KingSett Capital) will provide opening remarks for the session.

Karlyn will discuss the L.E.A.P Framework, which she designed to deconstruct and address institutional and interpersonal racial barriers and increase equitable outcomes through accountable and inclusive allyship. More specifically, the L.E.A.P. Framework will help you:

  • Listen, learn and lead
  • Explore and examine your emotional data
  • Ask on your learnings and then ask
  • Prioritize equity by leveraging your 3 P’s (position, pay and power)

Let’s take a LEAP to eradicate racism in the workplace.


Karlyn Percil-Mercieca

Karlyn is a Certified Emotional Intelligence and Neuro-Life Coach with keen focus on diversity, inclusion, and belonging. She also is the CEO of KDPM Consulting Group INC., and the Founder of SisterTalk Group Leadership and Wellness Academy, a mentorship group dedicated to amplifying the voices of Black, Indigenous, WoC leveraging community and personal narratives and storytelling as a catalyst of success.
She has dedicated her career to helping corporations plan, develop, and execute successful and comprehensive Diversity, Equity and Inclusion leadership strategies to support inclusive organization and human optimization goals. Her motivation to improve the status quo stems from her passion as a black leader and her former twenty plus year career as a bank executive, where she experienced discrimination, racial/gendered biases, and emotional tax. She is passionate about change and believes that inclusion is not just a trend, but a verb that requires action.

Farrah Khimji

As the Founder of Futura Funds, Farrah works with both technology start-ups and corporate clients to develop strategies and next practices on how best to integrate technology and innovation into the commercial real estate industry using a collaborative approach. Farrah’s passion and purpose is to be an ambassador in the commercial real estate industry – one that advocates for progress, champions change and challenges the status quo.
She understands the importance of diversity when it comes to innovation for the built world and how diversity of thought, background, ethnicity, age and gender are so integral in building bright, inclusive and prosperous communities globally. Before founding Futura Funds, Farrah worked in a finance capacity for both a large property owner, manager and developer as well as a private equity fund – entities that were both invested in commercial real estate and development assets in Canada and across the world. Farrah is active in the commercial real estate industry where she currently serves as the President for Toronto CREW and Treasurer for NAIOP Greater Toronto.


Jon Love

Jon Love is the founder and CEO of KingSett Capital, Canada’s leading private equity real estate investment business co-investing with institutional and ultra-high net worth clients seeking to provide premium risk weighted returns through its various fund strategies.

Founded in 2002, KingSett has raised $11 billion of equity for its Growth, Income, Urban and Mortgage strategies. KingSett owns interests in a $15 billion portfolio of assets.

Jon was formerly President and CEO of Oxford Properties Group and serves on the Board of Directors of the Chief Executives Organization, is a member of the Business Council of Canada and YPO and is a member of the Order of Canada.

Jon graduated with an Honours degree in Business Administration from Western University’s Ivey Business School, where he is an Emeritus Advisory Board member and in 2016 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from Western University.










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