Pass the Torch Collective is a group of young Ghanaian professionals based in Toronto, Canada.
Founded in 2019, the group’s initial intent was to connect with like-minded Ghanaians in Toronto through social activities. After a few gatherings, we recognized that we each hold an interest in helping Ghanaians in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) and across the diaspora more broadly. We then held a series of meetings to discuss ideas on how we can best develop this interest into something concrete and impactful. The outcome of these meetings is the Ghanaian Student Scholarship Program.
Our aim is to provide scholarship and mentorship opportunities to young Ghanaians in the GTA. We believe strongly in supporting and developing young people in the community, as we have each benefitted from such support in our individual life journeys.
Ultimately, it is our hope that we may inspire others to also “Pass the Torch.”
Adoma transferred from Grant Thornton UK to the firm’s Toronto office in February 2019. She is currently a Manager within the Risk & Forensics department. Outside of work, Adoma is passionate about empowerment and inspiring confidence through health and fitness, particularly for young, black professionals.
She oversees the Outreach and Marketing processes at Pass the Torch Collective.
Jennifer is based in Toronto and currently works at TD Bank within the Talent Acquisition Team. She is responsible for developing and maintaining relationships within diverse communities to attract the best talent to TD. She is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion, positively impacting younger generations and the Ghanaian community.
Jennifer oversees the Recruitment and Selection process at Pass the Torch Collective.
Samuel is based in Toronto and currently works at Citco within the Assets & Fund Services Team. He is a qualified Chartered Accountant with over 10 years of experience in industry-leading organizations in the asset and fund management sector.
He oversees Marketing and Promotions at Pass the Torch Collective.
Juliet is a Toronto-based Senior Account Executive. She’s working for Silicon Valley-based HR tech company Lever, where she partners with companies across the globe to combat entrenched biases in hiring that have contributed to the gaping shortage of women and minorities in today’s workforce. She’s also a LinkedIn alumna, where she served as their Global Cultural Program Lead for EMBRACE, LinkedIn’s Diversity and Inclusion-focused Employee Resource Group.
Juliet is responsible for Social Media and Marketing efforts at Pass the Torch Collective.
Lily is based in Toronto and currently manages the Fund Development and Corporate Partnerships department at a non-profit organization. She was born in Accra and moved abroad when she was 11, so she understands and can relate to the newcomer/immigrant challenge.
Lily is a strong advocate for the education of girls and hopes to do that work in Ghana in the future.
She oversees the Administration and Selection process at Pass the Torch Collective.
Kwame works with Health Canada as a Registered Nurse. He is a primary care provider in remote and isolated communities in northern Canada.
Outside of work, he is very passionate about music, in particular playing the piano.
Kwame is responsible for Marketing efforts at Pass the Torch Collective.
Laura is a qualified Chartered Accountant and works as a Manager at PwC, specializing in Financial Services audit. She is based in Toronto. She acts as a mentor for young professionals and has a keen interest in the development and management of people.
Laura is the Treasurer at Pass the Torch Collective.
Mary Ann is a creative and technically-oriented communications professional with many years of experience in the retail and IT sector. She is based in Toronto and works in marketing. She also runs a small tutoring and editing business helping college and university students sharpen their writing skills.
Mary Ann oversees Community Outreach and Operations at Pass the Torch Collective.
Kwaku is a finance professional who works in the Investment Banking Division at Deutsche Bank. He holds an abiding interest in writing, health and fitness, data science, Black literature, and African development.
Kwaku is a founding board member of a non-profit organization that aims to empower at-risk youth in Toronto and acts as a mentor to students and young professionals in the Greater Toronto Area.
He oversees IT and Operations at Pass the Torch Collective.