Keynote Presentation - Orlando Bowen - New Beginnings
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
12:00 PM - 12:45 PM

Ten years ago, Orlando thought he was about to die. Pinned to the ground and enduring a savage beating, the then CFL linebacker had been jumped by two plainclothes police officers, an injustice which was the first of many laid against him at the hands of the police force. “In that moment, knowing my life was about to end, I’m thinking… I didn’t give everything I had to make a difference.” Later completely exonerated of any wrong doing, Orlando incredibly has publicly forgiven his perpetrators and has dedicated his life to inspiring others to pursue excellence in all they do. He spent five seasons in the CFL with the Argos and Hamilton Tiger Cats, before the concussion he suffered at the hands of the police forced him to quit the sport. 

Orlando is now the founder and Executive Director of, One Voice One Team Youth Leadership, which empowers youth to utilize leadership skills and talents to better themselves and their community. He has been repeatedly recognized for his incredible work. He was bestowed with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013 and was the national 2014 Harry Jerome Award winner for community service.

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Main Stage