Andy kusi-appiah of Kanata is a demographer by training; he is a co-founder and CEO of Canada Education Management Agency (CEMA), and a Diversity consultant for numerous organizations including Algonquin College and Heritage College. Between 2004 and 2006, Andy served as the Senior Advisor on Diversity Issues in the cabinet of then Mayor of Ottawa, Hon. Robert Chiarelli.
As senior advisor to the Mayor of Ottawa, Andy led many multi-disciplinary teams to solve complex diversity issues in a timely and sensitive manner. He also led multi-disciplinary research in identifying policy initiative opportunities, and strategic policy options including monitoring the development and implementation of City policies with a diversity lens.
Over the years Andy has contributed voluntarily to numerous organizations focusing on socio-cultural, educational and integration issues affecting citizens of Ottawa. For example, he served on the City of Ottawa’s Equity & Diversity Advisory Committee, Homelessness Task Force, Task Force on Somali Youth, Tsunami Relief Committee, Crime Prevention Board, and Interfaith Ottawa.
As CEO of CEMA, Andy works with community colleges in both Ontario and Quebec to provide educational exchange programming experience for both Canadian and international high school students from the West African sub-region.
Andy is also the president of Bempong Foundation, an Ontario-based charitable organization whose aim is to assist children who are affected by war and disease. Andy writes frequently on Diversity issues on his web site (www.indasaddle.ca) and also teaches part-time at Carleton University and Algonquin College. In 2007, Andy received Black History Ottawa’s award for outstanding service to the community.