When Gwennaelle Madiba Moubouyi approached Canadian filmmaker Jean-Daniel Lafond with the idea of organizing a major Black History Month event at the University of Ottawa, she though he was just going to give it his blessing. Little did she know that he was going to attend, accompanied by his wife, then Canadian Governor-General Michaëlle Jean and their daughter, Marie Eden.
(Former university president and Canadian ambassador to the United Nations Allan Rock, Member of Parliament Paul Dewar and South African singer Lorraine Klaasen also attended the event.)
“Jean-Daniel made me realize that having an idea is simply the first step to achieving greatness if you stay focused and move forward with that idea,” said Moubouyi. “I also learned that though there is protocol and other stuff involved in getting through to Rideau Hall (the Governor-General’s official residence), these people are inspiring and accessible. They are humanitarians and they want to help people.”
Moubouyi, who spent her first seven years in Gabon, seems destined for greatness herself. She was the only Black recipient of Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 awards which were presented last Monday.
The University of Ottawa Masters student, model and social activist is quite busy on and off campus while pursing sociology studies. She co-founded a youth network initiative that encourages dialogue between young people and she created The People’s Republic of Hope as a vehicle to promote community service.
Moubouyi is also a Vision Gram International ambassador advocating against the marginalization of women and children in the Congo and she helped the Canadian Red Cross raise funds in the aftermath of last January’s massive earthquake in Haiti.
Scotiabank and KPMG co-present the Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 awards which is the most recognizable award for the country’s highest achieving female leaders in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
“They each have remarkable achievements and Top 100 is a mark of their success and how they have supported their communities, companies and organizations,” said Women’s Executive Network (WEN) founder Pamela Jeffery. “Our Top 100 community is a powerful group of women who are at the top of their game, exemplify success and empower the next generation of women to take their careers to the next level.”