Maureen Martin

Born in Cameroon, Central Africa, Maureen Martin has had the pleasure of calling two other countries home: Canada and the United States. Her professional background includes time in the newsroom (CITY-TV/MUCH MUSIC), film production, and marketing/Public Relations. Her strength as a business professional is in creating successful marketing and business strategies. Professional stints include working with agencies such as Young and Rubicon,  and Cohn and Wolfe. Maureen's film industry experience includes associate producing independent films: The Family Web and Love Goggles, along with festivals, such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Hollywood Black Film Festival, and Gen Art (film festival selection committee). She most recently competed and won the "Overstand" pitchfest at the Urbanworld Film Festival. The pilot #AfriMericans, won many commendations and was awarded first place in the Overstand pitch competition of the Urban World Film Festival 2018, also garnering a commitment for a Movie of the Week by a streaming service. Maureen shares "Distinguished Writer" recognition from the New York TV Festival 2018 with writing partner Delaina Dixon. She is co-founder of the Color of Beauty Awards and, popular life and style site for the Multicultural Woman. As a publicist, her clients appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, New York Daily News, Reader's Digest, and the New York Post. During the unprecedented pandemic of 2020, Maureen sensed a need to disrupt the high number of BIPOC people being court-involved and dying during racist incidents. She pivoted into technology to create an app to crowdsource safety, improve the quality of life for BIPOC, and educate allies to be effective non-police first responders to diffuse race-motivated aggressions. Blaq App is a combination of technology and social enterprise that not only creates safety but also aggregates data on racist incidents in health care, education, housing, hospitality, and employment. Blaq App maps serve as a virtual "Green Book" meets a black "YELP." This information allows Blaq App users to make informed decisions regarding where to spend their dollars to receive respectful, ethical, and superior service as a BIPOC.  Blaq App #TechnologyWillSaveUs #LoveWillHealUs #PoweredByLove Maureen studied at Wilfred Laurier University and is a graduate of the University of Guelph.

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