Pharaoh Hamid-Freeman Rouse 

  • Father & Husband 
  • Community builder & leader 
  • Networker 
  • Project & Event coordinator 
  • Sales & Marketing specialist 
  • Spiritual counselor 
  • Public speaker 
  • Artist manager 
  • Entrepreneur 
  • Great listener 
  • An OK friend 
  • Dreamer and 
  • Part time comedian… Just Kidding! lol

Spoken Languages: English and French 

Written Language: English 

Short bio:

Founder of The OneFullCircle Melanated Community Resource Hub (The OFC). The OFC was founded in October 2011, and currently serves a network of over 15,000 members consisting of individuals, families, entrepreneurs,business owners, and organizations.

Under Pharaoh’s leadership, The OFC has hosted the United Nations (UN) delegates conducting the study on  people of African descent in Canada, raised over $40,000 for a collective investment project and through The OFC’s advocacy group “The Black Coalition New Generation”,  hosted the 2020 Peace protest against racism and police brutality in Montreal, alongside Anastasia Marcellin, that mobilized 150,000 people.

Pharaoh currently supports various committees and community initiatives as well as sits on the board of directors for; Black Youth Socio-economic development summit (SdesJ), International Black Economic Forum (FEIN), South Shore Black community association (SSBCA) and Dream Legacy Foundation (DLF). In addition to administrative work, Pharaoh is also the co-host of the popular radio show “The Empower Hour” that airs every Thursday morning ,7am to 9am, on CKUT 90.3FM!

OFC Empower hour

Personal background

I’m The Pharaoh Hamid-Freeman Rouse. As a youth I always felt like I had the ability to make a difference. My life experiences, some very negative and some extremely positive, gave me insights that enabled me to relate and build bonds with all different types of people on a personal level. Those bonds, along with my desire to help and my ability to communicate effectively, has put me in the position I am in now as a community builder, coordinating a network of over 15,000 people. 

Above everything, I am a spiritualist and as such I don’t take any personal credit for any of my accomplishments. I simply go with the flow and follow the energy as it guides me. Most people are amazed when they get a full understanding of how many things I am involved in, but again, it would be impossible for me to do everything I do (and stay sane) if I didn’t approach everything from a level headed, calm and balanced place which I wouldn’t have if it wasn’t for my nonreligious, but very spiritual way of thinking. But aside from the spirit I have to give credit to the amazing family, my team, friends, volunteers and other community leaders I have in my surroundings. They help to keep me motivated and in good health by taking on and assisting with a lot of my tasks, (Regardless to my OCD tendencies) lol. 

Looking back at where I came from as an extremely competitive business person willing to play on both sides of the law to “get the job done” so to speak, to where I am now as a conscious, selfless community builder, who puts the needs of others before himself, I didn’t evolve to this on my own. I know that my children were the cause of my evolution. When my first child was born I understood that all the money in the world couldn’t give me the peace of mind that a solid community could. That’s why I do what I do as a community builder and why I will continue to use my business experiences, and practices to support individuals and families, and to empower entrepreneurs and community organizations. . I will do this as long as needed, to ensure that the next generations have the protection, support, education and economic stability, and do not have to go through the struggles I did growing up. 

Always at the service of people, simply serving humanity and having a great time. Thanks for taking the time to get to know me. I’m looking forward to building with you.

Full Bio

FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR 

❖ OneFullCircle Melanated Community Resource Hub (The OFC)

Current OFC  initiatives 

➢ Coordinator: OFC community Investment group

➢ OFC Solutions post George Floyd committee working on strategies to eliminate police brutally and discrimination. 

Past OFC initiatives 

➢ Guest: Building Capacity Black Canadian Communities Event held in Gatineau hosted by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) 2019 

➢ Coordinator: Meeting of the Minds Think Tank  

➢ Manager: OFC members Lounge

➢ Retailer: Hidden colors DVD series 

➢ Co-coordinator: Legacy center of higher learning (Home school program) 

➢ Co-coordinator and facilitator Amandla Saturday school program (In conjunction with CDNBCA and a few members of the Black law students of McGill) 

➢ Coordinator: Eden land development and agriculture project (StJustin Quebec/ Trinidad and Tobago) 

➢ Head Coordinator: Montreat Teenfest (2011)

➢ Head Coordinator and supporting speaker: Music with Meaning School Tour (2006 – 2016)

Board involvement

❖ 2020: Dream Legacy Foundation (On going) 

❖ 2019: West Island Black community association (Ended)    

❖ 2019 Caribbean culture festival association (CCFA) (Ended)  

❖ 2018: South shore black community association (On going) 

❖ 2016: Forum économique international des Noirs Board member (On going) 

❖ 2016: Desta Black youth network Board member (Transitioned to Executive director through a collaboration agreement between The OFC and Desta)   

❖ 2016: Cote des Neiges black community association Board member (Ended)  

❖ 2015: Black coalition of Quebec under Dan Philips (Ended)   

 

Committees involvement 

❖ 2021 SETSI: Member of the SETSI Working committee around the Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Investment Readiness Program and supporting the socio-economic development of the Melanted community  

❖2021: Member – SETSI Solidarity Working Group for eliminating the gap between the Melanated community and access to public funds 

2021: Member – SdesJ Together for our youth. Program to support high school drops out to complete school 

❖2021: Member – SdesJ Cyber Hate Committee. Program to educate and empower youth to be ambassadors to empower others against cyber bullying    

❖ 2018 & 2016: Member – Committee to save the Negro Community Center (NCC) and Committee to purchase the NCC

 

❖ 2016: Member – Committee on our way to the 375th 

❖ 2016: Member – Committee for Youth forum on the prevention of violence and crime in the black communities  

2015: Member -Reflection and action committee on youth development in black communities in Montreal with Frantz Benjamin (Eventually became SdesJ)  

❖ 2005:Member – West Can Folk performing company of Montreal promoting African and Caribbean culture through drum and dance  



Past media mentions

  • Montreal Gazette Opinion: “It’s high time for Quebec to launch a commission on systemic racism” Contributor (May 5th, 2016) 
  • Meeting on what we can do to promote the election of visible minorities to City Councils on the island of Montreal with Marvin Rotrand Contributor (May 5th, 2016) 
  • Montreal Gazette: A panel on Race Panelist (April 5th, 2016) 
  • Montreal Gazette Opinion: “Activism in Montreal’s black community is alive and well” Contributor (February 29th, 2016)



Entrepreneurial Background

  • Manager: M-city Solo Recording artist , public speaker and Actor 
  • Co-Owner: Prince Publishing 
  • Co-Owner: Tru Kings Record label  
  • Owner: Pharaoh Freeman spiritual counselor  
  • Co-Owner: Vending machine and Nut machines 
  • Co-Owner Clothing retailer and wholesaler: Long T’s  and customized non-authentic Jordans 
  • Wholesaler: Women’s undergarment 
  • Co-owner: M’city recording studio 
  • Co-owner: Pitt st Loft rentals 

Professional Training

★ Music business with Mark Vinet (Trebas Institute professor and entertainment lawyer) 

★ Strategic Goal Setting for Bottom Line Results with Ken Ingram (Achievement center) 

★ The Ultimate sales development Program with Ken Ingram (Achievement center) 

Education 

❏ Macdonald High (1993 – 1998) 

❏ Cartier Adult Education (1998 – 1999) 

❏ Vanier college (1999 – 2000) 

 

Work Experience: 

  • Black community resource center (BCRC) – Animator: Standing on their shoulders project under Dr. Dorothy Williams 
  • Strengthening black families (CDNBCA) – Site coordinator  
  • Festival international de Steelpan de Montreal Festival – Coordinator (2015)
  • Rogers Communication (Nov. 2001 – May 2006) – Customer Service and Sales Representative Downtown Montreal/ Ville StLaurent 
  • Couchetard (Aug. 2001 – Nov. 2001) – Cashier (night shift) Roxboro Quebec 
  • Member Works Travel (May 2001 – Aug. 2001) – Customer service rep. / Air Reservation Agent (Temp. Contract) Downtown Montreal 
  • Contact Solution group (Feb. 2000 June 2001) – Customer service/ Telemarketing agent Downtown Montreal 
  • Wendy’s restaurant (Apr.1998 Sept. 1999 ) – Crew D.D.O West Island
  • Center Omni (Sept. 1997 Jan. 1998) – Caretaker Pincourt Que