We are committed to the removal of anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians

WELCOME TO THE
BLACKNORTH INITIATIVE

Led by The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism, The BlackNorth Initiative is on a mission to end anti-Black systemic racism throughout all aspects of our lives by utilizing a business first mindset.

We believe that if corporate Canada can boldly take on the challenge to add gender diversity to Canadian boardrooms and executive suites by declaring policies, setting specific targets, and holding itself accountable, it can do the same work to create better representation for Black Canadians.

Leaders from over 300 Canadian companies, totalling $1 trillion in value, including both public and private sector, major banks, insurance companies, law firms, government, and the largest asset managers and institutional investors in the nation are behind us as we engage in our Montreal summit on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Together, we are holding major industry leaders accountable to take action and reshape corporate structures that uphold anti-Black systemic racism against Black Canadians.

MEET THE
CHAIRS OF THE
BLACKNORTH
INITIATIVE AND
SUMMIT

Wes Hall


Executive Chairman
& Founder
Kingsdale Advisors

Rola Dagher


Global Channel Chief
Dell Technologies

Victor Dodig


President & CEO
CIBC

Prem Watsa


Chairman & CEO
Fairfax Financial
Holdings Limited

WE’RE
BRINGING
CORPORATE
CANADA
TOGETHER
TO FIGHT
ANTI-BLACK
SYSTEMIC
RACISM

ON SEPTEMBER 30, JOIN US FOR THE BLACKNORTH INTIATIVE MONTREAL SUMMIT

It’s time to take a business-first approach to educate our communities and unlearn anti-Black conscious and unconscious biases in Quebec and the rest of the country. Join the Canadian business community, leaders from Quebec, and our incredible speakers as they share their stories and provide real insight and strategies on how we can uplift and empower Black voices from the classroom to the boardroom.

NEWS

News
August 24, 2020

The BlackNorth Initiative Welcomes Dahabo Ahmed Omer as its Inaugural Executive Director

The BlackNorth Initiative is pleased to announce it has hired accomplished policy advisor and human rights advocate, Dahabo Ahmed Omer, as its inaugural Executive Director.Ms. Ahmed Omer will manage all…
News
August 21, 2020

The Schulich Foundation Commits $1,000,000 to the BlackNorth Initiative to Support Building of a Cultural Centre for Black Canadians

Today, the BlackNorth Initiative recognized a significant donation of $1,000,000 from The Schulich Foundation – the philanthropic vehicle for Seymour Schulich, a leading Canadian businessman and philanthropist.“I would like to…
News
July 21, 2020

Canadian CEOs Commemorate Launch of the BlackNorth Initiative

Today, The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism officially marks the launch of the BlackNorth Initiative with the signing of the CEO pledge at the inaugural BlackNorth…