BlackNorth Initiative

BlackNorth Initiative Excellence Gala Recap

BlackNorth Initiative Excellence Gala Recap February 01, 2023

Toronto’s business and community leaders came together on Saturday, January 21, to celebrate the extraordinary work of the BlackNorth Initiative in its continued commitment to removing anti-Black systemic barriers at the Inaugural BlackNorth Gala.

The event also celebrated outstanding Black Community leaders and gave a huge nod to the signatories, sponsors and allies of the BlackNorth Initiative whilst raising funds for well-needed programs to help in the quest of bettering the Black community.

According to BlackNorth Initiative Founder and Chairman of the organization, Dr. Wesley J. Hall, “since its launch in 2020, the BlackNorth Initiative has worked alongside Black communities across Canada to address the underlying challenges and hurdles faced in identifying, uplifting, and retaining Black talent. Funds raised at the gala and throughout the year work to create generational change and empower Black communities. Addressing anti-Black barriers ensures that Black people are afforded equal opportunities to succeed.”

Dahabo Ahmed-Omer, Executive Director of the BlackNorth Initiative, gave an impassioned speech in thanking the 1,000 community members, partners, funders, sponsors, contributors, believers and change makers who joined the inaugural Gala.  “It is truly a blessing and privilege to be part of this outstanding organization that assists and empowers our communities.  ”At the BlackNorth Initiative, we strive consistently and persistently.

Thank you to all of our fantastic sponsors: Fairfax Financial Holding, Sobeys, Manulife Financial Corporation, CREA, BMO, Enbridge CIBC, Fasken, HSBC, Hyundai Canada, Scotiabank, Pizza Pizza, LCBO, JP Morgan Chase & Co., Air Canada, Dream Suites YYZ, The Globe and Mail, IG Wealth Management, MLSE, Staples Professional, B Squared, Red Stripe, Moet Hennessy, Diageo, Charton Hobbs, Molson Coors, Dragon Stout, E&J Gallo Winery, Maneuver and Honey Soul Food.

Here are a few highlights from the evening!

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