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June 11, 2021

BentallGreenOak and Schulich establish a new 10-year, $250,000 scholarship program in support of Black, Indigenous and female students

York University’s Schulich School of Business and BentallGreenOak (BGO), a global real estate investment management advisor, today announced the establishment of a new scholarship to enable pathways for Black, Indigenous…
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June 10, 2021

One Year In, the BlackNorth Initiative Outlines Progress and Vision for the Future

One year ago today, the Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism was formed with their first initiative: the launch of the BlackNorth Initiative (BNI). As a response…
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June 9, 2021

The BlackNorth Initiative Mourns the Loss of Muslim Family in London, Ontario

We are horrified and heartbroken by the recent act of terror against a Muslim family in London, Ontario. Our hearts break for the innocent lives taken by this act of…
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June 4, 2021

BNI AND RWCHR JOINT STATEMENT

Today, the BlackNorth Initiative and the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, have announced an anti-racism initiative to combat police racism and brutality within Canadian communities. Following a world-wide cry…
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May 31, 2021

THE BLACKNORTH INITIATIVE MOURNS AS REMAINS OF 215 CHILDREN ARE FOUND IN KAMLOOPS B.C

We, at the BlackNorth Initiative, are appalled and saddened by the mass grave containing the remains of 215 children were found at a former residential school set to assimilate indigenous…
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May 18, 2021

BlackNorth Initiative and CivicAction Partner to Increase Black Leadership Opportunities and Representation in Canadian Workplaces

These two organizations will break down systemic barriers by bringing together established and rising Black leaders to accelerate career growth and opportunities TORONTO, ON – May 18, 2021 – BlackNorth…
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April 21, 2021

BLACKNORTH INITIATIVE APPLAUDS FEDERAL BUDGET INVESTMENTS INTO BLACK COMMUNITIES

Budget presents transformational opportunities for Black Canadians TORONTO – April 21, 2021 – The BlackNorth Initiative welcomed several investments and commitments in the 2021 Federal Budget presented by Finance Minister…
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April 19, 2021

BLACKNORTH INITIATIVE CALLS ON ALL GOVERNMENTS TO TAKE A COMPASSIONATE AND COLLABORATIVE APPROACH TO MANAGEMENT OF COVID-19

Support of essential workers and leadership from within marginalized communities far more effective than enhanced policing TORONTO ON, April 19, 2021 – The BlackNorth Initiative asks all governments to strongly consider…
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April 14, 2021

The BlackNorth Initiative Receives $1 Million Donation From Fairfax Financial

TORONTO ON, April 14, 2021 – The BlackNorth Initiative is proud to announce a $1 million donation from Fairfax Financial. This contribution, which will support organizational growth, educational programming and community…
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April 8, 2021

BlackNorth Initiative congratulates TELUS for setting and surpassing ambitious board diversity targets for gender, visible minority and Indigenous representation

TELUS is one of only a few Canadian corporations to adopt diversity policies and targets beyond gender, ensuring diverse representation at the highest level of its leadership Toronto, ON -…
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March 22, 2021

UNITY STATEMENT FROM THE BLACKNORTH INITIATIVE AND THE RAOUL WALLENBERG CENTER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS

A call for Canadians to unite in the fight against racism, hatred, and antisemitism. We come together to unite in solidarity and common cause to combat the legacy of racism…
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November 9, 2020

BlackNorth Congratulates Enbridge CEO Al Monaco for Precedent Setting Social Goals

{:en}Today, the BlackNorth Initiative recognizes the significant public commitment from Enbridge Inc. (TSX: ENB) (NYSE: ENB) CEO Al Monaco to set ambitious diversity targets and hold himself and his leadership…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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July 20, 2020

The BlackNorth Initiative Summit Launches With Commitments From Over 200 Organizations Representing Over $1 Trillion in Market Cap; Over 3000 People in Attendance

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism today announced the names of more than 200 organizations whose CEOs have signed the BlackNorth Initiative’s pledge committing their organizations…
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July 17, 2020

Canadian CEOs to sign BlackNorth Initiative’s CEO Pledge Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism at Inaugural Summit

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism:What: Signatories of the CEO Pledge will be invited to participate in the BlackNorth Initiative Summit.At the Summit, Wes Hall, along with…
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July 16, 2020

The BlackNorth Initiative Announces Powerhouse Board of Directors and Committee Chairs

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism today announced its Board of Directors and its Committee Chairs. “The announcement of the BlackNorth Initiative’s Board of Directors and…
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July 13, 2020

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and The Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals Partner to Support the BlackNorth Initiative

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professional (CAUFP) today announced the formalization of a strategic partnership to support the…
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July 7, 2020

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce Form Strategic Partnership to Reinforce BlackNorth Initiative

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism and the Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce (“CBCC”) today announced a formal commitment to work together to remove anti-Black systemic…
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June 30, 2020

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism Releases CEO Pledge; Provides Update on the BlackNorth Initiative Summit

The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism releases the BlackNorth Initiative CEO Pledge, asking senior business leaders in Canada to commit their companies to specific actions and…
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June 10, 2020

Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism Announces Formation; Launch of BlackNorth Initiative

Founder and Chair Wes Hall, ICD.D, Executive Chairman and Founder of Kingsdale Advisors, welcomes Co-Chairs Victor Dodig, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC, Prem Watsa, Chairman and Chief Executive…