Canadian Club of Toronto
The BlackNorth Initiative
"Confronting Anti-Black Racism in Corporate Canada"
- Rola Dagher – President, Cisco Canada & Co-Chair, BlackNorth Initiative
- Wes Hall - Executive Chairman and Founder, Kingsdale Advisors & Founder and Chair, BlackNorth Initiative
- Andria Barrett - CEO, Diversity Agency & President, Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce
- Hon. Dr. Donald H. Oliver CM QC - Retired Senator
- David Simmonds - Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs, McKesson
Dwight Drummond - Host, CBC Toronto NewsMore
It is another age of reckoning. As a new generation of voices join activists and allies in North America and across the globe, they continue their fight against anti-Black racism in all its forms. There are important discussions being had about reflecting the diversity of our population in the systems that ultimately influence our everyday life: that includes businesses. The lack of racial diversity and the presence of systemic racism is a not so secret reality of Corporate Canada, and boards and executive management teams find themselves overwhelmingly governed by white men. And yet, attempts to address these deep-seated issues have not resulted in lasting and tangible change. As the call for reform grows louder and as the consequences become clearer everyday, we must ask what needs to change in Corporate Canada, and how do we get there from here?
Join Canadian Club Toronto on July 16 as we celebrate the launch of The BlackNorth Initiative, a council dedicated to holding corporations accountable for ending anti-Black racism in their organizations, with opening remarks from founder Wes Hall (Kingsdale Advisors/BlackNorth Initiative) and co-chair Rola Dagher (Cisco Canada/BlackNorth Initiative). Our panel discussion will feature Andria Barrett (Diversity Agency/Canadian Black Chamber of Commerce), The Honourable Dr. Donald H. Oliver CM QC and David Simmonds (McKesson Canada), who will speak to their lived experiences and their insight as to what it will take to end anti-Black racism in the corporate world.