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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 to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism.

The names of the organizations, listed below, are being released ahead of the inaugural BlackNorth Initiative Summit, taking place, virtually, this afternoon, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ET).

“Until now, Blacks have been left behind by the diversity movement in Canada. Today, that changes,” said Wes Hall, Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism. “In just 47 days we have built the modern, Canadian version of the NAACP. The BlackNorth Initiative is purpose-built to be THE VOICE of Blacks and THE FORCE to drive measurable change for Blacks. Uniquely positioned, it has the reach, resources and approach needed to dismantle anti-Black systemic racism.”

The list of supporting organizations is extraordinarily diverse and spans companies of all sizes, industries and mandates, including; financial services, education, extractive industries, professional services, healthcare, online services, consulting, manufacturing, small to medium sized firms, business associations, private companies, and more.

Notably, 30% of the companies on the TSX 60 have signed the pledge and the total market cap of all committed organizations exceeds $1 trillion1, representing almost one-third of the TSX’s total market cap.

“I congratulate the companies listed below and their leaders who have committed to change by signing the CEO pledge. These organizations will also be ambassadors for the creation of a new Black-friendly and Black-enabling Canada – progressively attracting those people and organizations whose values align with the BlackNorth Initiative,” added Mr. Hall.

“Stay tuned – this is just the beginning.”

Companies that have not signed the pledge can still do so at www.blacknorth.ca/The-Pledge.


Donate to the BlackNorth Initiative to help support the development of programs and initiatives to remove anti-Black systemic barriers negatively affecting the lives of Black Canadians. To get involved or to volunteer your time, please contact info@blacknorth.ca.

Companies whose CEOs have signed the BlackNorth Initiative pledge to end anti-Black racism include:

  • 2Mi Holdings Corporation
  • 9 Story Media Group Inc.
  • A Call to Action Canada
  • Accor S.A.
  • ACE Marketplace
  • Adgar Canada
  • Adidas Canada
  • Africa 118 Inc
  • Ahava Group Global
  • Air Canada
  • AMP Solar Group Inc.
  • Aphria Inc.
  • Atlantic Coated Papers Ltd.
  • Atlas 365 Inc.
  • AWOL Entertainment Limited
  • Bank of Montreal
  • BASF Canada Inc.
  • BDC
  • BeachHead Inc.
  • Beijing Huade Haiyang Science & Technology Co, Ltd.
  • Bellwyck Inc.
  • Beneplan Co-Operative
  • Bennett Jones LLP
  • BentallGreenOak
  • Best Buy International
  • The Bigwin Group Inc.
  • Blackberry Ltd.
  • BlueSky Investment Capital LLC
  • Bridging Finance Inc.
  • Brookfield Asset Management Inc.
  • Business Council of Canada
  • Caldwell Partners
  • Calgary Chamber of Commerce
  • Cameco Corporation
  • Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation
  • Canadian Business Growth Fund
  • Canadian Chamber of Commerce
  • Canadian Film Centre
  • Canada Life
  • Canadian Western Bank
  • Canfor Corporation
  • Canopy Growth Corporation
  • Capital One Canada
  • CaptoCloud Inc.
  • Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP
  • CCL Industries Inc.
  • CI Financial Corp.
  • CIBC
  • Cineplex Inc.
  • Cisco Canada
  • City of Brampton – Anti-Black Racism Unit
  • CivicAction
  • Cleveland Clinic Canada
  • Coca-Cola Ltd.
  • Colliers International Group Inc.
  • Conros Corporation
  • Corus Entertainment Inc.
  • Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario
  • CPP Investments
  • Crombie Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited
  • Dentsu Aegis Network
  • Dentsu Entertainment Canada
  • Desjardins Group
  • Dream Unlimited Corp.
  • Durham College
  • Egon Zehnder International Inc.
  • EllisDon Group of Companies
  • Entertainment One Ltd.
  • Enthusiast Gaming Holdings Inc.
  • EQ Inc.
  • Equitable Group Inc.
  • ESG Global Advisors Inc.
  • Ewing Morris & Co Investment Partners Ltd.
  • Export Development Canada
  • Ernst & Young LLP (Canada)
  • Facebook, Inc. and Instagram Canada
  • Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited
  • Field Trip Psychedelics Inc.
  • First Capital Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Fleet Complete
  • Foodmaestro Ltd.
  • ForaHealthyMe Inc.
  • Forthlane Partners
  • Fortis Inc.
  • Franco-Nevada Corporation
  • Gardiner Roberts LLP
  • GE Healthcare
  • Genipaper Inc.
  • Genworth MI Canada Inc.
  • Giant Tiger Stores Limited
  • Global Risk Institute in Financial Services
  • Godsoe Financial Capital Ltd.
  • Google Canada Corporation
  • Greater Toronto Airports Authority
  • Gryphon Advisors Inc.
  • Guloien Capital
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Heidrick & Struggles Inc.
  • Hill + Knowlton Strategies (Canada)
  • HP Inc. (Canada)
  • HR-Connect Inc.
  • HSBC Bank Canada
  • Hudbay Minerals Inc.
  • Humber College
  • Hydro One Ltd.
  • IG Wealth Management
  • IGCE Merchant Capital Group Inc.
  • INFOR Financial Group Inc.
  • INNOV-8 Inc.
  • Intact Financial Corporation
  • Inter Pipeline Ltd.
  • InterRent REIT
  • Investment Planning Counsel Inc.
  • Isophit
  • Jamieson Wellness Inc.
  • Kids Help Phone
  • Kingsdale Advisors
  • Kinross Gold Corporation
  • Knight Therapeutics Inc.
  • Kora Management Ltd.
  • KoreConX All-in One Platform
  • KPMG Canada
  • Lamb Creative Group
  • Lightspeed POS Inc.
  • Linamar Corporation
  • Mackenzie Investments
  • Maison Placement Canada Inc.
  • Manulife Financial Corporation
  • Maricann Inc.
  • McMillan LLP
  • The MedicAlert Foundation
  • Mercer U.S. & Canada
  • Mimis Rock Corp.
  • MLSE
  • Molson Coors Beverage Company (MCBC)
  • National Bank of Canada
  • New Look Vision Group Inc.
  • Nichee Studio
  • Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Nulogy Corporation
  • Oaza Capital
  • Obelysk Inc.
  • Ontario College of Art and Design
  • Ontario Cannabis Store
  • Odyssey Trust Company
  • Ontario Pension Board
  • Ontario Power Generation Inc.
  • Ontario Securities Commission
  • Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan (OTPP)
  • Orange Capital Partners
  • Pan American Silver Corp.
  • Paramount Fine Foods Inc.
  • Pathways to Education
  • Patriot One Technologies Inc.
  • Peerage Capital Group
  • Pelmorex Corp.
  • Pethealth Inc.
  • Pink Larkin Law Firm
  • Proof Inc
  • Psigryph Inc
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers Canada
  • QM Environmental
  • Reformulary Group
  • RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust
  • Retail Management Software (RMS)
  • Roadmap Capital Inc.
  • Rogers Communications Inc.
  • Roots Corporation
  • Rosin Executive Search Inc.
  • Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce
  • Say Yeah Inc.
  • Scotiabank
  • Sheridan College
  • Shift Health, Inc.
  • SickKids Foundation
  • SickKids Hospital
  • Sobeys Inc.
  • Spark Power Corp.
  • Stantec Inc.
  • Startlight Investments
  • Stelco Holdings Inc.
  • Stikeman Elliott LLP
  • Sun Life Financial Inc.
  • Sundial Growers Inc.
  • Superior Plus Corp
  • Sweet N Nice
  • Tangerine Bank
  • Teranga Gold Corporation
  • TELUS Corporation
  • The Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP)
  • The Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation
  • The T1 Agency
  • Timbercreek Equities Corp.
  • Timbercreek Financial Corp.
  • Titan Capital Developments
  • Titan Supply
  • TorQuest Partners Inc.
  • Transoft Solutions Inc.
  • Tricon Residential Inc.
  • True Patriot Love Foundation
  • TWI Inc.
  • Wealthsimple Inc.
  • Wesdome Gold Mines Ltd.
  • Wheaton Precious Metals Corp.
  • Wildeboer Dellelce LLP
  • Women's College Hospital Foundation
  • York University


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