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    About the Canadian council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Racism

    This council Is founded and chaired by Wes hall and as a man of colour he understands all too well the challenges Blacks face in a society where they are left behind in the diversity movement.  The council members formed Black North Initiative which is said to represent or be the voice of the blacks and push or force which will measure change for blacks also.  This Initiative is the Canadian version of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (N.A.A.C.P.).  Essentially the aim of the Black North initiative is to ultimately dismantle anti-black racism.

    The Black North Initiative and Summit

    The initiative was chaired by the founder Wes Hall, President of CIBC – Victor Dodig, Chairman of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited – Prem Wats and President of CISCO Canada – Rola Dagher.  To officially launch this Initiative a summit was recently held virtually.  Invitation was extended to senior leaders of top 250 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) companies to take part in the launching ceremony of the Black North Initiative Summit.  These leaders included those of major banks, institutional investors in the nation, insurance companies, just to name a few.  These leaders were expected to moly sign a C.E.O. pledge, but to also deliver a statement highlighting their plan of action when it comes to helping fight and end anti-black systemic racism in their organizations and the society at large.

    Organizational CEOs sign the Black North Initiative Pledge

    The CEOS of various organizations (over 200) offered their support towards the movement of ending anti-black systemic racism by signing the pledge.  These organizations and industries which are of various sizes and with different mandates include those in health care, education, financial services, manufacturing, extractive industries among others.  It was noted that 30% of those companies which signed the pledge are those which are part of the TSX 60.  For your information, TSX 60 has to do with the 60 largest companies that trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange.  Congratulations is extended to those who signed the pledge and will be ambassadors for making Canada a more Black friendly and Black enabling country.  In addition the hope is to continuously attract organizations and people who have their values aligned with those of the Black north Initiative.  People are encouraged to get involved in the movement. One way they can do so is by donating with the aim of these donations helping to improve the lives of Black Canadians.  Your support can help with the development of programs and initiatives to help remove anti-black systemic racism.

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