Canadian CEOs Commemorate Launch of the BlackNorth Initiative

Inaugural BlackNorth Initiative Summit brought together 9000 attendees including over 200 CEOs who committed their organizations to measurable initiatives to dismantle anti-Black systemic racism in Canada.

TORONTO--()--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 Initiative Summit. The pledge commits business leaders and their organizations to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism. To date, over 200 organizations have signed the pledge.

Today’s summit is only the first step on a mission critical journey to dismantle anti-Black systemic racism in corporate Canada,” said Wes Hall, Founder and Chairman of The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism. “I hope that we can look back and say this event was the tipping point.”

The list of supporting organizations, listed below, 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.

Companies that have not signed the pledge can still do so at


Donate to the BlackNorth Initiative here 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

About the BlackNorth Initiative:

The BlackNorth Initiative was created by The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism to combat anti-Black systemic racism in Corporate Canada. The initiative challenges senior Canadian business leaders to commit their companies to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism and create opportunities for all of those in the underrepresented BIPOC community.

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

Air Whistle Media

Aisle 24

AMP Solar Group Inc.

Aphria Inc.

Atlantic Coated Papers Ltd.

Atlas 365 Inc.

AWOL Entertainment Limited

Bank of Montreal

BASF Canada Inc.


BeachHead Inc.

Beijing Huade Haiyang Science & Technology Co, Ltd.

Bellwyck Inc.

Beneplan Co-Operative

Bennett Jones LLP


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 Life

Canada Mortgage & Housing Corporation

Canadian Business Growth Fund

Canadian Chamber of Commerce

Canadian Film Centre

Canadian Western Bank

Canfor Corporation

Canopy Growth Corporation

Capital One Canada

CaptoCloud Inc.

Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

CCL Industries Inc.

Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.

CI Financial Corp.


Cineplex Inc.

Cisco Canada

City of Brampton – Anti-Black Racism Unit


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.

George Brown College

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.

Isobar Canada


Jamieson Wellness Inc.

Juniper Park \TBWA

Keg Restaurants Ltd.

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

Medalist Group

Mercer Canada

Mimis Rock Corp.


Molson Coors Beverage Company (MCBC)

Morneau Shepell

National Bank of Canada

National Diabetes Trust

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.

RockLTC/Senior Living

Rogers Communications Inc.

Roots Corporation

Rosin Executive Search Inc.

Sault Ste Marie Chamber of Commerce

Say Yeah Inc.


Sheridan College

Shift Health, Inc.

SickKids Foundation

SickKids Hospital

Sobeys Inc.

Sprott 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

Women’s Executive Network

York University

1 Includes value of companies that have publicly committed to make changes in accordance with the BlackNorth Initiative pledge


Andy Radia
Director, Communications and Marketing
Kingsdale Advisors
Ph: 416-867-2357

Vivek Prabhu
Senior Account Director
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Ph: 416-413-4578


Andy Radia
Director, Communications and Marketing
Kingsdale Advisors
Ph: 416-867-2357

Vivek Prabhu
Senior Account Director
Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Ph: 416-413-4578