35th Annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards Nomination Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) is proud to announce the 35th Annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards to be held in April 2017.

Established in 1983, the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards celebrates excellence in achievement in the Black community. This formal dinner and awards gala is the premier event in the Black community and one of the most prestigious events in Canada. A highly valued symbol of achievement, the BBPA Harry Jerome Award is a coveted possession of the business people, professionals, athletes, academics, artists and community leaders who receive it. Award recipients are selected from among Canada-wide nominees recommended by business and professional colleagues, teachers, relatives and friends.

Selection process

With the exception of winners of the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Diversity Award, the President’s Award and the Trailblazer Award that are selected by the BBPA Board of Directors, award winners are selected by an independent selection committee. All nominees must be African Canadian; however for the President’s Award & the Diversity Award, the BBPA Board of Directors may from time to time award an individual who is not from the African Canadian community for contributions that benefit persons of African heritage.

Important Notice

The BBPA endeavours to treat every nomination and nominee with the out-most courtesy and respect. It is anticipated that only in rare circumstances would nominations or nominees be declined or awards withdrawn. However, the BBPA reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to make decisions regarding the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards, including declining nominations, declining any particular nominee or group of nominees, withdrawing or cancelling an award category, cancelling or postponing the Harry Jerome Awards. This also applies to selected recipients and includes the decision to withdraw an award after it has been presented to a recipient.

The BBPA, its members, directors, agents, volunteers, sponsors and affiliates, successors and assigns will not be held liable to any nominee or recipient or their agents, successors or assigns for any discretion to exercise the discretion here described in this Important Notice. This Important Notice is in addition to what has been indicated elsewhere in this Call for Nominations, and if there is any conflict between what is said elsewhere in this or any other communication produced by the BBPA regarding the Harry Jerome Awards, this Important Notice takes priority. By participating in the selection process, including sending in a nomination, accepting a nomination and accepting an award you are agreeing to the terms of this Call for Nominations and Important Notice.

CATEGORIES AGE 16 TO 24

Academics Award

Nominees should have a history of outstanding academic achievement and/or the potential for exceptional future academic distinction. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding scholastic achievement (based on overall performance);
  • Achievements acknowledged by scholastic bodies (e.g.: Ontario Mathematical Association, National Science Fair, etc).

Athletics Award

Nominees should have a history of outstanding achievement in sports and exceptional promise of future athletic distinction. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding athletic achievement through consistent performance of a sport or sports;
  • Commitment to fairness, teamwork and integrity in competition;
  • Achievement that gained individual honour and distinction.

Leadership Award

Nominees should present evidence of outstanding leadership within the community or in their school. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

  • Leadership skills that include initiative, dedication, integrity, acceptance of responsibility, teamwork and effectiveness;
  • Commitment to affecting positive change in the African Canadian community and/or the community-at-large.
CATEGORIES AGE 18-35

Young Entrepreneur Award

Nominees must currently be engaged in business as an owner/entrepreneur. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and success in owning and managing a business;
  • Proven ability to turn a business vision into reality;
  • Personal integrity, good communication skills and ability to influence
CATEGORIES OVER AGE 24

Business Award

Nominees must be currently engaged in business as an owner/entrepreneur. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

  • Entrepreneurial spirit and success in owning and managing a business;
  • Contribution of new ideas, innovative practices, processes or inventions or created employment opportunities;
  • Commitment to fairness and equality in the work environment.

Community Service Award

Nominees should possess an outstanding record of significant community involvement and service. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

  • Significant role in enriching the lives of others over an extended period of time by exceptional service through a charitable organization or community group;
  • Wide-ranging impact and scope. Achievements are evaluated in relation to circumstances or obstacles overcome.

Professional Excellence Award

Nominees are currently engaged as an employee or officer of a business, firm or corporation. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

      • Significant contribution to new ideas, processes, practices and insights in a field or business;
      • Wide-ranging impact and scope;
      • Significant contribution to the success of the enterprise.

 

Technology & Innovation Award

Nominees are currently employed in the field of technology. Ideal candidates should demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

      • Innovation through the use of technology;
      • Business/professional achievement in the field of technology;
      • Profile in the Canadian and/or international business or professional community.
CATEGORIES ANY AGE

Arts

Nominees should have a history of outstanding achievement in the creative arts industry and/or the potential for exceptional artistic achievement. Ideal candidates should meet the criteria of outstanding scholar or practitioner of the Arts. Ideal candidates should have participated in national and or international exhibitions.

Media

Nominees should have a history of outstanding achievement in the media industry and/or the potential for exceptional achievement in Media. Ideal candidates should meet the criteria of outstanding media personality, producer, owner, in both the print & televison industry.

Entertainment Award

Nominees should have a history of outstanding achievement in the entertainment industry and/or the potential for exceptional achievement in entertainment. Ideal candidates should have achievements that gained individual honour and distinction (performances).

Health Sciences Award

Nominees are currently employed or are students in the Health Sciences field. Ideal candidates should
demonstrate the following:

      • Business/professional achievement in the health sciences field;
      • Profile in the Canadian and/or international community;
      • Outstanding scholar or researcher.
GENERAL RULES

Based on the documentation submitted, Award winners will be selected according to the following criteria:

1. All nominees must be African Canadian.

2. Each nomination package must include the following:

  • 1 completed nomination form
  • 1 colour passport sized photograph (300dpi) must be submitted and should be taken within the last 12 months. Background must be plain with a full front view of the Subject’s head and shoulders. Please save jpeg and include candidates first and last name, and the year of submission.
  • Validation of Age for age sensitive awards (scanned copy of government issued photo identification).
  • A copy of your biography; note that your biography should not be more than one pages.
  • A copy of your resume or CV highlighting your accomplishments relevant to the Award you are applying for.
  • Supporting documentation, including letters of support and samples of work, copies of relevant Awards and transcripts should be submitted for review.

3. Incomplete nomination packages will not be considered.

4. Supporting documentation must not exceed 20 pages. Additionally, must not include the following:

  • Video or audio recordings.
  • Personal information such as social insurance.
  • Healthcare card number or such other personal information

5. Candidates who were not chosen as winners from previous years are eligible to apply and will need to resubmit packages. Exception: The BBPA office will assist in resubmitting documents for nominees from the 2013 and 2014 batches. However, persons who have already received an award are not allowed to re-apply. If the 2015/2016 batch of candidates received a letter from the BBPA office to resubmit, please note it is for resubmission only and not that you were selected as a winner. Your nomination will need to go through the full Selection Process for 2017. In addition to your letter to resubmit, please note that it is your responsibility to update your package to ensure accuracy and relevance for the award being nominated.

6. If you are a 2015/2016 candidate and need to change your nomination category, you will need to resubmit a full package relevant to the new category.

7. Individuals may be nominated for a maximum of two categories, with a complete set of package for each category. Please note that only 1 award will be given to a person in a lifetime, except for Board selected recognition/awards.

8. Each nomination package must be tailored to the specific category. This is particularly important if you are applying for more than one (1) category.

9. The decisions of the selection committee are final and are not subject to review. However the Board of Directors of the BBPA at its discretion reserves the power to reject their decisions and make changes as they see fit.

10. Only Award winners will be notified.

11. All submissions become the property of the Black Business and Professional Association, and will not be returned to nominees.

12. Award winners may be required to participate in a speaking engagement promoting the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards and must be available for press interviews. In addition, winners of a BBPA Harry Jerome award must consent to the use of their photos and biographies by the BBPA in any of its promotional material

Nominations must be received at the office of the Black Business and Professional Association no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 27th, 2017.

The selection committee will not consider late applications or applications submitted without an indicated nomination category and form.

NOMINATE

Nominee’s Information:

All nominees must be African Canadian.

Please submit nominations as instructed under General Rules in the Nomination Package. Completed nomination forms must be received at the office of the Black Business and Professional Association no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 27th, 2017. The selection committee will not consider late applications or applications submitted without a nomination form.

Nominations will not be accepted by fax.
Please complete the following section with information about the nominee. Type or print clearly.

Download a PDF version of the nomination form here 2017 Nomination Form

For more information please contact the Black Business and Professional Association by phone at (416) 504-4097 or by hja@bbpa.org. Visit our website at www.bbpa.org

Please forward the completed Nomination Form and supporting materials to: Black Business and Professional Association @ 180 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5T 3M4

Nominations will not be accepted by fax.