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We are excited to have you join us in recognizing the numerous contributions made locally, nationally, and globally by our Black community. This year, our theme is “DECADE LEADERS” – THE ART OF POSSIBLE”. As we take a moment to reflect and honour our past, we are also looking forward to our very bright future.

The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is one of the most distinguished African-Canadian awards in the country. The awards pay tribute to outstanding and inspirational African-Canadians who truly model excellence and leave their mark on the world.

5:00 – 6:15 pm – Cocktail Reception
6:30 – 10:00 pm – Awards Presentation & Dinner
10:00 – 12:00 am – After Party Celebration

Location: Beanfield Centre 105 Princes Blvd, TORONTO ONTARIO M6K 3C3

Note: All tickets are non-refundable

Reserve Your Seat Before It's Sold Out!

Canada’s preeminent awards celebration gala honouring outstanding contributions to Black communities.

Single Tickets $250 / Table of 10 $2,500 / All fees include tax

*Complimentary VIP Access applies to BBPA Professional, Family Membership, Non-profit and Corporate members only.

2024 Honourees

Jay Williams

Lifetime Achievement Award

Tiffany Callender

Chair's Award

Wendall Adjetey

Academic Professional Award

Diana Alli DSouza

Diversity Award

Award Sponsor PepsiCO

Frank Baylis

Business Award

Jeffrey Fasegha

Young Entrepreneur Award

Jay Pitter

Leadership Award

Heather Campbell

Decade Leader Award

Denise Campbell

Professional Award

Jayde Riviere

Athletics Award

Yolanda McClean

Community Award

Camille Mitchell

Arts Award

Amoy Wynter

Innovation (Inaugural) Award


The Black Business and Professionals Association is seeking volunteers for the 2024 BBPA Harry Jerome Awards scheduled to happen on April 27, 2024, at The Beanfield Centre, Exhibition Place – 105 Princes’ Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3. Our success over the years has been largely due to our amazing volunteers and as we plan to host the 42nd BBPA Harry Jerome Award, we also know our volunteers will play a huge role in making it a success.

If you would like to join a host of other phenomenal volunteers, please click the button below to register. Once registered, you will be trained and given your volunteer kits to set you up for success. For more information, please email

2023 Partners

Our sincere gratitude of thanks to all our partners. Your support is much appreciated.

BBPA HJA Partners 2023


A premiere track athlete of his time, his physical successes were partnered with scholastic excellence and social consciousness. Apart from his athletics he earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees and was always conscious of the challenges facing African Canadians. He obtained equipment for young athletes who could not afford the expensive gear, created opportunities for Blacks outside the sports arena, and was a vocal opponent of the misrepresentation of African Canadians in Canadian television and wage discrimination barriers. Harry Jerome took on the concerns of a community, a country, epitomizing excellence, determination and dedication.

The Black Business and Professional Association is a non profit, charitable organization that addresses equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.

The BBPA sponsors the annual Harry Jerome Awards, a national awards event that recognizes and honours excellence in achievement and supports higher education through the BBPA National Scholarship Fund.

The Harry Jerome Awards is a fundraiser that celebrates achievement in the Black community and supports the BBPA’s work in promoting the advancement of the Black-Canadian community, in the areas of Education, Economic & Entrepreneurial Development and Young Professional Training & Development.

As a non-profit organization, the BBPA needs to garner funds to support the BBPA National Scholarships, and deliver programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education and economic development.

This award ceremony is to showcase, recognize, and honor excellence within the African- Canadian community, to profile African Canadian Professionals, and to create a path to continue replicating these practices in the African-Canadian community.


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