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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.

Awards ceremony and dinner from 6:00 pm EST.

Afterparty to follow.

Note: All tickets are non-refundable

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Canada’s preeminent awards celebration gala honouring outstanding contributions to Black communities.
BBPA HJA 2024 Community Access
Single Tickets $300 / Table of 10 $3,000 / All fees include tax
*Complimentary VIP Access applies to BBPA Professional, Family Membership, Non-profit and Corporate members only.

2023 Recipients

HJA Agapi Gessesse

Decade Leader Award

Award Sponsor PepsiCO

HJA Agunbiade Seum Richards

Young Entrepreneur Award

Award Sponsor ITS Global

HJA Andria Case-zoom


Award Sponsor
BrandEQ Agency

HJA Colleen Ward

Technology Award

Award Sponsor Diversity Institute

HJA Deborah Richardson

Diversity Award

Award Sponsor
Loblaw Companies Limited

HJA Emma Todd

Professional Excellence Award

Award Sponsor TD

HJA Frantz Saintellemy

Business Award

Award Sponsor BELL

HJA Jennifer Bernard

Health Sector Award

Award Sponsor
Nursing Homemakers Inc (NHI)

HJA Lindell Wigginton

Jerome Family Athletics Award

Award Sponsor
BBPA / Jerome Family

HJA Ngozi Paul

Arts Award

Award Sponsor
Deltech Communications Group Inc.

HJA Rick Gossling

President’s Award

Award Sponsor BBPA

HJA Rosemarie Powell

Leadership Award

Award Sponsor Apothic Wines

HJA Spider Chuck Jones

Lifetime Achievement Award

Award Sponsor BBPA

Dr Wendy Cukier

Special Award

Award Sponsor BBPA


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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