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The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards

The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is recognized as the most prestigious national awards gala in the African-Canadian community and a coveted symbol of achievement.

2022 Recipients

President's Award

Award Sponsor BBPA

Jerome Family Athletics Award

Award Sponsor Apothic Wines

Decade Leader Award

Award Sponsor Diversity Institute

Leadership Award

Award Sponsor TD Bank Group

Professional Excellence Award

Award Sponsor Zoosh Service Enterprise

Lifetime Achievement

Award Sponsor BBPA

Technology Award

Award Sponsor PepsiCo

Business Award

Award Sponsor Bell

International Leader Award in Economic Growth

Award Sponsor BBPA

Diversity Award

Award Sponsor Loblaw Companies Limited

Arts Award

Award Sponsor BrandEQ Agency

Young Entrepreneur Award

Award Sponsor RBC


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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