Welcome Message

Nadine Spencer

President

I would like to extend to you, a warm welcome to the Black Business and Professional Association’s (BBPA) Harry Jerome Awards, the most prestigious Black achievement recognition awards program in Canada.

We are proud to see the growth of the awards as it has evolved into the nation’s most respected initiative to recognize achievements in the Black community.   The BBPA works to ensure the Harry Jerome Awards continue to innovate and develop an exceptional experience for all involved.

The success of the event would not be possible without our wonderful partners, whose support and commitment is greatly appreciated.

We invite you to self nominate or nominate a Canadian Black business leader who deserves to be acknowledged and recognized. I encourage you to be part of the awards and celebrate the highest achievers in the Black Canadian community.

We look forward to seeing you at the Harry Jerome Awards on April 25th, 2020.  Please get your tickets today!

Overview

Overview

Entries may only be completed online.

The BBPA Harry Jerome Awards is a prestigious fundraiser that supports and recognizes Black entrepreneurs and Black businesses across Canada.

Offering a unique opportunity to highlight Canada’s most outstanding Black businesses and leaders, the awards recognize their contribution to the community and to the Canadian economy.

The awards are the pinnacle of  Black business success.

Background

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.

The Harry Jerome Awards raises funds to support initiatives like the the ‘BBPA National Scholarship’, which supports post secondary students annually.  Proceeds of the awards also go to provide programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education and economic development.

This fundraiser showcases, recognizes and honors excellence within the African- Canadian community.

GENERAL RULES

All nominees must be African Canadian*

Please submit nominations as instructed under General Rules in the Nomination Package. Nominations open November 22, 2019.

Completed nomination forms must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, January 15th, 2020. The selection committee will not consider late applications.

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 assign 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.

NOMINATIONS

Nominee’s Information:

All nominees must be African Canadian.  Nominators must be members of the BBPA

Please submit nominations as instructed under General Rules in the Nomination Package.

The selection committee will not consider late applications .

Nominations will not be accepted by fax.

Complete the online nomination form here 2020 Nomination package

How It Works

Eligible Black businesses and Black business leaders in Canada are required to complete and submit an Awards Nomination, consisting of a series of questions which evaluate their standards of excellence and overall success.

Award Entries may only be completed online.

Entries must be completed in accordance with the terms and conditions and submitted by the closing date to be considered as an award entrant.

Following the close of Entries, Honorees will be selected based on the content provided in the awards Nominations Form, and notified of their success via email.

National honorees will be announced February 2020 at an announcement luncheon and award will be presented at the gala event April 25, 2020.

Eligibility

The awards are open to all Black businesses and Black business leaders in Canada.  All nominees must be African Canadian.*

*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.  They are presented with the Diversity Award.

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 endeavors 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 assign 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.

Judging

Judging

The judges are representatives from a variety of industries who have relevant experience or an understanding of the operations of businesses.

Judging is assessed on: the responses to the Awards Criteria questions located within the entry form, additional supporting documentation that may be attached as a PDF as part of your entry.

The outcome of each application assessment will determine the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards winners.

Applications are judged within one award category. If an entrant selects more than one category, judges have the right to determine the most applicable category without notification or consultation.

Judges reserve the right to transfer an application into another category if they believe an entrant would be more appropriately assessed in that category.

Judges will be looking at each applicant’s approach to the business, together with their achievements and attitudes in regards to managing challenges.

Terms & Conditions

  1. Candidates who were submitted for nominations for previous years but not selected are eligible to submit for 2019.
  2. Previous Harry Jerome Award winners are not eligible for 2019.
  3. Individuals can be nominated for a maximum of 2 categories
  4. Each nomination package should be tailored to the specific award the nominee is being nominated for
  5. 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.
  6. Winners will be notified by the President of the BBPA/Harry Jerome Chair
  7. Candidates not selected will be notified in writing
  8. All nomination submissions are the property of the Black Business and Professional Association and will not be returned
  9. Winners will need to attend the Harry Jerome Awards Media Launch and be available for press interviews.
  10. Winners are required to post and promote the Harry Jerome Awards on their social media
  11. Winners agree to the use of their images and biographies for promotional materials regarding the Harry Jerome Awards and the Black Business and Professional Association
  12. Nominees may not contact the Harry Jerome Awards Committee, BBPA Board of Directors, BBPA Members, or BBPA staff regarding information on the judges or other nominees that submitted for an award
  13. Incomplete or faxed nominations will not be accepted
  14. To be eligible to enter the awards, your business must first comply with …
  15. If an entrant selects more than one category judges have the right to determine the most applicable category without notification or consultation.
  16. Entries may be transferred to another category if the judges believe an entrant would be more appropriately assessed in that category.
  17. Judges have the right to either create additional categories or delete categories, depending on entries received.
  18. An independent judging panel from a variety of industries will judge all entries.
  19. Judges have the right to either accept or decline entries as finalists and this will be determined by an initial grading of entries.
  20. All judges score sheets and notes will be destroyed on the determination of finalists and winners. Judges comments are confidential and will not be disclosed.
  21. The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  22. Unsuccessful and successful Finalists will be notified by email.
  23. Information provided may be used for promotional purposes.
  24. Award Sponsors have access to the entire finalist database and may use this at their discretion.
  25. Entries must be provided via the online entry form and will not be accepted via email or regular mail.
  26. Once entries have been received, information cannot be changed or added.
  27. The Young Entrepreneur must be 30 years of age and under to be eligible.
  28. Nominators and Winners must be members of the BBPA
  29. BBPA takes no responsibility for the publishing of information in media outlets and websites.

Categories

Athletics:

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.

Arts, Media and Entertainment:

Nominees should have a history of outstanding achievement in the creative arts, media and/or entertainment industry and/or the potential for exceptional artistic, media and/or entertainment achievement.

Ideal candidates should meet the criteria of:

Outstanding scholar or practitioner of the Arts, Media and/or Entertainment. Ideal candidates should have participated in national and international exhibitions, or meet the criteria of outstanding media personality, producer, owner in both the print & television industry or have achievements that gained individual Honour and distinction performances.


Business (Professional Excellence, Tech and Innovation:

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.
  • Significant contribution of new ideas, innovative practices, processes or inventions or created employment opportunities.
  • Commitment to fairness and equality in the work environment.
  • Wide ranging impact and scope and/or innovation through the use of technology.

Community Service (Including Volunteer Services):

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.

Health Sciences:

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.

Leadership:

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.

Young Entrepreneur:

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 of a business.
  • Proven ability to turn a business vision into reality.
  • Personal integrity, good communication skills and have the ability to Influence.