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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.

This award ceremony is recognized as the most prestigious national awards gala in the African- Canadian community and is a symbol of achievement.
Yes, this is a fundraiser, so please be sure to bring a credit card or checkbook to make a donation to the event.

Beanfield Centre
105 Princes' Blvd, Toronto, ON M6K 3C3

Age 16-24

  • Academics
  • Athletics
  • Leadership

Age 18-35

  • Young Entrepreneur

Age 24+

  • Business
  • Professional Excellence
  • Arts
  • Media
  • Entertainment
  • Health Science
  • Community Service
  • Leadership
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Our 37th Anniversary Celebratory event coincides with the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent.
Once you have purchased your ticket online, an email confirmation with your ticket barcode will be sent to you immediately. On the day of the event you MUST have that email opened or have a printed copy ready for the barcode to be scanned.
The event is formal. Dress to impress.
Once your ticket has been scanned, volunteers will be present to direct you to your assigned seating.
Absolutely we must celebrate these outstanding award winners. Once the awards, dinner and entertainment are finished the celebrations continue with the HJA AFTER PARTY. No need to worry about a change in venue, the celebration continues on location in a separate room.
We will be offering free parking on the entire premises.
Doors to the Ballroom will open at 6:00 p.m. and the program portion of the Gala will start promptly at 6:30 p.m.