37th Annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards Nomination Information

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

The Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA) is proud to announce the 37th Annual BBPA Harry Jerome Awards to be held in April 2019.

Established in 1983, the BBPA Harry Jerome Awards celebrates excellence in achievement in the Black community. This formal dinner and awards gala is the premier event in the Black community and one of the most prestigious events in Canada. A highly valued symbol of achievement, the BBPA Harry Jerome Award is a coveted possession of the business people, professionals, athletes, academics, artists and community leaders who receive it. Award recipients are selected from among Canada-wide nominees recommended by business and professional colleagues, teachers, relatives and friends.

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 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 It is anticipated that only in rare circumstances would nominations or nominees be declined or awards withdrawn.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.

CATEGORIES AGE 16 TO 24

Academics:

Nominees should have a history of outstanding Academic achievement and/or the potential for exceptional Future academic distinction Ideal candidates should Demonstrate a combination of the following criteria:

  • Outstanding scholastic achievement based on overall Performance Achievements acknowledged by scholastic bodies(e.g. Ontario Mathematical Association, National Science Fair..etc.)

CATEGORIES AGE 18-39

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.
CATEGORIES ANY AGE

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.
GENERAL RULES

All nominees must be African Canadian*

Please submit nominations as instructed under General Rules in the Nomination Package. Nominations open October 29th, 2018. Completed nomination forms must be received at the office of the Black Business and Professional Association no later than 11:59 p.m., Sunday, December 16th, 2018. The selection committee will not consider late applications or applications submitted without a nomination form. Nominations can be submitted via email hja@bbpa.org or by mail:

Black Business and Professionals Association
ATTN: Harry Jerome Awards Committee
180 Elm St
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 3M4

 

*Diversity Award nominee can be of any race

Faxed nominations will not be accepted

1) Each Nomination Package must include the following (incomplete packages will not be accepted)

  • Completed nomination form
  • 1 colour passport sized picture (save as jpeg, include nominee’s full name and year of submission. Please note this will be the photo used for the announcement of selected nominees so make it a good one!)
  • Biography (one page, 500 word maximum)
  • Resume/CV highlighting the accomplishments relevant to the award
  • Social Media Handles of nominee (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, SnapChat, LinkedIn etc.)
  • Supporting documents (awards, certificates, letters of recommendation, transcripts, sample of work) relevant to the award
  • Supporting documents should not exceed 20 pages

2) The following should not be included in the nomination package:

  • videos or audio recordings
  • personal information such as Social Insurance Number, Passport, Credit Card, Health Card

3) Candidates who were submitted for nominations for previous years but not selected are eligible to submit for 2019.

4) Previous Harry Jerome Award winners are not eligible for 2019.

5) Individuals can be nominated for a maximum of 2 categories

6) Applications that submitted in 2016 and before (2015, 2014 etc) are eligible for resubmission

7) Each nomination package should be tailored to the specific award the nominee is being nominated for

8) 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.

9) Winners will be notified by the President of the BBPA/Harry Jerome Chair

10) Candidates not selected will be notified in writing

11) All nomination submissions are the property of the Black Business and Professional Association and will not be returned

12) Winners will need to attend the Harry Jerome Awards Media Launch and be available for press interviews.

13) Winners are required to post and promote the Harry Jerome Awards on their social media

14) 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

15) 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

16) Incomplete or faxed nominations will not be accepted

NOMINATE

Nominee’s Information:

All nominees must be African Canadian.

Please submit nominations as instructed under General Rules in the Nomination Package. Completed nomination forms must be received at the office of the Black Business and Professional Association no later than Dec. 16th, 2019 11:59pm. The selection committee will not consider late applications or applications submitted without a nomination form.

Nominations will not be accepted by fax.
Please complete the following section with information about the nominee. Type or print clearly.

Download a PDF version of the nomination form here 2019 Nomination package

For more information please contact the Black Business and Professional Association by phone at (416) 504-4097 or by hja@bbpa.org. Visit our website at www.bbpa.org

Please forward the completed Nomination Form and supporting materials to: Black Business and Professional Association @ 180 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5T 3M4

Nominations will not be accepted by fax.