2017 National Black Summit

By December 2, 2017Press Release

Hundreds of Black Canadian Leaders to Converge in Toronto for Pan-Canadian Summit to Remove Racial Barriers, Catalyze Change
The Summit Kicks-Off National Celebration of UN Decade for People of African Descent

November 29, 2017, Toronto – On the heels of the release of the City of Toronto’s Anti-Black Racism Action Plan, hundreds of Black Canadians and stakeholders will converge at the National Black Canadians Summit to mark the International Decade for People of African Descent. Hosted by CTV’s Marci Ien, CBC’s Amanda Parris, CBC’s Dwight Drummond and award-winning filmmaker Nandine Valcin, the historic event will see over of 700 registered participants from across the country listen to over 80 speakers, participate in 16 strategic planning sessions, and enjoy several cultural performances.

Organized by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, the Federation of Black Canadians and Toronto Public Library, the three-day bilingual gathering will empower participants to draft a six-year, community-driven plan of action to remove racial barriers and enhance wellbeing, prosperity and inclusion for Black Canadians. To see the draft, plan to visit this page.

Speakers include:
· Her Excellency The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada & Secretary General of La Francophonie
· The Honourable Ahmed D. Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada
· The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, Minister of Education, Government of Ontario
· The Honourable Michael Coteau, Minister of Children and Youth Services of Ontario
· The Honourable Tony Ince, Minister of the Public Service Commission and of African Nova Scotian Affairs
· Mayor John Tory, City of Toronto
· Justice Donald McLeod, Court of Ontario
· Marie Clarke Walker, Secretary-Treasurer, Canadian Labour Congress
· Larry Rousseau, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress
· Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner, Ontario Human Rights Commission
· Michael Lee Chin, Founder and Chairman, Portland Holdings Inc.
· Desmond Cole, Journalist and Activist
· Robyn Maynard, author
· The Honourable Jean Augustine
· Michael Adams, President, Environics Research Institute
· Tiffany Gooch, Strategist, Enterprise
· Peter Sloly, Partner – Risk Advisory, National Lead – Security & Justice/Convergence Security, Deloitte Canada
· Anthony Morgan, Lawyer, Falconers LLP
· Emilie Nicolas, Founder, Quebec Inclusif

The Summit begins on December 4, 2017, at 7 pm, with an opening awards ceremony, which will be punctuated by a special announcement by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The following two days will feature keynote addresses, panel presentations and strategic planning sessions. It will culminate with the official launch of the Federation of Black Canadians, a pan-Canadian advocacy organization, advocating on behalf of Canadians of African descent.

To see a preliminary event program, visit:

The event is sponsored by TD Bank Group and Deloitte, with additional support from the National Film Board, Afroglobe TV, and the Canadian Labour Congress.

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For more information, contact:

Peter Flegel
Director of Programming and Development
Michaëlle Jean Foundation

Gregory McCormick
Manager, Cultural & Special Event Programming
Communications, Programming & Customer Engagement, Toronto Public Library
416 393.7098

Richard Picart
Communications Lead
Federation of Black Canadians
Fédération des Canadien Noirs
(647) 360-0641 Ext. 101

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