Let’s talk business, civic engagement, and politics

The BBPA and Operation Black vote Canada is proud to host Dinner and Politics, ‘The Business Edition’. Dinner and Politics is designed for the Black community across Canada to engage with each other over a meal. Discussions develop strategies for increasing voter and civic engagement. As an organization whose mission is to advance Canada’s Black communities by delivering programs that support business and professional excellence, higher education and economic development we recognize the importance of dialogue which raises awareness and instills empowerment. It is essential that we exercise our autonomy and obligation to be involved in the political process.

“If you neglect to vote and the state eventually control all aspects of your family’s ‘ life, how will you explain your inaction to your granddaughter?”
– Denham Jolly, BBPA Founder.

Program Schedule

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm


2:00 pm – Event Starts

Welcome Remarks –  Hosts

Nadine Spencer
President | Black Business and Professional Association (BBPA)

Velma Morgan
Chair | Operation Black Vote Canada


Opening Remarks

Denham Jolly | Founder BBPA, Businessman, Author (In the Black: My Life)


Special Guest

Dr Julius Garvey | (son of the Honourable Marcus Garvey)



Mark Beckles
Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation – RBC Corporate Citizenship


Brenda Foreman | Co-Founder African Fashion Week

Mike Yorke, President | The Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario

Isaac Olowolafe, President | Dream Maker Inc.

Denise Siele | Principal at TACTIX Government Relations and Public Affairs

LOCATION: The Cottage – 4439 Lawrence Avenue East
Outdoor Event Space
DATE: Sunday August 18th,  2019
TIME: 2:00 am -5:30 pm


Thank you to our Partners

Swag & Door Prizes

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