BlackNorth Initiative Makes History by Closing Toronto Stock Exchange in Honor of Black History Month

On February 21, the BlackNorth Initiative made history by becoming the first Black-led non-profit to close the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) in honor of Black History Month and the success of their inaugural BlackNorth Excellence gala. Eliza Casinather, Head of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at TMX Group, joined them in closing the market. The event celebrated and recognized Black excellence in Canada.

The BlackNorth Initiative is a business-led movement dedicated to eradicating anti-Black systemic barriers that negatively impacted the lives of Black Canadians. The organization aims to eliminate systemic racism in all aspects of people’s lives, with a business-first mindset.

Dahabo A.-Omer, Executive Director of BlackNorth Initiative, emphasized the significance of Black History Month and the success of the BlackNorth Initiative Excellence gala. She recognized the ongoing struggle for equity and justice and how the gala celebrated the contributions of Black Canadians, inspiring future generations. The BlackNorth Initiative is committed to creating lasting change in Canada and empowering Black communities to thrive.

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