On July 14, 2020, The BlackNorth Initiative, led by The Canadian Council of Business Leaders Against Anti-Black Systemic Racism (the “Council”), released the Law Firm Pledge, asking leaders from Canada’s law firms to commit to specific actions and targets designed to end anti-Black systemic racism and create opportunities for those in underrepresented Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour (BIPOC) communities.
Wildeboer Dellelce is proud to be one of three original signatories to the Law Firm Pledge.
“Recent events have demanded that we, as a legal community, take a hard look at ourselves and our organizations to assess what we are doing to combat systemic racism in Canada” said Perry Dellelce, Managing Partner of Wildeboer Dellelce. “As a law firm, we realized that we can do better and we must do better. Our commitment to co-leading the Law Firm Pledge initiative is our unequivocal message to the BIPOC community, and in particular legal professionals, those who aspire to be legal professionals and those who wish to pursue any career in a law firm setting, that there is a place for you at Wildeboer Dellelce. We strongly encourage our fellow law firms across Canada to join us in this pledge as a significant step in addressing a problem that is long overdue for a targeted response. Wildeboer Dellelce does not only make this pledge; we will act to ensure the Law Firm Pledge has real impact for positive change for the BIPOC community.”
The Law Firm Pledge builds on the June 30, 2020 announcement in which Wes Hall, Founder and Chair of the Council, and his Co-Chairs –Victor Dodig, President and Chief Executive Officer of CIBC; Prem Watsa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited; and Rola Dagher, President and CEO of Cisco Canada – asked Canadian business leaders from all sectors to commit to similar goals for their companies.
Already, a large number of CEOs have signed the CEO Pledge, including leaders from major public companies, private businesses, charities, government, and the public sector.
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SIGN THE PLEDGE TODAY
Wildeboer Dellelce invites leaders of businesses of all sizes across Canada to join us and pledge to take action against anti-Black systemic racism within workplaces, industries and the broader business community.
To learn more about The BlackNorth Initiative and its goals and strategic plan to end systemic racism in Canada, register at www.blacknorth.ca/Summit to join the inaugural BlackNorth Initiative virtual summit on July 20, 2020 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (ET).