Toronto Black Policy Network
A network for opportunities to collectively develop innovative and sustainable solutions for policy issues affecting Toronto’s Black communities.
The inaugural 2019 Toronto Black Policy Conference (TBPC) —inspired by Harvard Kennedy School's annual Black Policy Conference — kicked off with the-theme of Black Inclusion and Innovation.
Applying an anti-Black racism lens, this conference theme seeks to explore what innovation means for Toronto’s Black communities now and in the future. Is the increasing use of technology, the city’s popularity and rising income inequalities a step-forward or a step back for Black-identifying Torontonians? Does this innovation transition present us with an opportunity or an obstacle?
TBPC seeks to gather the city’s community leaders, youth, academics and professionals to explore these and other questions with the hope of ensuring Toronto’s Black communities are included and remain involved in the city’s innovative transition.
The Toronto Black Policy Network (TBPN)—inspired by Harvard Kennedy School's annual Black Policy Conference—is a policy-driven forum which seeks to provide unique opportunities to collaborate, innovate and find sustainable solutions for policy issues affecting Toronto’s Black communities.
The network's main goals are to create a safe space for Black community members and allies to explore policy issues affecting Toronto’s Black communities; encourage Black community engagement within the policy process both in a leadership and adequately-consulted capacity; and to encourage and promote solidarity and unity within Black communities through open dialogue and collaboration.
TBPN is founded and spearheaded by Eunice Kays, Sharnelle Morgan, and Anna-Kay Russell—three Master of Public Policy graduates from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Together, the three founders of TBPC make up the Toronto Black Policy Network (TBPN).