Scheduled for September 6th, 7th, and 8th, 2024 at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal, the National Black Canadians Summit organized  by the Michaëlle Jean Foundation and presented by TD Bank Group is THE MUST-SEE EVENT of the year.  In honour of the 100 days before this event, we are offering a 20% discount on tickets. Find out more about the Early Bird ticket special and the event programming below. 

Early Bird ticket sales for the 2024 National Black Canadians Summit in Montreal are now open! Take advantage of our special rates by reserving your tickets now for 1 day, 2 days or all 3 days of the Summit. This special rate is available for a limited time only, white supplies last! 🌟 

  • Young Leader (18-35 years) ticket starting at $100, instead of $125
  • Individual (35+) ticket starting at $160, instead of $200  
  • Corporate (3 days including gala) ticket starting at $1,000, instead of $1,200 

Reserve your ticket now

Focusing on co-creation 
With more than fifty session proposals across Canada, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation, with guidance from a national committee of community leaders, put together a program covering at least 14 sectors of activity, including education, infrastructure development, cultural heritage, health and more. This unique co-creation approach aims not only to clearly identify the objectives and challenges facing black communities, but also to share best practices to collectively advance the rights of black Canadians.   

Mobilizing the voices of youth 
The first day of the Summit will feature a Youth Forum focused on centering youth voices, empowering young leaders to actively engage in discussions on issues crucial to our collective future.  Over 500 youth delegates are expected to attend from across Canada. Designed for ages 18-35, it will feature youth-led workshops, presentations from Power of Youth award recipients, and inspiring artistic performances. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to innovative projects, network with like-minded peers, and engage with dynamic voices shaping our future. 

With a movement growing in strength and vibrancy, the Michaëlle Jean Foundation is eager to highlight the extraordinary participation of young people and their exceptional contribution. Based on solid and thoughtful reflection, innovative actions and initiatives will emerge, with far-reaching impacts.

The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean  

 This special day stems from the active involvement of the FMJF (Fondation Michaëlle Jean Foundation) Youth Advisory Committee. Young leaders contributed significantly to the identification of topics and planning of activities, highlighting their essential role in creating a dynamic and inclusive event.

Edward Matwawana, Executive Director of the Michaëlle Jean Foundation  

Advancing the message, growing the movement

Particular attention was paid to reflecting the experiences of Black people across Canada, while highlighting the cultural and linguistic richness of Quebec.  The program includes panels, roundtables, workshops and celebrations, as well as high-quality artistic performances. Both French and English content will be available for the 1500+ participants expected to attend.  

Preview of Program
Among the many individuals and organizations, we’ll be privileged to feature at the 2024 Summit, here are the first names announced. 

  • The Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, 27th Governor General of Canada   
  • Frantz Saintellemy, University of Montreal, Groupe 3737 
  • Fabienne Colas, Actor, Film Director 
  • Carla Beauvais, Fondation Dynastie  
  • Nadia Rousseau, Table ronde du Mois de l’histoire des Noirs 
  • Ricardo Lamour, Artist, Advocate 
  • Danisha Decius, Developing Young Leaders of Tomorrow, Today (DYLOTT) 
  • Alfred Burgesson, Tribe Network 
  • Louis-Edgard Jean-François, CPA, PDG, Groupe 3737, Summit Co-Chair 
  • Nicole Antoine, CEO, N/A&CO, Summit Co-Chair 

Facilitating access for as many people as possible
Thanks to our partners, we can offer accessible prices to the public and courtesy tickets to those who need them most. Supporting the National Black Canadians Summit means joining a network of people and organizations sharing the same vision of a fairer, more inclusive, and more egalitarian society. Unite your efforts in collaboration – your assistance is vital! We are always seeking partners and gratefully accept donations to aid our Foundation’s efforts to combat racism and discrimination in all its forms. 

 The 4th National Black Canadians Summit would not have been possible without the support of our partners. We would like to thank our presenting sponsor, TD Bank Group, the City of Montréal, and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation for their generosity, as well as CBC, our media partner. 

 Do not miss this extraordinary opportunity, reserve your ticket now

It is with great pride that the City of Montreal will host the National Black Canadians Summit to mark the end of the International Decade for People of African Descent. This event, which will bring together people from all backgrounds and backgrounds, will advance social justice and racial equity, in addition to celebrating their achievements, their strengths and their cultural contributions to society. We are pleased to be able to count on partners like the Michaëlle Jean Foundation in continuing the important work of eliminating racism and systemic discrimination that the City of Montreal is determined to bring down.  

Gracia Kasoki Katahwa, Borough Mayor of Côte-des-Neiges–Notre-Dame-de-Grâce et member of Montreal Executive Committee  

It is an immense honor for me to co-chair the National Black Canadians Summit. This summit is a crucial opportunity to highlight the economic and social issues our communities face and to work together to find and sustain lasting solutions. Our goal is to foster inclusive and equitable development for all.  

Louis-Edgar Jean-François, CPA, CEO of Groupe 3737, Summit Co-Chair. 

As a co-chair of Haitian and Trinidadian descent, I have seen firsthand how the city’s unique linguistic and cultural mix shapes our experiences. This Summit is a launchpad for transformative ideas and economic empowerment. By intertwining our resources and emphasizing generational wealth, we are driving a collective movement towards justice, recognition, and development while building lasting legacies. This is more than an event—it is a call to action for entrepreneurs, social changemakers, policy makers, civil servants, and future generations to unite and create a more inclusive and prosperous future. Join us and be part of the change. 

Nicole Antoine,CEO, N/A&CO, Summit Co-Chair