Over the past two weeks, we have spent this time listening, educating ourselves, and discussing internally. As an organization, we would like to be explicit that The Advertising & Design Club of Canada stands against racism.

To the Black members of our community: know that we see you, we hear you, and we firmly believe that Black Lives Matter.

We recognize that the Canadian advertising and design industry does have systemic issues. As an organization devoted to inspiring and promoting creative excellence, we are determining the ways that we can best support the BIPOC members of our Canadian creative community moving forward. We don’t have all the answers right now, but we know that we must do better. 

As a start, we are committing to better representation of those members of our community. Specifically, representation on our own board of directors, featured guests at our events, and on our panels of international judges. We are still figuring out the actions that we can take beyond our own organization – this is something that we are actively working on.

For now, we have compiled a list of resources to help educate and inform, and a list of Canadian organizations that may be of interest.

As always, if you have any recommendations or suggestions, please reach out to us at info@theadcc.ca.


Information & Education

A list of resources on supporting the Black Lives Matter movement (It’s Nice That)
Anti-racism resources – includes articles, videos, books, films/TV, podcasts
AIGA’s growing list of resources for the Movement for Black Lives
CreativeMornings talks on the theme of Justice, Equality, and Empathy.

Canadian Organizations

Federation of Black Canadiansa national, non-profit organization, driven by organizations across the country that advances the social, economic, political and cultural interests of Canadians of African descent.

Black Legal Action Centre – a non-profit community legal clinic that provides free legal services for low or no income Black residents of Ontario.

Black Youth Helpline – Black Youth Helpline serves all youth and specifically responds to the need for a Black youth specific service, positioned and resourced to promote access to professional, culturally appropriate support for youth, families and schools.

Black Business and Professional Association – the BBPA is a non-profit, charitable organization that addresses equity and opportunity for the Black community in business, employment, education and economic development.

Across Boundaries – Across Boundaries provides equitable, holistic mental health and addiction services for racialized communities.

Black Health Alliance – a community-led registered charity working to improve the health and well-being of Black people in Canada.

Black-Owned Restaurants in Canada, City by City – Huffington Post article that includes links to lists of black-owned restaurants across Canada.

Black Owned Toronto (@blackowned.to)  – Instagram account promoting a variety of black owned businesses in Toronto and the surrounding areas.

POV 3rd Street – an organization that helps marginalized youth break into the media industry through training, mentorship, job placement and professional development opportunities.

VIBE Arts – an award-winning charitable organization committed to providing children and youth in under-resourced communities with high quality arts education.

Operation Prefrontal Cortex – a program harnessing the power of mindfulness and meditation to help reduce the incidents of gun and mass violence in Toronto.

Industry Programs

Where are the black designers? | June 27
Black In Design Conference
Here Are All The Black People

Talks From/About Black Designers (via AIGA)

Aaron Douglas
Antionette Carroll
Arem Duplessis
Ashleigh Axios
Ashley Ford
Bobby Martin
Ced Funches
Crystal Martin
Dian Holton
Dontrese Brown
Emmett McBain
Forest Young
Ian Spalter
Jason Murphy
Sylvia Harris