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Nominations are open to celebrate Black tech excellence with the Obsidi® Awards, presented by BMO 

February 16, 2024 | Recognition

For the second year in a row, BMO is presenting the Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN) Obsidi® Awards. The only initiative of its kind in Canada, these awards spotlight exceptionally accomplished Black tech professionals, Black-led organizations, and allies making strides in the industry.  

With more than 90,000 members, BPTN is North America’s largest Black community of tech professionals. BPTN bridges the network gap in the tech industry by providing Black technical and business professionals with senior executive sponsorship, skills building and a strong peer network to level up their careers. Obsidi® is their tech job board and networking platform for professionals looking to find jobs and connect with employers of choice.  

“The Obsidi® Awards, presented by BMO, are an absolute necessity. Across North America, Black professionals, Black-led organizations and their allies are making significant impacts in tech – this platform gives them the recognition and rewards their achievements deserve. We bring Black tech excellence together for elevation, inspiration and celebration!”

– Lekan Olawoye
CEO and founder of BPTN 

Anyone can submit a self-nomination via Obsidi®.com/awards by Friday, March 1, 2024, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Then, Obsidi® members can vote for their top choice in each category, narrowing the selections from 10 nominees to five finalists. Winners will be announced at the Liberty Grand on June 20, 2024 with an evening of great food and music.  

“With a digital-first, future-ready focus, BMO is excited to be back for another year partnering with BPTN to honour the achievements of Black Tech professionals and accelerate initiatives that will create meaningful and sustainable change. The Obsidi® Awards, presented by BMO, celebrate and elevate the professionals making a big difference in tech and innovation.”

– Bojan Pavlovic
CIOO North American Personal & Business Banking and Wealth Management, BMO 

Awards will be presented in the following categories: 

● BMO Black Entrepreneur of the Year, Technology Industry 

● BMO Black Tech Community Builder of the Year 

● Sun Life Black Professional Trailblazer of the Year 

● Black Tech Executive of the Year 

● Black Marketer of the Year 

● Black Tech Ally of the Year 

● Black Tech Recruiter of the Year 

● Black Employee Resource Group of the Year 

● Black Breakout Professional of the Year – Technology Division 

● Black Breakout Professional of the Year – Sales Division 

For more information about nomination deadlines and criteria, table bookings, sponsorship and any other event details, please visit Obsidi®.com

Join the Black Professional in Tech Network to build community and gain access to career-building opportunities, including Obsidi®— it’s free! Then make your Obsidi® self-nomination before Friday, March 1, 2024.

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