Black Canadians In Electoral Politics

politics, Canadian politics, Black Canadians, candidates, elections, race, diversity

About Us

Project Directors

Erin Tolley is the Canada Research Chair in Gender, Race, and Inclusive Politics at Carleton University and an expert in the study of demographic diversity in Canadian politics.

Velma Morgan is the Chair of Operation Black Vote Canada. In addition to her extensive involvement in community organizations, she has more than a decade of experience as a leader in provincial policymaking. 

Operation Black Vote Canada (OBVC) is a grassroots, non-profit organization that educates and advocates for Black Canadians’ engagement in politics. Since its inception in 2004, OBVC has educated, motivated, and advocated for Black Canadians’ participation in Canada’s government, agencies, boards, commissions, civil service, and political processes at all levels. This work has included training more than 100 Black Canadians for public office. 

Team Members

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is assistant professor in the Department of History and Classical Studies at McGill University and an expert on the history of post-Reconstruction United States, with a specialization in the African American experience.

Nana aba Duncan is Carty Chair in Journalism, Diversity and Inclusion Studies, and associate professor at Carleton University. She is an award-winning journalist and founder of Media Girlfriends.

Wisdom Tettey is the principal of the University of Toronto Scarborough and a leading scholar on civic engagement, media and the African diaspora. He has been an advisor to various international organizations and is on the board of CivicAction.

Research Assistants

Jonas Freeman, Harvard University

Taryn Rerrie, Carleton University


We acknowledge the financial support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through a Partnership Engage Grant and additional funding provided by Carleton University and the Canada Research Chairs program.