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. 

Team Members

Wendell Nii Laryea Adjetey is assistant professor and William Dawson Chair 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

Britney Andrews, York University

Sarah Jakmiri, Carleton University

Chantel Jeremiah, Toronto Metropolitan University

Taryn Rerrie, Carleton University



Jonas Freeman, Harvard University


We acknowledge the financial support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through a Partnership Engage Grant and a Connection Grant. Additional funding has been provided by Carleton University, the University of Toronto Scarborough, and the Canada Research Chairs program.


Operation Black Vote Canada (OBVC) is a grassroots, non-profit organization that educates and advocates for Black Canadians’ engagement in politics.

The Samara Centre for Democracy is a non-partisan charity that produces ground-breaking research and dynamic events to advance a vibrant culture of civic engagement.