The vision is that the vast body of highly educated blacks in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) would develop a stealth focus on transforming the GTA into a bastion for creativity and innovation. To inspire blacks to adopt the “Canadian Black Empowerment Manifesto” (CBEM) underpinned by 15 Innovative Suggestions to foster a “new”Spiritual, Cultural, Civilization, and Industrial Mindset.”


“Solving today’s new problems requires a change in mindset. The abundance that many in the first world enjoy today is the triumph of industrialization.”

To inspire the academics, scholars, doctors, scientists, professors, researchers, engineers, architects, educators, intellects, philosophers, writers, politicians, community advocates, financiers, entrepreneurs, students, and clerics to shift away from a “rigid mindset,” to a “flexible mindset.To move away from their comfort zones and examine the potency of a growth, entrepreneur, industry, wealth creation, family loyalty, generational, community, and political and constitutional mindset, in particular, to an “industrial mindset.”A change in mindset is similar to a shift in worldview. Mindset can transform families, communities, nations, the world, and ourselves. Carol S. Dweck (Author)( mindset changes are necessary as the world enters the transformational Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) or Industry 4.0. ( (


The objective is to inspire individuals, communities, corporations, and governments to better understand the inherent benefits of an equitable society. The attainment of which is possible only with the full participation of every citizen, imbued with the opportunity to achieve their highest growth potential. The focus of “A Canadian Black Empowerment Manifesto (CBEM)” is to facilitate the inclusion, growth, and empowerment of people of colour, particularly Blacks and Indigenous peoples who have faced centuries of disfranchisement.


(Excerpted from A Canadian Black Empowerment Manifesto (CBEM) Version 2.0. Volume 001. Revision 002, pp. 87-88)

Black empowerment needs a clear (universal) definition. Figure 11 depicts the six criteria that constitute the Black empowerment vision. Gibbs, Errol A, Project Management and Business Process Reengineering Analyst, suggests the following six criteria to define Black empowerment. In addition, it depicts the 15 Innovative Strategies that will foster significant discussions among community leaders to establish a universal definition and plan moving forward. Following is a brief description of each of the six criteria:


Figure 11.


Black empowerment needs a clear (universal) definition. Figure 11 depicts the Six Black Empowerment Vision Criteria (SBEVC) suggested by Gibbs, Errol A., Project Management and Business Process Reengineering Analyst. Underpinned by the SBEVC, the 15 Innovative Strategies will foster significant discussions among community leaders to establish the sic criteria as a universal definition to plan and moving forward. Following is a brief description of each of the six criteria:


  1. HOLISTIC defines the most critical criterion to accomplish a balance in achieving Black empowerment. The manifesto puts forward 15 Innovative Strategies based on significant observations (analytical and empirical) and discussions among individuals. Notwithstanding, this criterion is subject to more extensive talks and dialogues about the empowerment categories that constitute the six holistic criteria.
  2. PERMANENT defines being a long and lasting state such as a museum or art center. Permanent does not mean indefinite, but permanent helps give meaning and purpose to the duration of existence.
  3. MACRO-LEVEL defines the scope or size of an endeavour, such as a major construction project (a residential sub-division or construction project) instead of building a house. A macro-level project could involve several integrated micro-level projects.
  4. JOB-CREATION, in the simplest of terms, means jobs created by an endeavour. However, the number of jobs created would be pre-determined and maximized based on the scope of the endeavour.
  5. WEALTH CREATION defines the amount of profit earned after project and business expenses (inclusive), allowing the owners to accumulate significant Return-On-Investment (ROI). They could make substantial investments in other endeavours to create wealth, build enterprises, employ personnel, and pursue philanthropic interests.
  6. DIGITAL AND PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE means operating businesses and offices fully equipped with all digital tools to be efficient and effective in the digital age. Moreover, it also refers to having access to adequate office space, equipment, buildings, vehicles, and storage (digital and ready access physical storage) for document archives to function as a well-managed enterprise.

The brief definition of the six criteria above should start the dialogue for a critical understanding of the Black empowerment vision. In collaboration with the applicable stakeholders, the (15 – 20) Advisory Council will define the criteria for each program, project, and business undertaking, likewise, weighted differently based on factors such as length of the engagement timeline, budgets, and resources. Working on the basis of measurable criteria is fundamental to project and business success. Furthermore, below are ten additional criteria upon which to predicate success of any program, project, and business undertaking:

September 2021