Acknowledge accomplished Black professionals and organizations with Obsidi by BPTN Awards

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" Obsidi by BPTN Awards, presented by BMO, is a game-changing movement. Get ready to be inspired and amazed by all the exceptional achievements taking place within our global Black tech ecosystem. We know that Black professionals are crushing it in their careers but now we’re providing them a platform to cement their legacies. Are you down to make history? Submit your Black Excellence nominations now! "

Lekan Olawoye, CEO & Founder, Black Professionals in Tech Network (BPTN)

"We are honoured to partner with BPTN to recognize Black professionals in technology. The best teams are diverse teams, and BMO is committed to celebrating top talent and their achievements in the industry. These awards are the first of their kind, and we're thrilled to raise the bar for future generations to come."

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

About Obsidi By BPTN Awards, presented by BMO

We’re bringing the best and brightest minds in the industry together to celebrate Black Excellence. This is a time to uplift, connect, and empower one another.

Obsidi By BPTN Awards, presented by BMO, is an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of stakeholders and individuals who continue to fortify the global Black tech ecosystem through innovation and grit. Our aim is to not only acknowledge the accomplished Black professionals and organizations making a tangible difference in the industry but equally illustrate how the Black professional community continues to be a major disruptive force for innovation in the global tech industry.

Q. What is the award description?

This award will recognize a Black professional executive who has shaped the tech industry with their innovative thinking in North America. The award recipients are valued individuals for their vital role in driving leadership and innovation. In addition to a dedication to fostering collaboration within their organization.

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • Resume (PDF only, 2 pages max, must be up-to-date)
  • 1 Executive Reference (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • A short bio with your biggest accomplishments of the year in your field (400-450 words)
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title
  • Must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Must be residing in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the nominee
  • Valid contact email of the nominee
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What is the award description?

This award will recognize a Black Employee Resource Group (ERG) that has a proven track record of success and can show impact created for Black professionals, based in North America. The awards nominee must be a member of the ERG with an employer. Testimonials, past achievements, and ongoing projects can all be included in this submission.

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • Reference from HR or ERG leader (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • 1 Executive Reference or Executive Sponsor (must be a senior-level employee who can attest to your skillset and we’ll need their name and email)
  • A short bio with your biggest accomplishments of the year in your field (400-450 words, must speak talk about ERG involvement)
  • The initiative must have taken place within the calendar year prior to the close of nominations
  • The resource group must be able to demonstrate the impact of their initiative.
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title
  • The ERG representative must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Company must be based in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the ERG
  • Valid contact email of the ERG lead at the organization
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What is the award description?

This award will recognize a Black professional who is innovative, creative thinking, and hard working in the marketing industry. Celebrate your hard work with this award recognizing data-driven excellence. *Please note this award is for individuals only, agency or project-specific nominations will not be considered.

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • Resume (PDF only, 2 pages max, must be up-to-date)
  • 1 Executive Reference (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • A short bio with your biggest accomplishments of the year in your field (400-450 words)
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title 
  • Must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Must be residing in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email 
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the nominee
  • Valid contact email of the nominee
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What is the award description?

This award will recognize a Black-led Venture Capital in North America whose unwavering commitment and exceptional realizations in venture capital investments over the past year have propelled their business into high growth, increased profits and innovative technological advancements. This award celebrates an unprecedented level of success worthy of recognition!

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • 1 Executive Reference (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • A short bio with your biggest accomplishments of the year in your field (400-450 words)
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title 
  • The official company representative must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Must be based in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email 
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the contact lead or company representative at the organization
  • Valid contact email of the lead or company representative 
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What is the award description?

This award will recognize a Black professional that is breaking into the sales industry. The award is open to professionals with less than 3 years of work experience who can demonstrate that they’ve achieved significant growth during their short time within the industry. 

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • Resume (PDF only, 2 pages max, must be up-to-date)
  • Must have less than 3 years of work experience
  • 1 Executive Reference (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • A short bio and share how you overcame challenges in your field this year. (400-450 words, please include examples)
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title 
  • Must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Must be residing in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email 
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the nominee
  • Valid contact email of the nominee
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What is the award description?

This award will recognize a Black professional that is breaking into the technology industry. The award is open to professionals with less than 3 years of work experience who can demonstrate that they’ve made significant professional strides during their short tenure within the tech industry. 

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • Resume (PDF only, 2 pages max, must be up-to-date)
  • Must have less than 3 years of work experience
  • 1 Executive Reference (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • A short bio and share how you overcame challenges in your field this year. (400-450 words, please include examples)
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title 
  • Must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Must be residing in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the nominee
  • Valid contact email of the nominee
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What is the award description?

  • This award recognizes a seasoned Black professional working within the vast fields of product innovation, management or development. For example, but not limited to software engineers, developers, and scrum masters. The product professional, stemming from varying areas of expertise within this sector, will be able to demonstrate a body of work that is game-changing and contributions which truly advance the industry forward.  

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • Resume (PDF only, 2 pages max, must be up-to-date)
  • 1 Executive Reference (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • A short bio with your biggest accomplishments of the year in your field (400-450 words)
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title 
  • Must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Must be residing in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email 
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the nominee
  • Valid contact email of the nominee
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What is the award description?

This award recognizes an experienced Black designer - from a wide range of design fields who is forward-thinking and strives for optimal results. The award recipient is selected in the varying areas of expertise within this sector, including but not limited to product design, web design, UI design, and graphic design, will be able to demonstrate a body of work that is aesthetically appealing, functional, smart and innovative.  

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • Resume (PDF only, 2 pages max, must be up-to-date)
  • 1 Executive Reference (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • A short bio with your biggest accomplishments of the year in your field (400-450 words)
  • Must highlight the  biggest accomplishments with their industry this year or portfolio (200-250 words)
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title 
  • Must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Must be residing in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email 
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the nominee
  • Valid contact email of the nominee
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What is the award description?

This award recognizes a seasoned Black professional within the tech industry who has made an outstanding contribution to the Black tech community and ecosystem. This award recipient's work illustrates a commitment to the Black tech community that has developed through years of engagement and supportive contributions.  

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • Resume (PDF only, 2 pages max, must be up-to-date)
  • 1 Executive Reference (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • A short bio with your biggest accomplishments of the year in your field (400-450 words)
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title 
  • Must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Must be residing in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email 
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the nominee
  • Valid contact email of the nominee
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What is the award description?

This award recognizes a seasoned Black entrepreneur who has started and developed a successful North American technology business or start-up in the past three years. The award recipient has positively impacted the technology industry and their contributions have pushed the boundaries in terms of innovative.

Q. What does a nominee need to provide if they are nominated for an award?

  • Resume (PDF only, 2 pages max, must be up-to-date)
  • 1 Executive Reference (must be a senior-level leader, doesn't have to be your direct manager, who can attest to your skillset via 400 words written testimonial. We’ll also need their name, business title and contact email.)
  • A short bio with your biggest accomplishments of the year in your field (400-450 words)
  • A High-Resolution Image
  • Company Name
  • Job Title 
  • Must be able to collect the award in Toronto on June 21, 2023 (Please note we’ll be covering travel expenses for our award winners)
  • Social Media accounts handles (if applicable)
  • Must be residing in North America
  • Your Full Name
  • Your Email 
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link)

Q. What does a nominator need to provide to submit a nomination?

  • Full name of the nominee
  • Valid contact email of the nominee
  • Company name of nominee
  • Obsidi member referral link (Add your personal member Obsidi link) 
It’s time to nominate a Black professional and organization who has been killing it this year and deserves some much earned recognition! They work hard, they play hard, and they're an inspiration to us all. So, let’s give them their flowers!

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Phase 1 - Call for Nominations

Nomination portal is officially open for nomination submissions in all award categories.

Key Dates

December 15, 2022 until January 20, 2023, 11:59 PM ET

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Phase 2 - Call for Nomination Closes

Nomination portal is officially closed for all nomination submissions in all award categories.

Key Date

January 20, 2023 11:59 PM ET

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Phase 3 - Nomination Evaluation & Voting Period

All award submissions provided by the nomination close date will evaluated by a judging panel. The judging panel are award committee members ranging from industry leaders and senior executives who hold a depth of experience in each nomination category.

Key Dates

January 21, 2023 until February 1, 2023, 11:59 PM ET

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Phase 4 - Winner Announcements

All winners will be announced in February 2023 but award recipients will receive their awards on June 21, 2022.

Key Date

February 15, 2023 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM ET

Nominations open from December 15th, 2022 - January 20th, 2023.

Winners will be announced by February 15, 2023.
Obsidi By BPTN Awards, presented by BMO, will be hosted on June 21, 2023.
There will be 10 awards given out at the Obsidi By BPTN Awards, presented by BMO.
Yes, you are able to submit more than one nomination for each category. However, repeat nomination for the same individuals or organizations submitted by the same person will be assessed as a duplicate nomination. These sorts of submissions will not be accounted into the evaluation process.
  1. To nominate a Black professional or organization, you must already be a member of Obsidi. Sign up today for free here.
  2. Fill out the nomination form and input your Obsidi referral link into the form.
  3. Hit submit.

 

Note: Need additional assistance to complete your nomination submission? Review our YouTube nomination submission tutorial: https://youtu.be/M2_mcXjKDY0.

It’s time to nominate a Black professional and organization who has been killing it this year and deserves some much-earned recognition! They work hard, they play hard, and they're an inspiration to us all. So let's give them their flowers!

  • Black professionals in tech and business who fit the categories listed.
  • Black Employee Resource Group (ERG)
  • Black Venture Capital Firm

Once you have received a nomination notice by email, please complete the following steps to proceed to the phase of the process.

  • Create a membership account on Obsidi.com. You will need to be a member of Obsidi to be eligible to receive the award. Sign up today for free here.
  • Fill out the nominee form and input your Obsidi referral link into the form field received by email.
  • Hit submit, and you’re good to go!
  • You will be contacted by email before the announcement if you are an award winner.
No, you can only win up to one award in the categories listed.

If you've been nominated for an award, you will receive an email following the submission. Then you must create an Obsidi member profile, complete the nomination form and also submit your Obsidi member referral link as part of your form submission. If you are successful, you will be contacted via email in February 2023.

Need additional help completing your Obsidi By BPTN Awards nomination acceptance form? Check out our YouTube tutorial now: https://youtu.be/Mqyl1kGP764.

No, at no point during the nomination or award process do we intend to share the name or contact details of the person who initially submitted a nomination form with the selected nominee ( e.g. person or organization chosen).

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