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BLSA Canada’s Conference is Heading to Vancouver, BC!

Guest contribution by Kendra Wilson

Founded in 1991, BLSA Canada is a national student-run, non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting and enhancing academic and professional opportunities for Black law students. In so doing, we welcome allies from all backgrounds who seek to make a meaningful contribution to social justice initiatives. We aim to promote diversity and inclusion in Canadian law schools, and foster a more culturally-competent legal profession and representative legal community.

“BLSA Canada is about celebration, community-building, and support. The organization is growing and chapters across the country are leading change at their respective schools. I am grateful to be connected with this organization and the people that make it what it is.”
Kerry-Ann Cornwall, National President

Each year we host our annual conference, which celebrates the collaboration and achievements of Black lawyers and law students across Canada.

“Being able to share a memorable moment and meet genuine people from all around Canada is an experience that I would always recommend to anyone who is part of the large family of BLSA. It is also a way for the francophone community to be extended throughout the country in order to be fully integrated and heard.”
Edynne Grand-Pierre, National Francophone Director

We encourage all Black law students, Black lawyers, Black pre-law students, employers, and allies to consider attending the BLSA Conference. This year’s conference will be held in Vancouver, BC from Thursday, February 17th, 2022 to Sunday, February 20th 2022. Vancouver is home to some of Canada’s most amazing scenery, boasting breathtaking mountains and ocean views. With the city’s mild climate, we look forward to enjoying the beautiful nature that Western Canada has to offer. We cannot wait to celebrate the achievements of our community in a city that has so much to offer!

“I’ve attended the BLSA Canada Conference for 3 years in a row (shoutout to combined 4-year programs!) and I’ve loved every single one of them. The ability to connect with Black law students across the country and network with Black lawyers throughout the profession is what I love the most! It’s an experience you don’t want to miss.”
Natasha Daley, National Chair

Our conference provides both current and prospective law students with the chance to connect with other legal professionals across the country. This event includes career panels, community conversations, and networking opportunities over a three-day period. We hope to see you there!

“My first conference was in Quebec, prior to COVID. I had the time of my life. I am honoured to chair the upcoming 31st Annual Conference. The theme for our 31st conference is “In Excellence, We Stand; In Power, We Rise.” I am really looking forward to seeing you all. BLSA’s Annual Conference is a great way to connect with diverse individuals across the country, see yourself reflected, and experience both personal and professional developments. I encourage you to attend!”
Kendra Wilson, National Conference Chair

Seeing the resilience of the conference over the years has been amazing. I’ve been able to celebrate both in-person and virtually, and I can’t wait to see how we will continue the tradition this year! I met some of my closest connections at Conference, which have led to friendships and important professional opportunities, such as working to improve the representation of Black francophone law students across Canada. Each year since, we have been able to see important improvements in our action areas, both within BLSA Canada and across french law schools. Can’t wait to be back and I can’t wait to welcome you all!
Keihgan Blackmore, National Francophone Representative

For more information, please contact this year’s National Conference Chair Kendra Wilson at Please feel free to visit and follow us on social media:

Please see the BLSA's National Conference Media Alert here:


The 31st Annual Black Law Students’ Association of Canada’s

National Conference will be heading to Vancouver, BC in February 2022

The Black Law Students’ Association of Canada (BLSA Canada) will be hosting its Annual National Conference in February 2022 in Vancouver, British Columbia! The National Conference is an opportunity for Black law students from across the country to come together for networking, professional development, and uplifting. The conference features panels dedicated to different practice areas in the legal field, different career opportunities that Black law students can pursue with their JD, and the experience of being a Black lawyer in Canada. The Conference features our much-anticipated Career Fair, featuring employers from all areas of private practice, government, and more. Finally, we cap off the Conference with our Gala dinner, which features performances and awards that celebrate Black leaders in the legal community, students, and BLSA Chapters at the various law schools in Canada.

BLSA Canada is a Black student-led organization whose mandate is to advocate for Black law students and pre-law students across the country. We work to develop mentorship opportunities, build community with Black law students and lawyers alike, enhance professional development, and increase the number of Black law students and Black lawyers in the profession.

The Conference will be hosted at The Westin Bayshore at 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4 from Thursday, February 17,th 2022 to Sunday February 20th, 2022.

Registration for the 2022 BLSA Canada Conference starts now:

We encourage all Black law students, Black lawyers, Black pre-law students, and employers to consider attending the BLSA Conference.

For more information, please contact Kendra Wilson at For any and all media comments, please contact Kendra Wilson at or Mirabelle Harris-Eze at Please feel free to visit and follow us on social media:


La 31e édition de l'Association des étudiants noirs en droit du Canada

La conférence nationale se rendra à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique, en février 2022

L'Association des étudiants noirs en droit du Canada (AÉND Canada) tiendra sa conférence nationale annuelle en février 2022 à Vancouver, en Colombie-Britannique! La conférence nationale est une occasion pour les étudiant(e)s en droit noir(e)s de tout le pays de se réunir pour le réseautage, le développement professionnel et le soutien. La conférence présente des panels consacrés à différents domaines de pratique, à différentes opportunités de carrière et à l’exploration de l'expérience d'être un (e) avocat(e) noir(e) au Canada. La conférence présente notre salon des carrières très attendu, mettant en vedette des employeurs de tous les domaines de la pratique privée, du gouvernement et plus encore. Enfin, nous clôturons la conférence avec notre dîner de gala, qui présente des performances et des prix qui célèbrent les leaders noirs de la communauté juridique, les étudiants et les sections de l’AÉND Canada dans les différentes facultés de droit du Canada.

AÉND Canada est une organisation dirigée par des étudiant(e)s noir(e)s dont le mandat est de défendre les étudiant(e)s en droit et les étudiant(e)s en pré-droit noirs à travers le pays. Nous travaillons à développer des opportunités de mentorat, à créer une communauté avec les étudiant(e)s en droit et les avocat(e)s noir(e)s, à améliorer le développement professionnel et à augmenter le nombre d'étudiant(e)s en droit et d'avocat(e)s noirs dans la profession.

La Conférence aura lieu au Westin Bayshore, 1601 Bayshore Drive, Vancouver, BC V6G 2V4, du jeudi 17 février 2022 au dimanche 20 février 2022.

L'inscription à la conférence AÉND Canada 2022 commence maintenant!:

Nous encourageons tous les étudiant(e)s noir(e)s en droit, les avocat(e)s noirs, les étudiant(e)s noirs en pré-droit et les employeurs à envisager de participer à la Conférence AÉND.

Pour plus d'informations, veuillez contacter Kendra Wilson à Pour tout commentaire concernant les publications, veuillez contacter Kendra Wilson à ou Mirabelle Harris-Eze à N'hésitez pas à nous rendre visite et à nous suivre sur les réseaux sociaux :

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