About us

Durham Region Association of Black Professionals & Entrepreneurs


The Durham Region Association of Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs (DRABPE) is located in Whitby, Ontario and affiliated with the Whitby Chamber of Commerce. Durham Region is home to one of the most vibrant and progressive Black communities in Canada.


DRABPE is focused on supporting this emerging community by helping Black-owned businesses in Durham gain access to the resources they need to thrive. We provide frequent networking opportunities to help our members get connected to local decision-makers, service providers and potential customers.

Benefits and Community Engagement


Provide a forum for Black professionals and entrepreneurs to expand their network, and share mutual support, encouragement and resources sharing.


Facilitate relevant discussions and forums related to business success and topics of interest to Black professionals and entrepreneurs.


Offer professional development opportunities and skills training, including finance, accounting, sales, marketing, and customer service.


Increase the of Black businesses through frequent participation in trade shows, symposiums, and other high-profile events.


Elevate the service standards of Black businesses through mentorship programs and exemplifying best practices.


Provide mentorship opportunities to young Black entrepreneurs and professionals.


Raise awareness among Black youth about business opportunities through presentations at schools and colleges.

Meet our Team



Dane Lawrence
Dane Lawrence President
Silvan Murray
Silvan Murray Treasurer
Tennille Spencer
Tennille Spencer General Manager
Trevin Noble
Trevin Noble Director
Marlon Shaw
Marlon Shaw Director
Susan Blake
Susan Blake Director
Brenton Alleyne
Brenton Alleyne
Carlene Honigan
Carlene Honigan

Durham Region Association of Black Professionals and Entrepreneurs

We are proud to acknowledge the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation which is covered under the Williams Treaties. We are situated on the Traditional Territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, which includes Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi.