About us

Durham Region Association of Black Professionals & Entrepreneurs


Durham region has one of the largest and fastest growing black communities in Canada. As a result, businesses have sprung up to meet the specific community needs.
DRABPE seeks to provide connections and support to such businesses by giving them access to our network of businesses and professionals.



Give black professionals and entrepreneurs, within Durham, a forum to network with other entrepreneurs and professionals with the goal of mutual support, encouragement and resources sharing.


Provide a platform to share information with other entrepreneurs and professionals and to have discussions on current business topics of mutual interest to members.


Provide a forum, resources, education and solutions for the Black business community, including development of basic finance and accounting, marketing, and customer service skills.


Raise the profile of black business through inclusion in trade fairs and symposiums.


Raise the expectations for black businesses ensuring that they always remain of high quality. This will be facilitated by identifying standards of best practice and encouraging and assisting members in implementation ofto implement these practices.


Provide mentorship to young entrepreneurs and professionals.


Make presentations in colleges and high schools to raise awareness among black students of professional and business opportunities.

Meet our Team

Dane Lawrence
Dane Lawrence President
Frederica Black
Frederica Black Vice-President
Silvan Murray
Silvan Murray Treasurer
Tennille Spencer
Tennille Spencer General Manager

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.