Colin is committed to improving the climate of inclusiveness in Canadian workplaces and bringing down barriers to employment for LGBT people. As Executive Director he maintains operational accountability for the delivery of the organization’s national strategy, programs, and initiatives. Previous to Pride at Work Canada he has held positions at the Student Association of George Brown College, The 519 Church Street Community Centre, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Inside Out LGBT Film and Video Festival where he has led or supported work related to volunteer management, community and partner stewardship, corporate sponsorships, employee engagement programs, staff training and education.
Why Colin does it:
“Because we need to work together as a community to build a brighter future. For each of us who breaks a barrier or cracks a ceiling there's someone else who needs a helping hand.”
Quebec Program Agent
Claire strives to fight the discrimination and prejudice that affect LGBT communities in everything she commits to. She is particularly invested in the visibility and empowerment of lesbian women, who often experience a discrimination on multiple grounds. As Quebec Programming Assistant for Pride at Work Canada, she ensures the application of the organization’s national strategy in the province of Quebec and the effective communication of French-language content. Claire has thrived in the fields of communications and journalism. She also works as a communications specialist for CGI and as chief editor for Lez Spread the Word in Montreal. She also facilitates workshops for GRIS Montréal, and is a member of their funding committee, Desorientation.
Why Claire does it:
“Because there is so much more about one’s identity than their sexual orientation. No one should be discriminated against or feel uncomfortable with who they are because of who they love.”
Program CoordinatorJacq Hixson-Vulpe brings over 15 years of community, social justice, and labor activism to the position that coordinates Pride at Work Canada’s LGBT Workplace Inclusion Index program. As an out, queer, and trans youth Jacq worked with Teens Educating and Confronting Homophobia (TEACH) and Youthline; this evolved into working with human rights offices, gender based advocacy groups, and unions in post-secondary education settings. Additional experience with policy and advocacy work is also reflected in Jacq’s other position working with The 519 as a Specialist in the Education and Training Department. Jacq is the author of The 519’s “Creating Authentic Spaces: A Gender Identity and Gender Expression Toolkit” and is completing a Ph.D. at York University. Email Jacq at email@example.com.
ChairAnthony Partipilo is an experienced Finance and Strategy professional with over 15 years of Financial Services experience within three of Canada’s largest financial institutions. He is currently the Senior Director, Strategic Planning & Analysis for CIBC. His past experience includes Strategy, Corporate Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Decision Support, Financial reporting, Planning and Analysis. He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA), and holds an MBA from Wilfrid Laurier University. Anthony speaks fluent French, Italian and Spanish and is an avid traveler.
SecretaryPeter in as Associate with Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP in Toronto. He is the Sponsorship Director on the Board of Directors for the 2015 (20th anniversary) Pride Run being held in June. He was also active on the Board of Trustees for the Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic in Halifax, NS for three years before moving to Toronto in 2011. In addition to this noted board experience, he is also very active in diversity and inclusion initiatives within and outside his firm. He is an original member of Cassels Brock’s Diversity Committee and is leading the charge on the creation of Employee Resource Groups at the firm. He also represents the firm at various meetings of Bay Street’s Law Firm Diversity and Inclusion Network.
Director of Regional StrategyTwo years after joining the Canadian Forces, Martine was discharged for homosexuality. Despite this experience of discrimination, she managed to move forward in her career to become Director of the Portage Rehabilitation Centre and later worked for the Just for Laughs Festival. In 1999, Martine joined IBM, where she discovered an enterprise that was proactive and sophisticated in embracing diversity. She launched the Blue Q Network for LGBT employees in New Brunswick that same year and the Nuance program in Quebec when she returned to Montreal. She currently represents the region of Quebec for Pride at Work Canada. Martine was recently elected President of Foundation Emergence, an organization that educates on respect and understanding for LGBT employees at work.
Atlantic Regional LeadJeremy works in Operations at TD Bank in Halifax where he started his career 3 years ago. Prior to joining TD, Jeremy completed his undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS where he studied German Literature. In addition to this, he worked at Gap for 10 years in Halifax and Toronto in merchandising. Jeremy was actively involved in DalOUT, Dalhousie’s LGBT student group which helped prepare him for the role of Atlantic LGBT Regional Lead at TD, requiring him to be active and engaged at the National and Regional levels. Outside of work, Jeremy and his husband are in the process of starting a family.
Quebec Regional LeadEmilie is currently a lawyer at Slogar Juriconseils. She practices mainly in civil, commercial and municipal litigation. Before she became a director of Pride at Work Canada and the representative of the Quebec region, Emilie was first and foremost an active volunteer for the organization. She was in charge of communications and meetings of the Quebec’s members.
Quebec Regional LeadA natural leader and team builder, Normand St-Gelais has a passion for motivating people into giving their best. He has been employed by Sodexofor the past 23 year and now acts as Director of Talent Acquisition, Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives for Canada. Over the years, Normand developed and lead Sodexo’s Canadian Mentoring program and the Canadian Rising Star program. He founded and co-lead the Sodexo Pride Canada Employee Business resource group and co-lead the Global Sodexo Pride Worldwide Employee Business Resource group. He is also a member of Sodexo’s Women Business Resource Group and the Aboriginal Employee Business Resource Group. Openly gay, Normand has always been on the lookout for the best practices in the area of diversity and inclusion as he strongly feels that organisations that take the time to think about these important issues are more successful than others. Normand is in charge of the activities related to the five priority groups identified by Sodexo in the area of diversity and inclusion: women, intergeneration, people with disabilities, employees with diverse ethnic origins and employees with other sexual orientation. He recently played a leading role in the creation of the Sodexo Council for Diversity and Inclusion in order to look at the best practices put in place in other countries to better orient Sodexo Canada in developing its own policies. “We are already seeing an overall improvement in employee retention and satisfaction. It also significantly helps me in my objective to recruit the best candidates for the organisation,” states Normand. A dedicated employee who inspires people around him, he was recognised in 2009 when he received the Sodexo Canada Silver Award for Spirit of Progress. He then received the 2010 Sodexo North America Platinum Award for Spirit of Progress and the 2011 Sodexo Canada Gold Award for Team Spirit.
Ontario Regional LeadLenore’s involvement with the LGBT community – both in the non-profit and for-profit sectors – goes back many years. Having served as Board Chair of both Pride Toronto, and the Community One Foundation, she has a great deal of experience with board governance, strategy and operations. As the current National Chair of Deloitte’s LGBT Employee Resource Group (LEAD – LGBT Employees at Deloitte), she has a vested interest in both the success of Pride at Work Canada, and in the betterment of the professional lives of LGBT employees within both Deloitte, and corporate Canada. Professionally she has spent the last 15 years in management consulting and human resources – giving me a wide range of experience in business and people management. Lenore’s current role as an HR Policy Advisor at Deloitte has given her a strong understanding of the human resource function in a large organization. She is also responsible for overseeing Deloitte’s initiatives and compliance related to the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. She is excited by the prospect of building on her past, and current, experiences, to work with Pride at Work Canada to foster a climate of inclusiveness for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans-identified (LGBT) employees in the Ontario, and Canadian, workplace.
Prairie Region LeadCharles Macmichael is an Environmental Planner and Business Lead working for Stantec Consulting in their Environmental Services division in Calgary, AB. He has always valued and understood the importance of a welcoming and inclusive space, not only in one’s private but also professional life. He believes that without this one cannot reach their full potential. Charles has served on the board of the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society, Nova Scotia chapter and as both a Director and the President of the Board for the Alberta Society of Professional Biologist. While involved on both these boards Charles and his peers were able to successfully secure funding to hire staff, manage a growing membership, develop additional outreach initiatives and move to a governance model. Originally from the east coast, Charles obtained his Undergraduate Degree at Queen’s and his Masters at Dalhousie. Charles is a Professional Biologist and enjoys the combination of business and biology that comes with environmental consulting. He is collaborative in spirit and excels at networking and bringing enthusiasm to all his pursuits. Charles looks forward to the opportunity to extend the reach of Pride at Work Canada in the Prairie Region.
Prairie Region LeadChris’ background and passion is the non-profit sector. He has worked in progressively senior roles in fundraising, marketing and communications for organizations including AIDS Calgary, The Calgary Foundation and the MS Society of Canada. After a short break in the corporate sector, Chris has returned to his non-profit roots and is currently consulting for a number of local, provincial and national organizations in the areas of fund development, communications, volunteer management and strategic planning. When not working, he is often lost in the woods, be it on a bike, a pair of skis, or sometimes neither.
British Columbia Regional LeadKristian is the Director of Education Partnerships with Learnkit, a digital learning production agency based out of Vancouver, BC. Previous to his move to the West coast, Kristian held a variety of Human Resources and Business Development roles in Toronto with organizations including: Grant Thornton LLP, Robert Half International, Vale Inco, Rotman Commerce at the University of Toronto and Achievers. Kristian holds a degree in Psychology which he earned through a joint partnership between Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario and Universite Francois Rabelais in Tours, France as well as a certificate in Human Resources Management from Seneca College in Toronto, Ontario
TreasurerTracey Fudge is a lawyer and chartered accountant. She received her CA designation in 2000 and was called to the BC bar in 2014. Tracey is currently an associate of KPMG Law, a tax and immigration law firm affiliated with KPMG, in Vancouver working in the area of taxation. She has extensive experience in the real estate sector and her current focus is in the KPMG Enterprise, owner managed business area. Tracey has worked with KPMG and KPMG Law since the beginning of 1998 with the exception of holding an industry position as director of taxation for a local private company, Shato Holdings, which operated in the real estate sector and in the food services industry. Tracey previously sat on the board of the Mole Hill Community Housing Society as a member of their finance committee from 2005 to 2007. Tracey is involved with workplace diversity at KPMG for their GLBT members and is looking to join the LOUD Business Association in Vancouver. Tracey has also been volunteering with Seniors’ tax clinics since 1998. In her spare time, Tracey loves boating and fishing. She also loves to travel and is happy to be clearing her bucket list.
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