Executive DirectorColin 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. Connect with Colin on LinkedIn or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Operations ManagerJoe is an event management professional who has been committed to work for the non-profit sector, and the LGBT community in particular, for more than ten years. She has managed partnerships and events for the Unison Festival and Inside Out: The Ottawa LGBT Film Festival, as well as for the Canadian Museum of Nature, Recovery Day Ottawa, and others. She has delivered conference presentations and contributed to panel discussions on leadership development among LGBT Youth through traditional community organizing. As Operations Manager, Joe works collaboratively with Pride at Work staff, members, and community partners to execute events that authentically enhance and improve the working lives of both LGBT individuals and their colleagues alike. Email Joe at email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marketing and Business Development CoordinatorShara is an experienced marketing professional with a passion for social justice. She attended University of San Francisco’s International Studies Master's program where she dissected constitutions, policies, and the accompanying human rights violations of several governments. Shara has previous experience with a social justice NGO, Global Exchange, in San Francisco and she was a volunteer at Gender Odyssey Seattle, WA where she taught yoga to transgender children and youth. As our Marketing and Business Development Coordinator, Shara is committed to the strategy and execution of connecting businesses and communities with resources related to the mission of Pride at Work Canada. Connect with Shara on LinkedIn or email her at email@example.com.
Prairies Regional LeadInez Ashworth is a Team Lead for Diversity & Inclusion at Husky Energy where she has worked for the past 6 years. She is extremely, passionate, dedicated and approachable with a great commitment to anything she sets out to do. Inez moved to Canada from the UK and quickly adapted to a new environment. She was promoted back into a leadership position within 12 months. Inez always leads by example and makes time to help others. She was instrumental in the launch of their LGBTA Network which is proving to be a huge success and is going to bring more diversity and inclusion to the company.
Atlantic Regional LeadJoseph believes that diversity is a life-long learning process, and he is passionate about ally building, with the goal of equity for all. Previous to Pride at Work Canada, he has held several volunteer positions within the Government of Nova Scotia and has facilitated Diversity and LGBT learning for employees. His work experience revolves around conflict resolution. He strives to connect allies and the LGBT community. Connect with Joseph on LinkedIn or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quebec Regional LeadMathieu Desjardins has been working in the field of information management and compliance for nearly a decade. He holds a BA in history from the Université du Québec à Montréal and a certificate in records management from the same institution. He has worked in the health sector and in the private sector in an accounting firm and is currently working for the Business Development Bank of Canada. He has been an active member of Pride at Work Canada for many years and has participated in organizing a multitude of events and initiatives. He is currently a member of BDC's LGBT Support Group, which supports the National Diversity Committee. He has also coached people with autism and developmental disorders and has assisted students with disabilities during his university studies.
Atlantic Regional LeadChris is a proud Newfoundlander, born and raised in St John's. His family operated a small business, which they sold to A. Harvey & Co. Ltd a short time after he completed his undergraduate business degree at Memorial University. Currently he is the General Manager of Harvey's Oil Ltd., a Suncor partnership that sells and distributes petroleum products throughout Newfoundland. Chris is a champion of health & safety in the workplace, and recently received an award presented by the NL Occupational Health and Safety Organization to honour his commitment to his co-workers and their health & safety. Chris volunteers with the Boys and Girls Club of St John’s, and currently serves as the President. Under Chris’ leadership the two clubs have grown to offer an open and inclusive environment, engaging nearly 800 youth.
TreasurerTracey is passionate about creating workplace change so everyone can be their authentic self at work. As Treasurer of Pride at Work Canada, Tracey is responsible for overseeing all financial matters of Pride at Work Canada, including development and management of budgets and financial reporting to the Board of Directors. Tracey is a lawyer and chartered accountant who is currently self-employed as a tax and financial consultant, working primarily with owner managed businesses and businesses in the real estate sector. In addition to her consulting practice, Tracey works in real estate as an owner and operator of vacation rentals. Tracey has 20 years of practice experience, formerly as an associate of KPMG Law, a tax and immigration law firm affiliated with KPMG and as Director of Taxation for a local Vancouver real estate company. Tracey previously sat on the board of the Mole Hill Community Housing Society as a member of their finance committee and has been volunteering with Seniors’ tax clinics since 1998. In her spare time, Tracey loves boating and fishing and loves to travels whenever possible.
Quebec Regional LeadGoing beyond networking is Ann’s personal goal at Pride at Work. Going beyond talking and generating actions for the Québec Region is Ann’s mission as one of Pride at Work Canada’s Quebec Regional Leads. Ann received a master’s degree from Sherbrooke University in Manager Information System. Ann has been working for Accenture, a global consulting firm, for over 16 years where she currently oversees IT Delivery for local clients. Ann is also the Canadian co-lead of the Pride at Accenture Employee Resource Group for LGBTA employees. Email Ann at email@example.com.
Ontario Regional Lead & Chair of the Marketing Committee
As an accomplished marketer and business developer, Madelaine has over 10 years experience in marketing and communication with special attention to optimizing and growing revenue opportunities. She has worked various organizations and their target audiences including Canadian news media organizations (Toronto Star, Postmedia, Metroland Media), a national think tank (C.D. Howe Institute) and a global management consulting firm (Great Place to Work). She has also provided product and project development services for various start-ups and SMEs managing her own consulting agency. As a part of Pride at Work Canada’s Board, Madelaine leads the Marketing Committee and has recently signed off on the organization’s first ever consumer marketing campaign to generate demand for PaWC’s services. The Marketing Committee also contributes to strategy and execution for content marketing, sponsorships, partnerships and other projects as needed. On the weekends, you can most likely find Madelaine with her nose in a book, watching political commentaries or enjoying nature with her dogs.
SecretaryJapneet is passionate about diversity and inclusion, and is looking to use her role with Pride at Work Canada to ensure workplaces across Canada welcome and celebrate LGBTQ individuals. On the Board of Directors, she has the role of Secretary and is an active member of the Women's Committee. Japneet currently works at TD Bank as a Manager of Strategic Innovation in their Wealth Management group. Prior to this role she spent 4 years at BMO Wealth Management in various roles, and was the President of Start Proud (formerly Out On Bay Street). Connect with Japneet on LinkedIn.
Ontario Regional Lead & Chair of the Women's CommitteeLenore is an experienced business professional with a passion for finding opportunities for social change within the corporate world. As Chair of the Women’s Committee, Lenore oversees, and continues to grow, a national LGBT women’s networking program that currently operates in eight cities across Canada. Lenore is a Senior Manager at Deloitte Canada, focused on Accessibility. She holds a degree in Communications from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. Lenore has spent over ten years as a volunteer at the board level in the diversity and inclusion space at organizations including Pride Toronto, Community One Foundation, Springtide Resources and Nexus Consulting. Connect with Lenore on LinkedIn or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prairies Regional LeadCharles strives to bring his whole self to everything he does and knows that wasn’t always a safe option, but he works to make sure it always will be going forward. As a Director on the Board and one of the Prairies Regional Leads, Charles is working to help raise the profile of Pride at Work Canada in Calgary and promote diversity and inclusion within the Calgary business community. Charles is an Environmental Planner and Business Lead working for Stantec Consulting in their Environmental Services division in Calgary, AB. Originally from the east coast, Charles obtained his Undergraduate Degree at Queen’s University and his Master’s at Dalhousie. Charles is a professional biologist and enjoys the combination of business and biology that comes with environmental consulting. Connect with Charles on LinkedIn.
Director of National StrategyKimberley Messer is a member of IBM’s Global Diversity Business Development organization, focused on Workforce Diversity & LGBT markets in the United States and Canada. As a thought leader in diversity and talent management, Kimberley's team advises customers on how to leverage workforce diversity and human capital to improve workforce effectiveness, foster collaboration and stimulate innovation. In addition to working with IBM's clients on developing effective inclusion strategies, she is also responsible for IBM's strategic partnerships with LGBT+ community organizations across North America. In her 17th year with IBM, Kimberley held various software development and management positions at the IBM Toronto Software Lab before moving into her current role. Kimberley is a recognized senior leader, with a strong history of supporting LGBT and diversity initiatives, She currently serves on Out & Equal’s Global Advisory Council, was a member of Pride at Work Canada’s National Women’s Committee, and served as the chair of IBM Canada’s LGBT business resource group from 2011-2017.
BC Regional LeadSheila Mitchell BC Regional Lead Sheila believes that an inclusive, culturally safe work environment plays a key role in employee and employer success. In her role as a Recruitment Marketing Strategist with the BC Public Service, Sheila works to promote and build a diverse public service work force for all British Columbians. As one of the BC Regional Leads for Pride at Work Canada, Sheila organized the first Victoria breakfast as part of the LGBT Women’s Networking Breakfasts and is looking forward to launching additional events in the near future. No matter the task, Sheila works to promote the values and objectives of Pride at Work Canada in all her endeavours. Connect with Sheila on LinkedIn or email her at email@example.com.
ChairAnthony is a dedicated finance and strategy professional who is passionate about improving the climate of diversity and inclusiveness in Canada. As the Chair of the Board of Directors, Anthony is responsible for overseeing the strategic direction of Pride at Work Canada and plays a key role in the organization’s growth and brand development. With almost 20 years of experience in financial services, Anthony has proven leadership in Mergers & Acquisitions, Corporate Strategy and Financial Planning & Analysis; with a proven track record for superior financial stewardship, focusing on strategic alignment, governance and transparency. Anthony is a CPA (CMA) and holds an MBA. Anthony has served on the Pride at Work Canada Board for four years and has held the previous positions of Treasurer as well as Vice-Chair. He is an advocate for the LGTBQ+ community and promotes diversity and inclusion in the workplace and within our broader community. He also served as a past board member of The 519 Church Street Community Centre, Community One Foundation, Community Outreach Programs in Addictions and is a patron to several not for profit organizations. He was born and raised in Toronto, where he and his partner call home.
BC Regional LeadAs an ally and older brother of a member of the LGBTQ+ community, Jonathan hopes to educate and help make the workplace a more open and accepting environment for all members of the community. Jonathan currently serves as one of the BC Regional Leads. Born and raised in Atlantic Canada, Jonathan split his time between Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. Graduating from Saint Mary's University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2012, he has worked in the commercial banking industry ever since. Jonathan moved to BC in 2015 and has represented BC as the lead for BMO's Pride Enterprises Resource Group for the past two years, helping to organize their Vancouver Pride Parade entry, pride Run/Walk and provincial International Day of Pink initiatives. Email Jonathan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vice ChairPeter Sullivan is a partner in Cassels Brock’s Financial Services Group. His practice focuses primarily on financing transactions, acting for both lenders and borrowers involved in domestic and cross-border financing transactions and corporate reorganizations. Peter also has considerable experience in negotiating and documenting syndicated loans, project financings, acquisition financings, asset-based financings, securitizations and subordinated debt arrangements. Peter is a member of the Canadian Bar Association, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society and the American Bar Association. Peter holds a Bachelor of Arts from St. Thomas University and obtained his LL.B. from Dalhousie University, where he was elected the “President for Life” of his 2004 law school graduating class. He was a part-time faculty member at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University (2007–2015) and was a Legal Board Member and Chair of the Dalhousie Legal Aid Board of Trustees (2009–2011). Peter was also a member of the board of directors for the 2015 Pride and Remembrance Run and is currently serving as the Vice-Chair of Pride at Work Canada. Connect with Peter on LinkedIn.
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