Staff & Board

STAFF

Colin Druhan

Executive Director

Colin is committed to improving the climate of inclusiveness in Canadian workplaces and bringing down barriers to employment for LGBTQ2+ people. As Executive Director he maintains operational accountability for the delivery of the organization’s national strategy, programs, and initiatives. He sits on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Toronto and on the National Advisory Committee for DiverseCity onBoard. Previous to Pride at Work Canada he held positions at the Student Association of George Brown CollegeThe 519, TIFF and the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film & Video Festival. Connect with Colin on LinkedIn or email him at colin.druhan@prideatwork.ca.

Jade Pichette

Manager of Programs

Jade is a diversity and inclusion educator with a background in social service provision. They hold a BSW and an MSW focused on anti-oppressive social work. As Pride at Work Canada’s Manager of Programs, Jade is committed to implementing engaging programs for our partners that envision a world where gender and sexual diversity are included and celebrated. Previous to Pride at Work Canada they have held positions at the Canadian Lesbian + Gay Archives, Kind Space, and as an independent educator. Jade's personal interests include interfaith engagement, history, and funky socks. Connect with Jade on LinkedIn or email them at jade.pichette@prideatwork.ca.

Shara Love

Marketing & Business Development Coordinator

Shara is an experienced marketing professional and a diversity & inclusion advocate. She holds a BA in Philosophy of Ethics, Politics, and Law and an MA in International Studies. As Pride at Work Canada's Marketing & Business Development Coordinator, Shara is committed to the strategy and execution of connecting businesses and communities with resources that help foster inclusive workplace cultures. She is also Pride at Work Canada's Marketing Committee Administrator, which serves to promote the organization's mission and values. In her spare time, Shara studies web development techniques or can be found enjoying the outdoors with her dog. Connect with Shara on LinkedIn or email her at shara.love@prideatwork.ca.

BOARD

Inez Ashworth

Prairies Regional Lead

Inez 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 LGBTQ2+ Network which is proving to be a huge success and is going to bring more diversity and inclusion to the company.  
Joseph Bourgeois

Atlantic Regional Lead

Joseph 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 LGBTQ2+ learning for employees. His work experience revolves around conflict resolution. He strives to connect allies and the LGBTQ2+ community. Through Professional development and strategic planning, PAWC is an excellent resource for a employer to achieve it’s diversity goals. Connect with Joseph on LinkedIn or at joseph.bourgeois@prideatwork.ca.
Mathieu Desjardins

Quebec Regional Lead

Mathieu 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.
Chris Forward

Atlantic Regional Lead

Chris 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.
Madelaine Gileadi

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.

Japneet Kaur

Director of Thought Leadership

Japneet is the Manager of Strategic Innovation & Behavioural Finance in the Segments and Strategy team at TD Wealth. In this role Japneet challenges the status quo by using a consumer-centric lens to find innovative ways to solve business problems. She also excited to be working in the growing field of Behavioural Economics to support the application of Behavioural Finance and thought leadership in TD Wealth. She also supports projects related to the digital enablement of the advisor workforce, and digital acquisition tools. Prior to joining TD Bank, Japneet spent four years at BMO Wealth Management where she held a variety of roles. She is a proud alumni of the University of Toronto where she obtained both her Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Financial Economics. Both within and outside of her work environment Japneet has been committed to championing diverse and inclusive workspaces and giving back to the community. Currently, she is the Director of Thought Leadership of the Board of Pride at Work Canada, member of the finance committee of the Inside Out Film Festival, and an advisory board member for the LGBT Giving Network. Previously she was also the President of Start Proud (formerly Out On Bay Street).
Lenore MacAdam

Chair of Board

Lenore has been a champion of diversity and inclusion throughout her career. In her current role as an Inclusion Lead at Deloitte Canada, she is responsible for building eminence in the marketplace through thought leadership, market strategy, and leading the dialogue on inclusion in external forums and with clients. She is a member of Deloitte’s National Inclusion Advisory Council, and previously served as the National Chair of Deloitte’s LGBTQ Employee Resource Group. She holds a degree in Communications from Queen’s University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management. In addition to Pride at Work Canada’s board, Lenore serves on the Board of Canadian Business SenseAbility. Her previous experience as a volunteer at the board level in the diversity and inclusion space was at organizations including Pride Toronto, Community One Foundation, Springtide Resources and Nexus Consulting. Connect with Lenore on LinkedIn or email her at lmacadam@deloitte.ca.
Charles Macmichael

Prairies Regional Lead

Charles 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.
Kimberley Messer

Director of National Strategy

Kimberley Messer is a member of IBM’s Global Diversity Business Development organization. As a thought leader in diversity and talent management, she works closely with organizations to develop effective inclusion strategies. She is also responsible for IBM's strategic partnerships with LGBTQ2+ community organizations across North America. Kimberley has long advocated for diverse communities inside and outside the workplace. She served as the chair of IBM Canada’s LGBT+ BRG from 2011-2017, is a member of Out & Equal’s Global Advisory Committee, and also is a member of the Executive Board of You Can Play. You can reach Kimberley on LinkedIn or email her directly at kdmesser@ca.ibm.com
Sharon Chung

Women's Strategy Lead

Sharon Chung champions Diversity and Inclusion and is passionate about the LGBTQ2+ community. She has held a variety of leadership roles at TD within the Retail Network, Call Centre operations, Diversity and Inclusion, and Talent Acquisition, including unique roles focused specifically on LGBTQ2+ people.  She currently leads the LGBTQ2+ talent strategy for the bank, where her primary focus is to source, attract and advocate for the hiring of top LGBTQ2+ talent Canada-wide.  She is also proud to lead the Diversity Talent Acquisition team who have a dedicated focus on their respective communities: People with Disabilities, Indigenous People, Visible Minorities and Women in Leadership.  Sharon is an active member of TD's LGBTQ2+ Employee Resource Group where she leads their Engaging LBT Women strategy and Talent strategy.   She feels extremely fortunate and considers it a privilege to have the opportunity to do the work that she does professionally and personally. You can connect with Sharon on LinkedIn.
Kathleen Devine

Secretary

Kathleen Devine was born in Northern Ontario and earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. After graduation, Kathleen worked internationally for over 20 years in risk management and business continuity. Her diverse background in working with a variety of organizations and dealing with a wide spectrum of individuals has given Kathleen a wealth of experience applicable to the role of Secretary for Pride at Work Canada. Kathleen’s experience with launching LGBTQ2+ initiatives, networks, resources groups in Australia and Singapore has motivated her to extend her own path of activism in her workplace in Canada. I am committed to working together to foster inclusive corporate cultures where all employees are encouraged to be their truest selves at work. Connect with Kathleen on LinkedIn.
Trisha Egberts

Treasurer

Trisha is a CPA, CA with a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen's University. As Treasurer on the Board of Directors, Trisha is committed to ensuring the long-term financial viability of Pride at Work Canada through strong internal controls and financial management, oversight, and reporting. Trisha currently works as the Finance Manager at Figure 1, a healthcare technology startup. Prior to this role, she worked in finance at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) and in audit at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Connect with Trisha on LinkedIn.
Nicolas Haché

Quebec Regional Lead

Nicolas is a young and driven account manager for the Royal Bank that takes diversity and inclusion in the workplace very seriously. Since he joined the organization a year ago, he’s been consistent with his implication in various causes and event, and has been acquiring a lot of experience through his accomplishments. Nicolas is an active member of the RBC’S pride employee resource group, he’s been acting as the ambassador for pride at work Canada within his workplace, and he’s been a key player in the organization of RBC’s participation in the pride parade and much more.  He has distinguished himself when selected as one of the 100 finalists for the RAHM Global LGBT Leadership contest that took place in London UK last summer. This event was focused on smashing the LGBT leadership Gap, also known as the glass ceiling, as well as on developing leadership skills and sharing best practices for diversity and inclusion. Nicolas’ very excited to join Pride at Work as the Quebec Regional Lead and is eager to make an impact on Diversity in the workplace.
Beck McNeil

Trans & Gender Diverse Lead

Beck is an educator and consultant in equity, diversity, and human rights learning, recently joining the City of Toronto supporting the Toronto for All initiative.  He holds a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University. Beck previously worked as a Director of Organization Development at The 519 Church Street Community Centre and Leadership and Organization Development Consultant and education Project Manager at St. Michael's Hospital.  He also served as Vice President of Out on Bay Street (now Start Proud), a Governance Committee Member at Sherbourne Health, and is currently a Board Member and Treasurer of Buddies in Bad Times Theatre.  As a trans male with an OD background, he is passionate about strategic advancement and sustainable change in support of queer and trans people in their work life. He is also a new dad to a toddler, so he excels in sweeping up cheerios and making dinosaur noises. Connect with Beck on LinkedIn.
Claire Yick

BC Regional Lead

Claire is passionate about supporting and mentoring those within the LGBTQ2+ community. She currently works as a senior policy analyst with the BC Public Service in Victoria. Claire obtained her Master in Environmental Studies and law degree (MES/JD) at York University and Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to this, she completed undergraduate degrees in biology and environmental science. Claire has worked as a lawyer within the legal aid clinic system and well as in private practice. Claire has also served as executive member of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Community (SOGIC) sections with both the Ontario Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. Claire’s hobbies include aerial yoga and trying out new escape rooms. Connect with Claire on LinkedIn or at claire.yick@prideatwork.ca.
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