Board of Directors
These individuals work closely with our staff and volunteers to help Pride at Work Canada:
- Realize its mission
- Live its values
- Deliver on the priorities of its strategic plan
- Plan for the future
As the Executive Director of Pride at Work Canada, Brent leads the strategic direction of the largest non-profit organization supporting the LGBT community in Canadian workplaces. He began his professional career at Stonewall – Europe’s largest sexual orientation lobby group – in the workplace programs and later became the manager of their consulting practice. Brent is a globally sought-after speaker and is regularly called upon by employers and the media to share his academic and professional insight.
Brent is a graduate of McGill University and the London School of Economics.
Larissa joins Pride at Work Canada with over six years experience managing events and fundraising initiatives internationally. She brings with her a unique blend of corporate and non-profit experience and will lead Pride at Work Canada’s efforts to expand our current programming and develop new and exciting benefits for our National and Regional Partners.
Larissa holds a MA from the University of Manchester and a BFA from Concordia University.
These individuals work closely with our staff and volunteers to help Pride at Work Canada:
Matt currently serves as the Senior Director, Diversity Strategies & Workplace Inclusion for CIBC where he is responsible for leading the Employment Equity and Diversity team. This team has global accountability for developing strategies and programs that support the attraction, retention and development of diverse talent for CIBC. Since taking over this area for the bank in 2010, CIBC has been recognized as a leader area of workplace diversity & inclusion which include Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and Best Employer for New Canadians in 2011 and 2012.
Kirsten is currently senior Counsel at McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada’s leading national law firms. She is an accomplished advocate and has appeared at all levels of court and as counsel before the Supreme Court of Canada. She is also a regular contributor to various legal and popular publications.
Kirsten has held leadership roles in LGBT organizations for over two decades at both the provincial and national level. She has a particular interest in gender diversity/nonconformity and identity politics and how those factors impact individual career advancement and organizational excellence.
Dan has provided strategic financial and operational leadership to hospitals and not-for-profit organizations through executive positions at Princess Margaret Hospital, Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, Bridgepoint Health, and currently as Chief Financial Officer at Women’s College Hospital.
Dan has served on several Boards of Directors for not-for-profit organizations in the housing, education and healthcare sectors, including Casey House Hospice, and The Aphasia Institute.
As founder and CEO of the Canadian Institute of Diversity and Inclusion, Michael is internationally recognized as a thought leader and subject-matter expert in the fields of diversity, inclusion and employment equity. Prior to taking on his position with CIDI-ICDI he was the National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMG Canada, a role he created and held for 7 years. Michael is proud to hold the Cornell Certified Diversity Professional, Advanced Practitioner (CCDP/AP) designation. He has also been honoured for his work by such organizations as Catalyst, Women of Influence, The Inspire Awards and Out on Bay Street. Michael served as Chair of Pride at Work Canada from 2008 – 2012.
Calvin is an Associate Advisor with RBC Dominion Securities in Calgary. He was the regional lead for RBC PRIDE, RBC’s LGBT Employee Resource Group, for the past two years and continues to be active on the national steering committee. Calvin is also the Civilian Co-Chair for the Calgary Police Service’s Sexuality and Gender Diversity Chief’s Advisory Board where he works with the Calgary Police Service and the LGBT Community to provide advice and support as well as recommend and review strategies and initiatives related to crime prevention and safety concerns.
Jackie brings 20 years of experience in financial services. With deep expertise managing and delivering transformational projects, including change management, process improvement, and opportunity identification. Prior to Deloitte, Jackie was a Senior Director at CIBC where she was responsible for the effectiveness CIBC’s retail distribution channels and Chair of CIBC’s Pride Network. Jackie is a Senior Manager in Deloitte’s Diversity & Inclusion Consulting practice, Co-Founder of Leaders to Be Proud of and Chair of the firm’s LGBT network, LEAD.
Ron is a Senior Manager of Corporate Diversity with TD Bank Group in Toronto with a portfolio focus on TD’s LGBTA Diversity Committee and Serving Diverse Communities committee. Ron joined the bank in 1989 and has held variety progressively senior roles in Retail Branch Banking and Corporate Office. He has experience in banking product management as well as project management. Ron was also one of the founding members of TD Bank’s LGBT employee resource group. (2006)
Ron brings a strong business background coupled with a passion for diversity, inclusion and community to Pride At Work Canada.
Liz Reynolds is the Manager of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for KPMG in Canada and is responsible for the execution of the firm’s diversity strategy, programs and initiatives. Liz holds an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Sexual Diversity Studies from the University of Toronto, and is committed to the work of LGBT inclusion both in her work and volunteer roles.
Elizabeth is active in the community as a member of the steering committee of pride@kpmg – the employee resource group for KPMG Canada’s LGBT members, and as a Chair of Women’s Initiatives for Pride at Work Canada.
Born in Montreal, Martine Roy joined IBM in 1999 and became involved in their LGBT employee affinity group, the Blue Q Network, when she decided to set up a local chapter for her and her fellow employees in Saint John, New Brunswick.
Martine became a director with Pride at Work Canada in 2008 and currently represents the Quebec region.For her, Pride at Work Canada represents an excellent opportunity to share the expertise and knowledge that she has gained over the years with other companies.
Marc-Antoine Saumier is a Supplies Account Manager at Xerox Canada in Montréal. Over his nine years with Xerox, he has been actively involved in promoting inclusiveness in the workplace and is now leading Galaxe in Quebec, Xerox’s LGBT employee resources group.
Ever since the Out for Business conference in 2006, Marc-Antoine has been actively involved with the Gay Chamber of Commerce of Quebec (CCGQ) and is now an Executive Board member. His experience with the CCGQ helps him strengthen local relationships and community participation.
Charlie Ung joined IBM in 2001 and is currently working at their Pacific Development Centre (PDC) in Vancouver, Canada. Splitting his time between Vancouver and New York, Charlie works in the Corporate Communications function specializing in New Media and Event Management.
He is the West Coast representative for Blue Q/Nuance, IBM’s LGBT Diversity Networking Group, and is also an active member of IBM’s East Asian Networking Group. He also helped produce IBM’s Asian Leadership Summit, a thought leadership event where dozens of companies came together to discuss issues such as global leadership, competing in a global environment, and developing the next generation of talent.
Looking forward, Charlie hopes that his participation in Pride at Work Canada will benefit the LGBT community on the West Coast as well as the Asian LGBT community; both of which have very little representation.
Appointed by the Board of Directors when specific needs arise, advisors contribute their subject matter expertise to a specific area of Pride at Work Canada’s mandate.
An ally and advocate in the LGBTA community, Brad has become more active as an ‘out’ professional in his management and leadership roles. From his stage management experience in community theatre and LGBT performances for Pride Festivals, to his professional roles in Project Management with IBM Canada, and currently in IT Management with TD Bank Group, Brad loves working with people and feels at his best when working on issues which can help drive societal change. His professional and advocacy roles have coalesced in his recent work on the Triangle Program Scholarship committee and LGBTA working committee at TD, and as a panel speaker and board member for Pride at Work Canada.
As a Trans man, Bradley knows firsthand some of the challenges, barriers and issues that can confront Trans people in professional work environments. He frequently calls on his process expertise and leadership skills to assist others in formulating plans to make their own Transitions successful personally and professionally.
Jason Murray is a Consultant at Odgers Berndtson, an executive search firm with 50 offices in 29 countries around the world. Before joining Odgers Berndtson to continue his executive recruitment work for clients in the academic sector (universities, colleges, independent schools, research institutes, etc), Jason worked at a boutique executive search firm, and also spent time as a Supervisor within Deloitte’s Consulting Division.
Jason has extensive event coordination experience. He has coordinated events housed in convention centres, theatres, concert halls, and hotels, and has organized events for more than 10,000+ guests. Jason was Pride at Work’s event coordination consultant for ProPRIDE 2012, and returns to assist Brent, Larissa, and the the Pride at Work Canada Board with ProPRIDE 2013.
Jason Karsh is the Vice President of Marketing at Workopolis, Canada’s leading online recruitment specialist. He has nearly 20 years of marketing and strategy experience, 5 years of management consulting background and 13 years of sales and marketing leadership.
He holds an MBA from the University of Toronto and is also a graduate of Harvard University.
Cameron Zinger is a Senior Manager of Public Affairs at TELUS in Vancouver. He manages the British Colombia community investment and public relations strategy for TELUS, which includes building relationships with key community partners. Cameron currently serves as co-chair for the BC chapter of Spectrum, TELUS’ LGBTQ Employee Resource Group, and is a member of the national planning committee. He has a strong understanding of volunteer recruitment, event management and sponsorship agreements.