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Panel Discussion & Reception: LGBT People in the Boardroom

May 25, 2017 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

It is becoming more common to see LGBT people in positions of leadership, which is cause for celebration. However, corporate, public and not-for-profit boards are spaces where members of Canada’s LGBT community continue to lack significant representation and visibility. Join Pride at Work Canada and Blakes for an illuminating panel discussion with experts tackling this issue head-on followed by a lively reception hosted by Blakes.

5:30pm – Registration opens

6:00pm – Panel discussion

7:00pm – Reception

This program contains 1 Professionalism Hour. This organization has been approved as an Accredited Provider of Professionalism Content by The Law Society of Upper Canada.

Please register below before Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Space is limited. Please contact Nicole Culp at nicole.culp@prideatwork.ca for more information.

Meet the Panelists


Stephanie Coyles, SunLife 

Stephanie Coyles, a corporate director, was a strategic consultant and advisor who has worked with a diverse clientele across North America and Asia, including retail, consumer distribution, private equity and business consulting organizations.  She was previously Chief Strategic Officer at LoyaltyOne Co from 2008-2012 and a partner at McKinsey & Company Canada from 2000 to 2008.  Ms Coyles is currently a member of two corporate boards of directors, Sun Life Financial and Metro Inc. As well she serves on the advisory board of Reliant Web Hosting Inc and on the board of The Earth Rangers Foundation.  Ms Coyles holds a Master’s in Public Policy degree from Harvard’s Kennedy School  of Government and a Bachelor’s of Commerce Degree from the Smith’s School of Business at Queen’s University.

Erin Hoult, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Erin Hoult is a Partner of Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP.  She is an experienced commercial litigator and regulatory defence lawyer.  She advises a range of clientele in relation to complex business disputes, securities regulatory enforcement, and constitutional law matters. Erin is an ex officio member of the Board of Family Service Toronto.  She is also the Director of the Wilson Moot competition, which honours Canada’s first female Supreme Court Justice and focuses on equality law issues.  Erin is a member of The Advocates’ Society, Ad IDEM/Canadian Media Lawyers Association, and the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations.

Paul Saguil, TD Bank

Paul Jonathan Saguil is Associate Vice President, Anti-Money Laundering, Canadian Banking at TD Bank Group. He was formerly Senior Counsel in TD’s Legal Department. He previously practised litigation at Stockwoods LLP and has appeared before the Supreme Court of Canada, all levels of courts in Ontario, the Federal Court, and various administrative bodies. Before being called to the Bar of Ontario, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honourable Justice Phelan of the Federal Court. He is an active member of the Canadian/Ontario Bar Association and Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers, serves as the Chair of the OBA’s Equality Committee and the Law Society of Upper Canada Equity Advisory Group, and of the Board of Directors for Start Proud (formerly known as Out On Bay Street). He is also a director for the 519 Community Centre and Community One Foundation, and a member of the Toronto Police Services LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee.

Cathy Winter, DiverseCity onBoard, The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University

Cathy Winter is Program Manager of DiverseCity onBoard, where she leads the national replication of the DiverseCity onBoard program across Canada. The program works with public institutions and voluntary organizations to bridge the diversity and inclusion gap in governance, strengthens the capacity of boards in the voluntary and public sectors, and provides online governance training programs to everyone. Cathy is a National Board Member, YMCA Canada and Member of its Governance Committee and Policy & Advocacy Committee. Previously Cathy was a Member of the Board of Directors of the Anne Johnston Health Station, where she chaired the Nominations Committee and is a Member of the Strategic Planning and Quality Committee. She is a former Member of the Allocations and Agency Services Committee of the United Way of Toronto Board of Trustees, and other United Way of Toronto committees. Cathy holds a Masters of Economics, and a Masters of Industrial Relations.

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May 25, 2017
5:30 pm - 8:30 pm


Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
199 Bay Street, Suite 4000
Toronto, Ontario M5L 1A9 Canada
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