Staff & Board

STAFF

Colin Druhan

Executive Director

Colin joined Pride at Work Canada as Executive Director in 2014. Since then, he has prioritized the extension of the organization’s reach outside of Canada's largest cities into a wide range of communities across the country and has been thrilled to watch the organization grow from 30 to over 140 corporate members. He frequently shares his expertise in workplace inclusion through public speaking and in writing for publications like HR Professional and IN Magazine. In 2019 Colin was the youngest person ever named a finalist for the Canadian LGBT+ Chamber of Commerce’s Business Leader of the Year Award. In 2020 he was named a CivicAction DiverseCity Fellow, joining a prestigious group of rising leaders who are passionate about shaping their communities within the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. A long time proponent of public service, Colin currently serves on the Board of Directors of Volunteer Toronto, Canada's largest volunteer centre with over 40 years of experience connecting volunteers with the organizations that need them. Originally from Cole Harbour, NS, he has lived in Toronto for fifteen years, during which time he has consistently engaged with queer, trans and 2S communities through working and volunteering with organizations like The 519, the Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film & Video Festival and the Toronto People With AIDS Foundation. Connect with Colin on LinkedIn or email him at colin.druhan@prideatwork.ca. Read Colin's writing for IN Magazine.

Jade Pichette

Manager of Programs

Jade is an inclusion, diversity and belonging educator with a background in 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. They are on the Canada Pride 2020 Human Rights Conference Advisory Committee, and the selection committee for Frith Forge. Previous to Pride at Work Canada they have held positions at the ArQuives, Kind Space, and as an independent consultant. Jade is the Gythia (Ásatrú priestess) of Vindisir Kindred, and dedicates their time to interfaith engagement including founding the Canadian Pagan Declaration on Intolerance. Connect with Jade on LinkedIn or email them at jade.pichette@prideatwork.ca.  

Pru Girme

Administrative Coordinator

Pru is a South Asian cultural manager and an artist based in Toronto. Her vision as a creative professional is to bring together the LGBTQ2+ community, people of color, and newcomers through meaningful engagement and persuasive dialogue. Her work is inspired by the relationship between her identity, community and equity. Pru has majored in business administration and holds a graduate degree in Art from UNSW, Australia. She is also the co-chair for the Friends of South Asia at the Royal Ontario Museum. In conjunction with her professional work, she is a film photographer and painter, and has exhibited her works across South Asia, Australia and Toronto. Previous to Pride at Work Canada, Pru held positions at Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation, Branksome Hall, Toronto International Film Festival and the Piramal Art Residency. Connect with Pru on LinkedIn or email her at pru.girme@prideatwork.ca.

Luis Augusto Nobre

Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Luis has been working with social inclusion for over a decade. As Pride at Work Canada’s Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Luis is committed to raise awareness of LGBTQ2+ issues and to engage our stakeholders to celebrate gender and sexual diversity. His areas of expertise are corporate social responsibility, communications and human resources at multinational companies and non-profit sector. He specializes in strategic communication management, CSR, and project management. For the past years, he has been working on blended activities among Diversity & Inclusion, Corporate Social Responsibility, Communications, and Public Policies. Passionate and devoted, he advocates for human rights protection and volunteers to support minority communities, such as LGBTQ2+, indigenous, black people and people of colour communities. Connect with Luis on LinkedIn or email him at luis.nobre@prideatwork.ca.

Florence Gagnon

Programming Assistant, Quebec

Florence Gagnon holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Concordia University. She has spent the last 10 years working to ‘spread the word’ and increase visibility for lesbians within and outside of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2012, she created a platform to provide a resource to lesbian communities, Lez Spread The Word, the first bilingual website of its kind in Canada. In 2014, she launched the FÉMININ / FÉMININ television series, with director Chloé Robichaud (Sarah Préfère la Course and Boudaries), who won two Gemini Awards in Quebec and several international prizes in 2015. In 2016, she published the first LSTW magazine, a 230-page bilingual annual magazine that stands out in stores across Canadian provinces, European capitals and major US cities. From Yellowknife to Vancouver, Berlin and Stockholm, up to MoMA PS1 in New York. She also was on the board of Pride Montreal and The LGBT Chamber of Commerce for many years. You can connect with Florence at florence.gagnon@prideatwork.ca regarding Pride at Work Canada's programming in the Quebec region.


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.
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.
Mathieu Desjardins

Co-Chair

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.
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 Director of Finance 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.
Terri Eklund

Prairies Regional Lead

Terri is an educator and lifelong learner with more than 10 years of experience in higher education. In her current role as an educational developer with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), Terri supports teaching and learning in an applied environment and is passionate about cultivating inclusive classrooms. In 2017, she helped launch SAIT’s Gender and Sexuality Inclusion Committee and continues to serve as co-chair. Terri credits her work during her master’s degree (which coincided with a few major life events, just for added stress…) as what catapulted her down a path where inclusion is a guiding value in life and work. Her professional experience and commitment to discussing diverse topics has resulted in several workshops and speaking engagements, both on and off campus. Outside of the workplace, Terri is an avid reader, skilled movie-quoter and football fan. She’s excited to join Pride at Work Canada as one of the Prairies Regional Leads and looks forward to learning from and alongside the PAWC staff and board members. Connect with Terri on LinkedIn! Don’t worry — she promises not to share photos of her dog, unless you ask.
Angela Facundo

Director of Thought Leadership

Angela Facundo is a scholar, artist, writer, and management consultant based in Toronto. With a PhD in English Literature and nine years of experience researching and teaching queer and gender studies, psychoanalysis, and culture, Angela has written a book on queer theory and the impact of art on inner life. For the past three years, she has been finding ways to bring her expertise in queer studies out of academia and into the “real world.” Now that she works for Logical Design Solutions, a US-based digital strategy company that builds employee experiences, Angela is passionate about helping people bring their best and whole selves to work. As Director of Thought Leadership, Angela is excited to work with others on creative ways to apply critical thinking for practical and potentially large-scale results.
Lauren Flynn

Atlantic Regional Lead

Lauren is the Senior Manager of Digital Service at Johnson Inc.  She holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, and a BSc in Earth Sciences from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Lauren is an active member of her LGBTQ2+ employee resource group and runs annual Pride celebrations at Johnson’s head office. She is the vice-chair of Kittiwake Dance Theatre in Newfoundland, and has previously served on the board of directors for St. John’s Pride. Lauren is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and is thrilled to join Pride at Work as an Atlantic Regional Lead. Connect with Lauren on LinkedIn.
Chris Forward

Co-Chair

Chris is a proud Newfoundlander, born and raised in St John's. His family operated a heating oil business for 53 years, which was eventuall sold to A. Harvey & Co. Ltd. Chris holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Memorial University of Newfoundland. Currently he is the General Manager of Harvey's Oil Ltd., a Petro Canada 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 well-being. Chris is a board member of Shallaway Youth Choir and is the past president of the Boys and Girls Club of St John’s. Under Chris’ leadership the two Boys and Girls clubs have grown to offer an open and inclusive environment, engaging nearly 800 youth.
Nicolas Haché

Quebec Regional Lead

Nicolas is a passionate and driven leader, that aspires to help organizations innovate for the good of their employees as well as their clients. Currently, he is the Sales Lead - North America at Agorize, he's designing the business' sales strategy and building a strong team to execute it. His studies in accounting, as well as his strong financial background, provide him with great insight when it comes to making the right decision. In 2018, Nicolas was elected Québec's Director on the board with Pride at Work Canada and since then, he sat on panels, has performed speeches, hosted roundtables and has given a number of presentations to key players in various industries. With each opportunity, he spoke about the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace, proving him to be a great ambassador for the cause. "Every ecosystem I can improve gives me the motivation to get up in the morning." His ambition and passion make him a great ally to any cause he believes in. Don't hesitate to reach out and discuss your project. He'll be happy to help.
Mark Lawton

National Marketing Lead

Originally from Yorkshire in Northern England, Mark has over 14 years of international marketing experience gained at Wal-Mart UK & Coca-Cola Canada. He has a deep knowledge of Product, Brand and Customer marketing and prides himself on building strong & successful relationships. Mark’s passion for inclusive and progressive workplace’s first developed by being an active member of Wal-Mart UK’s LGBTQ network. He took this passion further by launching and leading Coca-Cola Canada’s LGBTQA Business Resource Group (BRG) from the summer of 2018 to the present day. Currently, Mark is the Customer Marketing Manager at Coca-Cola Canada, and he continually strives to expand his leadership skills & knowledge base, demonstrated by taking on this exciting position with Pride at Work Canada. Mark regularly keeps in touch with family in friends in the UK, as well as enjoying travel & social time with his partner of 10 years and new friendship group in Toronto.
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.
Val Walls

Director of National Strategy

Val brings 25 years of experience in sales, sales leadership and sales performance development across multiple industries: Distribution, Retail, Service Management, Technology and most recently Financial. Val is currently the Director, Sales Effectiveness at Scotiabank. As a certified coach, and transformational change agent, they focus on developing high-performance cultures through the process of structural alignment and competency development to model behaviors for a winning outcome.
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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