David Morris

David Morris

Chair of the Board of Management

Catchment Resident

David Morris originally moved to Toronto in 2006 to study at York University where he completed his bachelors and masters degrees. He joined the Ontario Public Service in September 2011 and became the Vice-Chair to the Ontario Public Service Pride Network in January 2013. He continues to travel across the province meeting with public servants to discuss how to make Ontario and the public service a more open and inclusive place.

In the local community, David works with a variety of community initiatives. He served as the Co-Chair of PrideHouse Toronto and has volunteered with Pride Toronto, the Inside Out Film Festival, and the Friends for Life Bike Rally.

 

Gwen Benaway

Gwen Benaway

Vice-Chair of The Board of Management

Gwen Benaway is a 2 Spirit Trans woman of Anishinaabe and Métis descent. She has more than a decade of experience in Indigenous policy and community engagement through her work for government and not for profit community organizations. In addition, Gwen has worked as a community educator and facilitator in a variety of roles with a specific focus on Indigenous languages, youth empowerment and cultural revitalization. She is also an award winning poet in her spare time and has published two books of poetry. Gwen lives/works within the Village and has a strong commitment to social justice and community engagement.

Nichola Ward

Nichola Ward

Member of the Board

Catchment Resident

Prior to transitioning, I was a senior executive in the financial services sector reporting directly to c-level. Responsible for a budget of $13 million+ and a sales force of approx. 900 people. Subsequent to coming out as Trans (and prior to legislative protection) I was dismissed, lost access to my family lost access to community support, lost my home and worse.

Unemployed, unhoused and (not coincidentally) rendered disabled - It's quite likely that my life could have ended the way many trans women's do.

Instead, I've managed to build a new life. And, over over the course of 2 decades, the 519 has helped me to find new family, new community and new purpose. I'm committed to making sure that the 519 is there for others as it was for me.

Paul Noble

Paul Noble

Member of the Board

Paul Noble is Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel, Capital Markets, & Assistant Corporate Secretary. Paul is accountable for leading the Capital Markets legal team globally, providing legal advice, guidance and direction on a range of issues, transactions and initiatives across the Capital Markets businesses.

Paul joined BMO in 2003 as Senior Legal Counsel, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. In 2007, he was appointed Vice-President and Chief Counsel, BMO Nesbitt Burns Inc. providing support to Bank of Montreal and BMO Capital Markets lines of business. In 2008, he was appointed Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel, P&C U.S. & Assistant Corporate Secretary, responsible for legal and regulatory support for BMO’s personal and commercial banking businesses in the U.S. In 2011, he was appointed Vice-President, Deputy General Counsel, Private Client Group & Assistant Corporate Secretary.

Paul is a member of BMO’s Leadership Committee for Inclusion and Diversity, a cross-enterprise group of executives whose mandate is to guide BMO’s diversity and inclusion efforts. Paul is also the Executive Sponsor for BMO Pride, BMO’s enterprise-wide affinity group for LGBTQ employees.

Before joining BMO, Paul was with Torys LLP, an international law firm. Paul received his Bachelor of Law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Canada.

Linda Booker

Linda Booker

Member of the Board

Linda has been a resident of Toronto for most of her life, residing in the Village and Cabbagetown areas for over 10 years. Linda graduated from George Brown College, Ryerson University; studying Child and Youth Work at each. Linda has worked as an advocate for youth and has supported youth for many years while working mostly in the education system. Linda’s work has focused on you that are at risk in a secondary school; experiencing homelessness; living with mental health challenges; living with drug and alcohol dependence; experiencing violence in relationships; and, being a teen parent.

Patrick Gervais

Patrick Gervais

Member of the Board

Patrick is corporate counsel at a leading Canadian pension and benefits administrator focusing on the company’s acquisitions, its US business and its asset and wealth management division. Patrick is fluent in French and speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He studied law at McGill University and the National University of Singapore and Chinese at Tsinghua University. He lives in Regent Park in downtown Toronto.

Biko Beauttah

Biko Beauttah

Member of the Board

Biko Beauttah is a human rights activist currently attending George Brown College majoring in Jewellery Arts. Born and raised in Kenya, Biko moved to Canada in 2006 to seek asylum because being considered LGBTQ* is considered a crime in her home country. A champion of refugee and sexual minority rights, she has spread her message of tolerance and equality through various platforms such as the Canadian Council for Refugees and the Refugee Pride Convention, where she was a discussant on panels. Biko was also the first person to give a lecture on gender studies upon the inception of such a course at a high school in Canada. At George Brown, Biko also served as the Women and Trans Persons representative, bridging the gap between her constituents, the college administration and the Student Association. Through the Student Union, Biko was also part of a panel which included the founders of Black Lives Matter US, to discuss issues faced by racialized students, and sexual minorities on college campuses at The Canadian Federation of Students Convention. She was also the first queer person of African descent to open the Toronto Stock Exchange. Biko is currently working on Trans Workforce, the worlds first job fair geared towards people who identify as Trans and Gender Nonconforming. An initiative she is determined to launch so as to get transgender people out of underground economies like sex-work. Like most trans women of colour, due to societies stigma, even she, with all her brilliance, cannot find a job.

In addition to being featured on The Tyra Banks show, Biko Beauttah has also worked as an Image Consultant, Art Director and Wardrobe Stylist.

Paul Saguil

Paul Saguil

Member of the Board

Paul Jonathan Saguil is Senior Counsel in the Legal Department of TD Bank Group. He previously practised litigation at Stockwoods LLP and has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, the Supreme Court of Canada, the Federal Court, and various administrative bodies. He received his Hons. B.A. (Philosophy) from York University and LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. He acts as pro bono counsel for Out On Bay Street in its intervention in the Trinity Western University legal proceedings. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for Out On Bay Street, Community One Foundation, and the Osgoode Hall Law School Alumni Association, Chair of the Law Society of Upper Canada Equity Advisory Group and of the Ontario Bar Association’s Equality Committee, and a member of the Toronto Police Service LGBTQ Community Consultative Committee. He is former Chair of the OBA's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Section, a former member of the Board of Directors for Pride Toronto and the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers.

Justin Khan

Justin Khan

Member of the Board

Justin Khan is a legal professional who works for a not-for-profit organization, Law in Action Within Schools (LAWS). LAWS is a joint partnership between the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto, Osgoode Hall Law School and the Toronto District School Board. LAWS connects the resources of Toronto's legal community to the benefit of inner-city and newcomer youth facing personal and systemic barriers to education and career success.

As a lawyer, Justin has taken a keen interest in human rights work and promoting legal diversity within the justice sector. Outside of his professional life, he is an avid marathon runner and scuba diver who enjoys travelling whenever the opportunity presents itself.

Pam Hrick

Pam Hrick

Member of the Board

Pam Hrick is a lawyer at a small litigation firm in Toronto. She received an undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Ottawa and a law degree from Queen’s University. She has completed judicial clerkships at the Supreme Court of Canada and the Federal Court of Appeal. Pam provides pro bono legal advice and representation to individuals through Pro Bono Ontario and also serves on the national Board of Directors for Equal Voice. Pam is actively involved in work dedicated to ending violence against women. She served as Vice-Chair of the Board of the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston and was a member of the University of Ottawa’s Task Force on Respect and Equality, which conducted extensive consultations and provided recommendations to the President about preventing and responding to sexual violence in the university community. She has also acted as pro bono counsel for the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic in appeals before the Ontario Superior Court. 

Tom Warner

Tom Warner

Member of the Board

Tom Warner has been an activist and advocate for LGBTQ rights for over 45 years, and helped to found and was active in several LGBTQ community groups over that time. He is best known as an organizer and spokesperson of the Coalition for Lesbian and Gay Rights in Ontario from 1975 to 2009, during which time he was a leader of political action campaigns to have sexual orientation included as a prohibited ground of discrimination in the Ontario Human Rights Code and to have Ontario laws amended to extend legal recognition to same-sex spousal relationships. Tom's public service includes having served as a Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (1993 - 1996) and from 2005 to 2013 on the Board of Directors of Canadian Blood Services (serving as Vice Chair of the Board from 2009 - 2013). Tom is the author of two books: Losing Control, Canada's Social Conservatives in the Age of Rights (2010) and Never Going Back, A History of Queer Activism in Canada (2002). Tom was employed with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario and Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario from 1980 until his retirement in 2016. He held a number of administrative and senior executive positions, including most recently Vice President and Registrar and Vice President, Regulatory and Standards. 

Jacob Porpossian

Jacob Porpossian

Green Space Festival Chair

 

Jacob Porpossian has a passion for community leadership. He graduated with an Hons. B.A. from Edinburgh Napier University and is now an award-winning communications professional at FleishmanHillard Canada. As a leader within the Toronto-Armenian community, he brings relevant experience in sitting on boards and executive committees to develop programs, events and fundraising efforts that help inspire and celebrate cultural identity.

The former Chair of the Board of Management, Jacob is Chair of the 2017 Green Space Festival.

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam

City Councillor for Ward 27 - Toronto Centre Rosedale and ex-officio member of the Board of Management

Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam has an extensive career investing in the City of Toronto through both the public and private sectors. Her contributions have led to the development and support of numerous social planning programs, business ventures, art endeavours and successful community initiatives.

As a tireless community advocate, Councillor Wong-Tam has championed the expansion of green public spaces, farmers' markets and community gardens, including improvements to parks and ravines. She has lead efforts to defend the rights of tenants to obtain affordable and decent standards of rental housing and helped create a neighbourhood association to preserve and protect heritage buildings and historical landscapes in the ward.