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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Jonathan SaguilPaul Jonathan Saguil is Associate Vice President, Innovation, Governance, and Risk Strategies in TD Bank Group's Global Anti-Money Laundering Department. He was formerly Senior Counsel in TD's Legal Department and previously practiced litigation at Stockwoods LLP. He has appeared before all levels of courts in Ontario, and the Federal Court, and before the Supreme Court of Canada. He received his Hons. B.A. (Philosophy) from York University and LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School. Before being called to the Bar of Ontario in 2008, he served as a judicial clerk to the Honourable Justice Phelan of the Federal Court. In addition to volunteering on the Board of Management for the 519, he is an active member of the Canadian/Ontario Bar Association and Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers; Vice Chair of the CBA's Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Section; past Chair of the Law Society of Ontario Equity Advisory Group; Chair of the Board of Directors for Start Proud; and a member of the Board for the Ontario Justice Education Network.
Michael ChernyMichael Cherny, CPA, CA is the Chief of Staff to the National Audit Public practice at Deloitte Canada. Michael has over six years of experience in the design, development and execution of a risk-based approach to providing financial and non-financial assurance to various clients across multiple industries, including resources and energy, as well as in the design and implementation of strategic and operational initiatives. Prior to this current role, Michael was a member of the Risk Advisory practice as a Senior Consultant specializing in Sustainability & Climate Change as well as Governance and Risk Management. Michael is an active member of the LGBTQA community as the National Chair of the Deloitte Pride Community, Advisor on LGBTQ Member Relations to CPA Ontario and Strategic Advisor to the Ten Oaks Project, having previously served as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors of Pride Toronto and a Director on the Board of Directors of Start Proud (formerly Out On Bay Street).
Marco is the Executive Vice-President & Chief Operating Officer at Pattison Sign Group and during his tenure at PSG, Marco has held various leadership positions, including the position of CFO. He has completed various studies and holds a Bachelor of Sciences in Accounting from the Université du Québec à Montréal, a Short Graduate Program in Financial Performance from Université TÉLUQ as well as an Organizational Leadership Certificate from the Institut de leadership en gestion. He also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) license.
In order to maximize learning opportunities, Marco is a member of the MacKay Forums, which is a formal platform to learn and share best practices from Executives from various industries. An active member of the Ontario Sign Association since 2016, he is also engaged in community efforts such as joining the Finance Committee a of the 519, one of the largest community centers in the City of Toronto.
Tom SpenceTom holds a Masters in History from McMaster University. He has called Toronto home for over 10 years and has been consistently volunteering in leadership roles within the LGBTQ2S community since he arrived. He has served as a co-lead at Pride Toronto, on the Board of Directors for Forte - The Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus, and on the steering committee for the Friends For Life Bike Rally. Most recently he was a Senior Advisor to the 25th Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne. A proud retired member of the Canadian Forces-Army Reserve, he resides in the Church and Wellesley Village with his husband Mith.
Shazia brings over 8 years of public policy and communications experience working in governments in British Columbia and Ontario. She served in a number of capacities including Special Advisor to the former Premier of Ontario and Director of Communications to the Minister of Education. In British Columbia, she worked in the Office of the Premier and the Minister of Health.
Shazia’s expertise includes strategic communications planning, policy development and implementation, issues management, stakeholder and media relations, event planning and speech writing.
She was instrumental in the creation of Ontario’s first ever Education Equity Action Plan and has been an active board member for the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Engage. Shazia holds an MA and BA in Political Studies from the University of Manitoba. She speaks fluent Urdu and Hindi.
Sarah Zerihun has spent the last 4 years working in community development in Toronto looking at ways to improve the lives of residents in social housing communities. In 2014, Sarah pursued the field of social work where she graduated from Centennial College and is currently in her 4th year at Ryerson University working on a Bachelor in Social Work.
Sarah currently works for the Toronto Community Housing Corporation’s renewal and revitalization department. Previously she worked at St. Stephens Community House providing mental health and Addiction programming to high school students.
Sarah has been an active member of the 2SLGBTQ Caucus at TCHC as she enjoys advocating inter-organizationally for equitable solutions. Sarah understands the importance of working from a holistic, anti-oppressive lens and is currently engaged in harm reduction policy creation for Toronto Community Housing. Sarah currently sits as a Board Member on the Alexandra Park Resident Association.
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
City Councillor for Ward 13 - Toronto Centre, and ex-officio member of the Board of Management
Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam
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.