We serve as a network of queer professionals and students alike, helping to build better places to succeed and thrive in.

Founded in 2007, Start Proud is a national movement of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals creating opportunities, dialogues, advocacy opportunities, and life-long mentorships in Canada. We continue to partner with leading institutions, employers, and government groups to offer safe spaces for queer people to achieve their full potential at work, and at home.

Success hinges on having people in your corner. We're here to cheer you on.

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How we can help you

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Access to networks

Through virtual mentorship programming, annual events and flagship conferences, and sponsored activities; students and professionals get access to an exclusive community of likeminded individuals.

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Access to opportunities

Together with our 100+ sponsors and partners, we serve as one of the largest conduits for hiring queer individuals in Canada.

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Access to development

Get the skills you need to be successful in any career through a series of events, development programs, mentorship activities, and partner collaborations; all designed to build your confidence, upskill your development, and ace any career goal you might have.

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Not sure where to Start Proudly? We recognize that for some, joining can be daunting. That's why we offer a blend of activities designed to meet you at your level.

We go beyond being just a non-profit...we are largetea community of passionate individuals united by a common purpose.

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I want mentorship to take me to the next level...

Get connected with a mentor in your area of interest and learn how to succeed in your career.

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I want to fee confident at work/school...

Develop interpersonally to become the best version of yourself; take charge and be that bold human we know you already are.

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I want to search for my next dream job...

Apply to companies and positions that are certified to make you feel welcome, confident, and able to show up as your true self.

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I want to help guide the next generation of students...

Become a mentor and support the next generation of up-in-coming queer talent.

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I want to help advocate for change in Canada...

Enact changes via litigation and policy advocacy to create a place that is safer and more inclusive for everyone.

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I want to find a community of people just like me...

Build bold connections and find people just like you via our online community and in-person events.

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We want to support the next generation of queer professionals

Partner with Start Proud to continue to evolve a better ecosystem of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, advance equality, and promote opportunities to Canada's largest queer professional collective.

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What our members say

"Start Proud didn't just open doors for me; it shifted my perspective on D&I and instilled the confidence to embrace and bring my authentic self daily to my professional life. But more importantly, Start Proud has empowered me to continue the legacy of those who have paved the way for my generation and taught me the importance of continuing to forge a path of equality for the next generation of young queer people. It's not just about being part of the change; it's about leading it and passing the torch of empowerment and inclusion."

Owen Berry

OOBS 2020 Attendee | Current Vice President of Operations |

Our partners make this all happen.
Power the journey.

We've partnered with over 100 amazing organizations over the years; each one has helped us fulfill our mission and support thousands of students and young professionals.

Help us create a world where equality is simply the norm.

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