Mission

Start Proud, formerly known as Out On Bay Street, facilitates the professional development of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Ally (LGBTQA+) students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the LGBTQA+ community.

Vision

To empower members of the LGBTQA+ community to be Canada’s leaders of tomorrow; where all institutions embrace inclusiveness within the workplace and diversity within the workforce.

Values

Diversity & LGBTQ+ Inclusion
We believe that our differences make us strong, compassionate and competitive.
Leadership
We believe in professional excellence, self-improvement and changing the world around us.
Community
We believe in contributing and collaborating with others to make an impact.
Opportunity
We believe every student and young professional should be given the tools, resources and knowledge to be successful.
30
Year-Round Events
40
Sponsors
5
Cities
2
Conferences

Meet the Team

Executives

Albert Lam
President

Tony Giannopoulos
Executive Vice President

 

Andres Perez-Vilarino
Corporate Treasurer

Andres is a student at the University of Waterloo’s Accounting and Financial Management program, currently working his co-op terms in Assurance at EY’s Toronto location. Andres’ interests include extracurricular and community involvement, leading large organizations such as DECA U Ontario, as well as various Model United Nations organizations over the past few years. This is Andres’ first year with Start Proud, and he is excited to be a part of the team and is looking forward to a fantastic year.

Josh Kumar
Corporate Secretary

Board of Directors

Paul Saguil
Director & Chair

Paul Jonathan Saguil is Associate Vice President, Anti-Money Laundering, Canadian Banking at TD Bank Group, where he leads the teams responsible for anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing issues relating to the Canadian Payments business, and oversees key governance processes, including innovation risk management, customer risk strategy, risk assessment methodologies, and training. He was formerly Senior Counsel in TD’s Legal Department, managing complex litigation, disputes, and investigations involving TD’s various businesses in Canada and internationally. 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, including the Ontario Securities Commission, the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, and the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. He received his Hons. B.A. (Philosophy) from York University in 2004 and LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2007. He was awarded the Dean’s Gold Key in 2007 and an Alumni Gold Key in 2013, and currently serves on the Alumni Association Board. 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 is a member of the Board for the 519 Community Centre and Community One Foundation.

Justin LoPresti
Director

Justin holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from UBC with a major in International Business Management, and has completed two academic exchanges abroad in both Japan and Germany. He completed his MBA at the Rotman School of Management (UofT) where he specialized in strategy and consulting, and served as an executive member of the Rotman Management Consulting Association and the Out at Rotman LGBTQ network.
Justin currently works as a Manager at Monitor Deloitte in the Strategy & Operations division, specializing in corporate and business unit strategy. He also serves as the National Chair of the Deloitte Pride Network (Deloitte’s LGBTQ employee resource group).
Justin has been actively involved in the LGBTQA community for over ten years. He has previously served on Out On Bay Street’s Organizing Committee as the Annual Conference Co-Chair in both 2012 and 2013, as a Director of the Board in 2014, and as Chair of the Board in 2015 and 2016.

Alex Lee
Director

A graduate of the Faculty of Applied Sciences and Engineering at the University of Toronto (class of 2007), Alex holds a degree in Chemical and Biomedical engineering. Currently, Alex is a business analyst at Procter & Gamble and is pursuing his Project Management Professional designation. Alex is involved with P&G’s LGBT organization, GABLE, and has attended as a delegate the Out on Bay and Reaching Out MBA conferences in the US for the past several years; in addition Alex volunteers with United Way and Junior Achievement annually. Alex is also an avid snowboarder, scuba diver, and loves to travel.

Out On Bay Street Conference

Kary Cozens
Co-Chair, Out On Bay Street Conference

Kary Cozens is a student at the University of Toronto, Trinity College studying political science with a focus on global political systems and political economics. This is Kary’s second year volunteering with Start Proud, having worked to build the Start Proud brand at campuses across Canada with the student outreach team. Kary is excited to be joining the Out On Bay Street Conference team this year on to help LGBTQ students across Canada make the leap from university into the workforce.

Nina Rakic 
Co-Chair, Out On Bay Street Conference

Denny Man
Associate, Communications & Content

Michael Bozzo
Associate, Case Competition & Community Outreach

Mike is in his final year within the Commerce Program at Queen’s University. After graduation, he will be pursuing his CPA designation and working for EY in their downtown Toronto location. Some of his favourite activities include: scuba diving, attending spin classes, playing tennis, and swimming. This summer, Mike is most excited to travel to Southeast Asia for over a month and experience the culture. He previously worked with the Community Outreach Team and is excited to be spearheading the case competition at this year’s conference! If you have any questions or comments, please email him at michael.bozzo@startproud.org.

Austin Jones
Associate, Logistics

Joining the Start Proud team for the first time, Austin is excited to combine his professional skill set and creative passion to bring you an unforgettable Annual Conference! A third year undergraduate student at the Ted Rogers School of Management, he is currently working toward a Marketing Management major and a Professional Communications minor. You will likely find Austin plane spotting at Pearson airport, exploring Toronto’s food scene, or planning the Ryerson Marketing Association’s next event. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in brand management, travel the world, and fulfill his dream of getting his pilot’s license

Adam James
Associate, Moot Court Competition

After receiving his BCom from UBC and working for several years in the non-profit world, Adam left the West Coast behind and moved to Kingston, Ontario to study law. He is currently completing his articling term with labour and employment firm Sherrard Kuzz LLP. It is his first year as a volunteer with Start Proud, and he’s particularly excited to get the chance to stay involved in mooting (I thought that was just something you did in law school!). When he’s not being a law nerd, Adam likes to bake, learn languages, and dance.

Venture Out Conference

Jeanette Stock
Chair, Venture Out Conference

Jeanette is leading the team launching Venture Out, Canada’s first ever conference for LGBTQ+ inclusion in tech and entrepreneurship. By connecting students students & early career professionals with startups and tech companies where they can bring their whole selves to work, she hopes Venture Out can accelerate the career growth of Canada’s the next generation of LGBTQ tech leaders. Jeanette currently manages accounts at Pressly, a SaaS platform for allows enterprise teams, and is a Venture for Canada Fellow. She previously worked at Jack.org, interned at the Centre for Social Innovation, and conducted independent research on the experiences of LGB residents of Shanghai.

Ameera Ladak
Associate, Logistics

Ben Winn
Associate, Content Creation

Ben is a performing arts student-turned commerce graduate, with a passion for combining creativity and business. He is a Venture for Canada fellow, and currently works at SeamlessMD; a HealthTech startup that launches, optimizes and expands integrated care pathways for surgeries. Ben was drawn to his marketing role at Venture Out because he strongly believes that having a diverse team (in all sense of the word) is a vital component of innovation. More specifically, he believes that the LGBTQ+* community is too-often painted with one brush, and that there is great value in highlighting the diversity within it.

Taylor Bond
Associate, Marketing

Marketing

Afif Nassif
Vice President, Marketing

Sabid Ali
Creative Director

Sabid holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from McMaster University and is currently completing a Bachelor of Design in Advertising at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. Outside of the classroom Sabid works at OCAD U’s startup incubator, the Imagination Catalyst, as a Marketing and Events Assistant. This will be Sabid’s second year a part of the Start Proud team, having previously served as a Manager of Graphic Design. In his spare time Sabid enjoys whispering secrets into oak trees, blowing bubbles amidst snow storms, and debating the nuanced works of Robert Mapplethorpe with sea anemones. Sometimes he reads.

Christopher Kelly
Lead, Communications & Public Relations

Christopher is a Senior Business Consultant at the Ontario Public Service. Previously, he worked at Ontario’s Ministry of Finance and at RBC. Christopher holds a Master’s degree from the Munk School of Global Affairs, in the University of Toronto. During his studies, Christopher was awarded a fellowship in recognition of his leadership and dedication in co-founding a publication on European Union affairs and was granted the opportunity to travel to Europe to present the journal. This will be Christopher’s second year volunteering for the organization, having previously served on the Sponsorship team. Christopher is a classically trained pianist and in his spare time enjoys travelling, visiting art galleries, and attending concerts.

Jeffrey Ong
Lead, Conference Marketing

Jeff is a recent graduate of Queen’s University and holds B.A. Honours in Political Science. Since graduating he has worked for the Government of Ontario in various policy areas, including ageing and long-term care policy, health system performance, and Indigenous programs. This is Jeff’s first year at Start Proud. In his spare time Jeff can be found reading on public transit, playing board games, or lost on a deserted island trying to explore 50 countries before he turns 50.

Janberk Ruscuklu
Lead, Data/Analytics

Janberk holds a Bachelor of Statistics degree with major in business statistics, and completed an academic exchange as an European Scholar in Germany. He also earned Strategic Relationship Marketing Degree at GBC and specialized in Marketing Analytics. Janberk currently works as a Market Analyst for Spin Master Corp. Prior to his current role, Janberk worked for United Nations as a Diplomat Assistant in New York and for Captivate OOH Advertising as a Market Analyst. Janberk has been actively involved in LGBTQA Community. He has served in PrideTo as a Research Team Member and conduct Social and Economic Impact study to secure Festival Funds on 2015-2016.

David Breault
Lead, Translator

Jaclyn Gunton
Associate, Communications & Public Relations

After my Hogwarts letter evidently got lost in the mail, I decided to attend Western U for Media, Information & Technoculture and Visual Arts. I then attended Seneca College to study the magic of Creative Advertising. I’m now a freelance Graphic Designer for a startup company and an Art Instructor for Paint Nite. At Start Proud I help out with Marketing and Social Media projects! My favourite part about volunteering at Start Proud is knowing that I belong to an amazing cause and that I can make a positive impact on other young adults who never got their letter to Hogwarts.

Joshua Powers
Associate, Out On Bay Street Conference Public Relations

A recent addition to Toronto, Joshua comes from Nova Scotia where he attended Dalhousie University to receive his B.Comm with a Major in Marketing & International Business. Currently he works for Marriott International as the Marketing Manager of their largest Canadian properties. Joshua discovered Start Proud on his second day in Toronto and has been hooked ever since. This year he will be overseeing the Social Media Marketing initiatives and promoting all the exciting upcoming events. Joshua takes special pride in his passion for travel and his successful journey to visit each of the New 7 Wonders of the World.

Cherise Chow
Associate, Out On Bay Street Conference Marketing

Sponsorship

Stefan Palios
Vice President, Sponsorship

Stefan is returning this year as VP of Sponsorship to help Start Proud expand its sponsorship reach across the country. He majored in Sociology with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Yale and was involved in LGBT nonprofit fundraising there prior to moving back to Canada and joining then-Out On Bay Street in 2015. He loves volunteering because it’s a way to give back but also to keep connected to the LGBT community, and is excited for the growth of Start Proud into a national organization that can help all LGBT and allied Canadians.

Andy Chow
Lead, Out On Bay Street Conference Sponsor Relations

Megan Heesaker
Lead, Venture Out Conference Sponsor Relations

Megan is a second year volunteer with Start Proud and is excited to grow her interest in sales and entrepreneurship in her role with Venture Out. Currently, Megan is managing a calling campaign team at Operation Groundswell, a local nonprofit dedicated to changing the way the world travels. She is also a fellow with Venture For Canada, a national nonprofit that places top graduates with some of Canada’s most innovative startups. When she’s not living the nonprofit life, you can find Megan turning double plays on the baseball field and channeling her inner diva at local Karaoke hotspots.

Heather Beatty
Lead, Sponsorship Operations

Heather holds a Bachelor of Arts, from Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire where she was also Captain of the NCAA Division I Ski Team. Currently, Heather is a Sales Forecasting Analyst at Canadian Tire Corporation. Heather is eager to join the Start Proud Team and is looking forward to contributing to the vibrant LGBTQ community in Canada.

Jonsson Liu
Associate, Business Relationship Manager

Jonsson is currently pursuing a joint bachelor/masters degree in Biomedical Discovery and Commercialisation at McMaster University. Committed to challenging himself to expand his knowledge and skills set, Jonsson aspires to launch his career in management consulting to gain exposure to different industries and learn through problem-solving.  Passionate about education, social entrepreneurship, and health care, Jonsson dedicates his free time to volunteering in the local community, student educational initiatives, sports events and a bit too much on his Instagram blog ‘jnssnl’. You may often find Jonsson getting up at 4AM for rowing practices, or at school researching protein and eating lots of carbs.

Artin Memar
Associate, Business Relationship Manager

Matthew Nasso
Associate, Business Relationship Manager

Desmond Yeo
Associate, Business Relationship Manager

Lisa Durnford
Associate, Law Relations

Lisa is thrilled to be volunteering with Start Proud after years of attending events as a law student. She holds a JD from Osgoode Hall Law School and an HBMSc from the University of Western Ontario. She is currently VP of Product Development at Diligen, a legal technology startup applying machine learning technology to contract analysis. Lisa is inspired by the energy of innovation, loves to discuss the future of artificial intelligence, and dreams of one day seeing Hamilton as Michelle Obama’s guest.

Matt Harding
Associate, Law Relations

Neale Martin
Associate, Venture Out Conference Sponsorship

Web

Benjamin Martin
Vice President, Web

This is Ben’s first year with Start Proud. After attending the conference last year, th was inspired to join the organization to give back to the community. He has a long history in the IT field having done software development for cloud computing working with RFID and logistics and currently working as a MEAN Stack developer for a FinTech company in downtown Toronto.

He carries certification in the Japanese language after living in Japan for 5 years and has since settled down in Toronto to raise his two dogs.  He enjoys board games, cooking and hiking with his two huskies.

Allan Choi
Associate, Web

Allan works as a Professional Development Pharmacist at Ontario Pharmacists Association. Aside from his job, he is doing a part-time Health Informatics diploma program at McMaster University. Prior to pharmacy, he has graduated from X-ray Technology program at the University of Toronto. He used to work as a Pharmacy Informatics Analyst at St. Michael’s Hospital and Audio-visual Technician at University of Toronto during pharmacy.

Adrian Leung
Associate, Web

Adrian is a pharmacist specialized in the delivery of pharmaceutical care to seniors residing in retirement communities. He also facilitates case-based group learning sessions at his alma mater, the University of Toronto.  He spends his spare time with his family and friends, and reading up random topics on news sites and Wikipedia.  Adrian is excited to see where this new adventure in Start Proud will take him!

Katrina Zathey
Associate, Web

Katrina has spent many years enjoying the Out on Bay Street Conference with this being her first year to volunteer and give back to the community. She has an MBA in Financial Management and is a CFA charterholder. She has spent most of her professional career in financial software and is currently responsible for the Private Capital Markets line of business and quantitative finance microservices for a downtown Toronto FinTech company.

Devin Johnstone
Developer

A former VP of Web at Start Proud, Devin is a Security Operations Engineer at Silicon Valley cyber-security firm Palo Alto Networks. He holds his GIAC Certified Incident Handler (GCIH) and Cisco Certified Networking Associate (CCNA) certifications as well as a BIT in Networking & Security from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT). Devin maintains web development as a hobby and when he’s not on the computer can probably be found eating pizza, traveling or catching up on reality TV.

Awards

Ali Hudson
Chair, Leaders To Be Proud Of

Johnnie Vu
Associate, Communications

Johnnie holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance and Marketing from Concordia University (JMSB). He completed his MBA and a certificate in corporate social responsibility at Queen’s University (Smith). During his university career he served as an executive among many committees associations and board of directors. Johnnie currently works as a Branch Manager at RBC Royal Bank. He is also enrolled as an officer in the Canadian Forces holding the rank of Lieutenant (Navy). Johnnie is actively involved in the community and previously served on the board of directors for the Young Chinese Professional Association. In his spare time, he enjoys venturing new experiences.

Sean McFetridge
Associate, Logistics

Student Outreach

Shan Arora
Vice President, Student Outreach

Shan is in his final year of law school at the University of Toronto. After graduation, he will be writing the Ontario Bar exams and returning to Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP for articling at the Toronto office. He is also excited for the summer where he will be competing in the OVA’s Ashbridge’s Bay Beach Volleyball Tournament, as well as keeping up with kayaking, paddleboarding, and sailing. Shan previously worked with the Student Outreach team as Manager, Law Programs and is eager to contribute further to the success of LGBTQA+ students this year as Vice President of Student Outreach.

John Pehar
Lead, Awards

John is a Master’s of Business Economics student at Wilfrid Laurier University. He was inspired to get involved with Start Proud after attending the Out on Bay Street Conference in 2016 and is looking forward to supporting the execution of the Scholarship and Bursary Program. John is passionate about providing service to his community and making a difference. He has served in a variety of volunteer roles including President of the Laurier Economics Club, Treasurer of Wilfrid Laurier Student Publications and various executive roles within Ontario Youth Parliament. John enjoys travel, stock trading and fantasy sports.

Silene Gomez
Associate, Business

Kevin Lass
Associate, Business

Kevin is a Master’s student at the Munk School of Global Affairs – University of Toronto specializing in political risk. He previously worked at a Tel Aviv start-up accelerator and as a policy and communications specialist on Parliament Hill and Queen’s Park. This is Kevin’s first year volunteering with Start Proud and he is excited to engage more LGBTQA leaders from business and professional graduate programs across Canada. Kevin also enjoys travelling, photography, long distance running, and is determined to check off ‘participated in a triathlon’ from his bucket list.

Kevin Noguera
Associate, Arts & STEM

Kevin is a 4th-year student of Political Science and Communications at York University. Kevin became involved with Start Proud in 2015 when he attended the Out On Bay Street annual conference. Since then, he has volunteered as a Student Ambassador at York University and now serves in the Outreach Management Team as Associate of Arts and STEM. Kevin has a strong interest in politics and public relations and has extensive experience working at the municipal, provincial, and federal level. He works in Communications and Media strategy, with a focus on social media engagement, community, and business outreach

Emily Siu
Associate, Law

Regional Initiatives

Valentin Caudan
Vice President, Regional Initiatives

Jonathan Pavan
Co-Lead, Toronto Initiatives

Hannah Frazer
Co-Lead, Toronto Initiatives

Amy Yu
Associate, Toronto Initiatives

Vivian Zheng
Associate, Toronto Initiatives

Alexandra Matveeva
Associate, Toronto Initiatives

Kristin Davis
Associate, Venture Out Conference Launch Events

Kristin is lead support for content curation and implementation for the Venture Out Conference. Delivering the first LGBTQA+ focused tech conference has created an opportunity to develop business partnerships with leading experts within the technology sector to build as well as practice strategies that provide growth opportunities for the LGBTQA+ community. Kristin’s passion lies in providing people and companies with the resources needed to build their future in tech. Creating multidisciplinary teams and strategic processes for over 70 multifaceted tech startups, she hopes to continue building innovative projects that exceed client (user & employee) expectations and deliver impactful results.

Jeremy Del Zotto
Associate, Media & Public Relations

Jeremy is a National Account Executive working across all forms of print and digital media advertising at Postmedia Network, Canada’s largest news and information publisher. Jeremy attended Humber College for Advertising Media Sales, was hired out of his program to work at the advertising agency Starcom MediaVest Group, followed by Corus Entertainment, and now Postmedia. In addition to being a media professional at Postmedia, Jeremy is an active member in Toronto’s growing gay dodgeball scene, and an active media consultant to the Pride community with the organizations: Start Proud, The CGLCC, The 519 Toronto, and Pride at Work Canada.

Anthony Esteres
Associate, Law Steering Committee

Ottawa Regional Team

Tamir Virani
Chair, Ottawa Regional Team

This will be Tamir’s second year as Chair for the Ottawa Regional Team. This year, Tamir is looking to continue to increase and solidify the organization’s presence in the capital with a focus on entrepreneurship and start ups in the queer community. Professionally, Tamir works as a communications officer for a pan-Canadian healthcare NGO, and has a educational background in strategic communications, marketing and journalism. Tamir also works as a freelance videographer and is the co-founder of LGBTQ+ friendly meetup group focused on being out and active.

Kent Evans
Associate, Ottawa Regional Team

Olivia Le
Associate, Ottawa Regional Team

Olivia works for the Finance and Admin branch of CRA and is a fourth year student at the University of Ottawa completing her Honours Bachelor degree in Commerce with an option in Finance. At the University she has volunteered at the Pride Centre, which is a student service that strives to create a safer space for students and celebrate diversity. She has also been a delegate for DECAu Ottawa which gave her the opportunity to compete at DECA Provincials in Toronto. She volunteers for Zoom Productions, the production house of uOttawa where she gets to tap into some creativity via filming events, interviews, and short films on and off campus. With a passion for empowerment, she is happy to experience yet another year managing sponsor relations in Ottawa, and support her team of volunteers in the National Capital Region.

Tanner Tallon
Associate, Ottawa Regional Team

 

Jonathan Genereux
Associate, Ottawa Regional Team

Jonathan is in his fourth year at the University of Ottawa completing his Honours Bachelor Degree in Commerce with a specialization in Accounting. Jonathan has volunteered with other groups such as accounting case competitions but invested himself fully with Start Proud as he felt the mission of the organization was important to instill within students. Working hand in hand with students, employers, and members of the LGBTQ+ family, he is always looking to make new connections in an effort to build meaningful ties with peers and individuals within his surroundings.

Arwa Ahmed
Associate, Ottawa Regional Team

 

Esteban Naranjo
Associate, Ottawa Regional Team

 

Montreal Regional Team

Marc-Antoine Grondin
Co-Chair, Montreal Regional Team

 

Emma Goyette
Co-Chair, Montreal Regional Team

 

Melanie Leberre
Associate, Montreal Regional Team

Mélanie is a graduate of the Physical Therapy program at McGill University. She is now starting a research Master’s in rehabilitation science at University of Montreal, investigating the link between risk of falls and incontinence in elderly women. She started to get involved with Start Proud in 2016 as a member of the organizing committee for the planning of the first event in Montreal. Inspired by the recent success of the panel-networking conference, Mélanie is looking forward to be part of the next steps of the Start Proud adventure.

Calgary Regional Team

Lorne Graburn
Co-Chair, Calgary Regional Team

Michael Velcic
Co-Chair, Calgary Regional Team

Michelle Otutu
Associate, Calgary Regional Team

Gordon Osborne
Associate, Calgary Regional Team

Matthew Hayes
Associate, Calgary Regional Team

Matthew is on the management team at Nordstrom Chinook Center in Calgary, Alberta, where he oversees their Women’s Trend department. He studied History and French at Mount Royal University, and believes that giving back is the only way in which one can begin to make a difference in the community. Working for a diverse company such as Nordstrom, whose corporate values mirror those of Start Proud, reinforces the need to provide positive workplaces, that foster’s inclusiveness and allow people to express their true individuality. Working with a team of high spirited individuals continuously reinforces the need to provide safe work spaces that encourages employees and student’s alike to be themselves.

Mark Matlock
Associate, Calgary Regional Team

Sean Delsnider
Associate, Calgary Regional Team

Vancouver Regional Team

Preston Parsons
Chair, Vancouver Regional Team

Preston is a lawyer at Overholt Law, a boutique labour and employment law firm located in downtown Vancouver. He attended both Lakeland College and Athabasca University for his Commerce undergraduate degree and received his law degree from the University of British Columbia. In addition to practicing law, Preston is a figure skating coach and has been active in the Canadian Bar Association both within British Columbia and nationally on executives of the Young Lawyers Forum and the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identify Conference Forum.

Zachary Rogers
Associate, Vancouver Regional Team

Dustin Klaudt
Associate, Vancouver Regional Team

Dustin is a Non-Practising Member of the B.C. bar and currently an LL.M. student at Osgoode Hall in Toronto, studying human rights and climate change law. His J.D. is from the University of British Columbia and he also has a B.Comm. from the University of Alberta. He has previously worked in estates and trusts and commercial litigation in Vancouver and equality and human rights litigation in South Africa. He also is an executive member of the Ontario Bar Association Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Conference. He looks forward to helping Start Proud’s expansion to Vancouver by bridging his networks in both cities.

Kevin Hill
Associate, Vancouver Regional Team

Michela Fiorido
Associate, Vancouver Regional Team

Michela works as a lawyer at Harris & Company LLP mostly practicing in the areas of privacy, human rights, and labour and employment law. She holds a law degree from the University of British Columbia and was called to the bar in 2015. Along with volunteering with Start Proud, Michela also helps organize the annual Hooplaw basketball tournament and also assists sports leagues in adopting trans*-inclusive policies. When not at the office, Michela spends her time playing in various queer sports leagues around the city, her favourite being Queer Van Hoops.

Trinity Western Judicial Review

August 15, 2014, Toronto ON – Out On Bay Street has filed submissions with the Ontario Divisional Court to request intervenor status in Trinity Western University’s (TWU) application to challenge the Law Society of Upper Canada’s decision not to accredit TWU’s proposed law school.

TWU’s Community Covenant Agreement prohibits sexual intimacy outside of heterosexual marriage, which discriminates against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) students.

August 2, 2017
Supreme Court justice offers explanation for LGBTQ decision
The Globe and Mail

August 1, 2017
Supreme Court reversal allows LGBTQ groups to take part in case involving B.C. Christian university
The Toronto Star

June 29, 2016
Treasurer’s statement on Court of Appeal’s decision on TWU
Newswire.ca

Ontario appeal court upholds law society rejection of TWU law school
Canadian Lawyer Magazine

Private Christian university loses appeal at Ontario’s top court
Sudbury.com

Ontario Appeal Court upholds law society’s stand on Trinity Western University
The Globe and Mail

Ontario appeal court upholds decision not to accredit evangelical law school
The Toronto Star

Equal access to law school beats religious freedom, court rules
Daily Xtra

July 3, 2015
Ontario court upholds LSUC’s denial of TWU accreditation
Canadian Lawyer Magazine

July 2, 2015
Trinity Western’s planned law school takes another hit
Vancouver Sun

July 2, 2015
Ontario law society’s decision to refuse Trinity Western accreditation upheld
The Globe and Mail

July 2, 2015
Ontario court finds Trinity Western covenant discriminatory
Daily Xtra

July 2, 2015
Ontario court upholds Law Society’s decision not to accredit Trinity Western University
The Toronto Star

May 31, 2015
B.C. fundamentalist university to challenge Ontario law society decision

The Globe and Mail

May 14, 2015
Barring evangelical law school’s graduates ‘not reasonable,’ argues federal government
Toronto Star

May 4, 2015
TWU decision unreasonable, federal government argues

Canadian Lawyer

November 11, 2014
Law students as B.C. government to rescind TWU approval

Daily Xtra

November 7, 2014
OUTlaws want B.C. government to reverse TWU law degree approval

Canadian Lawyer

October 1, 2014
Out on Bay, OUTlaws Named Interveners in TWU Hearing

Paralegal Scope Magazine

September 30, 2014
Toronto LGBT groups see court action

Xtra

September 29, 2014
See no students, hear no students: Are law societies listening to us?

Canadian Lawyer

August 27, 2014
LGBT groups seek intervenor status in Trinity Western case

Xtra

May 5, 2014
TWU believers bear false witness

CBA National Magazine

For more information, please contact:

Paul Johnathan Saguil
Director, Board of Directors
Out On Bay Street

OUTlaws contacts can be provided upon request.