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2019 Start Proud LGBTQ+ Diversity & Inclusion Award Winners Announced


TORONTO, October 24, 2019 – Start Proud announces the recipients of its 2019 Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards, Canada’s most recognized awards for exemplary achievement in redefining LGBTQ+ workplace diversity and inclusion. 

Start Proud named six Canadian professionals as current-day trailblazers for LGBTQ+ in Canada’s evolving workforce. Since 2011, the awards have celebrated Canada’s progress in recognizing LGBTQ+ value in the professional community and society.

Past winners include Egale Canada Executive Director Helen Kennedy, former Premier Kathleen Wynne, KPMG Partner Mary Lou Maher, and former TD CEO Ed Clark. Deloitte is the exclusive sponsor of the 2019 Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards.

 

“On behalf of Start Proud, we are honoured to celebrate the contributions of the LGBTQ+ community in organisations across Canada. These individuals are inspirational, real life examples that, despite the barriers we face as a community, we are forging ahead for a more diverse and inclusive workplace for all.”

Kary Cozens

President, Start Proud

 

Start Proud is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards:

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Heather Conway

Board Director of Great-West Life and American Express Bank of Canada

THE PROFESSIONAL LEADER AWARD

Miguel Mendes

Chief Compliance Officer, BMO Investments Inc. (BMOII)

TECHNOLOGY LEADER AWARD

Lauren McCallum

Global Managing Director, Mill Film

EMERGING LEADER AWARD

Reshad Ali

Specialist, Diversity & Inclusion at Dentons Canada LLP

LEADING EXECUTIVE ALLY AWARD

Kevin Coon

Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie International

PRIDE AT WORK CANADA ADVOCATE

Larissa Holmes

VP Talent, Borrowell

 

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About Start Proud

Start Proud is a registered non-profit organization that facilitates the professional development of LGBTQ+ students as they transition through school to career. The organization undertakes this task by providing mentorship, education, and networking opportunities. By recognizing the experiences and achievements of these exemplary individuals and role models, Start Proud strives to celebrate the contributions of LGBTQ+ leaders and youth to leading Canadian corporations, the business community, and society.

 

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Initiated in 2011, the Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards has recognized exceptional candidates within Canada.

The Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards Reception will take place in October in downtown Toronto.

Award Categories

Start Proud, formerly known as Out On Bay Street, is offering 6 awards for the 2019 Deloitte Leaders To Be Proud Of:

  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • The Professional Leader Award
  • Technology Leader Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • Leading Executive Ally Award
  • Pride at Work Canada Advocate Award

Refer to the “Criteria” tab above for more information.

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Nominations for the 2019 Leaders to Be Proud Of Awards are now closed. Nominations for the 2020 awards will be open in July, 2020.  For questions, please email awards@startproud.org

Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Has made significant contributions to the business or professional community over the course of their career, including exceptional leadership, market presence, strategic vision and/or economic value, being influential and showing personal integrity
  • Is recognized as a lifetime achiever who currently belongs to the professional community or has retired with recognized achievements
  • Identifies as LGBTQ+; May not have been active in the LGBTQ+ community, but willing to let their name publicly stand for the award.

Start Proud’s Nominator advice: former winners have been senior professionals in the highest leadership roles, but level alone is not a constraint. Nominees are assessed by their overall professional impact. Overall, the nominee has had a significant impact on the professional world. 

The Professional Leader Award

  • Has made a significant contribution to the business or professional community through exceptional leadership, market presence, strategic vision, and or economic value.
  • Is an experienced professional within their respective industry who is publicly recognized as a role-model for the LGTBQ+ community
  • Identifies as LGBTQ+; May not have been active in the LGBTQ+ community, but willing to let their name publicly stand and would be willing to be a student role model in the future

Start Proud’s Nominator advice: Winners are often senior members of their organization (senior executive level). Contribution and personal qualifications are differentiators.

Technology Leader Award

  • In line with Start Proud’s Venture Out initiatives in building a national network within the LGBTQ+ tech and tech entrepreneurship community, this award is newly created in 2018 to highlight LGBTQ+ tech leaders, groundbreaking projects, and companies
  • Has made a significant contribution to the Canadian tech or tech entrepreneurship community through exceptional leadership, product scalability, strategic vision and/or exemplary activities
  • Identifies as LGBTQ+; May not have been active in the LGBTQ+ community, but willing to let their name publicly stand and would be willing to be a student role model in the future

Start Proud’s Nominator advice: The award is intended to recognize LGBTQ+ professionals with exceptional leadership and contributions to the tech and tech entrepreneurship community.

Emerging Leader Award

  • Is within the first five years of their career and has shown exceptional ability in leadership, professional excellence, and vision
  • Has a strong potential to become a recognized leader in the community and demonstrates a relentless desire to succeed
  • Would be recognized as a role model for students and recent graduates as an example of an individual with strong leadership potential
  • Identifies as LGBTQ+; May not have been active in the LGBTQ+ community, but willing to let their name publicly stand and would be willing to be a student role model in the future

Start Proud’s Nominator advice: Often the winner of this award has had a very significant impact in their professional and business world.  Winners are selected primarily for high professional achievement in their field. Often winners in this category have not yet had a chance to give back to the community as they have been focused on their career. Overall, their career success serves to inspire students.

Leading Executive Ally Award

  • Is recognized for their strong contribution to advancing LGBTQ+ issues within their company and the broader business community through advocacy and outreach as an active, empowered ally
  • Identifies as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community

Start Proud’s Nominator advice: former winners have been senior and successful professionals – up to the C-Suite level – but level is not a constraint and leaders are assessed by their overall impact as an ally for the LGBTQ+  community.

Pride At Work Canada Advocate Award

  • Has played an active leadership role within the LGBTQ+ community
  • Has made significant contributions in the area of LGBTQ+ workplace advocacy, such as supporting LGBTQ-inclusive policies, mentorship, and/or creation/leadership/sponsorship of an employee resource group (ERG)
  • Advocacy can include having an impact on the global LGBTQ+ community
  • Is an advocate for diverse and inclusive workplaces and a driver for the business case behind LGBTQ+ inclusion
  • Identifies as LGBTQ+ or an ally

Start Proud’s Nominator advice: former winners have been successful professionals who have practices in the diversity and inclusion space and have had cross-industry impact benefiting the LGBTQ+ community or they have been senior and successful professionals who have had significant impacts to benefit the LGBTQ+ community outside of or over and above their day job.

Past Selection Committee

An independent committee of professionals from the Canadian community (the “Selection Committee”) will receive applications and select recipients. The Start Proud Board of Directors will review the Committee’s recommendations and make the final decision of the Award Recipients.

Joan McArthur-Blair
Co-President, Cockle McArthur-Blair Consulting

Paul Noble
Vice President & Deputy General Counsel, BMO Capital Markets Legal
2014 Leaders To Be Proud Of Award Recipient: Professional Leadership Award

Anthony Partipilo
Chair, Pride at Work Canada and Senior Director, Strategic Planning & Analysis, CIBC

Liz McLachlan
Director Technology Alliances, Accenture

Brian Bachand
Partner, Boyden

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Leaders To Be Proud Of Awards!

Lifetime Achievement Award

Heather Conway
Board Director of Great-West Life and American Express Bank of Canada

Pride At Work Canada Advocate Award

Larissa Holmes
VP Talent, Borrowell

Professional Leadership Award

Miguel Mendes
Chief Compliance Officer, BMO Investments Inc. (BMOII)

Technology Leader Award

Lauren McCallum
Global Managing Director, Mill Film

Leading Executive Ally Award

Kevin Coon
Managing Partner, Baker & McKenzie International

Emerging Leader Award

Reshad Ali
Specialist, Diversity & Inclusion at Dentons Canada LLP

*Job titles were current at the time of award

2018

Lifetime Achievement Award

Helen Kennedy
Executive Director – Egale Canada

Pride At Work Canada Advocate Award

Kimberly Messer
North America Business Development Leader, Global Diversity & LGBT + Markets  – IBM

Professional Leadership Award

Brett House
Vice President and Deputy Chief Economist – Scotiabank

Technology Leader Award

Dax Dasilva
Founder & CEO, Lightspeed and Founder – Never Apart

Leading Executive Ally Award

Malcolm Lang
Chief Financial Officer – TD Securities

Emerging Leader Award

Pam Hrick
Lawyer – Stockwoods Barristers

2017

Lifetime Achievement Award

Scott Mullin
Former Vice President, Community Relations – TD Bank

Pride At Work Canada Advocate Award

Jennifer Johnson
Partner & National Leader for Risk Assurance Services – PwC

Professional Leadership Award

Robert Davis
Partner, Greater Toronto Area Transfer Pricing Leader – KPMG LLP

Jennifer Quinn
Senior Vice President, Commercial Projects – Infrastructure Ontario

Lawrence  Spicer
Vice President Audit, P&CB – RBC

Leading Executive Ally Award

Dave Mowat
President & CEO – ATB Financial

Emerging Leader Award

Michael Helander
CEO and Co-founder – OTI Lumionics

2016

Lifetime Achievement Award

Mary Lou Maher
Partner in Charge GTA Audit and Chief Inclusion Officer, KPMG

Pride At Work Canada Advocate Award

Matt Petersen
Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion – CIBC

Professional Leadership Award

Tim Thompson
Chief Operating Officer – TD Asset Management

John F. Clifford
Partner, McMillan LLP

John Mountain
Director, Investment Funds and Structured Products Branch, Ontario Securities Commission

Leading Executive Ally Award

Jennifer Tory
Group Head, Personal and Commercial Banking – RBC

Emerging Leader Award

Frances Mahon
Lawyer, Martin + Associates

2015

Lifetime Achievement Award

Hon. Kathleen Wynne
Premier of Ontario

Pride At Work Canada Advocate Award

Martine Roy
Director, IBM Canada

Professional Leadership Award

Brad Berg
Partner, Blake Cassels & Graydon LLP

Nancy Bramm
VP Communications Retail Distribution & Channel Strategy, CIBC

Angela Swan
Counsel, Aird & Berlis LLP

Leading Executive Ally Award

Garth Issett
VP Infrastructure Services Delivery, IBM Canada

Emerging Leader Award

Angela Chaisson
Lawyer, Ruby & Shiller Barristers

2014

Lifetime Achievement Award

Salah Bachir
President, Cineplex Media & Philanthropist

Pride At Work Canada Advocate Award

Dean Johnson
President and Chief Executive Officer of Sodexo Canada

Professional Leadership Award

Christine Wilson
Executive Director of Content, CBC

Ben Gully
Senior Director of Deposit-taking Group, Conglomerate Banks at the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Canada (OSFI)

Paul Noble
Vice-President & Deputy General Counsel, BMO Capital Markets Legal

Leading Executive Ally Award

Ed Clark
Group President and CEO, TD Bank Group

Emerging Leader Award

Adam Goldenberg
Co-founder, Teach For Canada

2013

Lifetime Achievement Award

Andreas Souvaliotis
Founder, Green Rewards

Pride At Work Canada Advocate Award

Dr. Paul Genest
Deputy Minister for Francophone Affairs

Professional Leadership Award

Lucy McSweeney
Children’s Lawyer for Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General

Jamie Watt
Executive Chairman, Navigator Ltd.

Anne-Marie Vanier
VP and Chief P&C Actuary, RBC Insurance

Leading Executive Ally Award

Deirdre C. Drake
Managing Director and Chief HR Officer, BMO Capital Markets

Emerging Leader Award

Dave Wilkin
President and Founder, Redwood Strategic

2012

Lifetime Achievement Award

Doug Elliott
Partner, Roy Elliott O’Connor

LGBTQ Workplace Advocate Award

Brent Chamberlain
Executive Director, Pride at Work Canada

Professional Leadership Award

Esther Dryburgh
Partner, Western Canada, IBM

Tim Moseley
Senior VP and Chief Compliance Officer, CIBC

Carol Osler
Senior VP of Enterprise Project Management & Global Physical Security, TD

Leading Executive Ally Award

Kate Broer
Partner, Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP

2011

Lifetime Achievement Award

William Thorsell
Director & CEO, Royal Ontario Museum

LGBTQ Workplace Advocate Award

Michael Bach
National Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, KPMG

Professional Leadership Award

Brian Rolfes
Director of Global Recruiting, McKinsey & Company

Ron White
CEO & Creative Director, Ron White Shoes

Mary Lou Maher
Chief Financial Officer, KPMG

Leading Executive Ally Award

Justine Fedak
Senior VP and Head of Marketing & Customer Strategies, BMO Harris

Questions may be directed to:

John Pehar
Vice President, Leaders to be Proud Of Awards
E: awards@startproud.org