Start Proud Rang the Opening Bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange on June 7

Start Proud Staff


Event Recap


June 7, 2024

We are thrilled to announce that Start Proud had the distinct honour of ringing the opening bell at the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX) on Friday, June 7 to celebrate Pride Month. This prestigious event marks a significant milestone in our ongoing mission to empower and support the 2SLGBTQ+ professional community across Canada.

Start Proud, a leading organization dedicated to promoting the professional development of 2SLGBTQ+ individuals, has been at the forefront of fostering inclusive workplaces and creating opportunities for career advancement. Our initiatives, ranging from mentorship programs to networking events and educational workshops, are designed to ensure that 2SLGBTQ+ professionals have the resources and support they need to thrive in their chosen fields.

Ringing the opening bell at the TSX is not only a symbol of our progress but also a celebration of the achievements of the 2SLGBTQ+ community within the corporate world. It underscores the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation and success in today's global economy.

The Toronto Stock Exchange, one of the world's largest and most prominent stock exchanges, has long been a beacon of economic activity and financial growth. By inviting Start Proud to open the trading day, the TSX is recognizing the critical contributions that 2SLGBTQ+ professionals make to the business landscape and reaffirming its commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment.

This momentous occasion comes at a time when awareness and acceptance of 2SLGBTQ+ rights are increasingly prominent on the global stage. It serves as a reminder of the strides we have made as a community and the work that still lies ahead to achieve full equality and representation.

We are grateful to the Toronto Stock Exchange for this incredible opportunity and for their support in highlighting the significance of diversity in the workplace. As we rang the bell, we were joined by leaders from various industry partners, long-time friends of Start Proud, allies, and members of the 2SLGBTQ+ community, all of whom share our vision of a world where everyone can succeed regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

This event was not just about Start Proud; it was a celebration of all 2SLGBTQ+ professionals who have broken barriers, challenged stereotypes, and paved the way for future generations. It was a testament to the power of resilience, determination, and the unwavering belief in the value of inclusion.

A special thank you to those from TD, RBC, Fasken, Bennett Jones, PwC, EY, RSM, Accenture, Nestle, and CALL-ACAL, who joined us on this special occasion and to all our ProudPartners who continue supporting diversity and equality in the workplace. Together, we can build a more inclusive and prosperous future for all.

For more information about Start Proud and our programs, please visit our website and follow us on social media. Let's celebrate this milestone and look forward to many more achievements in our collective journey towards a more inclusive world.

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