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Welcome to exeQutive!

exeQutive is a forum for Toronto-based lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) leaders — professionals, executives and accomplished entrepreneurs.   We are a member-driven organization.  Our members include business owners and leaders of some of Canada's largest and most well-known corporations, financial institutions, law and accounting firms, government agencies and charities.

We invite you to explore this website to learn more about what we do to support and strengthen the businesses and careers of Toronto's LGBT leaders and to contribute to our community.

We welcome new members.  If you are an LGBT professional, executive or entrepreneur and have a leadership role within your organization, we invite you apply for membership.  A membership form is available here.

Meet Some of Our Members

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Shawn Sheridan | Vice President, Information Technology, Numeris

Shawn is a senior executive with over 25 years experience in information technology.  Now Vice President of Information Technology for Numeris, Canada's radio and television ratings experts, he has held VP and SVP positions at companies like AGF Management, Unisen, and Citigroup.  Shawn specialises in helping businesses best use their technology, focusing on both business-aligned strategy and overall management of technology in roles such as CIO, and other 'Head of IT' roles.

Shawn is also chair of OutSport Toronto, a not-for-profit umbrella organisation serving and supporting LGBT sports organisations in the GTA.

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Al Ramsay | Regional Manager, LGBT Business Development - GTA

Al Ramsay is the Regional Manager, LGBT Business Development at TD Bank Group, supporting the GTA. He and his team of senior advisors are responsible for the growth of the LGBT personal, wealth and business portfolios by focusing on providing expert financial advice and delivering legendary client experience.

Al has a passion for advancing inclusiveness in the workplace and in the communities he serves; he’s held positions on numerous work committees and grass roots community organization boards, including: TD’s LGBTA Executive Committee, Community One Foundation and the Urban Financial Services Coalition.

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Bruce Lawson

Bruce Lawson is the Executive Director of The Counselling Foundation of Canada.  His background is in providing meeting planning and project management services to a variety of clients, as well as having served as Interim Executive Director of Casey House Foundation. 

Bruce is the past Chair of the Board of Casey House, and co-chaired Casey House’s largest fundraising event, Art with Heart for 3 years.  He is also a director of several other non-profit organizations.

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Peter Kinch, FCPA, FCA | Partner, EY

Peter is a senior partner of EY. He provides litigation support to the firm's general counsel office and accounting & audit-related services in the financial services sector. Peter is the Executive Sponsor of EY's LGBT bEYond network

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Elizabeth Hurly | Financial Advisor at Raymond James

Investment Advisor RBC Dominion Securities. Liz has worked in the investment industry since 1987 as a Portfolio manager for Shell Canada Pension Fund and as a Pro Trader at a major Canadian bank. Her experience combined with a degree focusing on economic history gives Liz unique insight into situations and the ability to provide strategies for changing conditions. Liz was co-chair of the Community One Foundation.

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John Rider | Chief Innovator - Cognition LLP

John is a business, planning and innovation consultant working with clients to assist them in strategy, planning, process, product development and sales.He has a legal and business background of almost 25 years and has worked with a number of clients and employers to build their business, design and launch new products and to help them grow to the next level more profitably.  He loves to help groups rethink and change for the better. 

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Nadeem Mansour | Vice President, Enterprise Risk and Audit Services, George Weston Limited

Nadeem Mansour is a seasoned professional in Governance, Audit & Risk with 20 years of experience in professional services and industry. Currently, he holds the position of VP, Risk and Internal Audit at George Weston Limited.

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John Clifford | Partner, Business Law Group of McMillan LLP (Toronto, Ontario).

John is a business lawyer.  He is a partner of McMillan LLP, where he focuses his law practice on merger and acquisition transactions.  John also advises a diverse array of businesses on issues affecting their day-to-day operations and is a recognized expert on antitrust/competition matters.  

John founded exeQutive in 2007 with a group of other LGBT business leaders and executives, and continues to lead the group.  He also is the immediate Past-chair of the board of the Multiple Sclerosis Society's Ontario Division.

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Christopher Walker

Christopher began working in the financial sector more than 26 years ago at the Toronto Stock Exchange. During the past 25 years at Manulife Financial, some of the positions held have included Chief Operational Risk Officer (Investment Division), Vice President and CCO of John Hancock Distributors and President and CCO of Manulife Financial Securities LLC.

Christopher has chaired and presented at many conferences with respected to Canadian and US Securities and Insurance regulations. He is also published by the CLU.

Christopher is currently a Board Member and Finance Director of Casey House.

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Brad Berg

Brad was one of the founding members of exeQutive. He is very involved in the community, in addition to having a busy litigation practice at Blakes. Brad lives in Toronto with his spouse Brian Rolfes, partner and global director of recruiting for McKinsey & Company. Brad's full bio and more information can be found at www.blakes.com.

Resource File

Aug 21, 2016

In partnership with Pride@Work, the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusiion surveyed and reported on the perspectives of members of LGBT+ communities across Canada about workplace inclusion.

May 3, 2016

Read about 5 important learnings of Manulife Asset Management's Chief Compliance Officer related to being out and a leader at work.

Jan 17, 2016

In this report, read about the leadership program being offered by Stanford University’s business school that is intended to help more gay leaders ascend to the C-suite.

Dec 23, 2015

"According to US-based Reaching Out MBA, as many as 50 to 80 per cent of LGBT individuals who are out at business school go back in the closet once they start working, either because they don’t feel comfortable or are worried their careers will be sidelined, especially if they hope to make it to the C-Suite."  Read what Rotman and other leading business schools are doing to broaden LGBT representation in MBA programs – and break down stereotypes of what a business leader looks like in the process.