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Welcome to exeQutive!

exeQutive is a forum for Toronto/GTA-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and queer (LGBTQ) leaders — current and aspiring professionals, executives and 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 LGBTQ leaders and to contribute to our community.

We welcome new members.  If you are an LGBTQ 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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Troy Ungerman | Partner, Norton Rose Canada LLP

Troy is a partner in the Toronto office of Norton Rose Canada LLP.  His practice focuses on domestic and cross-border private M&A, private equity, venture capital investments,
strategic alliances, corporate reorganizations and financings.

Troy is the Chair of Norton Rose Canada's LGBTA Network and a member of the firm's Canadian Diversity Committee.  He is also Co-Chair of the firm's Canadian mergers and acquisitions team.

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

John is a senior partner in the Business Law Group of McMillan LLP. His practice is focused on private company mergers & acquisitions transactions and complex commercial matters and reorganizations. He has extensive experience advising a diverse range of clients on domestic and cross-border matters across many industries. Recognized internationally for his expertise and experience, Who's Who Legal identifies John as one of the top M&A lawyers in Canada and states that John is "top notch by all accounts", "very client focused" and "always delivers". 

In 2017, John was named to the prestigious global list of OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Executives, as presented by the Financial Times, in recognition of his business achievements and impact on LGBT inclusion within McMillan and externally. Previously he received a Lexpert Zenith Award and an Out On Bay Street “Leaders To Be Proud Of” Award.

John founded exeQutive in 2007 with a group of friends and colleagues.

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Daniel Holland | Vice President, Business Development

Daniel is an experienced business development and marketing professional with specialization in local/location-based traffic/lead generation for retailers and service-based businesses, CRM and large-scale loyalty programs, as well as professional services marketing (law, medical specialists). 

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Adam Black | Family Law Lawyer at Torkin Manes LLP

Adam Black is a lawyer in the Family Law Group at Torkin Manes, a full-service law firm, where he practises all aspects of family law with particular emphasis on the financial implications of divorce and separation and alternative dispute resolution.

Adam has appeared in Courts throughout the Greater Toronto Area, including the Ontario Court of Justice, Superior Court of Justice and the Court of Appeal for Ontario.

Adam has authored and contributed to several papers and articles which have been published in several publications.

Adam is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian and Ontario Bar Associations, and the Toronto Lawyers’ Association. Adam is a member of the Ontario Bar Association's Family Law Executive and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee (SOGIC).  Adam is a member of the Canadian Opera Company's Ensemble Circle.

Adam and his husband, Steven, live in Toronto.

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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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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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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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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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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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Connie Bonello | Associate Partner

Connie is the Global Business Development Executive, IBM Global Business Services.

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.