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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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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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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.

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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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Shawn Sheridan | Acting CIO for various companies.

Owner of ClearlyByDesign, Shawn is a senior executive with over 25 years experience in information technology.  He has held VP and SVP positions at companies like AGF Management, Unisen, and Citigroup, where he has lead large teams of software engineers in successfully delivering complex trading and settlement systems for the mutual fund industry.  Now managing his own enterprise, Shawn specialises in the design, development, and delivery of CMS-based websites, and also offers interim-CIO services.

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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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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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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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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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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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.

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.