The Board of Directors provides overall direction and management of the organization, including governance, policy creation, and financial accountability. The Board of Directors is made up of local leaders representing various facets of our community. They volunteer their time to ensure the continued success of the organization and great programming year-round, including the annual Pride Festival.
Board of Directors
Geneviève is a proud queer and bilingual social justice lawyer from Ottawa. She is dedicated to promoting access to justice and continues to fight for social change through her advocacy and volunteer work. Her commitment to community growth has led to many leadership and mentorship roles, especially among young feminists and queer women.
Geneviève believes in education and advocacy through collaborative community-based action. She continues to use the skills she has acquired to amplify the voices of others and ensure a diverse and authentic representation of the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ community within Capital Pride.
Geneviève undertakes her role with the Board of Directors with the goal of making Capital Pride an accessible and representative organization for every member of the 2SLGBTQ+ community. She is dedicated to ensuring that Capital Pride remains an organization for and by the community.
They/Them or He/Him
A queer and non-binary Franco-Ontarian, Francesco is a proud advocate of Canada’s official languages. Having moved to the capital in 2014, Francesco lived on both sides of the Ottawa River during their studies at the University of Ottawa, where they completed a Bachelor of Social Sciences, Joint Honours in Communication and Political Science. Throughout their undergrad, Francesco was also involved in multiple student movements at the local, provincial and national levels, having notably co-founded the new University of Ottawa Students’ Union.
Experienced in non-profit management, Francesco melds their passion for advocacy with their skills in strategic communications. During their day job as Communications Manager of the Community-Based Research Centre, Francesco works to promote the health and wellbeing of cis and trans men who are gay, bisexual, or queer, as well as non-binary and Two-Spirit people.
Having a long history of deep involvement with francophone community organisations, Francesco seeks to bring attention to the challenges facing official language minority communities in Canada, emphasizing the intersections of linguistic, sexual, and gender identities.
In their mandate, Francesco works to broaden the perspective of Capital Pride to build an organisation that truly reflects the beauty and diversity of our official language communities.
Chris (he, him) is a public affairs and communications professional who has worked in the private, not-for-profit, and public sectors over the course of his career. He also owns his own company. Chris has participated in Prides on four continents and believes deeply in the power and responsibility of serving the Pride movement from a G7 capital. Chris serves on the Board of Directors, the Operations Committee, and is leading a long-term, strategic planning exercise to take Capital Pride into the future.
Jonathan (he/him) moved to the National Capital Region in 2013 to pursue a business degree at the University of Ottawa. After completion of his degree, Jonathan joined a multinational accounting firm and completed his CPA designation and has since worked in providing external audit and consulting services to a variety of entities. His experience varies from large listed companies to small not-for-profit enterprises and everything in between. Jonathan is known for his technical acumen and his ability to approach problems with a solution mindset.
Jonathan joined the Capital Pride Board of Directors in 2020, stepping into the role of Treasurer to bring a financial and analytical perspective to the organization.
As part of his involvement, Jonathan is dedicated to ensuring the longevity, financial accountability, and prosperity of the organization to allow the organization to actualize its mission for its numerous stakeholders.
Director of Operations
Christine joins the board with over 13 years of experience in varying roles such as Production Manager and Sound Engineer in both studio/live events and high profiled festivals, as well as international 2SLGBTQ+ and Women's festivals in the entertainment industry.
Homegrown in the Capital Region, Christine shares her passion for the live event industry by mentoring young women in the technical event field with hands-on experience to encourage more women joining the technical and production field in sound, lighting, rigging and production management.
As an Event Manager, Christine produces numerous events across the Capital Region for dignitaries, political and government officials as well as the private sector.
Christine has a great passion for advocacy, safety and education on 2SLGBTQ+ rights and joins the board in hopes to contribute her skills and experience to this great cause.
Director of Strategic Planning
Victoria (she, her) works as a management consultant advising public sector organizations on business, technology, and organizational strategies to improve the lives of Canadian citizens and communities. She looks to leverage her skills and experience to increase the reach and capacity of Capital Pride and partner community organizations to drive positive change for the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ community.
An advocate for the improved representation of queer people of colour in all realms of public life, Victoria avidly supports and promotes the sharing of diverse 2SLGBTQ+ experiences through art and storytelling, and is dedicated to amplifying such voices as a member of the Board of Directors.
Director of Communications
Riyadh (he, him) works as communications and issues management professional in Ottawa. Throughout his career, he has worked in the financial sector, along with municipal and federal levels of government. He has built his professional career around helping organizations find innovative ways of reaching new audiences.
Riyadh has been a volunteer with Capital Pride since 2016 and has worked on the operations team as the Media Coordinator during the 2016 and 2019 festival season. He has also helped organize the community consultation sessions in 2016.
As someone who understands first-hand how local 2SLGBTQ+ organizations help people with intersectional identities, he is committed to making connections within the National Capital Region’s 2SLGBTQ+ communities and beyond.
She/Her or They/Them
Mandy (she/her, they/them) is a proud genderqueer member of the 2SLGBTQ2+ community. Originally from Northern Ontario, she has lived in Ottawa for the past three years. Mandy's background includes event management, social enterprise, working with adults on the Autism Spectrum, and horticulture.
Currently, Mandy works for an environmental non-profit, conducting outreach and coordinating events that help people and organizations to lower their environmental impact. She also volunteers at a vegan farm sanctuary and advocates for animal rights.
Mandy joins the Board of Directors with a goal of celebrating and advocating for the queer community in the National Capital Region in a meaningful and inclusive way.
Board Youth Liaison
She, Her / They, Them
Hi I’m Gillian, or “Gillie”, and I’m a proud femme lesbian and intersectional feminist! I’m a 4th year Public Administration and Feminist & Gender Studies student at the University of Ottawa. I have lived in Ottawa my whole life and am always looking to increase my involvement in the local 2SLGBTQ+ community and beyond.
My passions lie in: improving sapphic (lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, queer women-loving-women) representation; body positivity; and increasing the accessibility of pride for youth with disabilities and mental illnesses.
In my high school years, I helped re-found my school’s GSA, and was its co-chair for two years. Throughout university I have been a strong advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ members in my sorority, Kappa Beta Gamma. I currently work as a federal public servant, and in my free time I love reading and reviewing sapphic fiction on my Instagram @dykereads!