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 have volunteered their time to ensure the continued success of the organization a great festival each year.
Board of Directors
Davy Sabourin (He/Him) is a Francophone member of the LGBTQ2+ community born in Montreal, who has been living in the National Capital Region for about 9 years. He is a federal public servant working in privacy law compliance at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada. Prior to joining the Public Service, he worked in Ottawa as a Mental Health and Addictions Counselor.
In his pastime, Davy is an LGBTQ2+ advocate who, through his community involvement fulfills his passion for being an educator, connector and bridge-builder between individuals, groups and communities. Prior to being the current Chairperson of Capital Pride (the Pride organization of Ottawa-Gatineau), he served as the Community Relations Officer, and actively worked to engage the National Capital Region’s LGBTQ2+ community and allies. In that role, he led the creation of Capital Pride Youth Committee, which serves to meaningfully engage and empower young LGBTQ2+ individuals in providing guidance and insight to the festival’s Board of Directors and the Festival Director in charge of operations.
Further to his local involvement, Davy was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of Fierté Canada Pride, the national association of Canadian Pride organizations, as Central Regional Director. In his role, he is the representative of Pride organizations across Ontario and Quebec, wherein two of Canada’s biggest Pride festivals take place, namely Fierté Montreal Pride and Pride Toronto. In addition, he now serves as Regional Director for Canada (Region 7), on the Board of Directors of InterPride, the international association of Pride organizers, representing Canadian Pride organizations on an international level. Davy wants to be an agent of community engagement and change - for the equality and advancement of LGBTQ2+ human rights on a global scale.
Davy holds degrees in Police Foundations, Mental and Addictions, as well as a Bachelor of Social Sciences, in the fields of in Conflict Studies and Human Rights, and Social Work.
Geneviève (she, her) 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 hopes 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 LGBTQ2+ community within Capital Pride.
Geneviève joins the Board of Directors with the goal of making Pride an accessible and representative organization for every member of the LGBTQ2+ community. She is dedicated to ensuring that Capital Pride remains an organization for and by the community.
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.
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 LGBTQ+ organizations help people with intersectional identities, he is committed to making connections within the National Capital Region’s LGBTQ+ communities and beyond.
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 LGBTQ2+ 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 LGBTQ2+ experiences through art and storytelling, and is dedicated to amplifying such voices as a member of the Board of Directors.
Community Engagement Officer
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Mandy (she/her, they/them) is a proud genderqueer member of the LGBTQ2S+ 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.
Director of Francophone Affairs
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Francesco (He/Him or They/Them) is a non-binary queer Franco-Ontarian who moved to Ottawa in 2014 to pursue his postsecondary studies in Political Science and Communications. Working at the Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute (OLBI) at the University of Ottawa, Francesco has sought to bring attention to the challenges facing official language minority communities in Canada, often highlighting issues that arise between the intersections of linguistic and sexual identities. Prior to this, he was heavily involved with the student movement in the National Capital Region, serving as both Vice-President, Services and Communications at the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO) and Francophone Representative to the Canadian Federation of Students' (CFS) National Executive for the 2016-2017 mandate.
Having worked on a number of campaigns for language rights, Francesco wishes to make sure that francophone members of the National Capital Region's LGBTQ+ community feel welcome, valued, and respected at all our events. Francesco draws his experience from having collaborated with a number of francophone organisations, such as the Fédération de la jeunesse franco-ontarienne (FESFO), the Regroupement étudiant franco-ontarien (RÉFO), the Fédération de la jeunesse canadienne française (FJCF), the Assemblée de la francophonie de l'Ontario (AFO), and the non-for-profit organisation French for the Future.
Francesco seeks to broaden the perspective of Capital Pride so as to build an organisation that truly reflects the beauty and diversity of our official languages communities.
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 LGBTQ2+ 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 LGBTQ2+ rights and joins the board in hopes to contribute her skills and experience to this great cause.
Tara (she, her) works in human rights for a national labour union. She works specifically on the issues of gender equity and queer and trans inclusion in the workplace. Previously, Tara has worked at progressive think tanks in Canada and in the United Kingdom, as well as for various political campaigns. She has also written on politics, gender, and sexuality for major national publications, including the National Post and the Globe and Mail, and has frequently appeared as a political commentator on CBC Radio. Tara holds a BA in Political Science and Gender Studies from the University of Victoria, and a Masters of Public Policy and an MSc in Geography from the University of Oxford. She resides in downtown Ottawa.
Board Youth Liaison
Gillian Fenwick is a Public Administration and Women’s Studies student at the University of Ottawa. She is a proudly queer woman who has lived in Ottawa her entire life and is excited to increase her involvement in the local 2SLGBTQ+ community.
Gillian is passionate about intersectional feminism, activism-oriented pride, increasing representation for young women-loving women, and making pride more accessible for youth with mental illnesses and disabilities.
In her high school years, Gillian helped re-found her school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and was its co-chair for two years. Gillian currently works as a federal public servant, and sits on the Executive Board of her sorority Kappa Beta Gamma as Secretary.