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.
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.
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.
Sarah Cooper, known by most as “Cooper”, is a proud trans, non-binary, queer young professional currently working at Global Affairs Canada. Having grown up in Ottawa and recently returned to the city, they are eager to contribute to the Capital Pride community.
Cooper has a proven track record of representing their peers and engaging in transparent decision-making while recognizing and respecting diverse needs and perspectives. Professionally, they began their career working closely with queer and trans youth which has evolved into almost a decade of experience in non-profit management. This includes their deep roots in the student movement, having worked at six different university and college campuses across Canada.
Cooper holds a BA in Human Rights and Political Science from Carleton University and a Master of Global Affairs degree from the University of Toronto Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Throughout their studies and years of community activism, Cooper has developed a deep understanding and respect for the history of Pride and will work tirelessly to ensure they work to embody its roots of resistance and celebrate those in the community who made Pride what it is today.
Cooper believes strongly in the power of collective action and is committed to investing in initiatives that are anti-racist, anti-colonial and inclusive of all marginalized identities in all their complexities. Deeply invested in the growth and improvement of Capital Pride as a Board member, Cooper will be focused on increasing the accessibility of Pride and supporting the most marginalized in our 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 Francophone Affairs
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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.
Hallie (she/her) is a communications and issues management professional with over 5 years of experience working in federal politics. Raised in rural Quebec, she came to Ottawa a decade ago to study at the University of Ottawa. She holds a Joint Honours and Masters in Political Science and Gender Studies. Since moving to Ottawa she has been active in the community, supporting a number of local feminist causes and not-for-profits. Hallie is passionate about the empowerment of young women and girls, particularly through peer-to-peer mentorship and skills building. She also serves on the boards of Planned Parenthood Ottawa and the Empow(Her) Network.
A proud queer intersectional feminist, Hallie is eager to leverage her skills and network to support Capital Pride’s growth while engaging further with the local 2SLGBTQ+ community and finding her place within it.
Gillian is a proud nonbinary femme lesbian who has lived in Ottawa their entire life. They are in their last semester at the University of Ottawa studying Public Administration and Feminist & Gender Studies. She is always looking to increase her involvement in the local 2SLGBTQ+ community and beyond.
Gillian’s passions lie especially in: intersectional feminism, body acceptance, sapphic (women/nonbinary-loving-women) representation, and making pride more accessible for youth with disabilities and mental illnesses.
In their high school years, Gillian helped re-found their school’s GSA, and was its co-chair for two years. Throughout university, she has been a strong advocate for 2SLGBTQ+ members in her sorority Kappa Beta Gamma. Gillian currently works as a federal public servant, and in their free time they love reading and reviewing sapphic books on Instagram: @gillesbianreads.