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.

Chris Day


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…


Christine Brekke

Director, Operations

Christine joins the board with over 13 years 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…


Davy Sabourin


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…


Francesco MacAllister-Caruso

Director, Francophone Affairs

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…


Frank Amini

Youth Liaison Representative (Ex-Officio)

Hello! My name is Frank and I use he/him pronouns. I joined the Capital Pride Youth Committee (“CPYC”) in March 2018 as I wanted to be more involved in the 2SLGBTQ+ community. When I moved to Ottawa three years ago, I started volunteering with Capital Pride for their summer festival. It was finally my chance…


Geneviève Colverson

Director, Legal and Policy (Leave of Absence)

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….


Mandy Wilson

Community Engagement Officer

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…


Riyadh Nazerally

Director, Communications

Riyadh (he, him, his) 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…


Tara Paterson


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…


Victoria Wang

Director, 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…