Advisory Board

LGBTQ Directors Canada is greatly assisted in its work by an Advisory Board consisting of experienced members of the community.

The Association is committed to diversity in its management and membership, reflecting the rich diversity of Canada itself. Our goal is to be inclusive of gender, race, culture, profession, age, and geography, including full participation in programs, policy formulation, and decision-making.

Andreas Savaliotis

He has been called Canada’s Chief Gamification Officer for figuring out how to nudge millions to live and behave differently — but in the title of his bestselling memoir he simply calls himself a “Misfit”. Andreas Souvaliotis is a globally recognized Canadian social innovator. He created the world’s first national wellness promotion platform, the once hugely popular Carrot Rewards app. A decade earlier he had built and sold Green Rewards, the first-ever environmental lifestyle promotion program in the world. He is a prolific, unconventional and outspoken supporter of global wellness, inclusion, diversity, climate action and social entrepreneurship.

Arthur Lam

Arthur Lam is a trusted advisor and intrapreneur at global financial institutions and the federal government of Canada. He is currently a growth coach for Communitech, Canada’s largest tech accelerator, advising growth companies on business strategy and government engagement.

He most recently was a senior advisor to two federal Ministers on innovation, business financing and international trade. In that capacity, he engaged with board chairs and management at federal financial institutions, crown agencies, and regulators on ministers’ behalf. He led recruitment panels with senior civil servants and board chairs through the public appointment process to ensure the appointments aligned with diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals.

He has a 20-year track record of delivering results to shareholders and the public by leading innovation adoption, corporate growth initiatives, and strategic partnerships. He has generated win-win outcomes by collaborating with external stakeholders, partners, colleagues, and boards.

Arthur holds an Honours Bachelor of Applied Science in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo and a Master of Business Administration from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto.

He is an active community volunteer with over a decade of experience as a board member and advisor at not-for-profits in health, LGBTQ, environment, and education causes.

Connie Bonello

Seasoned management consultant with several years of global executive-level experience. She has provided consulting services to financial service organizations across Europe, the Americas and Asia. She is a sought-after speaker on the topics of data, analytics and AI. Ms. Bonello currently leads the Insights and Data Financial Services practice at Capgemini Canada.

Before joining Capgemini, Ms. Bonello held various leadership roles at Deloitte, IBM, Accenture, and Info-Tech Research Group. She is a Board member of the Digital Research Alliance of Canada and Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth Leaders Dialogue and is an Advisory Board member of the Schulich School of Business Master of Business Analytics Program. She was a past Board member of Trent University and the past Chair of the Bonham Centre Advisory Board at the University of Toronto.

She is the recipient of the 2021 Province of Ontario Volunteer Service Award, the 2015 University of Toronto Arbor Award and the 2013 IBM Volunteer Excellence Award.

Ms. Bonello holds an Honours BA in Economics from York University and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business.

Fabrice Houdart

Fabrice Houdart has been at the forefront of advocacy for LGBTQ+ inclusion in the corporate World since 2010. His advocacy on LGBTQ+ inclusion in the Boardroom has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Reuters and serves as an advisor to the National Association of Corporate Directors’ Center for Inclusive Governance since its creation, Fabrice was recognized by the Association in 2021 as one of the NACD Directorship 100 honorees. Fabrice was listed in 2022 by the BoardList as one of 10 Candidates You’d be Proud to Have in Your Boardroom. Fabrice was an expert witness for the California Department of Justice on the AB979 cases Crest v. Padilla and Alliance for Fair Board Recruitment v. Weber.He also advises Fortune 500 firms on human rights issues and serves as an expert witness for the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the issue of corporate boards diversity. Fabrice is a member of L’Oreal Global Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board and serves on the Editorial Board of the Women’s Forum.

Heather Conway

Accomplished media and financial services executive.  She currently Chairs the Board of Directors of Amex Bank of Canada and sits on the Board of Great-West Lifeco.

Ms. Conway was the head of all CBC English services from 2013-2018.  Prior to CBC Ms. Conway was Chief Business Officer at the AGO. Other roles include: CEO of Edelman Canada; EVP Alliance Atlantis; and EVP TD Bank. 

A Top 40 under 40, and recognized as an inclusion champion, Ms. Conway has served on numerous charitable Boards; she is currently on the board of The International Authors Festival (TIFA) and the Advisory Boards of Samara and the Walrus.  She has been a Bonham Award honoree;  a  Start Proud Lifetime Achievement Award winner; and was Woman of the Year in Technology and Communications.

Jane Griffith

Managing Partner and Founder of the Griffith Group. A veteran search leader, Jane focuses on the recruitment of senior leaders in the not-for-profit, academic, and broader public sectors. She is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer on hiring practices, with a specific focus on diversity and inclusion initiatives. She has spoken at conferences across Canada and at the Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.

Prior to founding the Griffith Group, Jane has been a Partner and National Diversity Leader with three national and global search firms. She also founded Griffith Research, with clients in Australia, Dubai, Canada, and the United States.

Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Legal History from the University of Calgary and a Master of Arts in Legal History from the University of Toronto. Jane is an active volunteer and has supported many organizations including the 30% Club Canada, Informed Opinions, Congress 2017 with AFP Toronto, and as the Founder of The Council of Women Executives.

Katie (Kate) D. Dudtschak

Former Executive Vice President, Regional Banking, RBC where she led the Canada’s largest advisor force of more than 20,000 employees, who advised and served over 15 million clients representing over $1 trillion in business under management.

Katie, is an experienced and impactful Corporate Director, having served on several of RBCs highly regulated foreign and domestic legal entity boards. She is an industry Director with the Canadian Regulator, Mutual Funds Dealers Association. Committed to community and societal leadership, Katie is a Board member with the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Greater Toronto United Way, and, Canada’s youth mental health organization.

Katie is a woman with gender affirming experience, publicly revealing her journey to embrace her true self in 2019. She has been invited to speak by organizations such as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, McCarthy Tetrault, Deloitte and Columbia University among others.

She has been honoured as a 2022 Catalyst Champion – Role Model for Inclusive Leadership and Workplace Progress for Women as well as 2021 Universal Women’s Network – Woman of Inspiration award recipient.

Ken Chan

Vice-President Administration, Brock University. From 2017 to 2021, Ken was an Assistant Deputy Minister with the Ontario Government. He was the Assistant Deputy Minister of the COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Task Force Secretariat at the Ministry of the Solicitor General and previous to that the Assistant Deputy Minister of the Transformation and Delivery Office at the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. Prior to this, Ken led the Canadian public affairs function at Vertex Pharmaceuticals after serving as Vice President at Cystic Fibrosis Canada, where he led advocacy, communications, research funding and clinical programs. His international government experience included stints in England where he was Senior Advisor – Policing in the Mayor’s Office at London City Hall and Assistant Director for Public Sector Regulatory Reform with the UK Better Regulation Executive. Earlier in his career, Ken was a constable with the Peel Regional Police. A seasoned corporate director, he is on the boards of Alterna Savings, Alterna Bank, Open For Business (UK) and ALS Canada. His previous board experience spanned the health and education sectors in Canada and the UK including at Sherbourne Health Centre, the University of Toronto and North York General Hospital. He holds the ICD.D designation from the Institute of Corporate Directors.

Kevin Goldthorp

President & Chief Executive Officer of the St. Michael’s Hospital Foundation. Kevin’s career as a philanthropic leader is rooted in deep and meaningful commitment to the donors and volunteers with whom he works, and the mission of the organization he represents.  Kevin has extensive strategic insight, fundraising campaign and institutional branding and marketing experience. Past roles include SickKids Foundation where he was President and Chief Development Officer, leading the hospital’s historic $1.5 billion SickKids VS Limits campaign, CEO for Sinai Health Foundation, Executive Vice President, Advancement & Marketing, Sinai Health System, and CEO at Sunnybrook Foundation. Kevin holds an MBA from the Rotman School of Management and a Bachelor of Commerce from Trinity College both at the University of Toronto, along with professional education credentials from Stanford and Harvard universities.

Mark S. Bonham

Economist and Investment Manager with Bonham & Co. Inc. and Executive Director of The Veritas Foundation. A graduate of the University of Toronto (B.Comm.) and the London School of Economics (MSc. Econ), he founded two of Canada’s largest mutual fund management companies – BPI Financial Corporation, and Strategic Value Corporation. The Financial Times of London named Mark as a Top 100 Global LGBTQ Business Leader in 2017. A Senior Fellow of Massey College, University of Toronto, Mark was the AFP Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year in 2018.

Michael Cherny

Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Ontario Teachers Pension Plan since 2022. He was the former Lead, Growth Platforms for Deloitte Canada, and was the former Chief of Staff, Audit Public Practice, Deloitte (2016-2019). As Lead of Deloitte’s Pride Employee Resource Group he helped create new Gender Transitioning Guidelines for the firm. A former Treasurer of Pride Toronto (2015-2018), Michael has been a vocal advocate for boardroom diversity among Canada’s nonprofits. Michael is a member of the Board of Directors of The 519 Community Centre.

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